I was born in 1977 in a town in Queensland, Australia called Mount Isa. I moved to Townsville, Queensland when I was three and grew up surrounded by sun, fishing and tropical living. I didn’t see much of it. I instead loved to hide out in my room reading books, magazines, watching television and daydreaming. I took sewing as part of my compulsory home economics class in high school and to say I flunked would be a generous retelling.
In 2002 I moved to Canberra, Australian Capital Territory as part of my work with the Australian Public Service. Here I met the love of my life, gave birth to my son and found my passion in life. In 2010 my Nana gifted me her sewing machine and I suddenly found myself with an uncontrollable urge to create those quilts that I had fallen in love with in television, magazines and movies.
I took a beginners quilt course and was told by the instructor at the second lesson that I should consider another craft. Despite her vote of confidence I persisted and a year later I took another beginners quilt class (after failing to finish the first) and I found a teacher who had the patience to teach me to love quilting the way that she did. I finished that class and embarked on an amazing journey through fabric.
My obsession grew and in 2016 I quit my job of 20+ years and set out to make my mark on the world through the two things I love; writing and creating. I write at www.GnomeAngel.com where I share my creative journey and inspire and encourage people to follow their creative dreams.
If I had to sum up the defining characteristics of my work in three words they would be: fussy cutting, colour and fun. (Ok, that’s four but I see “fussy cutting” as one word.) I love fussy cutting. I love the way it allows me to express myself, I love the joy it brings when others see it and I love just having fun with fabrics. I think I’m not alone when it comes to a love of Fussy Cutting and that’s why I think that there’s an unspoken club out there in the world of fussy cutters and if this club had to have a name it would be called “Fussy Cutters Club”.