What do you do with all the quilts?

Why a quilt? I get asked many times -“what do you do with so many quilts you make?” Or “nobody uses quilts anymore do they?” “Quilts are old fashioned now- why bother making your own?” My answer is ‘because I can’, ‘because I love the process’, ‘because people really appreciate the time and effort put […]

Valentines is not just for the young

Valentines day is upon us. This month I was given a pile of fabric by a lovely lady called Carol Wilkie and her singing, stitching friends. Check our her instagram profile. I’ve never met Carol, yet she so kindly offered a very large bag of fabrics for us to sew projects for the elderly and sufferers […]

Two years in

Cake! Yes, that’s right! I’m celebrating two years of having the studio today. 2 years ago I got the keys for the studio, after what felt like a very long time, loads of work and a tonne and a half of stepping out of my comfort zone and up into that role of studio owner. […]

Is this my failure?

Last Monday I made a very difficult decision. I pulled out of the North West UK Modern Quilter’s guild. Had I been a failure? Thoughts had been brewing for a while and over the Christmas break, I tried to figure out ways to help the feeling of overwhelm. Running a business on your own is difficult. […]

8 is great – project quilting season 8

Project quilting season 8 is here. The first challenge is ‘8 is great’. And I’ve done it! This post will be linked to the challenge blog post and entered into the competition. It has been a challenge indeed with only a week to complete it. We were told on Sunday what the title was and […]

Jump to the inspiration

I get inspiration on a daily basis. I make sure I get inspired by exposing myself constantly to blogs and Instagram and Facebook posts from sewing/creative/artistic people and companies. That can be great, as I am always exposed to beautiful images and my head is full of ideas of things I would love to make. […]

A chemical quilt

This weekend, ‘him indoors’ and I had our 11 years anniversary. My life has totally turned around since meeting him and in a good way. Last year I bought the Anitagoodesign package called ‘Periodic table of quilting and embroidery’, as I wanted to have a quilt which symbolised our special tenth anniversary. Well, time came […]

Be still, I said!

On Friday, everything looked good. I finished sewing the Craftivist banner during hand-stitch Friday, with the hand stitched phrase; ‘be still a while, the energy created is marvellous’. I posted it on Instagram and on Facebook, sharing my happiness with it being finished, although it’s not a complicated intricate project or anything like that. I […]

Jenny Haynes’s sunflowers

On September 10th Jenny Haynes aka Pappersaxsten came to the studio to do a workshop on curved piecing; in particular her sunflower quilt. I’d spotted her version of the quilt on Instagram and loved it and since circles are my ‘thing’ this year, I just couldn’t help myself. Before I knew what I was doing, […]

My creative process

Well this is going to be interesting. I’m meant to be writing a post about my creative process and my sewjo has jacked up and left me recently. That dirty scoundrel has run off with inspiration and motivation and I bet they’re having a complete blast of a good time, without me! Brill! Now what?! […]

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