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!


January 10th, 2016 | Other | 1 Comment



I love to sketch with indigo ink and my trusty fountain pen.

Recently I’ve been drawing little bits and bobs that live in my studio and which happen to catch my eye that day.

P.S. the bunnies are china (not real!)

New patterns

January 8th, 2016 | Other | 5 Comments

I’ve been quietly working away on a pair of quilts inspired by a recent trip to the Victoria and Albert Museum (my favourite) and their ‘Fabric of India’ exhibition.

Fabric420wI fell in love with a Kente cloth they had on display. It was very a bold indigo and cream, double woven cloth with very simple and geometric motifs. I started doodling quilt blocks right there and then and came home with two quilts I wanted to make.

Of course, everything looks like a quilt to me (does it you too?)

Block420My quilts will be called Victoria and Albert and I’m making them using all my indigo and cream prints from my Moda fabric collections, so they are scrap friendly!

The patterns for Victoria and Albert will be available in the not too distant future: i.e. when I’ve actually finished them!

View420wThis is Albert! He’s actually jelly roll friendly, but of course I made mine scrappy so lots and lots of cutting…

Betty420wMy Betty has been as much help in the studio as ever.

Wildflowers Quilt

Happy New Year!

I’m back with exciting news for all members of my email club: I’ve been very busy designing our very first exclusive club quilt-a-long pattern!

Each month you’ll receive a free applique template for a wildflower and full instructions on how to piece your beautiful quilt together.

I’m using some oddments for the flowers and my Wordsmith fabric collection which will be in all good quilt shops from February (maybe March in England).

Inspiration1420wI’ve always wanted to make a double Irish Chain quilt, so here’s my chance!

And our wildflower for January is of course, the Snowdrop, because they are the friendliest and most welcome sight in the middle of the gloomiest month of the year.

irishChain420 Sketch420wYou can sign up to my email club here (and please tell all your friends!) and you should receive your Snowdrop pattern in mid January.

Snowdrop420I’m so looking forward to seeing what you all make!

Pride and Prejudice

October 11th, 2015 | Books, Moda fabric, The Wordsmith | 5 Comments

PrideAndPrej420wAs you know, my next fabric line for Moda (due in shops Spring 2016) is based on my ‘The Wordsmith’ book which is all about pressed flowers from a precious bouquet, saved letters and little notes, collecting memories and stitching them into cloth to make quilts to snuggle under and tell your stories with.  

I always try to include some good textural prints in my fabric collections and I think ‘text’ is a good example of one.

I wanted to design something that looked like words on a page (without actually saying anything- we don’t all speak English, or want the same words on our fabric) and was playing in my sketchbook with an old copy of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ when I realised all I needed to do was to doodle over the words.

So, here is my ‘text’ print. I hope you find lots of uses for it in your quilts.

Only we will know it’s actually Pride and Prejudice and most definitely includes this memorable speech.

Colin Firth is the Mr Darcy in my opinion.



October 9th, 2015 | Moda fabric, Sewing, The Wordsmith | 2 Comments

GypsoInk420wGypsophila420wThis dainty Gypsophila print from my ‘The Wordsmith’ fabric collection is a particular favourite of mine.

As ever I drew and painted from life and sent Moda the original drawings and the resulting fabric is as close to looking at my original painting as it’s possible to achieve.

Gypso1420wGypsoDress420wI have a glamorous vintage dress with gingham bias binding in mind for this fabric and am planning on getting it finished in time to wear to Quilt Market.


I get asked a lot how I find the time to sew and knit and draw.

And the answer does not please many people, because the truth is I don’t find the time (there is no time hiding and waiting to be found) I make the time. 

The dress will be made in the little slips of time between all my other jobs and chores with some late night sewing thrown in for good measure. 

Of course, sometimes I cannot make sufficient time and this may well be the case for my Gypsophila dress but I’m going to have a jolly good try anyway.

Sleep is so last year!

