June 16th, 2015 | Drawing and Painting | 3 Comments

Roses1420wRoses2420wI love drawing with a traditional dip pen and a bottle of ink. 

The ink is pretty unpredictable and trying but failing to control it only leads to frustration, so here’s what I have learnt:

all splodges must be embraced!



June 13th, 2015 | Create and Craft TV | 2 Comments

Cover420wJust popping in to tell you that my brand new pattern booklet ‘Winter’ is all finished and available exclusively from ‘Create and Craft TV’.

Inners420wMy bags are packed and I will shortly be catching my train to Peterborough ready for my live TV show tomorrow morning (Sunday 14th June, 10am UK time). 

Intro420wMe and my knitting have a nice quiet evening planned in the hotel so I am all relaxed (ha!) and rested for my studio call early tomorrow morning. 

I’m quite looking forward to it!

Blurb420wTune in to channels Freesat 813, Virgin 748, Freeview 36 or Sky 674.

P.S: My boys always write the blurbs for my books. Joe is brilliant at it!


Summer time

June 13th, 2015 | Other | No Comments

ChalkTablecloth420wSummer is fickle in England. One day it’s here and the next it’s not. But it was here a week ago and so we all ate tea in the garden and our new chalk board tablecloth had it’s first outing.

I found the chalk board fabric ages ago whilst teaching at ‘The Patchwork Dog and Basket’ in Lewes and I’m so glad I did. A cold tea of leftover chicken and some salad bits became a fun evening in the garden, all sat round the table and lingering to chat.


June 11th, 2015 | Sewing | 1 Comment

Here graffitti 420wA spot of embroidered graffiti to liven up an old cross stitch picture (found whilst thrifting) of an English country house.

It’s going to be a cushion for my sofa one day.

I have rather a lot of ‘one day’ projects…



Minnehaha Falls

June 4th, 2015 | Other | 2 Comments

Falls420wTony and I had a few days in Minneapolis before Quilt Market began and we used them well! One of our favourite days was spent visiting Minnehaha Falls and the mighty Mississippi river.

I couldn’t resist chanting ‘Mrs M, Mrs I, Mrs SSI, Mrs SSI, PPI’ as we walked along the rocky path from the falls to the river. Tony had never ever heard it before and thought I’d made it up (as if I could!) Did we skip whilst we were singing it? I think we did.

Seeing the Mississippi was wonderful. Having grown up hearing of this huge, powerful river and skipping to songs about it never once imagining I would ever see actually lay eyes on it myself, only to take a work trip to a trade show in a city and for it to just be there waiting for me within easy reach on public transport. Wonderful.

I was so happy!Mississippi420w

Then we had lovely fish tacos on the terrace for lunch.

Before negotiating the light railway and bus system again.Fish taco420w

Which by the way, was cheap, reliable, clean and easy and the bus stops are heated.

We loved that!

Blog takeover!

April 30th, 2015 | Moda fabric, Other | 12 Comments


Hello, it’s Betty here.

Some of you may already know me but in case you don’t I’m Janet’s dog and I am very pleased to have finally been given the opportunity to tell you about all the work I do here behind the scenes.

Preparing for Quilt Market is always a busy time for us and this show we’re introducing our fourth fabric collection called ‘Nocturne’, which is inspired by the night sky.

I really like this one because hanging around in the back garden just before Janet goes to bed is one of my favourite parts of the day.nocturne

One of my first duties when the sample yardage arrives is to check the delivery carefully.

It comes all the way from Japan you know, and I always find it smells very interesting indeed.Checking delivery

Janet generally has a good think about what to do with all the fabric next and then I help Tony make sense of all her drawings, notes and measurements and we turn them into proper patterns on the computer.writing patterns

When the quilts are finally sewn (this can take days) I like to help with the binding.

It’s very relaxing sharing a sofa for all those hours and the quilts really are very comfortable.

You can tell I’m a designer’s dog because I am often covered in threads!binding

And then, we get to my favourite part of the quilt market preparations- the photo shoot. This is such fun!quality controlphoto shoot

But the most important part of my work is always being there for a quick cuddle when my designer gets a bit weary.

Well, it’s been lovely chatting to you all.


Betty x
most important

Create and Craft TV

April 17th, 2015 | Create and Craft TV, Other | 10 Comments

betty tableAfter many months of planning, paperwork and a screen test (!) I am really pleased to say that I am going to be making my very first live (!) TV appearance on Sunday 19th April at 1 pm (English time).

As you can imagine, the prospect of an hour talking and demonstrating on live TV is making me feel quite worried and a little bit excited too!

You can watch live on the Create and Craft website or tune in on these UK channels:
Freesat 813
Virgin 748
Freeview 36
Sky 674

P.S. Unrelated but cute photo of Betty who used to sit on tables in her youth. She’s just celebrated her fourth birthday and is the best dog ever.

Blue Star Quilt

April 4th, 2015 | Hearty Good Wishes, Other | 4 Comments


This stunning quilt has been made by Sue Oakley in my Hearty Good Wishes fabric to raise money for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust charity.

And whilst Sue has spent many, many hours at the sewing machine her brother-in-law Michael is doing his part by braving the elements and is sailing around Britain to raise funds for this worthwhile cause too!

You can read more about the amazing work this family are doing here.

I am pleased to say that all we need to do now is purchase a raffle ticket or two and hope to win the quilt!

Or you can donate here at their Virgin money giving page.

Thank you!



and the winner is…

April 3rd, 2015 | Moda fabric | No Comments

Congratulations Milly! The random number generator chose your comment, so please email me your address and I shall post the Layer cake to you.

P.S. Make time to visit Milly’s blog- her drawings are exquisite.

A giveaway!

FallMarketMy third fabric line for Moda, ‘More Hearty Good Wishes‘ is due in at a quilt shop near you any day now.

This is a continuation of my first line ‘Hearty Good Wishes’ (which is all but sold out now) and has four new coastal inspired designs in my favourite indigo and cream colour palette.

Here’s my little display area at Fall Quilt Market. I used the whales, gulls and fish templates from my ‘Hearty Good Wishes’ book to create some new quilts.

And you’ll be pleased to hear that the Jolly Whales quilt (top right) is available as a free pattern for you here.


Members of my email club received the free pattern for this gulls picture using a mini candy charm pack with this month’s newsletter.

If you haven’t already done so please join here.


Do you fancy winning a ‘More Hearty Good Wishes’ Layer Cake? Yes, I thought you might!


Simply leave me a comment and you’ll be entered to win.

The winner will be chosen by a random number generator and I will post the layer cake anywhere in the world.

You have until April Fool’s day to enter.

Good luck!