The Fat Quarterly Team
But she only discovered her love for fabric when she moved to North Carolina and stumbled across one of the most amazing fabric stores she has ever been in. She decided then and there to make a Memory Quilt for her grandfather’s 75th birthday despite the fact she had never made a quilt before. Tacha spent hours hand piecing the quilt and true love was found. Since that moment in time it is rare to find Tacha without yarn, thread or fabric in her hand or about her person!
The birth of Tacha’s two daughters just increased her need to sew, sew, sew and sew. Changing bags, cot quilts, stuffies, bibs and the list goes on. Her addiction was made worse when she discovered the online quilting community. Tacha now participates in 8 online bees and in the regular swaps held on flickr.
Not content to ever do one thing at a time, Tacha also enjoys screenprinting and carving stamps to use on fabric. She would love one day to design her own fabric line.
Her first sewing machine was a Holly Hobby wind up one that she got one year for Christmas and she would get that out when ever Mum got hers out. She (badly) made handbags and Sindy clothes and was never very satisfied with how they turned out.
She got her first “grown-up” sewing machine when she was 21 and studying Textile design and technology at Uni and had marvellous fun sewing bits of knitting, paper, masking tape, lumpy handmade felt and anything else that would fit under the foot. Not surprisingly that sewing machine, although still alive, has taken the hump and reluctantly grinds into action on the rare occasions it is called upon.
She had been itching to make a patchwork quilt for what seemed like forever and finally she bit the bullet about 4 or 5 years ago, never imagining that it would suck her in and lead to the biggest obsession she’s ever had!
She works full time (unfortunately in a very uncreative job!) so her time is limited, but she does manage to squeeze quilting into just about every waking moment and collects fabric like others collect Lladro figurines!
She already has more quilts and fabric than she knows what to do with but the more quilts she makes and the more she wants to make. She will most likely just stack them up and stroke them.
Fifteen years and four children later, she moved with her family from London to a tiny little village in the middle of nowhere slap bang in the middle of England, a move that would prove to be a turning point in her life. After school one day, her daughters went to play at a friend’s house. When Lynne went to pick them up, the mother, Mandy, was sitting at her kitchen table, in front of a sewing machine, making a quilt. Mandy showed Lynne the modern quilts she had made, her sampler made of Japanese fabrics, her blog and her stash of modern fabrics. Lynne’s interest in quilting was immediately re-kindled but this time around there were blogs, Flickr, online shops, modern fabrics, modern quilts and a whole community out there of people full of ideas, inspiration and advice. She ordered a layer cake and a jelly roll, made a couple of quilts, started a blog, joined Flickr, joined some swaps, started a couple of bees and hasn’t looked back since.