Mandy of Peak District, UK
Occupation: SAHM & Online Fabric Store - Simply Solids
Significant Other/Kids/Pets: Husband Lewis who is an artist, three gorgeous kids, Jamie (9), Freya (6) and Audrey (4). Mad yellow Labrador Millie (2), Ginger cat Castor (13) and two rabbits Nizbit & Bun Buns (1)
# Years Quilting: 2
Hand or machine piecing or quilting: Mostly machine but some hand.
How she learned to quilt:
Twenty odd years ago I attended an exhibition in Atlanta on slave quilts, it made a huge impression on me and I vowed that one day I would make my own quilt. I finally got round to starting a quilt when I was pregnant with my first child nine and a half years ago, motherhood took over and I never finished it, that is until two years ago - that is when I got the bug. I enrolled in a block a month workshop and learnt a lot of basic skills, now I will try anything, I belong to several bees and swaps on Flickr and love making stuff for family and friends.
Favorite Completed Project:
Quilting workstation setup: I have converted our conservatory into my sewing area, it is not the most peaceful of rooms as it is right in the midst of the family, but I can just pop in and out.
Mandy's Online Shop: A couple of months ago after struggling to get hold of the Kona Solids I wanted in the UK, I decided to set up my own online fabric store - Simply Solids specialising in Kona Cotton Solids. It is going really well and I am now the largest stockist in the UK! I will get in any colour a customer needs and it is my aim to stock all 221 colours. I also do some designer fabrics, Laura Gunn, Jessica Levitt, Patty Young and some Moda.
To learn more about Mandy and her adventures, check out her blog Made with Love by Mandy and flickr photostream.
And of course, hop on over to Simply Solids for shopping fun!