April 2018

Last month was a whirlwind of computer work, with a few golden days out thrown in. I took some lovely photos as we eeked out the last few beach sessions before the mayhem descends for the summer, and the dog is banned from setting foot (paw?) on the pebbles.

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March 2018

A bit of a late round-up of March as April has whizzed by. Extra deadlines, school holidays and bank holidays do not make for a happy freelancer! In the true spirit of freelancing this week sees the workload lightening up which hopefully means ticking more things off my creative to-do list.


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February 2018

My most exciting sewing news last month was that the tile sampler blocks were sewn finally together. The piece still needs a border, which being English paper-pieced is no mean feat, but to have them all together felt like an accomplishment. I tested the strength of my marriage by attempting to go outside and photograph it on a windy day, but we got there with not too many cross words!

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January 2018

It has been an amusing start to the year (she writes whilst grimacing). I did that creative thing of spending some of the time off over Christmas thinking about projects and plans which meant I started the new year with a lovely floaty 'let's do this feeling'. But, by the end of January, the enthusiasm had dipped somewhat. The issue with freelance work is that it doesn't stop when you do, so January was always going to be hectic but then a few pieces of work overran and some sort of virusy thing lingered over the house. So here I am, second week of February and finally feeling like I am back in my groove - hurrah.

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The Austen Quilt

I have been working on the Jane Austen Community Quilt project since the spring so thought it was about time I shared a few photos here. The quilt project has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and is part of a wider commemoration of the 200 year anniversary of Jane's death. The inspiration for the textile project came from the coverlet below, which was made by Jane, her sister Cassandra and their mother. We have been documenting the project via a blog on the museum website, so if you want to know more about what is happening with the project visit their website here.

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Hello 2018

The autumn was a whirlwind of work (the curse of the freelance life, always too much or too little) so it has been lovely to have a week off over Christmas. I was planning on spending it on long walks, masses of sewing and watching box sets over the break but, of course, time runs away and it was actually just a good old catch up with the family.

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Maternity Worldwide Sewing Sessions

Last year we ran an applique workshop at The Garden House, and at the end of this month we are returning to run a second sit and sew day. In case you have never been there, it is a large garden behind a terraced house just off the Ditchling Road in Brighton and they do lots of exciting gardening courses. We will be in the garden house, although participants can go for a walk around the garden. It is a lovely place to be, even in the midst of November, and there will be tea and cake to warm the cockles.

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