Jo has been sewing since she was 6 and patchworking since she was 10 years old. She's been constantly crafting ever since and set up her myBearpaw blog 8 years ago to share her makes with the world. 6 years ago she set up her Edinburgh craft shop and studio so that she could teach sewing, quilting and crocheting to a new generation of crafters, and in 2013 she launched the first Stitch Gathering Retreat. These days she spends her days designing and making quilts for magazines and books, and her evening and weekends teaching. Any spare time is spent planning the next Thread House Retreat alongside her partners Karen and Lynne.
Jo's blog: myBearpaw
Julie first started making ‘things’ as a wee girl, from stuffed owls for new babies to skirts and bags for herself – never with a pattern and using whatever materials she could get her hands on.
Sewing took a bit of a back stage while she pursued her love of the outdoors. A degree, and career, in forestry and ecology took her to funny wee houses in out of the way parts of Scotland. After meeting her future husband while travelling in Peru she rapidly found herself surrounded by lots of small children and animals. Babies number three and four mean that forestry has been sidelined for a while and she has re-discovered her love of sewing. She is completely self-taught, does sometimes follow patterns these days, loves to mix and match different fabric types and enjoys playing with pattern and colour.
Julie's Website: Black Isle Yarns
Mandy learnt Patchwork while living in the US and now designs quilts and craft projects for magazines in the UK. She has been teaching patchwork for 20 years and is a member of the Modern Quilt Guild. Her quilts and textile art have been exhibited in quilt shows and galleries in London, Paris and New York. She is passionate about fabric, inspired by travel and architecture and enjoys sharing her skills.
Mandy's Blog: Mandy Monroe
Lucy's passions are combining fabric, playing with quilt layouts and hand sewing. She is a quilter and blogger, designs projects for magazines, regularly teaches quilting classes and is a designer on The Sewing Quarter. Inspired by the history and varied techniques of patchwork and quilting, Lucy always has a few projects on the go. When she's not quilting Lucy can be found doing some embroidery.
Lucy's Blog: Charm about You
Sarah is the founder and chairman of the South West Modern Quilt Guild in the UK, a freelance writer, pattern designer, teacher, social media lover and obsessive quilter. Sarah loves all things modern quilting, and if she’s not doing it, she’s writing about it or photographing it.
Sarah's Instagram: @quilt_candy
I've always been a bit crafty and have very fond childhood memories of pottering about with my Grandpa making bits of "artwork" from bits and bobs that had washed up on the beach. My Mum and Granny taught me to sew on an old hand crank Singer and I made clothes for my dolls and then for myself as I grew up. I discovered the wonderful world of quilting when I picked up a copy of the first Material Obsession book about 7 years ago and then stumbled upon Flickr and the online community. I love sewing and quilting and can't imagine a life without cutting up bits of fabric and sewing them back together again.
Fiona's Blog: Poppy Makes
Trudi learnt to sew at an early age, mastering various stitched crafts including cross stitch, embroidery and dressmaking. After making her own clothes as well as ball gowns she was introduced to patchwork by a colleague. She has now been quilting for more than 25 years, and runs her own business Long Arm machine quilting and teaching.
Trudi's Blog: Trudi Quilting Prolifically