It's time for Part 2 of our chat with Sue Daley from Patchwork with Busyfingers.
With the hexagon designs taking off Sue grew fond of English paper piecing and with a little encouragement from her friend Kay Haydon it became a large part of her business and she now supplies patterns and pre-cut paper packs all over the world.
“Paper piecing has taught me to view fabrics through different eyes, fabrics I would never had considered using I now grab with both hands because I know they will work within this form” Sue says. Can you see how she has fussy cut the fabric above into the pieces below?
She goes on to say “Fussy cutting these small shapes can create the most wonderful designs and it never ceases to amaze me what a not so nice piece piece of fabric can be turned into with this technique.”
Sue has designed many, many beautiful patterns using a combination of English paper piecing, needle turn appliqué and fine hand embroidery.
With her business in full swing and the huge year she has planned for 2009, travelling all over Australia and overseas to Europe and the U.S. it is amazing that Sue can find the time to come up with so many new and interesting designs.
She pays credit to the wonderful team she has behind her and particularly to her husband Jim who keeps her on track by managing the business.
One final thing that Sue said was
“Our lives are so busy and I think that this is one area we do have control over and it is great to be able to step away from our day to day stuff to enjoy the patchwork journey”
Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.