To kick off the series, Fiona has interviewed the amazingly talented, award winning, Tomomi! Take it away, ladies....
Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hi I am Tomomi originally from Japan and now living in Ireland over 15 years with my Irish hubby
and our beautiful daughter. Loving the life in countryside. I am making patchwork quilt for last 12
years and teaching locally for a few years. Now I have set up my own studio dedicated for quilt
making and teaching of the same. You can find about me slaneyhandcraft.wordpress.com
What inspired you to pick up patchwork/quilting?
I am actually not sure. I liked sewing and did some all the time. I started quilt making about 12
years ago when I had a bit more time and wanted to decorate the house. Hubby bought a hand
turning Singer for one pound! and I thought better use it. Local book shop had some magazines in
which colour and shapes of patchwork looked very interesting. Or maybe I just wanted to try
something I haven’t done.
Where did you learn to start quilting?
I am totally self taught through books and magazines. When I started, I didn’t know where to buy
fabric or tools in Ireland. I bought a craft rotary cutter and a mat from the office shop but no ruler
and then proceeded with hand turning Singer (this was only 12 years ago, believe me)! One day
quite accidentally I found Farmhouse Quilt in Carnew, Wicklow which is only 25 minutes away
then I started buying proper cotton, proper tools, proper everything. Oh and Hubby gave me a
electric sewing machine! That made sense for everything about quilt making on the magazines!
Yes. I went a local curtain factory to get some remnants because I didn’t know any fabric shop as
I said. And with them made a lemonstar quilt without batting inside. That is not a good finish as
you can imagine but that was the start and I was so happy with it.
Which quilters inspire you the most?
I can’t point this to one or two quilter… I love the ones have secondary pattern, gradual change of
colour and Japanese quilters with intricate applique work and hand sewing. Bless them.
As for quilting, I love Angela Walters. She changes whole concept of fabric placement/patchwork
pattern by quilting. That is so clever.
A lot of decorative motif by free motion quilting.
What would you say is your no. 1 quilting tip?
Just enjoy the process.
Do you have any advice for beginner novice quilters?
Have a partner in crime!
Thank you so much, Tomomi!