I was on holiday in Corfu when Fiona announced the Sewing Directory Simple Sampler Quilt-Along. I love the sampler quilt look and there are some interesting techniques I haven’t tried before. Colour inspiration was all around me. Blues, greens, sun bleached stone, bright pink flowers, and some sparkle. I’m also including the amazing teal/sea green… Read More Simple Sampler Quilt Along
I decided this week to remake the first pattern I made successfully – as in, actually wore! – the Colette Jasmine. I definitely had beginners luck the first time round, especially with my fabric choice, which was a slightly sheer vintage flower print with a bit of stretch. It worked without any alterations, which was… Read More Colette Jasmine revisited
Ooh, new stuff in my shop! I’m so excited about it, I thought you might like the chance to win a set. I have two new mirror and mini badge sets – Liberty patchwork strips and Liberty Alice in Wonderland print. The Alice fabric design is a modern interpretation of the Charles Voysey ‘Alice’s Adventures… Read More Liberty fabric covered mirror and badge giveaway
This was the first piece of vintage fabric I bought – about four years ago – and the piece that made me want to start sewing clothes. I’m glad I waited this long to use it – it was a nightmare to sew. Fortunately, I chose a simple pattern, a circle skirt on a yolk,… Read More How to make a simple skirt difficult
I’ve been bitten by the quilting bug! Quilting has never really appealed to me before. It looked like you have to be very precise (not me at all) and I’d rather spend the fabric fund on material for clothes. Then last summer I read The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier, which got me interested in… Read More Quilting – a new obsession?
The Christmas Craft fair season is almost done – phew! – and I thought you might like to see some of the beautiful handmade things I’ve come across on my travels. My favourite fair was at a local village hall, the Blackborough Christmas Artisan Market. My good friend and neighbour Anna Rayment wove these willow… Read More A few of my favourite things…