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?’ […]

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. […]

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?! […]

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 […]

Give-it-a-go – Teens sewing

Hi. That’s right. You read correctly! I’m being mega brave and letting ‘the teens’ in! Since I’m the mum to a girl who has been one for almost 5 years now, maybe my bravery level has increased. I’ve set up some dates in August to ‘test the waters’. I know that’s big holiday season but […]

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