The Wordsmith

October 1st, 2015 | Moda fabric, The Wordsmith | 1 Comment


Wordsmith (n.) one who creates with words

‘The Wordsmith’ is about cherishing the simple things in life. It’s about love letters, little notes and finding pressed flowers in favourite books. Now’s the time to quieten your mind, gather your memories and slowly piece them together with beautiful fabrics to create a lasting cloth to be treasured by generations to come: a quilted memory to cherish.

So come, gather your letters and your threads and be a wordsmith with me.

You can treat yourself to a copy of my new book ‘The Wordsmith’ from my Etsy shop, Amazon or your quilt shop (it’s distributed by Moda too) and thank you to all of you that have already! Your support is much appreciated x


Today I wanted to show you some of my Wordsmith fabric which will ship to quilt shops worldwide from February 2016, sorry it’s a long wait!


However, your favourite quilt shop can place their order for it with their Moda rep now; so if you like what you see please ask your quilt shop to place an order or you won’t be able to make a quilt with it come the Spring!


I’m going to start with the roses print. I always send Moda original paintings and drawings and here they are:





And here is the fabric, in my favourite indigo, cream and grey palette with the addition of a fresh, soft green.


I have my eye on the grey ground with the navy roses for a dress.

The time to make this dress will have to be found here and there amongst my work, chores and family time. But find it I will!


Create and Craft TV

September 18th, 2015 | Create and Craft TV, The Wordsmith | 1 Comment


Wordsmith Collage - Vertical420wI’m back on your TV screens this Saturday 19th (tomorrow) at 11am.

I’ll be talking about my inspiration and the stories behind the quilts in ‘The Wordsmith’ as well as demonstrating free machine drawing, applique and quilt- as – you- go. So, lots of interesting things to hear and see!

I’ve gathered my quilts, prepared all my step outs and samples, chosen my dress and am all packed and ready to catch my train. Just have to get a good nights sleep and paint my nails and I’ll be all set!

Hope to ‘see’ you tomorrow!

You can find Create and Craft TV here in the UK: Freesat 813, Virgin 748, Freeview 36 or Sky 674. And I think you can watch via their website:

Midnight Quilt

September 1st, 2015 | Moda fabric, Patchwork and quilting | 1 Comment

Midnight420wMy next fabric collection for Moda, ‘Nocturne’ should be in a quilt shop near you (if you live in the USA) or very nearly there (if you live in the UK). Nocturne is my first fabric collection to have it’s own special quilt patterns which you can order from your quilt shop too.

Sadly, despite my very best efforts I’ve found a mistake in the ‘Midnight’ pattern and one of the headings in the cutting measurements for the log cabin blocks is wrong.

The problem is with the headings in the cuttings list- in both the cutting table headings, the column heading which reads 7.5″ should be 4.5″ .

PatternError420wModa are aware of the error and are issuing a correction to all the quilt shops who have ordered the pattern. As you can imagine I’m pretty cross with myself about it as I thought I’d been very thorough and triple checked everything several times, but apparently not.

I do apologise.

MidnightBack420wHopefully, you will have the correct version of the pattern from your local quilt shop and can simply enjoy making your very own ‘Midnight’ quilt just like mine.

The Wordsmith

July 31st, 2015 | The Wordsmith | 2 Comments

Wordsmith Collage - Vertical420wMy fifth book is here! And I’m so very pleased with it!

Here’s the introduction:

Wordsmith (n.) one who creates with words

I’ve often wished that I kept a diary or an art journal but after many attempts I’ve had to admit that I’m just not that sort. And yet, I really do want to remember and record our ordinary days. After all, what you do every day is more important than what you do once in a blue moon.

One day I realised that I could simply stitch our stories and here we are. ‘The Wordsmith’ is about noticing and cherishing the simple things in life. It’s about slowing down, quietening the mind and finding the joy in the mundane; gathering your memories and mementoes together with beautiful fabrics and soothing stitches to create a lasting cloth to be talked over and treasured by generations to come: a quilted memory to cherish.

So come, gather your letters and your threads and be a wordsmith with me.


You can find your copy in my Etsy shop or on Amazon. And Moda will be distributing the book too- so you can always ask your local quilt shop to order you a copy. I do hope you enjoy ‘The Wordsmith’ and that it inspires and encourages you!