Before I talk about any competition quilts it need to start with a little soapbox moment. Festival of Quilts is a huge show, and it is the work from everyday quilters, whether they have all day and two huge spare rooms at home to sew, or just a corner of the sofa on a Sunday afternoon, that really make it an event. It can be quite nervewracking entering a quilt, something I have to confess I haven’t done since 2010 (I think years seem to roll by these days). So to everyone who evertered a quilt, thank you.Read More
After a busy couple of months I was on the fence about going this year. I have been every year since, ooh maybe 2006/7 and had last year off and it went fine. I thought I would get a huge fear of missing out but it was alright mooching at home looking at others’ highlights on Instagram. In case you do not know FoQ, it is the largest UK quilt show and happens annually in the summer over four days at the NEC in Birmingham. It features a huge range of work, has ample shopping opportunites and workshops and lectures. It can swing from overwhelming, to inspiring to expensive (oh, the shopping area if you struggle with self-control). So this year, about two weeks before the show I decided I was going to try and lift my quilt mojo which has been a bit off lately, and arranged to meet my friend Wendy there who has recenltly relocated from Brighton to Sheffield.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
I also finished another little tin. The text is from the Brighton Gazette dated 26th May 1900, and I thought the difference in the licencing laws was amusing. The article went onto say that some people did come over to Hove from Brighton have a late night drinkie.Read More
The month got off to a very exciting start as I went on a ghost story writing workshop at The Regency Townhouse. Creative writing is something that I loved at school then I have not tried since then. I love using narrative and stories in my work, whether from literature or history, so it was really exciting to have a go at writing my own.Read More
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.Read More
I love the summer holidays, but juggling work and family means very little making happens. That is not a complaint, as my children get older I cherish every summer we spend together, but it is more an explanation of why I don’t seem to have racked up many sewing hours.
Days out mean lots of inspiration though.Read More
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:Read More