Trudi showcases her creative talents

Trudi showcases her creative talents

Professional Lincoln quilter Trudi Wood is poised for a surge in business and planning to showcase her work “across the Pond” after attending a major textiles show.

Trudi returned home from the four-day Festival of Quilts at Birmingham’s NEC fired-up with inspiration and enthusiasm after exhibiting a stunning quilt, getting the thumbs-up from an American quilting expert for her techniques and having shared her knowledge with the show’s 24,000 visitors.

The skilled long arm machine quilter, who lives in the south of the city, exhibited her own 86 ins by 86 ins Liberty Love quilt in the Festival, which attracted 700 entries across several categories. She had also done finishing work on three other entries.

“My own entry (see attached photo) is made in Tana lawn fabric.  A friend designed the piece but I made it up and quilted it.  It took me about seven days altogether,” said Trudi.

“The design is a play on a nine-patch Irish chain, which has had snowball blocks incorporated into it.  Interestingly, I needed some blue Liberty fabric, so I put out a request on Instagram.  Thankfully I had a huge response from people able to help.”

Liberty Love attracted scores of admiring glances and positive comments during the show.

Trudi, who also has her own business Quilting Prolifically, also spent time working on The Cotton Patch stall at the event, where she was able to demonstrate the use of a die-cutting machine (for cutting patchwork pieces) to visitors and share her knowledge of quilt making.

“I have had my business for 11 years, and it has been a full-time job the last two. I layer-up people’s wonderful quilt tops by adding wadding and backing fabric and then quilting them in their chosen design. Orders come from all over the UK and abroad,” said Trudi.

“I also used my visit to The Festival of Quilts for Continued Professional Development purposes by attending a demonstration with expert long arm quilter Lisa Calle from America, who shared her techniques, tips and tricks.

“It was a very inspirational and encouraging session and it was great to know that I am doing the right things.  Some American quilts are truly amazing, but Lisa said I shouldn’t hesitate to enter my own work in American competitions. So I am planning to do that next year.”

Trudi is now back at her machine and has plenty to be getting on with, but she is always happy to help people who want to know how to quilt and she also give talks about her great passion.


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