Ellen Perkins

Hi, I’ve been a sewer/dressmaker for 55 years, I started at the age of 5 when I made my brother a pr of Panama’s from a blackout curtain. I learnt to sew with my Nanna Rose using her Jones hand machine. I prefer quilting to dressmaking and love to do different techniques, each quilt takes on different characteristics from the fabric used, even making the same quil in different fabrics can produce a totally different quilt. I do lots of sewing for charity, recently making a quilt to raise funds for homeless dog rescues and am currently making 50 fiddle mats for the local care homes. I make memory cushions, quilts and teddy bears, and photo cushions and quilts. Hubby is worse than me when we go to fabric stores or quilt shows, he pick material and I always end up coming home with twice as much fabric as I went in for, he was in the RAF for 26 years using an industrial machine mending parachutes and safety equipment. All my machines are Janome brand and I have the 500e embroidery machine. I used to teach beading, making jewellery and other things, we always made Christmas baubles to exhibit at out local Christmas tree festival and donated a beaded raffle prize. I have a Patterdale called Jack who I walk everyday and am lucky enough to live in a small village so have lots of countryside to walk in. We are both members of the national trust and love visiting their properties especially looking at vintage quilts. I like to make quilts that fit people’s personalities and interests.

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