Lorraine is one of those people that make you smile. The first thing she told me when I asked about her, was that she resisted patchwork and piecing for many years because she was convinced she couldn’t sew a straight line!
She did however tell me how much she like to do embroidery, and as many of us know, a stitch lover is a stitch lover, no matter the needle!
She attended her local quilters guild in South Australia and upon seeing a Baltimore quilt from a Mimi Dietrich pattern “Stood transfixed and staring at it!”
It sounded like love at first sight and from there she learnt to needle turn applique and her first quilt entry into a show won viewers choice award! Many people asked her to show them her techniques and happy to show any who asked – a teaching career was born!
Since then she has been conducting workshops and regular classes and in the time since 1999 she has made many friends along the way! Not content to keep to one style Lorraine has followed the changing trends in patchwork and loves teaching new techniques.
Lorraine is a good friend to Lessa Siegele and ran the famous South Australian 6 day retreats for 9 years. She too, (along with Lessa) worked tirelessly to cut and fill kits for the Bedford Charity Group. Now her charity efforts go to Spread the Love charities, between doing country runs to South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales for teaching — and making new friends of course!
Catherine Wheels is one of her quilts that is now available in electronic pattern form. It reminds me of those shiny windmills I got at the fair when I was a kid!
I still remember mum dressing up as a clown selling cupie dolls and fairy floss! This quilt is definitely on my to do list!
Lorraine can be contacted at LorraineCocker@optusnet.com.au for teaching and pattern enquiries.
Her patterns are available at