Mairi Wheeler

Having had a very enjoyable career as a radiographer, I took early retirement to spend more time with my family.

I started quilting in the late eighties, when I was looking for a new challenge, but at the same time, producing something that would be useful. Around this time, I was introduced to the St Andrews Branch of the Scottish Handcraft Circle, where I met many inspirational ladies. Since then, I have become more deeply involved and have been Chairperson of the St Andrews Branch and President of the Scottish Handcraft Circle. In 2009, I became the founding Chairperson of a new branch in Kinross.

Joining Patricia Archibald’s design class in 2000 had given me the opportunity to learn the principles of colour, texture and design. It also introduced me to a group of likeminded ladies. When Pat decided to have a break from teaching, we formed Freewheeling and started having our own exhibitions, initially in stately homes and latterly in galleries we hired.

In 2009, I completed City and Guilds 7822, 7922 and Diploma with Laura and Linda Kemshall, via the internet.

From 2001 -2009 I enjoyed teaching leisure classes in Patchwork and Quilting at the Kinross Outreach Centre, which is part of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

I have had two very successful exhibitions in Edinburgh galleries with Sheila Dalgleish.

Most recently, I have enjoyed passing on my skills to other ladies who are keen to learn old and new techniques and exhibiting as part of Freewheeling.