Meet Robyn

Robyn is the face behind The Strawberry Thief. Today we sat down and chatted about her background, what inspires her and how The Strawberry Thief came to be…

Tell us a little about your background and your love for making?

I grew up in a family of makers. My first memory is sitting on my Oumas lap in front of the sewing machine.

Both my Ouma and Granny loved to stitch, both in their own way. Oma was a very talented dressmaker, and Granny was an extraordinary embroiderer, and all round stitcher.

All my dolls, and myself were always turned out in the cutest clothes! I am sure I started stitching before I could talk.

What do you love about Liberty?

Coming from South Africa, I had never come across Liberty before. A good friend of mine went on a trip to London, and came back with a little piece of Liberty Tana Lawn, and I remember our quilting group fawning over it like it was, well.. Liberty!

It was so hard to come by, and we (our quilt group) would save up for ages before one of our friends would go on an overseas trip with a wishlist of Liberty for us. It was a dream to one day make a quilt using only Liberty.

The soft delicate feel, but with the tight weave makes it so perfect for any craft, quilt or clothing. The wonderful designs and colours are very hard to beat. I have to say I am completely addicted, and get very excited when a new range is released

How did The Strawberry Thief come about?

Well its been a long and difficult journey. My dream when moving to Australia was to have my own quilt shop, stocking only the best fabrics and products.

My husband is a chef, and when we first arrived we opened a cafe together (all the couches were patchworked, the lampshades and tea cosies crocheted, and aprons all stitched by me. It was a very successful business, but we both wanted to change direction – me to find my own quilt store and him to carry on studying.

After trying to buy a quilt store, and it not going to plan, I decided to go on my own. I really had to work out what it was that I wanted, and the answer was always Liberty! Remembering how hard it was for me to get my hands on Liberty, I wanted to make it accessible to everybody, and to have a well priced online store.

What inspires you?

I find inspiration in so many different places, but most often I find it in the wonderful people that surround me. How I feel is what inspires my work. (and instagram and pinterest…hahaha)

Which are your favourite Liberty designs?

To choose one design is very difficult! Each time I cut into a design, that becomes my favourite, until 10min later, I cut into the next one, and that is my favourite!

What are some of the things you have created using Liberty Tana Lawn?

I have made skirts, dresses, and blouses using Liberty, and my husband and son will not wear any other shirts. They are very spoilt, but have excellent taste. I have also made a few quilts, of course – hexies are my favourites. Sitting at the end of the day doing a quiet bit of handstitching is my meditation.


This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. Dee Gordon

    Lovely to find your blog, Robyn..hee-hee I feel like a groupie of you and your gorgeous fabric! I have a similar background as although I was born in England into an Irish family, we immigrated to beautiful cape Town when I was a small child. For security reasons, after a couple of events very close to us and a rather frightening civil defence drill at our children’s primary school, we decided to go on the immigration adventure and landed in Auckland, New Zealand. Now 20 something years later we are in the sunny beachside suburb of Papamoa, loving quilting and Montessori and my nearby grandbabies! I just love your blocks in the 100 days challenge and can imagine the fun as you arrange and rearrange them into a final product! I wonder if you will use sashing…and I wonder if you will use them all in one project?!

  2. Stephanie Wilson

    Can you advise me please. I am at last cutting into my Liberty fabric and I am making a Dresden plate quilt with it,do you advise that I use a staberlizer when sewing the blades or is the fabric strong enough on its own. I just love following you on utube. You have such a wonderful range of Liberty fabric. I am in the uk but thinking about ordering from you in the future. ?

  3. Wyn Hodgens

    I have all my hexes made and am going to join the for a queen sized quilt I am using Liberty lawn from you and wonder the best way to go about this. I have made a scrap Hexie queen sized quilt and joined in long rows I see you make flowers I like this idea easier to carry about but don’t want the flower effect. I think one just chooses colours that blend to make the flower, your advice would be appreciated thank you. beautiful fabric to work with.

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