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
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
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.
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.Read More
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!Read More
Popping in to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along the Maternity Worldwide sewing day last weekend. I haven't been told the final figure yet, but we reckon we raised at least £250 for the charity.Read More
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.Read More