Award winning quilter – this interview was at Festival of Quilts.
Born in Yorkshire, England, Philippa discovered a love of sewing and knitting as a child. A second-hand sewing machine for her thirteenth birthday enabled her to progress from making dolls clothes to full sized garments for herself, family and friends.
After training to be a clothes designer she worked in industry for five years designing lingerie before moving to Saudi Arabia and setting up a business making bespoke wedding and evening dresses.
A chance meeting in 1996 led to a quilting course, after which clothing became less interesting and quilting an all-consuming passion (few garments have been made since this date, other than fancy dress costumes for Philippa’s two sons!).
Philippa combines her technical expertise and designer training to produce intricately machine pieced quilts which are heavily machine quilted often utilising trapunto.
Philippa has had great success in quilt shows in both the UK and America, and won many prizes including awards in four consecutive AQS shows – the ‘Bernina Workmanship Award’ with “Pop Stars” in 2002, ‘Best of Show’’ with “Lime Light” in 2003 and ‘The Pfaff Award for Machine Artistry’ with “Star Sign” at the IQA show in Houston TX in 2007.
In 2004, after living in Saudi Arabia for fifteen years, Philippa returned to Yorkshire and is enjoying the opportunity to teach more widely when she’s not working in her delightful purpose built studio.
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