“Life does not get much better than this”
Sue’s love of Patchwork began in 1980 when she was expecting her first child. She made one quilt a year for 3 years. After her third child was born Sue decided she could get a little more serious now that she had a girl. Obsessive is probably the best way to describe it now, with most of her days being filled with designing and teaching across Australia and all over the world.
Sue began teaching mostly up and down the East coast of Australia, starting in NSW on the Central Coast and then moving to Victoria, where she spent 4 years teaching almost full time. Sue’s business began while living in Victoria and it has gone from strength to strength.
Sue and her family (6 in total) then moved to a small property in a beautiful part of the country called Eumundi in the Noosa Hinterland. This is where she wrote her first book “It’s a Hexagon kind of Christmas”. It was launched at the end of 2003.
She finished her second book Hexagons from the Guest House at the beginning of 2004.
The third book called Playing with Paper followed in late 2004.
And a fourth book A Road Less Travelled was published in 2009.
Sue released her most recent book New English Paper Piecing in late 2011.
In 2005 Sue and her husband purchased a beautiful, private 3 acre property. They have landscaped the gardens, added several ponds, a dam and fountains and together with a seasonal creek, this all lays in front of a lush green mountain backdrop, away from the hustle and bustle of the real world.
Kindred Spirits Bed and Breakfast and the Candlelight Cottage were born and are run by Sue and her husband.
Kindred Spirits B&B specialises in Patchwork retreats and is renowned for the beautiful surroundings, fabulous food and excellent classes. It is also the home of “Patchwork with Busyfingers”. Here you will be sure to find many of the beautiful quilts and accessories that Sue has designed over the past 30 years. Together with her husband and several staff, Sue runs this successful business supplying patchworkers, not only locally, but internationally.
2010 was an amazing year for Sue seeing her win “The Sunshine Coast Business award” for Export.