Pat’s fascination for fabric started at an early age playing with her grandmother’s scrap bag made from the exotic fabrics of velvets, satins and laces. Pat started with small quilts and for a short time ran a small business designing and making children’s appliquéd garments. In 1990 she took part in the first City and Guilds Patchwork and Quilting course in Scotland and soon Pat transitioned from working as an occupational therapist to establish Scotland’s first dedicated patchwork and quilting shop- Purely Patchwork in Linlithgow, Scotland.
After ten years of running the business and turning it into a leader in the space, Pat started developing her own work and teaching specialist classes. In 2004 she established a studio in Central Scotland and commissions were awarded to her for public buildings and private and public collections. In 2009 Pat moved her studio to a lovely light and sunny space in an arts complex in Edinburgh city. Pat has been teaching “The Creative Journey” courses which encourage students to step out of their comfort zone in order to explore the design elements to produce unique and individual pieces of work. Now her students and Pat exhibit annually on the Fringe of The Edinburgh International Festival.
Pat loves to travel both in the UK as well as further afield and she uses these experiences in her quilt making to identity and capture the essence of her view of the country or city.
Pat’s work is widely exhibited both in the UK, Europe and in the USA and has brought her multiple awards.