Archive for September, 2013


September 30th, 2013 | Family | 4 Comments

Happy birthday my gorgeous boy!

A Field Guide- quilts for all seasons

September 27th, 2013 | A Field Guide, Books | 8 Comments

So, today I can finally show you my third book ‘A Field Guide- quilts for all seasons’. It’s actually been ready since the middle of August but today I finally had the time and the photos (thanks Sarah!) and the energy to list it in my Etsy shop and so here we are.   The […]

Duchess cake

September 23rd, 2013 | Food | 2 Comments

So, I tried a recipe from ‘Exciting Cooking’. It’s called Duchess cake which is a short pastry base covered in raspberry jam, an almond-y layer and icing (think Bakewell tart). My little brutes loved the cake!  

the whales and fish

September 18th, 2013 | Moda fabric, Patchwork and quilting | 7 Comments

So, today it’s the turn of the whales and fish! Here are my original drawings and ideas and then the fabrics themselves. Isn’t it interesting to see how each design evolves and changes? I started sewing with my fabric yesterday and well, I can’t describe it neatly but it’s quite a feeling.       […]

Exciting Cooking

September 16th, 2013 | Food | 5 Comments

So, I went thrift shopping with my new purse and found ‘Exciting Cooking’ by Jean Balfour, 1959. I took it from the shelf because I liked the sound of the title but I bought it because of the inscription:  ‘Christmas 1961. To Jane, Hope you will feed the ‘brute’ Mummy. Perfect.  


September 13th, 2013 | Home | 10 Comments

Tony and I have been working hard over the last couple of weeks to improve the storage in my little studio. He’s been building shelves and storage units and I’ve slowly sorted through every single item and box. I’ve been ruthless (ish!) So, here’s my studio after one Ikea and four D.I.Y store visits and […]


September 11th, 2013 | Crochet and Knitting | 4 Comments

Mum gave me a sweet little purse kit from’ The Craft Closet’ for my birthday in June and last week I actually sat down and made it. I really enjoyed it too! The kit has everything you need (even thread, pins and needles) to make the purse although I did line mine with a precious […]


I can show you my Moda fabric! I thought you might enjoy seeing how each of my fabric designs came about- from my sketchbook to the finished fabric and so today I’m showing you the ships design. I decided to design some fabric to co-ordinate with my second book ‘Hearty Good Wishes’ and spent quite […]

Moda + me

Welcome to you if you’re here from the Moda blog, and thank you for visiting me! And if you’re here because you often are, well welcome to you too of course, but I have to tell you that I’ve been keeping a hugely exciting ‘dream come true’ secret. I’m a Moda designer! I might say […]