Posts in Workshops
September 2018

Brr, feeling the cold a bit as a write this which means - hurrah, it is quilting weather!

This month I took part in the Great British Quilter challenge on instagram which was fun. It is run by two quilt designers, and they post a theme each day which you then post a photo in response. Anyone can join in, whether you are working on your first quilt, or a superstar quilter. I really enjoyed it as it meant I shared some old work, but also had a chance to take some new photos. Here are some of my favourites.

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July 2018

July always catches my breath. The end of the school term means another year has passed, and my children are getting older faster than I can cope with. It has not been one of those 'carrying sunglasses just in case the emotions get too much' situations this year, one is moving onto another year at secondary school and the other into the second year at college, but still, it startles me a bit. 


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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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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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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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Hello Jane

A lot of my teenage years were spent with my nose in a book. There wasn't a lot to do in the Hove suburbs, so without the distraction of a mobile phone, reading, playing hockey or drinking cider in the park were pretty much the extent of a social life. And it was reading that took me into another world. These journeys were varied, while at home I loved Sylvia Plath and Dorothy Parker, I worked Saturdays in a bookshop and used to read the latest bestsellers between serving customers at the till. SAS heroes, or cheesy romantic novels, everything was fair game to take me away from grey Boundary Road in Hove to a more exciting world.

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Open Classes - FAQ

I was recently chatting with a friend who had booked onto a cookery workshop, and they were a little nervous - what to take, did they have enough experience, would everyone else be with friends... all the anxious thoughts that can revolve around doing something new. It made me think about what I could do to help people feel at ease when they come along to one of my classes. When you teach on a regular basis it can be easy to forget that people can be apprehensive before coming through the door. So I thought I would share some frequently asked questions from my open classes. They happen one Sunday (11 till 3) and one Tuesday (7 till 9.30) a month, at Brighton Sewing Centre on North Road.  

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Looms and interiors

I love an old mill building. When I go to visit my family in Yorkshire I never need an excuse to go and have a nose around one. The open brickwork, large windows and curved steps worn down from years of footsteps appeals to my heritage geekiness. I am not sure what my Yorkshire family think of this, but in my defence, growing up in Brighton has given me a huge amount of love for Regency architecture, but we have very few buildings that were built for industry and so that is (perhaps) why I am so interested in them. Oh, and of course,  the textile link.

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