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UK Handmade loves the whimsical/ fairy-tale quality of your work; what do you feel accounts for this? Thank you so much. I have thought about this and I feel it must come from Snow White. It was my first movie in the theatres and I had the record (yes, the record) and the book.


At that age we only had a handful of books and about four TV channels so there wasn’t too much to distract me from Snow White. I was obsessed and to me she was the highest good


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in every aspect. The singing, the little animals, her kindness to little old men and, most importantly, her obsession with a clean house! As a three year old she was my model and maybe I took it a little bit too seriously. Has anyone seen my squirrel? The dishes need to be done.


What was the inspiration behind your famous Beekeeper's Quilt pattern?


Biscuit quilts! I love them, I hunt for them and I scour charity shops and


flea markets for them. I love the idea of grandmothers taking little bits and bobs from everyone’s worn out clothes and making a blanket filled with stories and family history. You can find baby’s first dress or black out curtains all sewn together. It just seemed natural to knit one. The reason I ended up stuffing it is because I also love eiderdowns. We don’t really have them in America, at least I’d never seen or heard of one before, so I have started quite a collection since I moved to the UK.


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