I’m Louisa, lifetime maker around my old publishing day job, and now full-time quilter and designer. I started my business Sewmotion in 2014 and have been slowly growing over the last couple of years – you may have seen me at a recent quilt show selling my quilt kits and pre-cuts. I’m obsessed with colour and geometric design – perfect for quilting – and I love introducing this amazing craft to newbies, and then encouraging them to get as addicted as I am!

I write a weekly blog and Newsletter on my website and regularly contribute projects to Quilt Now, Love Patchwork & Quilting and Popular Patchwork magazines.

I would class myself as a modern-ish quilter. Even though I haven’t fully embraced the ‘improv’ yet, I love the new designer fabrics with their fresh and modern aesthetic that fits in so well with today’s interiors. Patchwork quilts now look so at home in the popular Scandi minimalist look of many homes which I think has contributed greatly to the upsurge in people wanting to learn this wonderful, achievable and, as we all know, wholly addictive craft.

My first quilt kits were based on my free Beginner’s Quilt Series of tutorials on the website, and include all the pre-cut squares, borders and binding you need to make your first quilt, with the idea that people can try out this craft before investing in the cutting equipment to see if it’s for them. These quilts are also a manageable size at 42″ square, so not too scary under the machine quilting for the first time.

I like to then help the new quilter to develop their own skills with each of my kits, so I would say my next quilt level would be the ever-popular All Squared Up quilt, I have this one in three different versions at the moment, including the one below in Alison Glass’s gorgeous Sun Prints on a Makower solid grey. Again, I do half of the cutting for them, all the 2.5″ strips, borders and binding are pre-cut, though there is some additional cutting to be done, which encourages them to get stuck in.

Currently I am working on a Block of the Month quilt programme to start in January 2018. My Curve Motion Medallion Quilt (90″ square finished ) is all hand-pieced using curved English paper-piecing (thank goodness for the glue pen!), hand appliqué and even quilt-as-you-go. This is one for lovers of a slow, hand-sewing project that will last all year. The launch date for this is 7th December – to hear more about it and everything I and Sewmotion are up to, you can sign up to my Newsletter here – http://bit.ly/2iRGrdC

I look forward to sharing my love of this wonderful craft with all you fellow addicts on what promises to be a great platform for us all!

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