My interest in textiles began when as a child, I spent many hours making dolls clothes. This naturally progressed to making my own clothes and once married,
furnishings for my home. I made my first quilt in 1983, which was constructed from hexagon shapes over paper; a style which was a popular at that time and which is now being
explored in new and exciting ways.
I learnt to make quilts properly when residing in America and it was there that my interest in textiles grew. I continued to make mainly hand made quilts for some years, but my passion really took off when I discovered The National Patchwork Championships in 1989, when I returned to live in the UK.
I began to make quilts to exhibit from this point onwards, and was awarded some prizes, including first machine embroidery with “Tree Fern” at Malvern in 2001, first advanced and first appliqué with “Passion Flower Frenzy” at The National Patchwork Championship in 2003 and first Spring Festival Challenge with “Silicon Chip” at The National Patchwork Championships in 2004.
It was during this time that I realised that I enjoyed making heavily embellished quilts and enrolled in some City and Guild courses in machine embroidery, to learn some new techniques, completing the Certificate in 2005 and the Diploma in 2007. I am continuing my studies now, taking a master class at Missenden Abbey with Janet Edmonds.
In 2000, I was one of the founder members of the Market Square Quilters group in Newbury, which has grown and flourished, holding various positions over the years. I am also an active member of The Newbury Embroiderers Guild and also a member of Textart07 which was formed from one of my City and Guild groups.
In the past few years I have been running workshops with my sister Sonia Clifton at my home, Highwood Farm in our renovated barn. For the past year I have taken time out to concentrate on my own work. I have been working on various themes including "Highwood Farm"," Alliums" and "Apple blossoms" and currently been exploring the theme of "My Favourite Mugs and Jugs". I often find that it doesn't matter what theme I am working on, I seem to find a floral or natural element.
I like to work in all types of textiles, though I mainly practice in embroidery and patchwork and quilting. I am constantly trying new things and although I sometimes work in series, I often break off and work on something completely different. My work as a consequence is therefore quite diverse.