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Nellie's Niceties

Sew along with #SewingSuperstar Reene from Nellie's Niceties

Reene Witchard
East Midlands, UK
Patchwork designer

When did you first start sewing and how did you learn?

I was surrounded by sewing from a young age as my Mum is also an avid seamstress. I started sewing in my teenage years but got the Patchwork bug about 10 years ago. I am self-taught but gained lots of advice and inspiration from the amazing online quilting community.

Can you remember the first thing you made?

I made an extremely wonky patchwork quilt for my daughter's bedroom using Flower Fairy fabric.

Do you have any favourite pattern designers or celebrity sewers?

I have a lot of favourite designers, I'm a designer fabric addict. I love saturated colour and large scale prints. My most favourite fabric designers are Tula Pink, Anna Maria Horner, Amy Butler, Denyse Schmidt and Bari J.

When it comes to quilt design, my absolute favourites are Jen Kingwell and Sarah Fielke.

What's your sewing room like and how do you organize your stash?

I'm very fortunate to have a dedicated sewing room. I'd love to be one of those really organised people but the reality is I have way more fabric and projects on the go than space to contain them and I am a very messy crafter.

What music/podcasts/TV shows do you love to stitch along to?

I always sew with music to keep me company. I have very eclectic music tastes so you can find me listening to anything from Country to heavy metal, rap and K-pop. Some of my favourites to sew to are Lady Antebellum, Fleetwood Mac, Foo Fighters, Muse, Metallica, Black Stone Cherry, Vixx, BTS and EXO.

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

When I have time and space I like to sew clothes but these are commodities that are in short supply due to my patchwork design commitments.
I also crochet and occasionally knit, although since partially tearing the tendons in my shoulder a couple of years ago these are a bit tricky.

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Grey's Anatomy
Foo Fighters
Pretty in Pink
Fabric Brand
Free Spirit and Art Gallery Fabrics
Sewing accessory or Tool
Clover wonder clips