About me

I’m Fi (rhymes with “me” not “my”) and I am a designer, maker and artist. My goal is to inspire and delight you.

You may have seen my quilt designs in Today’s Quilter magazine or my textile art on a book cover or in an exhibition.

As a designer, I love designing quilts that use multiple blocks to create a whole that’s greater than the sum of its parts, making deceptively complex patterns using simple basic techniques that are easily mastered. And I’m coming to love the interplay between piecing and simplified appliqué as well.

As a maker, I’m influenced by folklore, myth and legend, my collection of antique needlework tools and haberdashery, and a long-term interest in dolls and figurative sculpture.

As an artist, much of my past work was large textile art, but I’m currently discovering the joy of working in miniature, both on paper and in stitch. I really want to explore small scale, detailed drawing, painting and printmaking more this year.

I’m also a gardener, dilettante writer, enthusiastic collector of antique needlecraft tools, amateur genealogist, and sometime gobby bitch. Fair warning – if swearing offends you, you’re not going to like me much. I’ve lived with chronic fatigue (CFS/ME), migraines and dysthymia (persistent depression) since I was 19. Sometimes that makes me a little tetchy!

Will you join me for the creative adventures of a smart, sweary, and occasionally ranty woman-of-a-certain-age?

PS. If you’d like to support me on my journey, why not become a Patron and help me produce more designs, makes and art?

my “modern cottage garden”