Pottery

July 13th, 2016 | Other | 4 Comments

Pottery1420wChief of Everything and I have been going to pottery classes every Thursday morning and love it!

We have a fabulous teacher called Lucy Burley who is very gentle, encouraging and generous with her knowledge. Do pop over to her website, I’m sure you’ll agree that Lucy makes the most elegant and sophisticated work. 

I am still making small, slightly off centred bowls as you can see!

After two hours of playing with clay and generally forgetting all our responsibilities we go to the pub for ham, egg and chips and half a pint of cider.

Thursday mornings are the highlight of the week.

And we are saving up for a potters wheel and kiln!

 

Lori Shawl

July 11th, 2016 | Knitting | 4 Comments

Yarn420wDid you know I trained to be a knitwear designer? Well, I did and back in the day could design lace, intarsia, cables and garments and all sorts.

These days I still love to knit but always chose simple, off the shelf projects that require no thought from me whatsoever and the Lori Shawl fits the bill perfectly.

LoriShawl420wRow upon row of soothing, mindless garter stitch in beautiful, soft wool yarn and a practical but pretty shawl to wear at the end of it.  

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Archive Quilt

Archivequilt420wOne day I had the brilliant idea of making an ‘archive quilt’ with my Moda fabrics. I thought traditional English paper piecing would be the easiest and most enjoyable method for this long time in the making quilt. One hexagon in every print in every colourway of every fabric collection I ever design. 

And so I eagerly began with my first fabric collection ‘Hearty Good Wishes’ (those whales!) starting with a single hexagon in the centre and am just adding in more rounds as and when I can (mostly when I’m travelling for work).

I love it!

P.S. I am currently four fabric collections behind…

All in a Row Winner!

June 2nd, 2016 | Other | No Comments

AllRow1My sincere apologies for the lateness in announcing the winner of the free Moda All Stars ‘All in a Row’ book. The first edition was unfortunately printed in-correctly so rather than send out a faulty book I have waited for the perfect second edition which arrived last week.

So without further ado, the random number generator chose comment number 74. Congratulations Karrie Smith!

Please email me your address and I’ll get your book in the post to you as soon as I can.

 

Splendid Sampler

March 31st, 2016 | Other | 21 Comments

Header 420wHello and welcome to my day to be splendid!

I’m sure you are all enjoying the Splendid Sampler as much as I am!

Thank you Pat and Jane for creating such a generous and exciting project.

I have been printing the patterns out and waiting until I have a few to make and then treating myself to ‘Splendid Days’. 

Prep420wI for one, am learning new skills nearly every time I make a block and am definitely realising the importance of ‘best practice’ when cutting and stitching these little pieces and seams.

Starch is my new best friend!

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My block is called ‘Flying High’:

My first fabric collection ‘Hearty Good Wishes’ for Moda was inspired by  by my love of the coast in winter with its stormy waves, sea spray, wild salty air and rosy cheeks.

The thrill of seeing my drawings become fabric, thereby achieving a lifelong ambition, shall never be forgotten. It feels a little like these gulls soaring and flying high in the sky- that is to say, simply joyous. Hearty good wishes to you!

‘Flying High’ is made using my fusible applique and free motion sewing technique (tutorial here).

You can of course, use your favourite applique technique but we are only talking about 3 little gulls here so be brave and have a go at something new!

You can find ‘Flying High’ at The Splendid Sampler.

FlyingHigh420wI am really looking forward to seeing all your gulls soaring high without a care in the world!

 

Update: All in a Row

March 29th, 2016 | Books | No Comments

I must apologise for the delay in announcing the winner of the free copy of ‘All in a Row’ by Martingale. 

Unfortunately the first edition of the book has been recalled due to the number of errors found in it. Martingale are understandably very upset and embarrassed by this but are re-printing the book as we speak and are replacing every faulty copy.

In the meantime I have decided not to send out the copy I have but to wait for the new improved version.

Should you already have a copy of the book a full list of errata can be found for following the links in the above article from Martingale.

I’m sorry for the delay. All will be well soon x 

All in a Row

AllRow1Welcome to my stop on the Moda all Stars ‘All in a Row’ blog hop!

Lissa Alexander had the brilliant idea of a creating a book full of individual rows designed by the Moda designers which you can use to make your own unique quilts. There truly is a row for everyone here.

All the royalties from the book are going to the No Kid Hungry charity – so you can treat yourself to a copy and do a good deed at the same time.

AllRow2AllRow3My ‘row’ partner is Corey Yoder of Little Miss Shabby and I had fun stitching her cute birds!

Hop on over to Corey’s blog to see the row I designed for the book.

You can follow and join in the ‘All in a Row’ fun by looking at #allinarowquiltalong and here on Facebook.

The blog hop details and news of all the fantastic give-aways and fun planned for the quilt-a-long can be found here.

And I have a copy of ‘All in a Row’ to give-away here!

Just leave a comment and keep your fingers crossed your name gets picked!

 

 

 

Cat

January 16th, 2016 | Patchwork and quilting | 5 Comments

Cat420wCalling all cat lovers!

I have a quilt pattern just for you!

Now you can can make your very own jointed, moving cat template and use it to create a unique quilt with cats sitting, playing, prowling or simply lying in the sun all over it.

My quilt has nine cats because they have nine lives (the numbers are included in the pattern too).

How many cats will your quilt have?

Cat1420wThe pattern is being launched on Create and Craft TV this Sunday 17th January at 10am and 1pm English time.

During the shows I’ll be demonstrating how to use the jointed template and sharing some of my sewing tips too. It’s always a fun show and I hope you can join me!

Create and Craft TV: Sky 674, Freeview 36, Freesat 813 or Virgin 748

The Cat pattern will also be available in my Etsy shop

Hope you like it!

Fashion design

January 14th, 2016 | Drawing and Painting | 3 Comments

Cover420wDesign1420wDesign2420wWhen I was 13 I wanted to be a fashion designer and spent rather a lot of my time creating my portfolio.

I did actually go on to get a degree in Textiles and Fashion, but discovered I was better at designing the cloth than the garment and the rest is history as they say!


 

Violet blouse

January 12th, 2016 | Sewing | 1 Comment

Violet420wI usually have a dressmaking project in my work basket. Just quietly lingering there waiting for some attention, but often being over-looked in favour of my next quilt and work deadline. It never seems to be the right time to dressmake.

But I’d really love a handmade wardrobe! My Pinterest wardrobe is simply stunning!

So, I set myself a little challenge with my Violet blouse (even creating my own hashtag for the purpose!) to #be creative first. I decided to just do the next step of the pattern instructions first thing in the morning before doing anything else.

One day I made the darts, the next I’d do some pressing etc and little by little a blouse began to appear without me really noticing. Progress was still slow but still progress nonetheless.

Lauren420wEverything was going quite well until it was time to add the buttonholes. These worry me. Silly I know, but they do.

Fortunately for me (and my blouse) the lovely Lauren at Guthrie and Ghani came to my rescue and offered to help me make my buttonholes whilst I was with her teaching for a few days.

And she did!

VioletFinished420wIt still took me an embarrassing 64 weeks from buying the pattern and choosing my vintage fabric to finishing my blouse though!