Biography

Anja Townrow was born in 1953 in The Hague, Holland and grew up in a village in the Dutch polderland.

After studying English Language and Literature at the University of Leiden, she moved to England in 1974.

Inspired by a picture of a patchwork cushion in a magazine, she started making bedspreads from scraps of old clothes in 1977.

Since the late Eighties she has developed her skills by trying out the different techniques in the by then more widely available American books and magazines.  During the early 90’s, she made many bed quilts to commission, which enabled her to learn her craft through practice and experience.  In 1993, Anja set up ‘Dutch Quilts’ when she started to sell her first patchwork kits at Craft Fairs, and her range of patterns remains available under the ‘Dutch Quilts’ label.  After teaching a weekly class for six years, Anja now travels extensively to give lectures and workshops throughout the UK and Europe.

Take a look around the Gallery to view her many prize-winning quilts.  Under publications, you will find details of her designs that can be found in various patchwork publication.  Bold Curves, sharp Points, and bright colours give Anja's quilts their distinctive look.  She uses Foundation Piecing combined with curved piecing to achieve accurate results.  The method is fully explained in her book: `Dutch Flower Pots' (AQS, Spring 2001),  Her recent exploration of Machine Appliqué methods can be seen in some of here latest patterns.

Workshops for both techniques are available.