I recently met a lovely lady online by the name of Renee Hill, who is the founder and owner of Dreamtime Quilts. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the photos of her beautiful baby ‘snugglers’ and quilts in amazing Aboriginal Dreamtime fabrics.
Although Renee has no formal background in sewing, it was always something that she loved to do before her children came along.
Recently Renee had to undergo a foot operation which left her off work for 10 weeks. It was during this time that she thought she should do something constructive, so she dragged her trusty sewing machine out of the cupboard and put it to work. About the same time she found some stunning Dreamtime fabrics and began producing a small number of baby ‘snugglers’ and Quilts.
It wasn’t long before Renee began advertising them on her facebook page, and the orders started rolling in like a train at high speed. Renee said “The feedback on these have been astounding, not to mention overwhelming! I wish I had thought of this when my girls were younger!”
Renee grew up in the Dubbo area, Central West NSW and now lives on the Central Coast of New South Wales. She has 2 daughters who are Aboriginal from their father’s side, and since moving from Dubbo Renee says she has tried to keep them as culturally aware as possible.
At one stage Renee also enjoyed making tracksuits on a small scale in Koori colours which were very popular. “It was awesome seeing my tracksuits walking around town” Renee said.
Renee currently works full time in a bank, but is seriously considering cutting her hours back to keep up with demand. She may even need to give up her day job entirely if orders continue at the rate they have been coming in. Renee hopes to have a comprehensive website and online store set up in the near future to assist people in the purchasing process.
This is a wonderful success story and we congratulate Renee on her fantastic achievements both now and into the future. She is a great inspiration and role model to Indigenous communities around Australia. Well done Renee!