Helen Godden

Helen Godden

I have never had a "real" job. I have always been lucky enough to work for myself following a creative path, as a visual artist. In my previous life, before children, I hand painted ladies fashions, designed jewelry and created fine art in acrylic, pastel and watercolour. Struggling through the transition to Motherhood, at age 38 I suddenly met "Free-Motion Machine Quilting" FMMQ.

She knocked at my door, made an unannounced guest appearance and we developed a close friendship rapidly, so much so that I invited her to move in and to stay! I bought my first sewing machine and started sewing and quilting in 2003.

I came into this quilting world with no previous sewing experience or restrictive rules and that seems to have been to my advantage. I am very excited where my art quilting has already taken me in such a short amount of time. I have received awards both nationally and internationally and am enjoying teaching and sharing my ideas with others. Doing my own thing and taking my own path works for me. I like to leap outside the square and love inspiring others to step into new territory. I teach FMMQ and "Liberate Quilters from the Ditch" and open their eyes to endless possibilities.

My adventures in quilting has taken me as far as Houston Festival where I came across an HQ Sixteen sit-down machine. Hmmmm, curious. What is a HQ? Helpful Queen? Hard Question? Hot Quiz? Huge Quail? Horrible Quarters? Hmmmm, *Handi Quilter*! That’s it! Now what is the sixteen? Sixteen years of age or under? NO. Sixteen times more expensive? NO. Sixteen years to master? NO. Sixteen balls would be easier to juggle? NO. Sixteen miles per hour? I hope so. Hmmm. Sixteen-inch throat and 1600 stitches per minute, designed just for Free-Motion Machine Quilters that like to work big and fast..Extreme Quilters who have a need for speed. Crazied Quilters that stitch with the pedal to the metal, whose motto is "Go hard or Go Home" and slow down for no pedestrians... that's ME!

And now as a proud owner of my very own HQ Sweet Sixteen, I am looking forward to learning more about this mid-arm machine and doing some serious bonding. For far more insight than you really want to know about my art, my shoe size and more...step into my Colourful World at www.helengodden.com.

Helen is a big winner in 2008 at the International Quilt Festival/Houston!

Screeching Cockatoo
Helen Godden's winning quilt
Screeching Cockatoo.
Art-Painted Surface Winner
HQ Sixteen Owner. See more of Helen's work at www.helengodden.com

Seasonal Sisters
Gail Thomas, Annette M. Hendricks, and Helen Godden's winning quilt
Seasonal Sisters.
World Of Beauty Award, sponsored by TheQuiltShow.com
HQ Sixteen Owner. See more of Helen's work at www.helengodden.com

Mother Earth
Helen Godden's winning quilt
Mother Earth.
Art Painted Surface, 2nd Place, sponsored by Tims Art Quilt Studio
HQ Sixteen Owner. See more of Helen's work at www.helengodden.com