My name is Laurel Byrne and I’m a patchwork addict.

Born and raised in Liverpool, England, I started sewing as a little girl with my mum. I’ve dabbled in knitting and crochet but sewing is my passion.

I tried patchwork from books but struggled with the techniques and the resulting quilts were pretty awful. When my father died, I wanted to make a quilt with his shirts for myself, my mother and my children. I bought a book on scrappy quilts and had a go. The resulting quilt is very special to me and I use it frequently.

Ten years ago, I finally enrolled in a class and my introduction to the fantastic world of patchwork and quilting began. I was immediately hooked!

In 2015, I saw a Westalee Quilting with Rulers demonstration and was instantly drawn to the system and the designer, Leonie West. Later, when I attended a class with the lovely Angela Attwood, I knew I wanted to include the rulerwork in my classes. In 2018, I was honoured to have completed my Westalee training with Leonie and Bill West, and was awarded gold level teacher accreditation, one of only three teachers in the UK!

Now, I teach regular patchwork and quilting classes in Waterloo near Crosby and Formby, Merseyside, as well as Westalee starter courses over one, two or three days across North Wales, the north of England and Scotland. Next stop, Ireland!

To learn more about what I do or to book a place on a workshop, please message me.


Thank You’s

  • Excellent teacher; very clear and approachable. Class was fun too!

    Sandy T

  • I enjoyed Laurel’s class so much. She really makes you feel “yes, I can do this.” The work that other people do is also an inspiration. All in all, I’m enjoying it so much and a big thank you to Laurel for all help

    Sue L

  • Laurel’s patience, knowledge, kindness and laughter. Such fun! Really enjoyed the sampler class and looking forward to the next one. My confidence is growing!

    Karen P