Posts in Patchwork
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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Festival of Quilts 2017

Can't believe it was nearly a month ago, but I have now finally downloaded the pics from Festival of Quilts. I ummed and ahhed about going this year, having attended been every year since 2007 and working the last two, I thought that maybe it was time to have a break. However, with a definite FOMO I booked a hotel the week before and nabbed a couple of free entry tickets off my friend Sara. I mentioned I was going to one of our other friends, Wendy, and she was up for a road trip. She knows the Knitting and Stitching shows well, having taught classes and sold dressmaking patterns from her own stand. However, being someone who stitches that stuff you wear, rather than wall hangings and bed coverings, it was her first FoQ.

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The tile obsession

Back in 2014, I used my phone to take this rather cruddy photo of some tiles in the rain. Can't remember the exact details of why I stopped, but I must have liked the look of them and had, maybe, imbibed a little red wine. Anyway,it was a flippant photo, and I have no idea where in Hove it was taken. Fast forward three years and my photo library is now bursting at the seams with photos of tiles around Brighton and Hove. So, I thought it was time I do something with them and have been busy designing a quilt.

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Houses and rooms

At the end of last year I made a big decision to change my work situation to give me more time to stitch, and to develop my work in a new direction. I was not reckless enough to devote myself to my stitch work full time, but adjusted my work into what I enjoy and pays the bills, but also allows me some regular time and thinking space to be creative. So what to do. Finish all the quilts I am currently making, or start something new? Of course the answer was to work on a new project (while diligently ploughing away at the wip pile). I have always loved applique, and like the way it offers possibilities of being illustrative with fabric and thread, so the question was what theme would I explore. 

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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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