I have enjoyed all manner of crafts for as long as I can remember, having been taught to sew by my mother and grandmother. I first discovered patchwork and quilting in 1990 and for the first few years I worked almost exclusively by hand. My first two bed quilts were made using the traditional English patchwork technique of piecing over papers and I enjoyed producing a wide range of traditional blocks. The quilts were then hand-quilted and finished.
With some strong encouragement from quilting family and friends, I then started to produce quilts by machine. The first few of these were somewhat stressful but over time I grew in confidence and got as much pleasure from this as from hand-stitching.
These days I love working both by hand and machine. I enjoy working with traditional patchwork designs, updated with vibrant colours and quirky fabrics. I love the development of the Modern Quilting aesthetic. I like to produce quilts which are to be used, not just admired. I am interested in the social history of quilt making and love to read the stories of women who produced beautiful but functional art.
I am a qualified adult education tutor and I teach a range of regular classes in across Yorkshire and Manchester. I also teach one off workshops on a range of skills including beginners' patchwork and quilting, modern patchwork, free-motion quilting and hand embroidery. Further details can be seen on my web page http://www.edwardandthewhitebear.co.uk
In 2016 my quilt Office Doodle 1 was awarded first place in the Modern Quilts category of Festival of Quilts.