May 2018

It has been a bit of a funny month as I have struggled to get into a new routine. Back in 2015 I closed my studio shop with the plan on doing more creative work (writing and designing) and two months later became Editor of the magazine Popular Patchwork. It was fab, full-time hard work though so in March 2017 I left as I really wanted to be working on my own projects more. The lovely new editor, Emma, asked me to stay on part-time as freelance technical editor which really suited me. I could work as and when I wanted (as long as I kept to deadlines) so it slotted in well between other work and projects. In April the team learned the issue we were working on would be our last.

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Clara's Room Tour

Back in December, I visited the Kensington Dollhouse festival. Oh my, everything you would think of in miniature - I felt like I had taken a swig from a bottle that said 'drink me'. Having no firm plans I bought a few things that I thought looked interested, didn't break the bank, and would fit in with the interior style work I was creating.

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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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