Snowberry by 3 Sisters for Moda

A bright and red berry frozen by a winter storm was the inspiration for the colour palette for the Snowberry Collection. Icy whites and grey, shades of blue and vibrant red – all the colours of a bright winter day re-imagined in classics 3 Sisters’ floral prints to create a sophisticated collection which will work in any season. I love …

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Hurricane Day

I have a new pattern in the making, and the first finished item of the four is a little book bag, using the applique boy bear pattern which I prototyped in the last blog. It’s just right for carrying a few toys or little books when you’re out and about with a small person… Feeling quite pleased with the hand …

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Joshua Tommy

Lots of my pieces were quite small, so knowing I wanted to make a quilt to go with, I decided to make a stack of foundation pieced triangles finishing at 2.5 inches. So I chose a light and a dark, cut to approximately 8 inches by 11 inches, and then a nice relaxing stretch of mind wandering pleasant stitching… I …

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The Pursuit of Bears and other Things.

Here’s a close up of a section of an old embroidered little table, or possibly tray cloth. You can see that someone has had at it with a pair of scissors – that would be me! This cloth was given to me by a lovely lady called Lou who trades near me at the Malvern show; she buys and sells …

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Winter in the Sunflower Creative Cabin…

I’ll always be grateful to Alice Berg, Mary Ellen Von Holt, and Sylvia Johnson for creating this much-treasured book… She has a fat little face and not symmetrical, then again, neither’s mine! But doesn’t she look chic?! The joy of using up some buttons and thinning out The Collection, (note to self, must make a will, time’s marching on). I’ve …

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Simple

So from vegetable, to table, to a memory of a day much earlier in the year, to a colour snapshot which informs something I’ve stitched, indirectly or directly, to these things I owe my creativity. I get it from the earth. Always liked the shape of eggs…the texture and colours. These are from our hens, Angel, Agnes and Mary, named …

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Cold Day, Comfy Kitchen

I have Cyder vinegar, plums like jewels all rosy inside and gloss outside, rich dark Muscovado sugar, the layers of colour and scent will be so rich…And Mango, the fruit to eat in the bath when it doesn’t matter where the juices run… The ginger, I buy fresh from the market earlier in the year, and do the laborious process …

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The Shape of a Day…

My first thought was to selfishly scuttle down to the cabin and play with some newly delivered fabric but no, I will be a good wife, and chop some wood…It’s a newish axe but not as sharp as I’d like which means you have to hit the wood harder, to make it first bite. I didn’t want my hand near …

Winter Doodles…

Treated myself to a book by Mandy Putallo and made this little doodle whilst looking at her little applique on the cover of the book, which is a wonderful inspiration. I would like to take it further, develop it into a fabric design….just give me time… This one I just made a line pencil drawing and when I was more …

A cold Autumn Day – Musings from the Edge…

But I keep them still; when the flower press is full they are slid in fat recipe books so when I think to cook something somewhere down the days I open the book and get a surprise and a streak of colour, inspiration, free of charge!These leaves still look as if life blood is pulsing through them, lungs, hearts, the …