"I have been a quilter for about thirty years, for me, and I know many others, quilting is not a hobby -- it is a lifestyle and I am very passionate about sharing my love of the craft."
Deirdre started her quilting journey in Ashmore, Queensland, Australia, making the traditional sampler style that most quilters get started on.
She then took a few more classes and, "whilst I was waiting for the class to start one day I was looking at books, I picked up the book "Country Threads" by Mary Tendall and Connie Tesene -- this action was a life-changing event. The quilts in the book combined piecing and appliqué in rich warn colours and that was it for me. I was hooked straight away and have never waned in my drive or enthusiasm to make quilts. The book also featured the business "Country Threads" which is run by these two wonderful ladies and is based on Mary's farm. At the time I thought it was a fabulous idea to have quilts and animals as the focus of a business."
Several years into Deirdre's quilting journey, she started teaching classes based on her own quilt designs at a local quilt store in Warwick, Queensland . This interaction and the pleasure she got from starting others on their journey proved to be very satisfying. Her family then moved to Tasmania and we bought a beautiful little farm which we called Hat Creek. "At the time I thought how wonderful it would be to have a shop and teach classes at our farm just like Country Threads, however educating children and needing "a real job" put this dream to the back of my mind."
In 2005, Deirdre became one half of The Quilted Crow, a patchwork store in Hobart, Tasmania. "We had a great time and great success which included having two books published by Martingale (they also published that Country Threads book all those years ago) as well as designing a cotton fabric line and selecting colours for a wool fabric line for Marcus Fabrics. We travelled a great deal and I got to meet my two idols, Mary and Connie, at their iconic shop/farm in Garner, Iowa which was a very special event for me." At the end of 2014, the Quilted Crow Girls decided to go their separate ways and this led Deirdre back to her original dream of offering shopping, classes and accommodation on her farm, and so Hat Creek Quilts was born.
"My two obsessions are pieced blocks using reproduction cotton prints and appliqué using washed woven wool and I love to combine the two into my own unique designs. I take inspiration from antique quilts, wallpaper designs, ceramic tiles, iron and timber work on buildings as well as the art work on the spines of old books.
I love the depth and texture that wool adds to a quilt and it is so easy to work with. Most of my designs are symmetrical because I love to see the secondary patterns that can come out of a design when you repeat an element or set it in a mirror image. Symmetry is so easy to achieve with the techniques that are included in all of my patterns, now available under the name of Hat Creek Quilts."
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