Welcome to my website, I make quilts for myself, friends and family, for charity (through the San Francisco Quilters Guild and personally).
Why "Quiltwombat" as my domain name, you ask? I am an Australian, my passion is making quilts, and my favourite Aussie animal is the common wombat. For those of you who don't know what a wombat is: Wombats are large, lumbering marsupials which live only in Australia. They grow to a length of about 3 feet (1m) and weigh approximately 88 lbs (40kg). Wombats live in burrows which they dig in the ground. To assist with their burrowing, they have thick, muscular legs and strong claws. Common wombats are found in Tasmania and in some parts of New South Wales. Hairy-nosed wombats are rarer and found only in the more arid regions of Australia. Wombats usually forage for food at either dawn or dusk, avoiding activity during the hotter parts of the day, when they often bask in the sun at their burrow entrance. The picture below is a baby wombat, the picture in the page banner is a fully grown one.
How did I start quilting? I was channel-surfing one Sunday in 1991, and came upon America Quilts (I think that was it). The demonstration was basic strip-piecing for a 9-patch, and I said to myself "I can do that!" I went to the fabric store and bought a rotary cutter and mat, but it wasn't until about 6 months later that I made my first quilt by following instructions from a Rodale book on scrap quilts; I made a log cabin. Then I made another one. It took me a while to start doing something 'different', but was having fun from the beginning. I started with classic patchwork designs, and I still make those, but I use less traditional fabrics and wilder colours.