Sue started sewing as a small girl with her Granny who let her play in her button box for hours (it was up North, I didn’t have many toys!). Sue’s Granny was the ultimate recycler before it was trendy; pulling back sweaters and using the wool; turning cuffs and collars on shirts; and using small scraps to make hexagons for dollies’ quilts.
Embroidery, knitting and dressmaking have alway been Sue’s hobbies. She made clothes for her girls until they begged her to stop!
She started patchwork and quilting while living abroad. She found herself with time on my hands for the first time in years, and she found an English book on patchwork. That was it. She was completely hooked from that day forward. One City and Guilds diploma later she started teaching. Seven years after that, she taught regular classes at home, design for Daisy Chain Designs, and had lots of fun travelling around and meeting new quilters.
Quilting has taken Sue to America several times, Europe and Birmingham…every year of course. She organised the Hever quilt show for the Guild for five years before hanging up her white gloves and cable ties for the final time, handing it on to someone else.
Click here if you would like to watch Sue Rhodes talks to Valerie Nesbitt about her love of Thermofax screen printing, as well as a wonderful new pattern she has designed for use with the Dresden Plate shape and English Paper Piecing.
Japanese Folded, English Paper Piecing
Sue’s Top Tips
- Stitch from the centre of the circle to the opposite centre and then repeat for the other side of the circle – it will be easier to keep under control with 4 pieces of cotton.
- Use a pressing square and paper clips to make the square of Japanese folded to help get your material into the right position