My First post – let me introduce myself …

I thought the best way of starting a blog would be to actually introducing myself … and because this blog will be about my work, I’d like to show you , how I got to where I am now.
With my Mum – Milliner and my older Sister – Tailor … we always had a lot of fabrics around and I had always hand-made clothes, first by my mum, later by myself. I got to like the idea of being different and individual because I would have clothes no one else would. Before I have moved from Czech Republic to United Kingdom, I have become quite confident working with patterns and making new items for me to wear.

It was only in Scotland in 2008 I have learned to turn fabric into something quite different. First time I have entered the lovely shop in Banchory I was in love with Patchwork and signed up for beginners class straight away! Before I have finished this 5 week course I was already starting my first bed quilt which I made for Olivier and we are still using it in our home.

My first bed Quilt

Like every normal quilter next quilts I have made were for my mum, Olivier’s mum, my best friend etc. And I started to involve Olivier as well.

One day we set off to travel down under – we were away for 4 months – how could I do nothing for sooo long … that wouldn’t be me. And so I bought fabrics as we traveled and turned them into my Australasia quilt – all hand pieced around 700 hexagons. I enjoyed every minute of making it and love hexagons and hand sewing ever since, even though I’m more machine quilter – life is too short 🙂

Australasia quilt 2009

I also love to make very personal quilted objects as this wall hanging for Olivier’s mum who loves birds in any kind of art form. Crazy birds


And one of the pieces I love the most is my Chakra wall hanging …

Chakra textile wall hanging

I have been playing with machine embroidery which is my very big passion. I have actually made two at the time. One of them was used as a gift for my very dear friend. And the second one I loved so much I used it as my signature quilt at our business cards and website of OliVen …. but with the opening of the OliVen in 2011 started an amazing journey which I’m going to write about here. And how it all started I’ll keep for some other day ….

Thanks for reading