At school and at home I always enjoyed painting, drawing and being creative, but encouraged by my results I completed a degree in opto-electronics and a second qualification in business management and went on to (most of the time) enjoy a career in telecoms. By 2012, the hours, the travel and the stress finally outweighed the amount I was gaining from it .. and in the meantime my daughters were growing up, largely without me.

In May 2013, after a year off, I set up GillyMac Designs and began teaching. My classes focus on encouraging my pupils of whatever age to have a go. By 2014 my Senior Girls Sewing Group had won an award at the Festival of Quilts for their quilt, “Sunflower Magic”IMG_2303-100 and the Junior Sewing Bee narrowly missed out with their “Butterfly Garden” wall hanging. The following year , the girls once again won an award at the Festival of Quilts with their piece “Wizarding Magic” and in the same year Sunflower Magic was taken as part of GenArt , a touring exhibition of exceptional art created by children, and was shown at the Turner Contemporary. In 2015 I started teaching at Liberty of London and continue to do so.  I also volunteer as the representative responsible for Young Quilters in Berkshire & Oxfordshire for the Quilters Guild of the British Isles. IMG_1280

The backbone of GillyMac Designs are my weekly childrens classes and my two Thursday groups. These groups either have a ‘treat’ bowl for the kids or oodles of cake and coffee for the ‘grown ups’. Over the past year, these classes are as close to a traditional sewing bee as you could get. Wonderful !

I have no ambition other than to be a great teacher and to enjoy sewing whilst the girls grow up.

The most recent reviews of my classes can be found here.


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