Welcome to Nava Young’s web site.
I was born in Malaysia and came to University in UK. I met Mick and got married after my degree. My jobs took me to Surrey, Sevenoaks, Crawley, West Sussex and finally in Middlesex where my husband was teaching.
Mick and I adopted a baby from Sri Lanka in 1990. Anita was the perfect baby and I had time on my hands. This is when I first took up Patchwork. Inspired by friends who where avid quilters, I challenged myself to make a small quilt. Like most people it grew and grew to become a double bed spread.
I did not make any more quilts till we bought our hotel and came to the Isle of Wight in Dec 1996. In September 201 I entered the Hoffman’s Challenge 2002 with 2 other friends. The title was ‘Treasures of the Forest’. We were very pleased to hear 80 quilts were short-listed and our quilts were amongst them. It was even more exciting when our quilts did a tour and was exhibited in Harrogate, Scotland and finally 30 were selected for the exhibition in Cambridge Mine was still exhibited here.
I entered this landscape to another exhibition and won first prize. This was my first ever award for Quilting. I was over the moon and was motivated to create many more quilts. In Nov 2002 I took part in a Bag Competition I designed and made an evening shoulder bag. To my surprise I won first prize again. Since then I have been commissioned to make two more bags and many quilts. In Jan 2003 I was asked to teach a class on landscape in our local Quilt Group. I have since given talks and done many workshops.
I belong to the local Vectis Quilters and also meet with friends once a week to exchange ideas and get inspiration. I continue to be creative whenever time permits amidst cooking over 20 full English breakfasts for our guests and also caring for my husband, daughter and my mother-in-law in her 90’s who lives with us. I have since been asked to give talks and hold more workshops on the Isle of Wight and on the Mainland. I have also had a few publications in quilt magazines
I really love quilting and being creative. I hope you too are inspired as you see some of my work to create more quilts. My husband is always saying ‘QUILTERS ARE SLOWLY TAKING OVER THE WORLD.’ Perhaps one day we might! In the meantime ENJOY QUILTING!!!