Meet our Mystery Quilt forum winner, Caz and our July join prize winner, Katherine.
We ran a competition last month for followers of our magazine's Mystery Quilt series. Caz won an e-voucher for Scanlans Arts by posting the first picture of a completed quilt in our forum pages. She was planning to spend her voucher on "Autumn Strip Swap" fabric, so I'll let you know what it looks like when I get my swap strips!
Caz tells us that hasn't been quilting for long, just about three years. She's been a 'part time quilter', as a result of not having her own sewing room. The situation has improved since one of her twin sons' moved out, so she has now taken over his room, all be it a box room! Caz says that her first 'big' quilt was one she made for her mother-in-law. Then her sons' all wanted a quilt, as well as one of their girlfriends. She's hoping to make a quilt for her husband and herself, as a present for their tenth wedding anniversary.
Our join prize winner in July was Katherine from Hartlepool. Katherine won one of the Moda Sampler Tins from Three Sisters.
Katherine says, "I am in my fifties and have always enjoyed doing crafts. I started with knitting which my grandmother taught me, then tapestry inspired by her again and my Auntie. Then I dabbled with patchwork inspired by the same Aunt, who is now in her mid eighties and still quilting in Wiltshire. I then moved onto cross stitch in a big way. However last July I broke my ankle in four places, I slipped on a wet pontoon getting off our boat at Ripon marina, where it is bearthed. Being layed up for six months I got back into quilting and now I can't get enough of it. I machine piece and hand quilt. I have no family but an understanding husband. This being the case there are only so many quilts you can have, so I decided to make each of my four lady boating friends a lap quilt each for their birthdays. I work full time and as you would expect most weekends are spent at the boat so I quilt when I can."
"Here are some photos of Julie with her birthday quilt, one of an attic window wall hanging I made with a Michael Miller panel, and a top ready to quilt made with lovely brightly coloured dragon flies. I have just joined the website but am enjoying looking at other peoples work and the messages. I am sure I will get a lot of inspiration from it."
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