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My crafting life: Sarah Payne

Sarah Payne was in such a chatty mood when we sat down with her to catch-up on all the crafty details in the winter issue of your Club magazine, that we thought we'd carry on the conversation online. Here she tells us more about her Crafting Life.

You've told us about how you love working at Craft Club and how important our members are to us. How do you connect with them?

I utilise social media to connect with viewers. The members share their projects with me, and I share what I am up to on a far more personal level than I do infront of the cameras. I love it when viewers come up to me at shows like the Festival of Quilts, The Knitting and Stitching show or Crafting Live to tell me how much they love my shows, and how I have inspired them to start crafting.

I am often told that watching Create and Craft TV has encouraged people to start sewing again, sometimes after a gap owing to family pressures or illness. I know how therapeutic crafting can be, and hearing that I have helped them feel better again is a fabulous thing. Many people will often have Create and Craft on the TV in the background as they carry on with their daily lives. As a result, we become like members of the family, even though we have never met each other. However, it is lovely to hear everyone's stories when we eventually meet them.

The release of my first USB called Introduction to Quilting with Sarah Payne was a big one for me. It's full of tutorials aimed at teaching new quilters all the handy techniques they need to know. I am in the process of working on my next USB to be launched on Create and Craft TV in 2018. I really can't wait.

What quilting trends are you excited about?

I think that a big trend is going to be personalisation; it will give crafters a chance to make items to suit their personal style. Products like the Screen Sensation and THREADS inkjet printable fabrics will add to the allure of creating what you want, whenever you want.

What are your top three tips for creating eye-catching quilts...

  1. 1. Keep it simple – simple designs and bold colours make a quilt eye-catching

  2. 2. Think about the negative space – how you treat the background of your blocks is as important as how you treat the features.

  3. 3. Ensure that you bind neatly – I think untidy binding distracts from the most amazing quilt.