We’re pleased to welcome Eileen Wright of Parksville to our guild meeting this month.
Eileen has been sewing and knitting since she was very young, having been inspired by her grandmother who was a quilter and a dressmaker. Eileen grew up in Ontario but moved to BC in 1984 when her husband was transferred here. She jokingly says that when they divorced he got Ontario while she held out for BC and having loved Vancouver Island from her very first visit she managed to move herself there in 1992. Recently Eileen moved from Nanaimo to Parksville and wonders why it took her so long to get there. She loves Parksville and all the fun quilters that she has met.
Eileen claims that although she has always been a traditional quilter, she feels compelled to push the boundaries in order to create original work. Thus twisting bargello is not as ‘out there’ as you might think.
Eileen is currently working on new designs for a second book since “Twist and Turn Bargello Quilts” has been so well received. It made the Martingale best seller list shortly after its release in December 2009 and has now been reprinted for the 6th time. Eileen is coming back to the Guild in the Spring 2012 to teach us one of her patterns.