I have sewn since I was very young. At school I had to drop it and study more academic subjects so at teacher training college I specialised in textiles! After being overtaken by motherhood I taught infants for most of my working life but continued to sew including dance costumes and leotards for my daughters. I loved the patchworks hanging in Liberty in London and was delighted to find a local quilt group to join. I joined the Patchwork Association as I thought I would never be a quilter, but was persuaded by Sybil Lewis that I needed to be a member of the Quilters Guild. We attended Area Days all around Hampshire and the wonderful Maria Peters Days in Winchester which was my "quilting education" until I studied C&G.
I am still not really a quilter as arthritis has attacked my wrists, but I know a woman who can.. Mandy Parks of 'The Quilts Whiskers' long arm quilts my big quilts brilliantly and they come back just needing binding.
I like small things, hand stitch for decoration and making bags.
In August 2013 I helped to set up the new Modern Quilt specialist group of the Quilters Guild and I am currently a committee member. There are free patterns on my website.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/heather-hasthorpe/ Quilt pictures here!