About Us

Lorien Quilting began when I bought my longarm machine in 2002 and moved to the beautiful Dandenong Ranges, 45km South East of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

I was only 23 years old but I had been sewing all my life, learning to use the sewing machine on my mother's knee like so many of my customers had learned from their own mothers. After falling in love with patchwork and quilting while living in America I jumped right in when my machine arrived and started quilting like mad. I was terrified that I had made a huge mistake in spending so much money on a machine I wasn't sure I could use. The only way I thought I could make sure it was the right thing for me was to try and try until I got the hang of it. I was at the machine day and night and it wasn't long before I was ready to start quilting for others.

I loved the constant parade of quilts coming through my studio and all the amazing patchworkers I was meeting. I made new friends and my business grew.

At that time, Australia felt far removed from the American quilting scene. There weren't many edge to edge patterns available here and the expense of

getting them sent from America was out of my reach financially so I started drawing my own. I thought they were so good! Clever me, drawing patterns all in one line! I would draw them on rolls of fax paper (remember those?) and on rolls of kitchen paper, on notebook paper all stuck together and on paper that was made for dot matrix printers (remember those too?). I look back at those early patterns now and I see most of them were terrible. But at the time they were something new and people were kind and said things like "you should sell those" and "where can I buy those" and that was all the encouragement I needed to buy a big printer and start teaching myself to use a computer.

I just drew and drew and sewed and sewed and printed and printed and people continued to say kind things and some of them even bought my patterns. That gave me more confidence so I drew some more and eventually had enough patterns to make a catalogue. Then I had enough to have a website, then enough to have my collection published in North America, then digital quilting systems came along and that was another skill to learn and so it went until now, and here I am.

I quilt less now but I still do some - only edge to edge patterns because, obviously, that is where my greatest skills lie. 

I draw more, releasing three new edge to edge patterns every month and the more I do, the more I want to do. My patterns are sold all around the world and I love seeing them pop up on quilts when I visit a show, in books, magazines, commercial patchwork patterns, I have even met patchworkers at social gatherings and found out that one of my patterns is on their favourite quilt. Owning Lorien Quilting is the best job in the world!

I hope you are able to find something that you like here. If you can't, let me know and I can design something just for you.

Thank you so much for supporting my designing efforts. I wish you all the best,

Hermione Agee.