Get to know The Guild better by meeting our talented members. Every year we are so proud to have so many Guild members who are winners at Festival of Quilts. We have reached out to our talented member winners and asked them to share with us their quilting life, why they entered the competition, what their winning quilt means to them and where they get their inspiration. Read on and be inspired. Are you entering a quilt this year?
Meet Guild member Moira Neal, who was a winner in the Quilters’ Guild Challenge Category.
What are you working on now?
I am making my Stitching Through Time Quilters’ Guild entry for The Festival of Quilts at the NEC in August. I always include some of my Mum’s hand-made lace in my work, which I tell people about when I give my talks. It was my way of coping with her dementia and keeping her memory alive. Mum died at the end of April this year but a few months ago, she inspired me with a lovely idea after I had shown her something I was going to include in my latest work. I am not able to share this yet as quilts must be anonymous when entered and not seen before.
What does your winning quilt mean to you?
I have been amazed at my success in the past two years and have won four plus lovely prizes. My most well know success is my Gardener’s World quilt I entered for the Malvern show which won first for the theme, a first for fabric painting and dyeing and overall champion! Wow! I was knocked out. Never, ever did I think I could win. My work is far from perfect but it is original and quirky and I am thrilled that it is being recognised as being different.
Gardener’s World is my favourite quilt. It is about a quilter growing everything she needs for her work and all labelled in Latinoides stupides. Ridiculous and fun! All hand dyed and painted fabrics. I rarely use commercial fabrics.
Who are your quilting heroes?
This is Dorothy Stapleton who’s work I always loved and laughed at. I have never met her but I totally loved her quirkiness. I am saddened to hear that she is now profoundly deaf and no longer teaches.
Can you recommend a good quilting read?
In my early days of quilting I loved Square Dance by Martha Thompson, a deliciously simple way of making spinning pinwheels. I made several versions of it in different sizes and I really enjoyed reading about how she came upon the idea. I also really loved Jacket Jazz by Judy Murrah, in particular the fact that it showed me so many ways to distort and tuck fabrics in the making of a jacket which I still have.
I do not have a current favourite. I like to be inspired by a topic or theme for a quilt show and use my own quirky way of interpreting the design.
What do you love about the Guild and Festival of Quilts?
There are so many people in The Guild who are passionate about protecting our heritage and housing the collection for future generations to enjoy. The Guild brings quilters together at fabulous area days, and the annual AGM & Conference, hosted by different regions each year.
I have a two Facebook pages, Moira Neal Free Machine Artist and The Fallen Angel Co so please call by and say hello. I am on instagram @thefallenangelco too.
My name is on The Quilters Guild list of speakers and teachers. I love to share my love of free machine quilting and appliqué.
We are asking Members to tell us a bit about their sewing life using five simple questions. At the end of the interview each member suggests another to interview. This way we hope to bring you a wide range of makers from all corners of The Guild over the next weeks and months. If you know an inspiring quilter who we should feature, get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send out a copy of our questionnaire.