Interview with Lesley Brankin

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Interview with Lesley Brankin

Fantastic quilts, great designs – learn how Lesley makes such splendid quilts

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Lesley Brankin is a freelance needlecraft designer living and working in Malvern, Worcestershire, UK. During the last fourteen years she has built up a solid reputation for her innovative design work and has had well in excess of 200 needlecraft and patchwork designs and features published. From May 2002 to July 2007 she was an Assistant Editor of British Patchwork & Quilting magazine.

Lesley has been the recipient of a number of national and international prizes for her work, both needlecraft and patchwork, including major awards at Quilts UK, Festival of Quilts and the European Quilt Championships. Her Noughts and Crosses quilt won 1st Place in the Contemporary Large category at Festival of Quilts 2007 and Lesley uses a Memory Craft 6600P by Janome.

Always having specialised in working with the major UK Needlecraft magazines, Lesley has designed projects and written articles for Patchwork & Quilting, Classic Stitches, Popular Patchwork, Cross Stitcher, Needlecraft, Cross Stitch Collection, World of Cross Stitching, Card Shop and Cross Stitch Crazy magazines.

Lesley maintains close working relationships with many product distributors and manufacturers – supporting and promoting their products through use in her published designs and on occasions producing exclusive showcase projects and articles for them.

City & Guilds trained in embroidery and design, Lesley teaches design, patchwork and embroidery techniques, including undertaking workshops and demonstrations on behalf of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles.

She draws much of her inspiration for her design work from five main sources – her family, nature, architecture, historical artefacts and ethnic cultures, but readily turns her hand to most subjects and always enjoys a challenge!

Her foundation pieced books are all available at a special price here on the site, as well as the two patterns she mentions.

You can find out more about Lesley on her website at

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