Born in Yorkshire, England, Philippa discovered a love of sewing and knitting as a child. After training to be a clothing designer she worked in industry for five years designing lingerie for Courtaulds Clothing. After this she moved to Dhahran Saudi Arabia with her husband Peter. Here she set up a business making bespoke wedding and evening dresses.
A chance meeting, in Saudi Arabia, in 1996, led to a short quilting course.
Philippa combines her technical expertise and designer training to produce intricately pieced, appliqué or whole-cloth quilts which are heavily machine quilted often utilising trapunto. A great advocate of the Bernina brand Philippa says that once you have a machine of a good quality it is not about the machine but about what you are prepared to do with it. There is no magic to any of this. Persistence is the key!
Philippa has had great success in quilt shows in both the UK and America, and won many prizes - notably the AQS ‘Bernina Workmanship Award’ with "Pop Stars" in 2002 and AQS 'Best of Show'' with "Lime Light" in 2003.
“Star Sign” won ‘The Pfaff Award for Machine Artistry’ at the IQA show in Houston TX in 2007, same award being won again in 2008 with "Flower Power". This quilt went on to win the 2009 AQS Bernina Workmanship Award and is the third quilt Philippa has in the collection of American National Quilt Museum in Paducah Kentucky. She is the only non American to have more than one quilt in the collection of the Paducah National Quilt Museum.
Philippa's evening outfit 'Scarlett's Crimson' won first place in the 2013 Houston International Quilt Festival 'Wearable Art' category. This was a return to Philippa's clothing roots and she was delighted that her first ever garment entry toured the USA in 2014 with the International Quilt Association.
2008 saw the publication of Philippa's first book 'Quilting in The Limelight'. An autobiographical story of life and quilting in Saudi Arabia, a gallery of Philippa's quilts and a detailed technique section complete this popular book.
In 2014 'Appliqué Mastery' was published. This second book contains completely new material and has an extensive appliqué and finishing technique section and also a full sized pattern with complete instructions on how to make your version of Philippa's award winning quilt 'Bird By Bird'.
In 2004, after living in Saudi Arabia for fifteen years, Philippa returned to Yorkshire and is enjoying the opportunity to teach more widely.