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 book introduction: ‘We are a family of collectors. Not of fine art (though that would be nice too) but of the more mundane conkers, pebbles, feathers, fossils and shells. My boys became collectors the very moment they were able to put things in their pockets. We have an old glass fronted cupboard in the hall filled to the brim with treasures- the boys call it the Curiosity Cabinet and if you visit and are very lucky they will sit you down in front of it and share the stories of how they came by such interesting things.

So, you see it was only a matter of time before our nature collecting became a book, this book, which almost wrote itself. Turns out I’ve been collecting ideas for years too.’

I hope you like it!

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.




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 far too many late nights. I do love my studio!

And here and here’s my studio before.



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 scrap of vintage bark cloth instead of the nice fabric they provided.

I’ve never used a purse frame before and it wasn’t as tricky as I thought it might be, so don’t be worrying about that.

Yesterday my little purse and I went thrifting and we had a lovely time!


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 a bit of time sketching and printing ideas whilst working on the quilts and projects for the book.

I put together some A3 pages showing various ideas for each motif (here you can see the Ships page) and then, I was very brave and bold and sent the designs to Moda and here we are!

It’s just wonderful to see my little illustrations and sketches on fabric. Moda fabric that will be sold all over the world (fingers crossed!).

It will be in your local quilt shop in February and Moda are distributing my book ‘Hearty Good Wishes’ too.

I’m a Moda designer! Happy, happy, happy!

I think I’ll show you the whales next…

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 that again because I enjoy it so much; I’m a Moda designer.

Yes, I can hardly believe it myself. In February my fabric collection based on my original mono-prints and drawings for ‘Hearty Good Wishes‘ will be in the quilt shops. And in a month or so I shall be at Quilt Market! So exciting.

So, we have proof ladies- dreams come true!


Country quilts

August 9th, 2013 | Patchwork and quilting | 9 Comments

I’ve been invited to share one of my favourite quilting books with you for Moda’s Book Lovers day.

I bought ‘Country Quilts’ by Linda Seward for inspiration when we were slowly restoring our first home- a tiny little Victorian house.

You see I’d decided that our bed needed a hand made quilt and the only way to get one was to make it myself!

‘Country Quilts’ is full of vintage hand made quilts photographed in stunning rural locations, and has a techniques chapter and some free patterns in it too.

So armed with the book and a pile of fabric gathered from any and everywhere (including a tea towel and my Aunt Norah’s old curtains) I started paper piecing the top.

Several years later my very first quilt was finished! And we use and love it to this day.

Traditional and vintage quilts are still my favourites and you can see my ‘collection’ on Pinterest.

I’m still daydreaming about owning a real vintage quilt. My boys have been told they have to keep my quilts forever and to tell their children to do the same. So one day our family will have a collection of vintage quilts and that thought makes me happy.