In this year of 2015, I have finally retired from teaching patchwork and associated creative studies. The last 27 years have been phenomenal. I have learnt SO much, and thoroughly enjoyed seeing my students grow and develop their individual skills brilliantly and in several cases have seen them go on to achieve greater things than I have. What more could any teacher ask for. I have made many wonderful friends and been privileged to be part of such a warm and sharing environment.
All the time I was teaching, I was always developing my own skills, techniques and work. I had really exciting times teaching abroad, as well as travelling all over this country to give talks and workshops, before settling down in Cornwall.
We feel so fortunate now to be living in Mevagissey, with easy access to such inspirational countryside, coastal walks, industrial heritage and a county rich in craftsmanship of the highest quality and diversity.
We have been really welcomed here, and these last five years have been a joy. I have made wonderful quilting friends, and spent many happy hours talking, stitching and creating!
I am hopeful that life will continue at a more measured pace, and am already benefiting from being able to be more spontaneous and flexible on a daily basis. It is quite a novelty!
I have a new project in a slightly different vein. I am writing patterns, which can be seen on the Teaching Page. These have detailed text with photographs to illustrate each step. All proceeds from the sales of my patterns goes to the ICA sewing project which is helping desperately poor women in Albania to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Further information about this Charity and the project can be seen on the Charity Page.