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Trevor's an accidental quilter

ALL SEWED UP: Trevor Muir with his daughter Mackenzie and the quilts he has made.
ALL SEWED UP: Trevor Muir with his daughter Mackenzie and the quilts he has made. Vanessa Jarrett

TREVOR Muir accidentally stumbled into an unknown skill - quilting.

And, ironically, it was an accident that got him there.

"I had never quilted in my life,” Trevor said.

Trevor is a diesel fitter by trade and was injured at work earlier in the year.

"Through the compo they try to put you on low duties to get you ready to go back into work,” Trevor said. "And they called me up and said we have a host job for you at the Fabric Nook.

"I bucked and screamed and carried on, I didn't want to do it.”

That was six months ago.

"After the first couple of weeks I got to know the ladies and they were really lovely,” he said.

"At first I was cleaning and organising shelves and, while they weren't looking, I jumped on the machine.

"And it was either do it or drown.”

Trevor didn't start off with the easy sewing projects like a bag or a pair of boxers, he launched straight into quilting - one of the hardest sewing tasks.

"I am like a bull at a gate, I jump right in,” he said. "I started at one of the hardest quilts, the Bargello.”

With a lot of intricate sewing and careful cutting out, Trevor questioned himself on a number of occasions.

"I nearly gave up when I was halfway through,” he said. "There was a lot of trial and error.

"A lot of reverse sewing but you don't know your mistakes until you make them and you can learn from them.”

Inspiration came to Trevor online and through his new friends at the shop.

"They put my work up on their Facebook page and it got almost 100 likes,” Trevor said.

"That inspired me to keep going.”

Trevor's 13-year-old daughter Mackenzie was also an inspiration to keep going.

"I was making the quilt for her and that made me keep going,” he said.

"There aren't too many fathers that have made their daughter a quilt.”

Seeing something he made come together was also a inspiration.

"When you can see something you are building is coming together it's a good feeling,” Trevor said.

Trevor's first quilt took him a month to make and, with some new skills under his belt, the next one only took four days.

"And now I am on to my third,” he said.

As word has spread through Facebook and word of mouth, Trevor said he had copped some flack.

"The very first time the ladies put me on Facebook, I got teased and ridiculed, but it was all jokes,” he said. "I think a lot of them are jealous because they can't do it.”

The rarity of men in sewing is another reason Trevor has kept going.

"A lot of people are in disbelief,” he said.

"They say, no way you did that, and you show them photos of what you did and they walk away saying, no way.”

Trevor's new skill has also given him and his daughter a new hobby.

"It is something we can do together,” he said. "At the moment we are making a pencil case and we have done some other little projects.”

If you had asked Trevor six months ago would he be doing this he would have shook his head and laughed.

"In the past I picked on other people for doing something similar,” he said.

"Normally I am a diesel fitter by day, pig hunter by night and fishing.

"Now quilting.”

Trevor hopes to be back at work by the end of this year.

"I am hoping to get full clearance in November,” he said.

This means he will no longer be working at the Fabric Nook - but he won't stop sewing.

"I will be purchasing a sewing machine and keep going,” he said.

"I love it, I have always been creative with my hands and I love the reactions I get, people are so surprised.”

Topics:  diesel fitter quilting sewing workers compensation


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