About Joanne

About JoanneI grew up with a love for the arts and crafts, with a particular interest in design and textiles. I worked in the area of Visual Merchandising and Graphic Art, running my own business in Melbourne Australia before moving to country New South Wales in 1990 and starting a family.

It was there, in 1991, that I attended my first patchwork class. More quilts followed, eventually taking over all my other art and craft interests. My earlier quilt choices were based mainly on learning new techniques. I attended more classes, acquired more books and continued quilting on and off over the years. Since moving back to Melbourne in 2007 and with my children now grown, I have been able to pursue my passion for quilting. In 2011 I exhibited some of my quilts for the first time.

I appreciate both traditional and contemporary design. I have a keen interest in textile and social history and love reading about old quilts, dye and textile production, trade, etc. and the people and politics behind it. Whilst my quilts aren’t of one particular style, I have over the years favoured certain techniques. I have further developed my own way of doing things, based usually on achieving the best result for the time spent. My aim is to provide quilters with time efficient techniques and a range of ready-to-use templates to assist them in achieving accurate results and confidence in designing their own projects.

Exhibitions

2014     Victorian Quilters Showcase Exhibition

Pietra Dura – Highly Commended, Traditional Professional Category
Pietra Dura – Judge’s Award
Connecting the Dots – Finalist, Excellent use of colour

2013     Victorian Quilters Showcase Exhibition

Portrait of a Lady – First, Small Quilts Amateur Category
Resurrection – Runner Up, Mainly Appliqué Amateur Category
Simple Days – Highly Commended, Traditional Amateur Category

2012      Victorian Quilters Showcase Exhibition

Star Bright – Highly Commended, Small Quilts Amateur Category

2011      Victorian Quilters Showcase Exhibition

Victorian Roses – First, Small Quilts Amateur Category
Picnic in Provence – Runner Up, Traditional Amateur Category
At the Bottom of Grandma’s Flower Garden – Judge’s Award