About Me

Carolyn Gibbs I have been developing and teaching my own patchwork and quilting designs for over twenty years from my base in Sheffield, which is in the north of England.
I specialise in traditional-style patchwork, and love the variety of blocks available, and the changed effect with a different choice of layout or fabric.

Carolyn Gibbs stand at the Festival of Quilts
Selling patterns for my original designs at the Festival of Quilts

Although I no longer have a stand at the Festival of Quilts selling my patterns, I still teach there regularly.

For many years I have been a member of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles

Carolyn with her quilt named Thunderstorm
With “Thunderstorm”, the quilt I made for the “In the Spotlight” exhibition at the Festival of Quilts when selected to represent Region 14

In my “other life” I teach Chemistry – and this mathematical and technical interest is perhaps why I love the geometry and precision of patchwork.

Catherine Wheel
Catherine Wheel – a small wall hanging
Julie Leeson (left) and Carolyn Gibbs (Tutor)
With one of my students, Julie Edwards (left), who won the Sue Belton award at the Quilters’ Guild conference a few years ago

I enjoy teaching both beginners and those with more experience.
I like helping students to learn how to improve their techniques so they get really good results – perfect points on stars, and well-matched stripes for example. All my patterns include pages of  these tips!

In recent years I have become more interested in the history of the craft, and now have an extensive collection of antique quilts which I love to share.

“Rob Peter to Pay Paul” late nineteenth century quilt

I also like writing short stories which incorporate patchwork & quilting

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