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About Janet


I have always had a passion for all things quilty since I started learning nearly 30 years ago. I grew up with a needle in my hand and was always making something. Having been a Primary School Teacher in another life, I bring those skills to my teaching and designing of Patchwork and Quilting. In 2009 whilst working in a Patchwork Shop in Perth WA. I met Leonie and Bill West from Westalee Designs. The rest as they say is history. Leonie and myself just clicked. I became extremely proficient using Westalee Designs Rulers and Templates. However, actually quilting my quilts, apart from ditch stitching was my nemesis. Then along came the Westalee Ruler Foot and Templates for domestic sewing machines.

Now I LOVE to machine quilt.

I was the first Westalee Design Accredited Teacher in the world, being personally mentored by Leonie West. I was also the first Accredited Westalee Design Ruler Foot teacher in the world and in 2015, I was invited by Bill and Leonie to accompany them to Houston to teach and demonstrate there. I know the difficulties for people who say they cannot quilt. I was one of them. my gentle and humorous manner has helped my students everywhere to gain confidence. I always say that when I look around a classroom and sees the other students helping each other I know I have done my job.

My greatest pleasure. is to see people succeed.

Now intricately involved with the design, testing and quilting side of producing these templates with Leonie West has given me new wings that allow me to quilt to my heart’s content.

I am very proud to also be a fully Accredited Teacher and examiner for the West Australian Quilters Association.

Janet's Pattern's USA 2017


Here I am again I am so excited and off to Houston 2017 to release my second book "Artisan Lace". with Leonie & Bill West - Westalee Designs

If you would like a copy of my book, you can order directly though our shop on our website at www.fromthefirststitchtothelast.com.au, JanetCollinsDesigns.com.au (Australia), through www.westalee.com.au (Australia) or you can hop across to Sew Steady (USA) www.sewsteady.com if you are in the USA or Canada, UK & Europe.

In fact you can order from any one of us. We share the love. We have them in our patchwork shop From The First Stitch To The Last & Janet Collins Designs and we are at 8/40 Prindiville Drive, Wangara. Western Australia. 6065 or your own local Patchwork Shops for it as well. We do prefer that you shop at your local Patchwork shops as they are experienced and will give you lots of help.

Come and attend our many classes in our shop From The First Stitch To The Last & Janet Collins Designs It is so much more fun to share a class with other like minded people and to avail yourself of the knowledge and experience of Preferred Instructors and Accredited Teachers who teach Westalee Design Templates and Rulers.

Most of all HAVE FUN. Try not to be daunted by it all. Just quilt, no matter your level, love what you do and watch as your confidence and quilting improves.


















Houston USA Quilt Market and Festival 2016.


How excited am I? My first Book is on the shelves in Houston. Yes Houston USA Quilt Festival 2016. I am still in a daze that it is actually there. A big thank you to Leonie and Bill West from Westalee Design (Australia) and

Jerry and Mendy Tippets from Sew Steady (USA) for encouraging me to write this book. It is aimed at beginners who are starting their journey quilting with Rulers and Templates. However more experienced quilters are encouraged to spread their wings and use the pattern as Inspiration to create their “OWN Voice".

If you would like a copy of my book, you can order directly though my shop on my website at www.JanetCollinsDesigns.com.au (Australia), through www.westalee.com.au (Australia) or you can hop across to Sew Steady (USA) www.sewsteady.com if you are in the USA or Canada. In fact you can order from any one of us. We share the love..Look out in your own local Patchwork Shops for it as well. We do prefer that you shop at your local Patchwork shop as they are experienced and will give you lots of help.

Attend Classes in your area. It is so much more fun to share a class with other like minded people and to avail yourself of the knowledge and experience of Preferred Instructors and Accredited Teachers who teach Westalee Design Templates and Rulers.

Most of all HAVE FUN. Try not to be daunted by it all. Just quilt, no matter your level, love what you do and watch as your confidence and quilting improves.