Plum cake

October 17th, 2014 | Food, Other | 1 Comment

Whole420wSlice420w One of my ambitions in life is to always have homemade cake or biscuits in the cake tin for after school snacks and elevenses.

Of course, I more often than not have nothing whatsoever in the cake tin (not even a shop bought something) but one can always dream.

But, today we have plum cake! This is actually pretty healthy for a cake as it is packed with prunes, wholemeal flour and has no added fat either. And it even tastes good too.

My two will eat anything (even prunes!) if it’s in cake.

Ingredients

250g prunes, roughly chopped

160ml apple juice (I didn’t have any and used water)

1 large egg

225g self raising wholemeal flour

150g soft brown sugar

1 tsp mixed spice

pinch of salt

1 tbsp demerara sugar

2lb loaf tin, lined

pre- heated oven 180c/ gas mark 4

Method

Place the prunes in the apple juice or water and heat in the microwave or a small pan over a medium heat. Remove from the heat and add all the ingredients except the demerara sugar. Mix well. Scrape mixture into the loaf tin and sprinkle the top with the Demerara sugar and bake for about 35 minutes. Leave to cool in the tin.

This is also really good with some thick salty butter and lots of tea!

 

 

 

13

October 1st, 2014 | Family | No Comments

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Joe, you are beautiful inside and out.

Winner!

September 13th, 2014 | A Field Guide, Moda fabric | 2 Comments

FieldBeautiesFinished420wThis is the ‘beauties of nature’ from my book ‘A Field Guide’ which inspired my fabric collection. You can buy it here or here or ask your local quilt shop for it.

 

Thank you to every single one of you who left a comment on my previous post. I read and enjoyed every single one!

So, here’s the news you’ve all been waiting for… the winner of my ‘Field Guide’ layer cake as chosen by the random number generator is comment 240- congratulations Beth! I will run to the post office as soon as I have your address.

This week I’ve been busy getting a new and improved email club put together. I’m aiming to make my little club a thank you for all your interest in and kind support of my work, so if you’d like that and regular (ish) updates on what I’m doing, sneak peaks and the occasional free pattern or discount then please email me: janet@janetclare.co.uk and you can join my club!

One last love: the Tufty Club! I was a member, were you?

 

 

 

Moda Love blog tour

moda-love_header420wGood morning and welcome to my stop on the Moda blog tour!

The theme is LOVE and we’re to share some things we love with you!

I also have a layer cake of my latest fabric line ‘A Field Guide’ for you to win and a video of a technique I use that isn’t widely known. So, without further ado here we go…

I love drawing with my sewing machine.

A free machine drawing of a Robin- this is on Tony's christmas stocking

I love my fountain pen. My lovely husband gave it to me and I write in it every single day and I even draw all my fabric designs in it too.

I don’t like black (never use it) and so spend too much money on fancy grey ink.

I love that Moda accept my hand drawn, fountain pen designs and don’t make me re-draw them in Illustrator or Photoshop! 

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   I love to draw my own feather quilting patterns. I’m sure I didn’t invent this technique (my brain just isn’t wired that way) but typically can’t find any reference to it on the internet now I need to!

So, here’s my video tutorial on how to design a feather quilting template.

Enjoy!

The Moda designers were all asked to create a quilt in their latest line of fabric using the exact same pattern.

I love how different all the quilts are! I put bugs and bunnies on mine.

You can watch the Schoolhouse video here and find the free pattern PDF here.

Don’t you love how generous Moda are?

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I love to collect old books, phrases, quotes, notes and words.

I love handwriting, old photos and the glimpses into past lives these offer.

I’m creating my next book which is inspired by this love of eloquence, ‘The Wordsmith’.

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love to find broken pieces of china when out walking. These are surprisingly common and can be found in fields, gardens and the beach.

I have pots and pots of them and I sometimes even use them: here is my knitting needle pot.

I’m fairly certain these chipped pattern fragments will become a quilt or a fabric design one day.

Knitting was my first crafting love.

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I love that all these things: the drawing and fountain pen doodles and the collecting words, unearthing patterns whilst walking the dog in a muddy field can all be called ‘work’.

How lucky am I?

And now, it’s your turn: leave me a short comment about something you love and you could be the lucky winner of the layer cake!

I’ll draw a winner on the 13th.

I wish you the very best of luck!

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Now, go and visit Camille

and Kate

and Amy!

 

 

Stitch, Craft, Create

August 21st, 2014 | Home Quilt Home | 5 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.

Ten

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

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old crumbly branches

hang elegantly over me

swaying the beautiful pink buds

side to side