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Jan Allston

Polegate, East Sussex. Having retired from a career in firstly teaching mathematics and latterly management and teaching of ICT in secondary school in 2004, I took up quilting after I saw a wholecloth quilt being made at Beamish Open Air Museum. It inspired me because of the geometric patterns and the sheer beauty of the fabric with its highlights and shadows.

I enrolled in a quilting class locally in 2005 and was hooked. The creative side of quilting with the use of maths everywhere, the tactile aspect of the fabrics and the satisfaction when an item is completed have taken me to heights I never anticipated.

I am now lead trustee for membership in The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles. I have started up a Yahoo group for this organisation too (members only) and occasionally design projects and write articles for the British version of Patchwork & Quilting magazine as well as The Quilt Pattern Magazine – an online publication from the USA. I organize coach trips from my local area to national quilt shows here in the UK. When I do get time to sew, I find it very relaxing as I have the Bernina 830 and the Artista 630 with embroidery module and Designer Plus software which is another outlet for my creative streak! Quilt design is another passion and I use EQ7 for creating quilt patterns as the possibilities are endless. I have just returned from a world cruise in May 2017 where I was able to teach a group of ladies how to make quilts!

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I accept commissions and I am available as a teacher and a speaker.

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