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!
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…
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!
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.
the summer quilt from my new book ‘A Field Guide- quilts for all seasons’
Well, only 8 sleeps until the Festival of Quilts! I’ve got a new book and an artisan apron pattern to launch this year (if you’ve heard me talk or been to a workshop you’ll know the apron I mean!) and am teaching on the Saturday morning too. I hope to see lots of friendly faces there- please come by Stand G4 and say ‘hello’!
The show organisers have given me some free tickets to distribute and I thought I’d give away a few here. Leave a comment if you’d like them and I’ll get them in the post.
edited to add: all free tickets allocated now, sorry!
So, I have Ruby a couple of days a week to help my friends out whilst they’re at work. Ruby, Betty and my boys are all best friends. It’s good.
Except for Monday. Because Monday was the day of the great raisin robbery. Raisins are highly toxic to dogs- even a little snack box amount (which is what they stole out of my bag).
And so I had a worrying (and expensive) afternoon phoning and then rushing the dogs to the vets, administering medicine and making mortifying phone calls to friends to tell them that their beloved dog might have been poisoned whilst in my care.
Betty and Ruby were lucky and thankfully no lasting harm was done. But please be warned.
Whilst I was teaching at West Dean‘s Fusion event the other Saturday I also managed to learn a new craft. I was taught by Debbie Siniska to make a big corsage using rags, hessian and a bodger. And I loved it, just as much as I hoped I would.
So, I’m all set- I’ve got the rags, I’ve got the bodger and obviously, I’ve got the Pinterest board.
Might be slightly over ambitious to go from a corsage to a full rug with horses on though!
I made myself a fancy hair comb the other day. Well, I say made but all I did was wrap a stripey ribbon round a cheap plastic comb. I just used what I had to hand so ended up with red and white stripes. I will be experimenting with embroidery silks shortly.
Thank you for the idea Pinterest!
A penguin cake for the penguin mad birthday boy.
Chocolate sponge, cut into penguin-ish shapes, covered in chocolate frosting with white ready to roll icing patches and food colouring painted details. The beaks and feet are jelly beans and the snow is crushed meringue nests.
He was delighted!