A little about me, my name is Terry Elverd and I was born and raised in Western Australia.
I first saw my real hand pieced quilt back in 1981 while living on the Cocos Keeling Islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean. It was a hexagon quilt with very very tiny pieces and beautiful stitching. That was it for me. I knew as soon as I returned to the mainland that was what I wanted to do – make Quilts.
We lived in Karratha, up in the Pilbara region from 1984 till 1999. There I worked as a Shipping Agent. In those days resources were scarces. Only one dress fabric shop run out of a shed in the industrial area, with not much in the way of cottons. I soon got the “Quilting Bug”. As time went by we managed to collect a wealth of information and fabric.Whenever anyone went on annual leave they booked themselves into workshops so that they could share everything when they returned. We also sponsored a number of teachers/tutors to visit the region. A number of classes had 100/150 ladies at a time. Yes, we were hungry for knowledge and fabric. Lots of fabric. Since then I don’t know how many quilts I have made. Some good and some not so good. Guess most of us are the same.
My husband and I are now settled in Mandurah. A lovely area with Beaches, Canals, Estuary, and the Escarpment, approx 1 hour south of Perth CBD. The need for me to branch out in another area of business was very strong indeed. This is when I purchased my Gammill Classic Plus and started my own business “Classic Stitches”. In March 2007 I upgraded the machine and had it fitted with the Statler Computerized assisted system. I have to say that it is one of the best business decisions that I have made. I am now able to offer thousands of designs for my customers to choose from. I am always on the lookout for new designs and feel that its very important to choose the right design to complement your project. I have attended many courses to keep myself up to date with new technology as it comes available, both here in the West and on the East Coast of Australia.
I treat myself to a number of Retreats throughout the year as I feel it is important to have balance in your life. Its always wonderful spending time with people who love the same things you do, sharing a few laughs along the way.
I love the way that things have evolved, even since I first started quilting. So many beautiful fabrics now to choose from and the endless supply of books available. Not forgetting the Internet for instant information. We are so lucky to be living in this time.
I look forward to meeting you in the future and sharing the Patchwork/Quilting experience.
Till then….Happy stitching