Help please!

July 17th, 2015 | Artisan apron | 13 Comments

Apron420wMy Artisan Apron pattern is flying out the door (thank you!) and it is nearly time to get another batch printed.

So, I’d like to take this opportunity to improve the pattern.

I’m going to get the apron graded so it will come in a set of sizes (instead of the one it does now). The original size will be the new ‘small’ as I’m getting lots of requests for larger sizes.

This will be a huge improvement!

Please let me know any changes, improvements or tweaks you’d like me to make to my apron pattern and/ or the instructions.

I want my pattern to be truly good so feel free to let me know what you think. All polite honesty will be much appreciated!

Thank you x

and the winner is…

July 16th, 2015 | Other | No Comments

Congratulations to Elaine! The random number generator chose number 14 and today is your lucky day!

Email me your address please and I’ll get the ticket in the post. I look forward to meeting you at the Festival of Quilts.

Thanks to everyone who entered- sorry I didn’t have a free ticket for you all!

My studio

July 9th, 2015 | Home | 4 Comments


The Wordsmith

July 6th, 2015 | The Wordsmith | 6 Comments

Cover420wEndpaper420wIntro420wB420wBackCover420My new book ‘The Wordsmith’ is almost finished!

I have spent the last few days proof reading and generally criticising two years work. For me it’s the hardest part of the book making process.

But now the mistakes are gone and soon we will have a beautiful and inspiring book: it’s actually been there all along. I can see it.


Festival of Quilts

FreeTicket420wThe Festival of Quilts, the biggest quilt show in Europe is just around the corner.

I’ll be there on my Stand G4 so please come by and say ‘hello’ to me, my Mum or my sister (if you’re very lucky you can say ‘hello’ to all of us!)

I’m also teaching a 3 hour masterclass workshop on ‘how to draw with your sewing machine’ and I’ll be spending some time playing and chatting on the Moda Bakeshop (lots of freebies and inspiration) stand too.

It’s going to be a busy and inspiring show!

Now for the good news: I have a free ticket for one of you!

Just leave me a comment and I’ll choose one at random next week. Please only enter if you know you can attend the show- the ticket is valid on any of the 4 days.

The Festival of Quilts, 6-9th August NEC Birmingham, UK


June 26th, 2015 | Books, The Wordsmith | 6 Comments

Owl pen and inkI’ve nearly finished work on my fourth book ‘The Wordsmith’ (published August 2015) which is about creating with words, telling stories and stitching memories into cloth.

You can see my inspiration here.

And you will find this owl in amongst it’s pages.

yet another project…

June 24th, 2015 | Other | 2 Comments

squares 1squares 2squares 3Thanks to an idle hour on Pinterest lately I found myself learning how to knit a mitred square and seem to have accidentally started knitting a mitred square blanket.

I told myself I’d only use my scraps but I’m already getting fussy about the colours and I can see a little shopping trip for yarn in the not to distant future!

Henry is eleven!

June 22nd, 2015 | Family, Food | 1 Comment

penguin onesieHen cake 1Hen cake 2Our penguin loving youngest is eleven already.

He is such a delight.

Happy birthday Henry x


June 20th, 2015 | Crochet and Knitting | No Comments

Badger1420w badgerwall 420wI bought this wonderful kit to knit a Badger head from Sincerely Louise months ago.

I had intended to knit it in secret and give the finished Badger to Tony for Christmas.

Of course, I soon ran out of time and Tony never got his knitted badger after all.

Last week I decided enough was enough and spent an evening finishing it up and here he is!



June 18th, 2015 | Other | 3 Comments

Badges420w BadgesApron420wWe had lots of fun swapping badges at Quilt Market!

My artisan apron was getting heavier (and prettier) by the day. 

I have a few left and they will be with me at the Festival of Quilts- are you coming?