My interest in patchwork and quilting started over 30 years, when a friend invited me to a patchwork and quilting meeting and, as they say, the rest became history.
I started with hand piecing and quilting and then moved into machine piecing and quilting. These days I use a Handi Quilter computerised longarm quilter and a Sweet Sixteen to do my quilting. More recently (5 years ago) I have added machine embroidery to my repertoire.
My interest in machine embroidery was piqued because of the software and the endless possibilities for creativity that machine embroidery presented. A particular favourite of mine is being able to digitise photos/pictures/drawings into beautiful embroideries whether, on quilts, wall hangings or any other home décor items.
However, once my house, my families and friends homes were over supplied with my creations, I had to find another outlet. Because I have a teaching and computing background, the natural progression seemed to be into teaching machine embroidery and quilting software to others.
I was lucky enough for a great lady in my town to offer me an opportunity to teach machine embroidery software in her shop, which I have done for some years now.
From there, other shops and groups have requested my software workshops and patchwork/quilting projects. I now travel to many locations in Australia teaching these workshops.
I am an accredited teacher in machine embroidery software: 5D Suite, 6D Premier, Premier Ultra and TruEmbroidery 3 ( this is for Apple Mac users) also, Quilting software: Pro Stitcher and 5D Quilt Design Creator. I maintain my currency by attending workshops for the above software, in Australia and America, to guarantee that the information I have for my workshops is the most current that is available.
Daiva has become a very popular tutor in her local area as well as further afield. She started teaching at local shops and groups in 2006 when she moved to the Far South Coast of N.S.W. and has also become very involved in a few local patchwork groups.
Recently the South Coast and Country Quilters Guild sponsored Daiva to complete the onerous programme required to become an Accredited Teacher with the N.S.W. Quilters Guild. The programme tested her skills and knowledge and made her draw on her full 30 years of experience in the craft of Patchwork and Quilting.
She passed with very favourable comments from the accreditation committee who encouraged her to progress her knowledge and explore other areas to use her extensive skills.
For some years now Daiva has been designing her own quilts and finds inspiration in all sorts of places. Whilst she prefers traditional techniques and methods, she enjoys modern colours and fabrics and her quilts are always full of life and movement.
Whilst it might be said that patchwork is her obsession, teaching is a growing passion for her and she gets great pleasure in passing on her skills to others. She likes to encourage her students to enjoy the journey as much as the destination. She provides both beginners and advanced quilters with as much information as possible so that they can explore each technique and find their own favourite way to achieve the results they want in this wonderfully expressive craft.
Some of the places she has taught are:
- Steph's Patchwork, Moruya
- Country Crafts and Cottons, Bega
- Addicted to Fabrics, Canberra
- Dalmeny Quilters
- Night Owl Quilters
- Tarraganda Quilters
- Patchwork on Pallas, Maryborough Qld