Lorna Newsome

I began making quilts during the 1970-80’s. I am largely self-taught though I have taken classes with many tutors over the years to broaden my technique repertoire. I have had quilts selected for a number of national, and a few international, shows and have won several awards over the years. I have taught machine quilt-making since the 1990’s, including tutoring at the 2001 Taranaki Symposium, the 2003 Canterbury Symposium and 2007 Manawatu Symposium. My tutoring has not been so frequent recently as I am currently teaching Secondary School Mathematics full time. I particularly enjoy sharing my love of machine work, be it quilting, piecing or applique, with others. I teach modern, often quicker and definitely accurate, methods for creating quilts, which usually have a traditional basis, but often with a contemporary twist. A member of Rose City Quilters club since 1994, I spent 5 years on its committee, 2 as president and convener of the annual Tote & Gloat event. I dared to show a large machine quilted quilt at an early meeting and so introduced Machine Quilting to the club via the classes I was asked to run following this. I also served on the executive committee that organised and ran the 2007 Manawatu Quilt Symposium. I enjoy including quilt and textile related venues on my travels. Internationally I have been fortunate enough to have visited AQS Quilt week in Paducah, The Great Tokyo Quilt Show, Australian Craft and Quilt Fairs and Nantes’ Pour L’Amour du Fils along with textile displays in a large number of museums, manors and chateau and of course have enjoyed many NZ shows too – our quilt making is as good as anywhere in the world.