Who are we?

Carol: I live in Northern Indiana, USA.  I love a variety of needlework and all things shiny  I have been sewing for 50 years but never made a quilt until his year.  After taking an online piecing class, I know I will never embrace piecing traditional quilts with lots of little pieces.  Deadlines are a challenge for me.  Sometimes creative thinking is too, as I am definitely a left brain thinker.  I have been blogging for about 10 years at https://beadsandbirds.blogspot.com

Catherine: I live in Scotland and have been quiltmaking for about five years, having originally been taught to EPP by my grandma as a child.  I am fascinated by abstract shapes and textures and this is often reflected in my quilts though I also like making pictures.  I love all things arty and as well as sewing, I'm also an occasional printmaker.  I am a terrible procrastinator, partly because I find it hard to commit to a plan until the very last moment!  I blog at www.knottedcotton.com and can be found on instagram as @knottedcotton.

Fiona: I started cross-stitching many moons ago and expanded into quilting when I joined an evening class ten years ago.  My horizons expanded when I discovered the world of online Bees and challenges and I haven't looked back since.  I love to try new things and even if I am not always successful I enjoy the challenge of moving out of my comfort zone.  Away from sewing I love to travel and my destinations and discoveries often inform my stitching.  Since our move back to the West Coast of Scotland in 2016 inspiration is now right on my doorstep too.  I blog about my travels and stitching at celticthistlestitches.blogspot.co.uk

Gwen: I chose the name Textile Ranger, to reflect on how I wander through many facets of the world of textiles, including natural dyeing, weaving, and quilting.  I live on a tree farm in a small community outside of Houston, Texas.  My local quilt group is warm and supportive, but focused on traditional quilts.  I hope that the Endeavourers, being a more wide-ranging group, will be a source for new insights and ideas.  www.textileranger.com

Janine: I blog at https://rainbowhare.com  I love story and illustration and I began my blog because I wanted to make pictures and fabric is my go to medium.  I have, however, never really pursued that as much as I hoped.  My making for the first few years revolved mostly around quilting, then I started to focus more on knitting and crochet...sometimes a cloth doll or felt hare...Then, during the past two years I was part of an art quilt group and I really enjoyed the challenge of experimenting with different fabrics and learning about new techniques.  I'm very much looking forward to working alongside my fellow Endeavourers and seeing how we all respond to the quarterly challenges ahead.

Tonia: Hello All, I'm so glad to have joined up with this group of ladies.  I'm 70 years old and a mother of 4, grandmother of 5, and great-grandmother of 5.  The beautiful state of Kentucky is where I reside on a small farm with my husband of 38 years.  I like gardening and cooking and having guests over occasionally.  I have enjoyed all things artsy over the years but fell in love with fabric and sewing.  I have been sewing for about 4-5 years, getting serious about it about 6 months ago.  My favorite things being soft sculptured animals and quilting.  I'm anxious to see the different designs of the upcoming themes.  I blog at http://allthingzsewn.blogspot.com

 Ruth:  Hi, my name is Ruth and I can be found at www.craftycornerdesigns.com and blog at Charly and Ben's Crafty Corner.  I enjoy documenting my patchwork and quilting efforts with the odd post about our dogs!  Gordon and I live in Limerick, Ireland with our now, two dogs, Maggie and Charly (a Bassett and a Jack Russell).  Maggie is about 5 times he size of Charly but that doesn't mean anything, Charly is the boss of the house despite being petite like myself!  I enjoy quilt design and am trying to embrace improv.  I love the end results but find it hard not to plan everything up front.  Pattern writing and workshops lately have been my focus so I am looking forward to these creative challenges throughout 2018 and stretching myself and mostly to have lots of fun.  Looking forward to sharing with you over the coming months!

Nancy: I am Nancy. I live 45 minutes from Lake Michigan, in a smaller-sized rural town in West Michigan, U.S.A. I moved here from Detroit to begin my elementary teaching position and am now retired. My mother had me hand-stiching doll clothes and dish towels as a child. I taught myself to sew my own clothes as a teen and college student. When clothes became cheaper to buy than make, I started quilting. I’ve quilted for more than 40 years. With quilting, I “try it all.” I like bright, cheery colors and symmetrical patterns. I am trying to breakout into modern quilting. I enjoy working with online quilters, which gives me a world view of quilting. My husband is my best and honest quilt critic; if he likes the quilt, I know I got it right! I have designed patterns for myself and some to sell through Cut Loose Press. I blog at Patchwork Breeze and am on Instagram and Facebook.

