Today the focus is on Sheila Burness, who is the quilter in Lev3l 3 Crafters. If you have ever visited The Venue in Manor Walks, Cramlington (our home base) then you will definitely have noticed the beautiful quilts that adorn the walls there.
Sheila is mum to two, grandmother to three and an absolute whizz with a sewing machine. In fact she owns more than one machine - her largest machine is known as "Big Bertha".
Although Sheila's own mum knitted and crocheted, she didn't actually sew - Sheila's love of sewing started when she was taught how to at school and over the years she has completed courses in embroidery, dressmaking and tailoring. But it was when Sheila did her first course in patchworking that she really fell in love! In Sheila's own words "I am a fanatic" - which may explain why she chose to call her business page Sewing MANIA (not that we think she is a maniac of course!).
Sheila has visited the International Quilt Festival in Houston on a number of occasions and has also been to Lancaster County in Pennsylvania to visit the Amish Community who are well known quiltmakers. In fact much of the fabric Sheila uses for her quilts comes from the USA. I believe that on a number of occasions this has warranted a trip to Walmart to buy an extra suitcase for her journey home!
Although Sheila's passion is for patchwork, she does much more than this. Her little lavender bags are lovely - and she made the lace that forms the bags herself too.
Sheila also makes a number of smaller everyday items - little pincushions for example. Here is one with a matching heart shaped sewing case.
Another sewing case made by Sheila
And she makes bags too - lots and lots of beautiful bags.
Sheila's most recent addition to her bags family are the "Grab and Go" Baby Bags. These have been beautifully embroidered on both sides, and contain really handy pockets on the outside - just right for baby wipes and bottles - or whatever you might need to take with you on the go when you have a small baby in tow!
She also makes an adult version of the "Grab and Go" bags - just right for that trip to the beach - handy for sun tan cream, sunglasses, towel etc.
In September Sheila turns her hand to Christmas baubles - made from fabric of course! Beautiful baubles that would enhance any Christmas tree.
Many thanks for visiting our blog. I hope you have enjoyed issue 2 of "Meet the Crafters" and will be back next time for another exciting installment!
Lev3l 3 Community Crafters