I have sewn all my life, from making my own dolls clothes when I was about 7 to making soft toys and dolls for a craft stall business with my mum over thirty years ago.

I never tried patchwork until 2001 when a friend invited me to join a patchwork class with her – I was instantly hooked and we both went on to complete our City & Guilds Patchwork & Quilting Certificate in 2004.

In 2007, I decided to take my studies further and enrolled on the City & Guilds Diploma in Stitched Textiles at Missenden Abbey in Buckinghamshire, with tutor Barbara Weeks. This course was a huge inspiration and a stepping stone to the next stage in my career which was to start teaching patchwork & quilting. I gained my PTLLS certificate (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) in March 2012 and started teaching evening classes in adult education in October of that year.

I have now been teaching patchwork and quilting at Fleet Library since 2013 and am constantly inspired by the learners in my classes. Especially in recent times, it is a special treat to be able to meet up and sew together, learning new skills along the way.

I love to stitch my own designs and a lot of my inspiration is taken from nature - my favourite pastime is walking in the countryside or along the coast and am constantly taking photographs to work from.