Welcome back Anita Ellis
My life hasn’t been the same since I had my first patchwork quilt professionally quilted 12 years ago. I remember the excitement as if it was yesterday, I just loved the quilting patterns. I realised that this was going to be my thing and soon had my own A1 Quilting Machine and Hillside Quilting was born. I still love quilting designs in such a way that the secondary patterns appear like magic, be that freehand or with rulers.
I have run a successful long arm quilting business for many years and am known for my custom quilting and organic style, working closely with my clients, be they Fabric and Pattern Designers or beginner patchworkers. I pride myself on ensuring there is harmony and balance between the piecing and the quilting.
Teaching became a passion when I realized the pleasure it gave me to pass on my skills to new quilters. Delivering a suite of classes at all of the Australian Machine Quilting Festivals has given me the opportunity to give confidence, along with many quilting and design skills, to a whole new group of both professional long arm quilters and domestic machine quilters. I am also a traveling teacher reaching out to patchworkers and quilters all over Australia.
I am sought out to teach domestic machine quilting techniques including free motion quilting and quilting with Westalee Design Quilting Rulers and Templates. I am known for giving encouragement to students through my patient teaching, really getting them to see ‘out of the box’. As an accredited Westalee Design Educator I have taken ruler and template quilting skills to the home quilter using domestic sewing machine, opening up many more opportunities to ensure that quilting is well and truly alive now and into the future.
I believe my place in our wonderful industry of patchwork and design is mentoring beginner quilters to get going and encouraging more established quilters to stay fresh and push their limits. Nothing gives me more pleasure than this. My motto for myself and others…keep learning, keep growing.
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