Posts in Inspiration
June 2019

The month of June is always about the solstice, and this year was an apt one to get out and feel the sun come up and shine enegry and positivity into my soul - and in more humble terms it is always good to mark the mid-point of the year. We went up to Devil’s Dyke at 4.30am, ready to see the first rays of the sun come up. It always surprises me how light it is (reminds me sunrise is not the time when it starts to get light) and how cold it is. Makes you feel closer to nature as you can feel the power of the sun warming up the earth.

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2019 so far...

So, the monthly posting fell by the wayside in 2019, in fact any non-essential work went on the back burner due to the ‘big project’. At times, the scale of it all plus a bit of ill health and family issues overwhelmed me but am nearly through it and now have a pause. It has been wonderful to get out on proper walks again and to start thinking about new work without the pressure of tight deadlines - in the dark days of too much to do in not enough time I feared I was going off quilting. I wonder if cookbook writers get the same thing, and toward the end of their books eating a frozen pizza and KFC as they are a bit over cooking from scratch and overthinking flavour combinations.

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December 2018

Long ago I stopped the New Year resolution thing. The lull between Christmas and New Year gives some time for reflection and thoughts of living better, whether this is healthier or changing habits. As soon as January gets into full swing things get busy and plans fall by the wayside, which then can leave you feeling a bit of a failure. So these days I don’t make any. However, a chat with an old friend has made me look at this a different way. She recalled when we were in our late teens we decided to do something new each month, rather than stopping something. At the time we decided to try a new bar each month, I cannot remember it well so I don’t think we intentially kept it up, but reckon we probably did try a new bar each month.

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Autumn 2018 Tile Course

My eight week course at Hove Library came to an end just before Christmas so I took the opportunity to take photos of some of the work to share. It was a mixed group of ten beginner to experienced quilters, and you will see there is a huge range of styles and colours used in the quilts. To recap, the tile quilt is made of blocks inspired by tiled paths seen in Hove (and a few in Brighton). At each session as well as the block design we talk about the history of the road and/or area.

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The mythical fabric shop and a vintage day at the seaside

At the end of October we went on a day trip to Hastings. The idea was mine as I wanted to nip into a fantastic vintage fabric shop I visited last year, but with a day off school and work three of us ended up going for an old-fashioned family day-out by the seaside. I love the vintage seaside. When I wa sat sixth form college I worked in a rock shop on Brighton seafront for a couple of summers and I do love it all; fish and chips on the beach, a 99 ice cream, some 2p machines and some buildings with bit of Victorian/Edwardian faded glamour. If you can chuck in a pier as well I am most happy.

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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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New brooches online

To complement my boxes I have been making some brooches. They each feature a figure or books, and are sewn onto cotton/mix linen, appliqued onto felt, then a gilt coloured brooch back added. Each one is mounted on a piece of card printed from papers in my collection, including a. 1879 cross-written letter and a 1930s invoice. They measure about 2in x 3in. They took quite a while to make and each one developed their own name and personality as I worked on them. I have a batch of about 15, but so far I have six online here, so meet:

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