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
In my textile work I carried on with my history/story work. Things have been quite busy so I have not been able to dive into it, but chipped away. One of the strands comes from a photo album I recently aquired. I have no idea who the people are, but they look like a close knit family and most of the photos were taken in Brighton, with dates added. The image below is from the mid 1920s, and taken on Brighton Beach. The parasol crops up in a few of the pics and I love this one. Staged, but a world (and nearly a century) away from the Instagram style shots that we all do today.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
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 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
A bit of a late round-up of March as April has whizzed by. Extra deadlines, school holidays and bank holidays do not make for a happy freelancer! In the true spirit of freelancing this week sees the workload lightening up which hopefully means ticking more things off my creative to-do list.
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.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
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.Read More