Meet Our Designers
We have set up this page so you can get to meet some of the talented designers that provide us with fabulous patterns and kits.
From Make It Perfect we are pleased to introduce Toni .
Toni says "Sewing and having a go at a variety of other crafts provides me with a sense of “me time.” I have always enjoyed making and creating things and always have one or two projects on the go at a time. Since becoming a Mother I have found that if I can set myself aside a little time every day to create then I feel satisfied that I have done something for myself during the day.
There is something special about sewing from scratch and creating something new and unique using only the ideas I have floating around in my own head. Although I enjoy following other people’s sewing patterns and find it refreshing not to have to think so hard about what I am doing, the sense of satisfaction is greater when I have designed a pattern myself, especially if the project has been challenging or there have been problems along the way. As I work through those problems I learn so much and feel a greater sense of achievement when I reach the finished product.
The best two things about designing and writing my own sewing patterns are:
- Being able to create something exactly how I want it, and
- I LOVE it when other people share their finished creations with me, It always excites me to see someone have success with one of my patterns and I love to see the different mix of fabrics that they have chosen. I especially love it when someone puts their special, creative touch into their finished project and alters or adds to the pattern to make it unique and suit their needs/tastes better.
I am a fabric addict and proud to admit it! I especially love collecting fabrics from designers such as Alexander Henry, Amy Butler, Heather Bailey, just to name a few. I find a great source of inspiration in sorting through my fabric stash and coming up with new ideas or themes to use for different patterns. I am so excited about the turn the quilting market has taken in the last year or so, encouraging more and more designers to produce fresh and funky fabrics which cry out to younger sewers. These modern fabrics also lend themselves perfectly to making clothing and other accessories.
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Thanks Toni for letting us into your life and for designing such great modern patterns for today - to see Toni's amazing range , click here
From Lynette Anderson Designs we are pleased to introduce Lynette.
Lynette has been enjoying patchwork and quilting for more than 25 years. In 1990 Lynette and her family moved to Australia and by 1995 she had designed and produced her first patterns. Lynette’s retail store opened its doors in 1997 and for almost ten hectic, fun filled years Lynette ran both her design company and the retail store on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, Australia. In mid 2006 Lynette decided she wanted to focus full time on designing, so she sold the store and now works from her design studio at home.
Lynette’s sophisticated naïve design style is instantly recognizable, inspiring thousands of women around the globe with her delightful designs, many of these women keep in touch daily with Lynette through her blog. ww.lynetteandersondesigns.typepad.com
The next step for Lynette was to fulfill her dream of putting her designs onto fabric, the invitation to join the team at Henry Glass Fabrics last year came at just the right moment and Lynette has been busy working with the team at HG to produce her first two lines of fabric.
The Christmas Magic line is adorable from cute snowmen to flying Santas and including some great Christmas basics. Look out too for Lynettes newest BOM called Crazy Christmas with its clever use of the Christmas Magic fabric and her distinctive irresistible stitcheries.
When asked where does your inspiration come from? Her reply was,
“Everywhere, there is something inspiring at every turn of my head, alot of my ideas are stored memories from my childhood.
Hedgerow is my first everyday fabric line with Henry Glass and I wanted it to reflect a time of simplicity.
I grew up in the English countryside, my summers were filled with playing hide and seek with my brother in the hedgerows around our home. We gathered bouquets of wild flowers for Mum, caught butterflies and together we learnt the names of the wildflowers, insects and animals that shared lives. Capturing these simple memories in fabric was a dream come true”.
Thanks Lynette and congratulations on your wonderful achievements and fabulous pattern range - to see Lynett'es amazing range , click here
From Flying Fish Patterns we are pleased to introduce Wendy.
I live in Drummoyne, which is a lovely leafy suburb in Sydney on the harbour just 15mins from the city.
I grew up in Wollongong but have lived is Sydney for 30 years now. I live in a very male household with a husband, 2 teenage boys and a much loved puppy dog.
I have been sewing since I was a child, learning from my 2 older sisters and my very talented mum.
After leaving school, I studied fashion and went on to work in the fashion industry and studied to become a teacher. I taught fashion fulltime for 13 years. With 2 small children, I wanted to spend more time with them and started working part time at home designing childrens (boys) clothing.
I have been quilting for about 17 years and designing quilts and bags for many years. Flying fish kits started about 3 years ago and I am loving the challenge of a craft business. I get to chat to so many lovely people, it is such a happy, friendly industry.
My main motivation for my business was to be able to spend every day working with my designs for bags and quilts, sounds like a great excuse for work. Unfortunately I find that I am getting less time to play but I do love what I do.
In the future I would like to do more teaching and currently teach at a local patchwork shop
I find inspriation for my designs everywhere. I walk my dog every day and really enjoy the time to think about new designs. I am always checking out everyones gardens and always amazed at the colours and the colour combinations found in nature. I am always motivated by colour first and then the design. As anyone who designs or makes quilts and craft, my mind is always at work and there simply isn't enough hours in the day.
Thanks Wendy, what a great job you have , so important to love what you do and your patterns reflect how happy you are. Click here to view all Wendy's gorgeous patterns