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
As you will tell from my two previous posts, the beginning of the June was spent in Wales. I fell in love with Ceredigion and, if I could have, I would've packed up my sewing machine and whippet and never left. Alas, there does not seem to be too many jobs in the area and the teenager would not be impressed - he has got used to 24-hour living in the city. So, we returned home with plans to return next time we needed some R&R.Read More
I would like to start this post with a public announcement - if you are due to visit the Welsh Quilt Centre this year then don't read on. I had such wonderful visit and part of this was not knowing what to expect so trust me, you will enjoy it much more if you get that feeling of being enveloped in quilting loveliness with no expectations.
Right, if you are still with me then you must be a long long way from Wales...
When we decided to go on a family trip to Wales I knew if I did not get to see some quilts I would feel a tad short-changed.Read More
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