Marion Barnes


I have always sewn, I can't remember when I first held a needle but I am certain it was before I went to school. From that early start I quickly graduated to making clothes; the holy grail in my family and considered a very praiseworthy skill.

I moved on from dressmaking to patchwork in the 1970's but it wasn't until I was introduced to a rotary cutter in the 80's that I started making quilts with a vengeance. Twenty or so years passed and I made many quilts, eventually I thought it was time to move on and studied for City & Guilds Certificate and then Diploma.

Studying changed me and I really enjoy working with fabric by dyeing and painting, sometimes before but more recently, after I have quilted it. During the past year or so I have enjoyed blending and distressing fabric with a machine embellisher before wadding up and quilting. I enjoy hand sewing and will often embellish a piece with running stitch and french knots; what is important to me whether by hand or machine, is that I am stitching.

I still get to make traditional quilts because I take commissions, I find working on something familiar and comfortable relaxes me and enables to me think about my next pieces of work for exhibition.


Traditional Quilts made - Commissions welcome.

Please contact:
School Lane
IP13 6DX
01394 46052
​07711 040908

​​Anna Cooper


I have stitched and knitted since I was a child but taking the City and Guilds Certificate and Diploma in Patchwork and Quilting really opened my eyes to the possibilities of design and the use of different media. I now enjoy experimenting with different materials such as handmade paper and leather. I like to work by hand; best of all with scraps or pieces which might otherwise be thrown away and making something which far exceeds the sum of its parts.

Commissions taken.
Please contact: 1, Hillside Cottage,
01473 652725

Carol Gurney


After retiring from teaching Carol Gurney completed a City and Guilds Certificate and Diploma in Patchwork and Quilting. Her work was selected for the City and Guilds Gallery at the Festival of Quilts 2015. She loves experimenting with different techniques and media and particularly likes free machining - drawing with stitch - and working with paper.

Gwyneth Harris​

Sewing for Gwyneth Harris has been a large part of her life, as a teenager she made her own clothes.
On leaving school she worked for three years for a designer making gowns. Evening classes in Bobbin Lace, Jewellery and Upholstery gave contrast to her day time work in an office.
Following early retirement she came back to crafts and completed several City & Guilds courses; Machine knitting, Black & White photography, Creative Embroidery, ending in 2011 with the Patchwork & Quilting Diploma.

Marie Limb​​


Marie Limb is a Quilter/Textile Artist/Painter. Having  learned
quilting in Aberdeen from 1991 she subsequently moved to
Beccles, Suffolk then completed her City & Guilds Certificate and
Diploma in Patchwork & Quilting in July 2011. She now creates
 more unusual pieces of Art which usually have fabric as a base.
She jointly won a Highly Commended Award at the Festival of
Quilts 2012 with ‘Beachcombing’  in the “Two-Person Quilt”category with her friend Cynthia Thomson.
 Marie also exhibits her paintings in Suffolk/Norfolk individually and with Local Art Societies.

Helen Lynch​​

I spent my childhood and early adult years in Yorkshire before moving to Suffolk in 1985.
After a career in teaching I took up sewing when I retired. My interest was initially sparked by a short course in hand embroidery which was swiftly followed by a City and Guilds Certificate in Patchwork and Quilting in 2012, and then the diploma in 2015.
I particularly enjoy dyeing and printing my own fabrics. Landscapes are often a source of inspiration and I like to work with bold lines and strong colours.