My first attempt at quilting was just after my eldest daughter was born and from that point on, I knew I was hooked. Most of what I do I’ve taught myself along the way through trial and error, and believe me, there have been many.
From those errors I have learned many things – the biggest one being to just enjoy what you do – it doesn’t matter if your seams aren’t crash hot or your hand stitching is uneven – if it brings you joy, if it makes you feel content, if it saves your sanity then just keep on doing it. Think about all of the beautiful antique quilts and take a look at those mismatched seams, the odd piece of fabric that they’ve “made do” with or the wonky stitching – it all adds charm and is part of the reason that we love them so much.
For over ten years I owned a bricks and mortar quilt store, then when the lease expired, I opened my online store, Essence of Cloth, here in my studio. Being able to combine the two, designing and running the online store really works a treat for me. It has been a wonderful journey so far and one I hope will continue on for many years.
In February 2015, I joined Penny Rose Fabrics, sister company to Riley Blake Designs, a US based Fabric Company, where I work as a Fabric Designer. They are the most wonderful people to work with and I'm very proud to be part of their fabric family. My latest line, Sorbet is now in stores which is super exciting and my next line, Lemonade Sundae will be showing at Spring Quilt Market in Portland, USA in May 2018. This new line will be my fifth line with the lovely folk at Penny Rose & Riley Blake.
I feel very fortunate to have been chosen as one of the Riley Blake Instructors on their latest venture, the Imagine Video Channel, featuring many of my fellow fabric designers from both Riley Blake and Penny Rose sharing with you a tutorial on working with woven wool. My tutorial aired in August 2017.
I'm also a published author with Martingale, a wonderful publishing company based in the US.
I have a love of woven wool applique and love nothing more than sharing my unique style and technique with others. I hope that within my pattern range there is something that will inspire you to pick up a needle and thread or sit down at your sewing machine and come on a journey with me.
All of what I do just wouldn’t be possible without the love and support of my wonderful husband Danny and my two beautiful girls, Ellen and Jess. They allow me to follow my dream and are always there to back me 100 per cent and for that I will be forever grateful.
~ Leonie ~
Leonie Bateman Designs