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
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.
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
These two pieces were started back in October, but only recently finished due to my ability to start projects at a higher rate than I finish them.
Both started out as a paper collage (below), created from interiors magazines, which I then traced to create the applique pictures.Read More
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
The autumn was a whirlwind of work (the curse of the freelance life, always too much or too little) so it has been lovely to have a week off over Christmas. I was planning on spending it on long walks, masses of sewing and watching box sets over the break but, of course, time runs away and it was actually just a good old catch up with the family.Read More
Now autumn is here I am loving this landscape, but when I was working on it, in the midst of summer, I questioned the wisdom of standing over a hot iron fusing pieces of wool suiting. However, it was for a magazine and they work several months ahead, so, at my desk sultry autumn landed in sunny July.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
Back in 2014, I used my phone to take this rather cruddy photo of some tiles in the rain. Can't remember the exact details of why I stopped, but I must have liked the look of them and had, maybe, imbibed a little red wine. Anyway,it was a flippant photo, and I have no idea where in Hove it was taken. Fast forward three years and my photo library is now bursting at the seams with photos of tiles around Brighton and Hove. So, I thought it was time I do something with them and have been busy designing a quilt.Read More
Last month, my friend Sara was running a drop-in workshop at Jubilee Library in Brighton as part of the BBC Get Creative weekend. She asked me to give her a hand, and it was a fun morning, with beginners, as well as those with some quilting experience, popping in.Read More