Meet Dorothy Ritchie – an inspirational quilter

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Meet Dorothy Ritchie – an inspirational quilter

Delightful Dorothy shares her passion for quilting with us, despite her adversities.

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Both Jennie and Val (and the boys from Bizview tv) were privileged to meet Dorothy – who continues to be a passionate quilter despite everything that life is currently throwing at her. She was anxious to share her situation with us all and here, in her own words, is some of her story:

I came from a very artistic family but found I could not draw. My art appeared in gardening and sewing and got involved in quilting in the last five years. Our teacher Lynn Quinne who is so inspiring introduced us to Midsomer Quilting where I met Chris and Dee who have become dear friends.




I have always been very fit having climbed the Scottish mountains two ranges in the Himalayas and when in Borneo could not resist climbing Kotokinabalu the highest mountain in Malaysia. To my horror I was diagnosed 3 years ago with Motor Neurone Disease. I am now permanently in a wheelchair as I can no longer walk,I cannot speak and use a machine as my voice, swallowing is difficult and now my hands are affected finding it hard to be precise, I am now helped by my lovely daughter who sits with me, threads my machine, picks up my pins and does all the packing collecting. During my progression downwards with Motor Neurone Disease I have continued Quilting encouraged by my quilting friends and Tutor they even bought me a small sewing machine operated by pressing a button. Quilting and my friends have been an inspiration to me and a life saver. My ambition was to make to make a quilt for all my seven Grandchildren I am on my third any bets I will make it?

If you wish to find out more about Motor Neurone Disease please visit

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