Sue from Hampshire was the winner of one of our Design Source Books in July. She sent a lovely email telling us about herself and shared some great photos of two lovely Irish Chain Quilts.
 
Sue says, "Thank you so much for the prize book, it arrived safely today. This was the second prize I have won in the same week and I usually say I never win anything!!"
 
"I have always been interested in sewing, mainly clothes and soft furnishings, but only began patchworking and quilting when I was a 'lady of leisure' based in Oman when my husband was working there 2000-2003. Our teacher was Holly from South Africa and we had ladies from all parts of the world in the group, most of whom were accompanying wives of ex-pat or military loan service working husbands. As accompanying wives we did not qualify for work permits so we all found lots of different skills to pass on to each other and also raise money for different worthy causes by belonging to womens groups"
 
"I began with a traditional block quilt but very soon knew that hand sewing was NOT my forte; so most of my quilts are made and quilted by machine."
 
"The photos are from 2006 when I was enamoured with 'Irish Chain'."
 
"The yellow one I began in Oman where good cotton fabrics and decent thread were not easy to find. However I decided as yellow had always been a favorite colour, I would use it, despite the doomsayers of the quilters world, that yellow should be only an 'accent colour' The double chain red one I am pictured holding, I made for my mum-in-law's birthday and it is double bed size and she LOVES it."
 
"I now belong to the Forest Patch Quilt group and we meet monthly in Brockenhurst village hall. It is a small group of local ladies and a great teacher in Penny. I really look forward to our Saturday get togethers. We are all working hard and hoping for a successful first exhibition in October in Lymington."
 
 
"I am now working hard at getting my grandchildren (all 4 of them) interested in sewing and Tia age 6 has already, with Grandma's help, made some soft furnishings for her dolls house, which was made by Grandad."
 
We love to hear your quilting stories, please get us touch with us by emailing Popular Patchwork. You could see your quilt here soon!