Julie: I am lucky to count the generations of quilters in my Ohio family back to the 1850's, and even luckier still to have some of their quilts. I'm a devoted student to the study of antique fibers and dyes, and these are my family treasures! My first quilt finish was gifted to a friend as young mothers, but I become passionate about it 25 years later. That fire turned into a need to commune with other makers who were interested in the many eclectic subjects relating to all things quilty. You can find me happily blogging at www.pinkdoxies.com where it's all about the creative process from dyeing to stitching. My favorite quilt style seems to be Flavor of the Day, and you'll find both family and dogs use them in our home every day.

Soma:As a child, I was mesmerized by the world of ink and paper, which turned into a lifelong passion for art. Life inspires my art. I try to tell tales using melody and dynamics while playing my violin, guitar and piano. I deeply love science, specially astronomy. When it is dark outside and I am not in the midst of an ink-and-paper adventure, I am most probably playing with my telescopes, catching starlight. I feel at home in nature, looking for small hidden surprises and geological clues while hiking along trails. I am most joyous when I am travelling, learning new culture and tasting new food while seeing new scenery and experiencing the world. My camera and I are inseparable. I see the world through the lens and capture it all. All these different interests and venues fuel and inspire my art. I mostly love to paint with watercolour, but I don't shy away from using other media. I became a paper piecing pattern designer so I could paint with fabric by creating pictorial quilts. I write about my creative and travel adventures at Whims And Fancies.

Martha: I live in California with my husband and our three pugs. I guess without knowing it I inherited my love for sewing and hand stitching from my mom. I loved sitting next to her sewing machine while she was sewing and talk to her. I would ask her questions about the process, but never really tried to learn. My mom always did all the sewing for me. However, when I lost my mom to breast cancer I was completely lost. I told my husband that maybe picking up a hobby would be a good thing. So he got me a sewing machine for Christmas. I began reading blogs and books about sewing and that’s when I discovered quilting. Now every time I sit by my sewing machine I remember all those little moments with my mom. Blog www.weekenddoings.com

Kay: I learnt to quilt in Brisbane of all places. Originally from Essex we went there for my partner's job. I passed a cute little Queenslander house called Peppermint Stitches which turned out to be a quilting shop. I was amazed by the quilts on the walls and the wonderful fabrics. They were about to start a beginners class in a couple of weeks so I signed up and thoroughly enjoyed it. Brisbane turned out to be a great place to learn as there are so many quilting shops and fantastic exhibitions. We returned to Essex nearly 3 years ago now and I am currently in my second year of City and Guilds in patchwork and quilting as a distance learner. I love to create my own designs - the only time I have used someone else's pattern was when I learnt to quilt. I have just passed the design element of C &
G. I have recently become more interested in art quilts as a result of the course and am looking forward to seeing everyone's creations.

Barbara: I live in England with my husband and our two very bossy cats. I blog as Flashinscissors @ http://www.theflashingscissors.blogspot.co.uk. My stitching started at school; in those days I made my own clothes. Then, for a while, I caught the knitting and crochet craze, making jumpers and cardigans for each of my siblings and for our parents before a passion for cross stitching took over. My interest in quilting started about ten years ago, making patchwork or hand quilted purses, pouches, a rucksack and a lap quilt. When I took up blogging, three years ago, I again dabbled with knitting, and became quite involved with cross stitching. I recently discovered embroidery and Goldwork and also stitched along with a few quilting SALs, although so far I’ve been thwarted by fmq, so no finished quilts! I enjoy patchwork but most importantly whatever I’m making has to be smalI so I can carry the project with me and add a few stitches wherever I happen to be. It is quite likely that my quilts will be small too! I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone’s interpretation of our subject each quarter.


  1. Its nice to meet you ladies, I wish more had given their bio's. I would but see no way to do it.