Escapee guild creative challenge – need some hygge?

Are you an escapee in the making? Do you love sewing because it gives you ‘down time’? Does it let you be an escapee from the daily humdrum? Try this new, real escapee guild challenge to provide some hygge for yourself. This idea was presented to me last week and I loved it straight away. […]

Churndash-it-up and get creative

That’s right – two ‘C’ words but definitely not the biggie! I’ve made a churndash block quilt. There’s nothing overly exciting about that in some respects. It’s not a new concept.  I’m chuffed to bits though, as it was on my ‘finish-a-long’ list, so it’s a ‘tick’ for me! Some of you will ask ‘why?’ […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

The royal machine embroidery group

Hello there This post is all about one wall hanging. Not just any wall hanging created by me but one created by the fabulous machine embroidery group at the studio. I’m about to tell you how it was inspired by the Queen’s 90th birthday today. The ladies involved were Maureen, Janet, Carol, Marie, Christine, Jean […]

Siblings Together – our first charity quilt

Hello there Each year I support a different charity; have done for years. Now that I have the studio, that carries on but it offers me the chance to do something different rather than just set up a direct debit to pay the charity. This year I chose Siblings Together because I follow Nicky Eglinton […]

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