The Wordsmith

July 31st, 2015 | The Wordsmith | 1 Comment

Wordsmith Collage - Vertical420wMy fifth book is here! And I’m so very pleased with it!

Here’s the introduction:

Wordsmith (n.) one who creates with words

I’ve often wished that I kept a diary or an art journal but after many attempts I’ve had to admit that I’m just not that sort. And yet, I really do want to remember and record our ordinary days. After all, what you do every day is more important than what you do once in a blue moon.

One day I realised that I could simply stitch our stories and here we are. ‘The Wordsmith’ is about noticing and cherishing the simple things in life. It’s about slowing down, quietening the mind and finding the joy in the mundane; gathering your memories and mementoes together with beautiful fabrics and soothing stitches to create a lasting cloth to be talked over and treasured by generations to come: a quilted memory to cherish.

So come, gather your letters and your threads and be a wordsmith with me.

 

You can find your copy in my Etsy shop or on Amazon. And Moda will be distributing the book too- so you can always ask your local quilt shop to order you a copy. I do hope you enjoy ‘The Wordsmith’ and that it inspires and encourages you!

 

Sewing Basket

July 30th, 2015 | Sewing | No Comments

Basket1Basket2This old wicker sewing basket was waiting for me in the charity shop the other week.

I’d love to know who owned it and see what she’d made, wouldn’t you?

Chief of Everything

July 26th, 2015 | Family, Other | No Comments

Tony has been working with me as my ‘Chief of Everything’ since November last year and is proving invaluable in so many ways: doing all my computer and technical work, business planning, running the shipping department, the finances and handling most of the daily admin and emails etc too.

He works very late into the night on a far too frequent basis and is very supportive of me and my business. I now how much more time and energy to design and create which is wonderful.

In short he’s awesome.

But, he can’t sew.

Yet…

COEsew420wHe’s really hoping to be promoted to Head of Possibilities.

But, as I told him he can’t even apply for that esteemed position until he has at least one quilt to his name.

Watch this space!

 

Fox

July 24th, 2015 | Sewing | No Comments

Fox420wFoxOut420wI made this little fox as a mascot for Jan who runs ‘Grays’ a non- profit charity cafe here in my town. 

He has yet to be named but is already in his coffee shop uniform and will be living somewhere in the cafe very soon.

I bought the great pattern from Threadfollower on Etsy and the felt from ‘Coast and Country Crafts’ whilst down in Cornwall a few months ago. 

He was really fun to make, only took me one Sunday evening and it was such a pleasure to give someone an unexpected gift.

I’d like to do that more often.

 

End of an era

July 19th, 2015 | Family | 3 Comments

HenFirstSchoolday420wlIn a few days school will be out for the summer. 

And after eleven years of nursery and school runs I only have four more to do ever.

Because Hen (seen here on his first day at school as a 4 year old- he was so excited!) is leaving his juniors and moving up to senior school.

His lovely big brother will take him in on his first day. And I shall put a smile on my face and wave them both off on their next adventure.

Times are changing and I must change with them.

Help please!

July 17th, 2015 | Artisan apron | 9 Comments

Apron420wMy Artisan Apron pattern is flying out the door (thank you!) and it is nearly time to get another batch printed.

So, I’d like to take this opportunity to improve the pattern.

I’m going to get the apron graded so it will come in a set of sizes (instead of the one it does now). The original size will be the new ‘small’ as I’m getting lots of requests for larger sizes.

This will be a huge improvement!

Please let me know any changes, improvements or tweaks you’d like me to make to my apron pattern and/ or the instructions.

I want my pattern to be truly good so feel free to let me know what you think. All polite honesty will be much appreciated!

Thank you x

and the winner is…

July 16th, 2015 | Other | No Comments

Congratulations to Elaine! The random number generator chose number 14 and today is your lucky day!

Email me your address please and I’ll get the ticket in the post. I look forward to meeting you at the Festival of Quilts.

Thanks to everyone who entered- sorry I didn’t have a free ticket for you all!

My studio

July 9th, 2015 | Home | 2 Comments

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The Wordsmith

July 6th, 2015 | The Wordsmith | 6 Comments

Cover420wEndpaper420wIntro420wB420wBackCover420My new book ‘The Wordsmith’ is almost finished!

I have spent the last few days proof reading and generally criticising two years work. For me it’s the hardest part of the book making process.

But now the mistakes are gone and soon we will have a beautiful and inspiring book: it’s actually been there all along. I can see it.

 

Festival of Quilts

FreeTicket420wThe Festival of Quilts, the biggest quilt show in Europe is just around the corner.

I’ll be there on my Stand G4 so please come by and say ‘hello’ to me, my Mum or my sister (if you’re very lucky you can say ‘hello’ to all of us!)

I’m also teaching a 3 hour masterclass workshop on ‘how to draw with your sewing machine’ and I’ll be spending some time playing and chatting on the Moda Bakeshop (lots of freebies and inspiration) stand too.

It’s going to be a busy and inspiring show!

Now for the good news: I have a free ticket for one of you!

Just leave me a comment and I’ll choose one at random next week. Please only enter if you know you can attend the show- the ticket is valid on any of the 4 days.

The Festival of Quilts, 6-9th August NEC Birmingham, UK