Stitch, Craft, Create

August 21st, 2014 | Home Quilt Home | No Comments

DrawingSewingMachine420wCoastDrawings420wIt’s still the school holidays here so I’m just popping in to let you know that I’m guest blogger over on ‘Stitch, Craft and Create’ today talking about my studio, my inspiration and my new book ‘Home Quilt Home’.

A special evening

MarloweAcademyDadRibbonFirstSightChildrenMeQuiltYesterday I had the pleasure of un-veiling a quilt made by a group of year 7 children at The Marlowe Academy in Kent. The children have been learning about ‘restorative justice’ and used my ‘Freya and Fred’ book as inspiration (how amazing is that!) to each make a hand stitched applique picture of themselves to create this wonderful quilt which will hang in the school for many years to come.

I made a short speech to a large gathering of teachers, children and parents (can’t remember a word I said) and then I pulled the red ribbon and the quilt was revealed. It brought a tear to my eye I must say!

I had a lovely time chatting to the children and their parents and left the school feeling very proud and quite overwhelmed with it all.

Thank you to all the children, parents and staff at The Marlowe Academy for a very special evening.


July 8th, 2014 | Family, Food | 3 Comments

HenBaby420wHenry10420wHenSmash420wSo, my baby is 10. A whole decade with our Henry.

Such a gorgeous, gorgeous boy!

I made him a piñata cake, which he thoroughly enjoyed smashing as you can see!

‘Home Quilt Home’ winner

June 10th, 2014 | Home Quilt Home | 4 Comments

3Houses420wA big ‘thank you’ for all your lovely, kind comments and I’m pleased to announce that the random number generator chose comment number 3- so many congratulations Plum Cox!

I have lots to tell you about Spring Quilt Market and my second fabric collection with Moda, but I have happily fallen down the rabbit hole that is writing my next book (‘The Wordsmith’- published 2015).

I immerse myself totally, becoming quite obsessed and living almost entirely in my head until my work is done and so I do find it hard to leave my imagination and come out into the real world (as you’ll know if you’re waiting for me to reply to your email).

But you can always find me on Instagram (@janeteclare) .

Home Quilt Home

Exciting news! ‘Home Quilt Home’ my first book with publisher ‘David and Charles’ will be published at the end of May and I’m going to give you a little preview and offer you the chance to win your own copy!

So, here goes… lots of photos!

‘Home Quilt Home’ is divided into three chapters- Town, Country and Coast and I have drawn templates for many different types of houses and buildings for each chapter. There are beach huts, windmills, barns and town houses, flats and thatched cottages. The templates are all full size and are designed to be as versatile as possible- mix and match them as you please!

I drew all the little illustrations, provided all the fabrics featured from my stash and was photographed doing my ‘thing’ in my studio for the techniques section. There is a much of me in this book as there could possibly be and I am thrilled with the result!

Thanks to all the marvellous team at David and Charles for helping me create such a lovely book full of one of my favourite things- houses!

You can pre-order yourself a copy now on Amazon and the book should be easy to find almost everywhere else shortly.

I have a copy of ‘Home Quilt Home’ to giveaway, so leave me a comment and I’ll pick a winner at random on publication date, 30th May.

FrontCoverTownNeat Town HousesBusy TownDetached HousesCountryIsolated cottageVillage mapCoastBeach HutsBeach Hut CushionSea and Shore


‘Blossom’ by Henry age 9

May 6th, 2014 | Family, Other | 5 Comments


old crumbly branches

hang elegantly over me

swaying the beautiful pink buds

side to side

World penguin day

April 25th, 2014 | Family, Other | 1 Comment

Penguin400wThere’s a ‘day’ for everything now isn’t there?

But today is special because it’s World Penguin Day and we happen to have the world’s biggest Penguin fan in the house- our Henry.

Naturally, Henry asked for a penguin for his birthday a few years ago and so my parents adopted him an Adelie penguin which he calls Smirky.  This is a drawing of Smirky!

Henry corresponds with Pablo the president of the Global Penguin Society and sewed him a little penguin for Christmas. You can see Henry proudly holding Pablo’s penguin on the Global Penguin Society’s Facebook page!

Over the years we’ve made penguin birthday cakes and soft toys (Basic Grey’s pattern)














































And of course, appliqued penguins! My applique penguins were originally designed a few years ago for Fat Quarterly and you can get the free pattern here: Janet Clare Pattern – Penguins

Happy World Penguin Day!

Betty’s 3rd birthday

April 14th, 2014 | Family | 4 Comments

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HenryJump420wCan you believe Betty is 3 already! She is a delight.

On Betty’s birthday we all went to the bluebell woods for a long walk.

I took my big camera to take some photos of the Bluebells but they aren’t quite out yet.

So I took some photos of an ordinary, every day dog walk instead.

There was hide and seek (the boys hide and Betty seeks), muddy ditch jumping, tree climbing and sunshine.

And next week there might be Bluebells as well.

Betty gets us out every day, rain or shine and without her there’d be a lot less Sunday mornings spent playing in the woods.

I do love my dog.


1959 flan

April 4th, 2014 | Food | 1 Comment

Flan420w Flan (n.) A baked dish consisting of an open-topped pastry case with a savoury or sweet filling

Such an old fashioned word for a pudding. Flan. I rather like it.

This is a marshmallow and chocolate flan from my 1959 cook book ‘Exciting Cooking’ and is one of those puddings your Granny used to whip up in minutes from an assortment of left overs.


Naturally, I didn’t have any leftover cake crumbs and couldn’t face making the pastry- I went shopping instead.

I didn’t have any coffee essence so used espresso and I left out all the nuts, because I didn’t fancy them.

Also, I only had small marshmallows which turned brown long before they melted.

But it was still a good flan!

Chicken tea cosy

March 28th, 2014 | Sewing | 7 Comments

ChickenTeaCosy420wThis week I came across a picture of my chicken tea cosy on Pinterest and then the next day a lady wrote and asked where she could find the free pattern for it.

Funny how that happens.

So, the pattern is here: Pattern – Hen Tea Cosy

You’re welcome!