|I’m a technical writer/editor, ex-teacher, and quilter living with my husband on an acre of land in the beautiful southwest corner of Western Australia… which might help explain the ‘sandgroper14′ part of the URL. A ‘sandgroper’ is a slang expression for a Western Australian, and my birthdate is the 14th.|
Since moving from Perth early in 2007, I’ve taken up quilting — with a passion! At first, I was most interested in the quilt design and creation process, but now I’m passionate about art quilts and free motion quilting (FMQ). I use a Husqvarna Sapphire 970 for sewing and piecing, and my beloved ‘Bee’ — a Handi Quilter Sweet Sixteen — for my quilting. Almost all my quilting is free motion — I rarely mark a pattern, I don’t use pantographs, and I rarely use rulers.
I’ve been fortunate enough to have attended several multi-day quilting workshops in the US and Australia, and have been taught new techniques from the likes of Michelle Pearson, Gloria Loughman, Eleanor Burns, Lenore Crawford, and Velda Newman.
I’ve honed my FMQ skills by volunteering to quilt charity quilts for my local guild’s ‘Community Quilts‘ program. I started quilting community quilts in June 2012, and by May 2013 I had quilted more than 80 quilts of various sizes for this program. I also quilt other people’s quilts for a fee (see Quilting Services).