My early life was full of stitching – sewing dolls’ clothes and quilts and learning embroidery. But it was many years later until I rediscovered my love of fabrics and threads, taking courses to become a proficent quilter. Now I concentrate on making art quilts, ‘telling’ stories with representational imagery. Producing my own fabrics, through dyeing, painting, rusting and monoprinting, gives me pleasure. I use them to create collage backgrounds, to which I add further surface design through photo transfer and applique, and the joyful application of hand and machine stitch. I am inspired by the written word and by the natural world, my childhood years in Africa and subsequent foreign travel. I am a member of Contemporary Quilt Group (The Quilters Guild of the British Isles), ‘all Threaded Together’ group, and help to run two local sewing and craft groups.