The Cotton Patch - Handi Quilter AmbassadorsThe Cotton Patch are pleased to have appointed three Handi Quilter Ambassadors. The Ambassadors use the Handi Quilter Long Arm sewing machine and frame regularly within their patchwork and quilting projects. Stylistically they encompass the range of modern patchwork and quilting but each places their Handi Quilter long arm machine at the centre of their quilting experience.
Hilde van Schaardenburg
Hilde comes from an artistic family. Before dedicating herself to quilting in 2002, Hilde’s artistic endeavours extended to music, painting, floral art and jewellery design. All her former experiences came together in working with textile, minerals and paint. She uses a bright range of colours and a large diversity of materials and techniques.
Her work was seen on many national and international exhibitions and competitions, where she won several awards.
Hilde is the founder of Art Quilt Fusion, a European group of art quilters.
In 2013 she completed the Quilt Judging Course, organized by The Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles.
Take one person, who at the age of twenty five, was moved when viewing an exhibition of antique quilts, and mix it with her art school practice of drawing, colour, line and abstraction. Stir in a passion for cloth, stitching and making, together with a love of the rural landscape, the natural world and the spirituality of a special place, and you begin to get a picture of my textile artwork now. Many influences have come and gone, however, thirty five years on, quiltmaking still moves me!!
I make unique, special, ‘one-off’ individual quilts – creating my own visual language in fabric. My work has been exhibited worldwide and purchased by the major museums of the U.K. and major U.S.A. collections.
Handi Quilter Machine: HQ Avante 18
Stuart Hillard is a quilt designer, maker and home décor expert with over twenty years experience and over fifty published patterns to his name. He is well-known in the UK as the maverick star of BBC2's "The Great British Sewing Bee". His approach is fun and fresh, inclusive and achieveable.
Stuart is a monthly columnist with UK Magazines - “Essentials Magazine”, “Sew Magazine” and “Popular Patchwork”and his first book, “Sew Fabulous” is published in August 2014 by Orion and is making it's debut at Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England! He is a global ambassador for Coats Craft, a Handi Quilter Ambassador and an international teacher of quiltmaking and machine quilting.