Get to know The Guild better by meeting our talented members. We have interesting and inspiring members all over the country and we want you to share their work with you.
This week meet new member Sarah Ashford who runs the online #greatbritishquilter event and sews for many of your favourite quilting magazines!
What are you working on now?
Now that I’m a full time quilter, (and have been for the last year) a lot of what I do is secret sewing as I mostly make quilts for publications. But I can share a few sneak peeks! My current project involves foundation paper piecing, high contrast fabrics and a low volume background. I’ve had such fun designing this project, I can’t wait to share it in full!
What is your favourite quilt?
The one stand out quilt out of all that I’ve made is my pixelated Hello Kitty Quilt, made for my daughter who at the time was Hello Kitty mad. It was for her 5th birthday, and now she’s nearly 9 so doesn’t think it’s cool anymore! It’s made out of 2” squares and horizontally straight line quilted, with piping up against the binding. Last year it was on display in the Modern category at the Festival of Quilts and I was thrilled with the judges comments. It also kept popping up on Instagram which was wonderful!
Who are your quilting heroes?
If I had to pick just one, it would without doubt be Philippa Naylor. When I lived in Jersey, Channel Islands, I was lucky enough to take part in a 2 day workshop with Philippa. She taught us to pay attention to every aspect of the quilting process; from the thread you use, the needle in your machine, the quality of the fabric, your posture, not to mention many hours of practice…. all of which contribute to excellent results. I’ve also read her books and I so admire her dedication to fulfilling her creative vision, whether it take a week, a month or a year. Philippa has a very logical and systematic approach and her free machine quilting is out of this world. As quilters we all have so much to learn from her; she really is my quilting hero. *
*read about Guild member Philippa in a previous Meet a Member interview here
Can you recommend a good quilting read?
I love a good book almost as I love quilting, and if it’s a quilting book, even better! My quilt book library is my pride and joy. Without doubt, the books that have had the most profound impact on my quilting journey are Material Obsession 1 and 2, by Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke. I came across them about 8 years ago now. I was completely bowled over by the designs, the use of colour, the prints, the hand quilting…I just knew I wanted to make quilts like those, and lots of them!
What do you love about The Guild?
I’m one of the Guild’s newest members and now I’m wondering why it took me so long to join! As founder of the #GreatBritishQuilter challenge on Instagram, it made perfect sense to support The Guild, whose vision is to preserve the heritage of quilting as well as promoting quilting now and for future generations. So far I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading The Quilter magazine (where the #greatbritishquilter challenge even gets a mention – thanks Jo Avery!) and I’m so excited to see the 1718 Silk Coverlet at the Festival of Quilts this year. I hope to go to a regional meeting soon and I plan to go to the Annual AGM next year and make new friends, as well as catch up with old ones.
You can follow me on Instagram @sarahashfordstudio and visit my Etsy shop where I sell customised glitter project pouches. I look forward to connecting with you!
A huge thank you to all of our members who have been featured in our Meet a Member profiles. We love to read about your quilting lives, your work in progress and favourite quilty reads. It’s great to hear about your quilt heroes and we’re always inspired by the amazing quilts that you all make. Follow us on social media Instagram @thequiltersguild or The Quilters’ Guild on Facebook to see lots more of our talented members sewing every day!
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.