Yesterday 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.
Such a gorgeous, gorgeous boy!
I made him a piñata cake, which he thoroughly enjoyed smashing as you can see!
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) .
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.
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)
Happy World Penguin Day!
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.
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!
This 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
As you may know, I work from home in a little room off the kitchen and I used to find myself doing all the things that needed to be done instead of actually working. If you work from home I’m sure you know what I’m talking about!
After much thought I realised that I needed a work uniform, something to wear that made me (and everyone else) know that I was not at home but at work. And so I made my apron and have been gradually embellishing it with my favourite sayings and little badges and motifs and now when I wear my apron I feel creative and ready to work.
My apron is so lovely and cream and special that I’m not tempted to sweep the floor or brush the dog when I’m wearing it! And now when I take it off I actually feel that I’ve left work behind for the day- which is a marvellous thing for an apron to achieve don’t you think?
Anyway, after lots of requests for a pattern it is finally here and in my Etsy shop now.