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About Smee Designs

"I want to make something different to farm animals,” said my sister. “You’re a designer, draw me a pattern to make.” Four years later, Smee Designs was created. Without my sister’s constant nagging (and I mean constant), I would never have discovered how much fun stitching pieces of fabric together could be. One of the first things I drew for her quilt was Duncan, the grumpy Dragon. He became my mascot and imaginary artistic muse for the next 12 years. Now Duncan has had to retire from the front page of my website (hey, he's three times more grumpy than me, and flammable), but he will still pop up now and again.

The name Smee Designs came from my habit of saying “It’s Smeeee!” when ringing my friends and family on the phone. I have combined my experience as a graphic designer and love for handmade quilts into a series of original pattern designs which I hope you will enjoy making. Each pattern has been created and tested to ensure the patterns are easy to follow and are fun to stitch! Smee Designs is not a fabric shop, but purely pattern design business. I try and make the patterns independent of specific fabrics, so you can use what ever is available to you, and still have a great result.

My designs are mostly about telling a story. I find people and cultures interesting, so I like to create themes which talk about a human activity or experience, like a trip to the circus or a fairy tale. I’ve always got several more ideas on the go, and trips to the library are spent sourcing art books, craft books, kids books and whatever else I can find in between hissing at the kids to be quiet and not play tag in the library aisles.

Smee Designs also includes Margaret-the-Magnificent-Mother-in-Law, who is an excellent machine sewing guru who assists by doing the binding, quilting and proof reading for Smee. Without her awesome help, the output of designs would probably be only one per year! Everyone should have a Margaret - they're great!

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