Raylene Richardson

Aussie Quilt Stars – Raylene Richardson

How did you get started quilting?I started by making traditional quilts for family which gradually morphed into art quilts
How old were you when you made your first quilt?I was a late starter due to a busy life as a Mum and a dance teacher…so not til the ripe old age of 55
Who taught you to quilt? After many enquiries re classes and times that didn’t suit…. I finally enrolled in a 4 week beginners course with Miss Sampsons Drapery in Swan Hill….and I was hooked!
What do you like best about quilting? I love so much….the opportunity to be creative….the tactile feel….the colour ….the texture created by quilting….and the ability to lose myself in the almost meditative process.
How do you decide what pattern to quilt? I rarely follow a pattern as I seem to have an overly creative mind….my dilemma is too many ideas and which one is to choose?
Do you have any quilt tips you could share?Don’t procrastinate, have a go, try to be confident…. after all it’s only fabric/thread/paint. Challenge yourself to step outside your comfort zone and get that idea down onto fabric by any means/technique you can. Don’t get hung up on the ‘RULES’!
How many quilts have you made and for whom have you made quilts? I’ve lost track as i’ve made traditional quilts/challenge quilts/workshop quilts for teaching purposed…. bust most importantly are the quilts I make for the love of it…. to challenge myself and the desire to improve as an artist.
Where do you quilt and on what HQ machine? I’m lucky enough to own a HANDIQUILTER SWEET SIXTEEN and have a dedicated sewing room….although the painting often happens in the kitchen or outside on our deck.
How much time do you quilt every week, day? I try to stitch almost every day….alhtough that’s not always possible….it’s usually happens after dinner….9pm-midnight….so maybe 15-20 hours per week including designing/preparation/drawing/painting. There’s always a project in my head.
What advice do you wish someone had told you when you started quilting?That it’s addictive and theraputic (although I probably wouldn’t have believed them)…..take as many classes as you can learn techniques etc. I’ve learnt a lot by my own mistakes as I’m relatively isolated in the country, although these days I take workshops with significant tutors to improve my work.
Do you have blog or Instagram to follow: Do you have blog or Instagram to follow:
I’m on Instagram: @raylenerichardsonart 
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