Sunday, 15 December 2013

A winner...

Thanks to everyone who entered the SewMamaSew giveaway, I loved reading all your comments. Lots of you out there love blue and green, and orange was mentioned several times too I was thrilled to see!

I won't keep you hanging, if you're anything like me at the moment you're knee deep in Christmas gifts that still aren't finished...  or maybe you're more organised and started ages ago, have finished all your making and are now sitting back and scoffing mince pies? 

So anyway, there were 260 entires before the deadline, and the winner is....

Danbury Quilter, who blogs at Modern Cozy - congratulations! 
I'll be emailing you soon.

To say Happy Christmas and thank you for entering, you can get 15% off my handprinted fabric in my Etsy Shop with the code HAPPY15 which is valid until the end of 2013, happy shopping! 

Now, I'd better get back to those unfinished projects... x

Wednesday, 11 December 2013


Here's a late entry into the SewMamaSew Giveaway extravaganza. 
So let gets straight to the point, the prize!

The lucky winner will recieve a bundle of samples of my Handprinted Fabric, an assortment of colours and designs in various sizes. 

These are perfect for patchwork and small handmade projects - purses, book covers, coasters etc or mix them up with other fabrics and create an original quilt.

In order to win, leave a comment telling me what colours you like to work with the most in your craft projects. 

For a second chance follow me on Facebook or Instagram and leave a second comment telling me you do so.

If you are a no reply blogger please include your email address.
I will post internationally and the giveaway is open until 11pm Friday 13th December UK time, I'll announce a winner over the weekend.

Don't forget to check out the other great giveaways at SewMamaSew.

Good luck!!

Friday, 29 November 2013

Black Friday

Hello, this is just a quicky to let you know there is 20% off in both of my Etsy shops for Black Fiday, running until the end of Monday. Use the code Black20 at the checkout.

buy hand screen printed fabric here

scrarves, handbags, party wear and brooches here

Happy shopping folks, and please spread the word!

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

handmade happiness

A couple of weekends ago Missy Big and I had a girls day out, just the two of us. We went to Spitalfields, had a wander around the market and after a fancy burger popped to the Renegade Craft Fair. What a treat! 

We picked up lots of handmade goodies, some for us and a bunch of Christmas presents too, which will have to remain a secret. 

But the best bit for Missy Big was that she got to meet Jane Bull and take part in a workshop with her. If you craft with your children you've probably used a Jane Bull book, we have several and regularly borrow them from the library. She has a new book out - Crafty Creatures, from which we each made a sweet bird.

Aren't they lovely! We will be making plenty more new friends from this book I'm sure.

The only trouble with Christmas shopping is that I see so many things I want for me! I'm very fond of a brooch, and there were many to choose from. I did very well and just came home with one for me.

Mine is by Louise Dawson

and brooches for the girls, from Lady Snail

coasters from Ketchup on Everything

There were so many talented makers and gorgeous products. I came away completely inspired and plan to make this Christmas as handmade as possible, either by making for people or buying handmade. 
I think I'd better get a move on! 

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

in print

It's here! I'm in a magazine! Patchwork Tsushin the beautiful Japanese magazine to be precise.

You may remember back in the summer I mentioned my meeting with editor Naomi, well I have been beside myself with excitement waiting to see this in print and I am so thrilled with the result!

There is a feature on Modern Quilers in London, England, which includes interviews with Kaffe Fassett, Cassandra Ellis, Janet Bolton and fellow LMQG member Judith. I feel completely honoured to be in such good company.

There are plenty of adorable projects in here for me to have a go at too. 
Now, does anyone read Japanese...?

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

a little sewing time

Over the summer between picnics and day trips I managed to squeeze in a little sewing.

Travel: we celebrated my Mum's birthday in Paris, and the bon voyage passport cover was for her. The family organiser worked a treat, I had tickets, passports and info all neatly tucked inside.

Friends: the needlebook I made for the LMQG / Vancouver MQG christmas needlebook swap. A wonky house and tree for Amy's wonky Village, which I am in love with!

Quilts: Fabrics and prints I'm using in a quilt each for the girls. They both used fabric pens and drew on fabric which will be included in their quilt. Little Missy drew  her favourites - rainbow, bunnies, butterflies and sunshine. She kindly shared our ages too, I like hers, 6 (almost) but actually 5. I imagine this will be a wonderful reminder of being 5 when we look back in years to come.

I'm busy working on a new website and some new fabric designs at the moment. It's high time I took myself seriously and believed in myself a little more, it's very exciting to be working again though! I will be sharing some tutorials very soon, I have so many ideas, time to get on with them! 

Thursday, 26 September 2013


Summer seems like an age ago.  

These are a couple of the highlights. First trip abroad for the children. We went with family to Paris, stayed in the suburbs, enjoyed the sights and foods and had a ball at Disney.

Back at home we made the most of Londons free museums and galleries with loads of days out. We celebrated my 40th with cream tea too, yum!

It was great summer, with a few crafty makes too, more on those soon.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

all aboard

Back in June we went to the London Transport Museum. Alongside all the buses and trains you can explore, there is simple design style that is constant throughout the ages that I love.

The current Poster Art Exhibiton is stunning and a real walk through history. The 1930's posters are all so stylish and glamorous, a stark contrast to the War Time posters which were very grey and full of practical advice. Followed swiftly by the fun and modern 1950's posters, it's a real journey!

It was great fun for the children too, a stamp trail and 'driving' buses seem to equal child heaven. Hoping we can squeeze in another visit before the end of the holidays, which are flying by waaaaay to quickly for my liking.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013


A few weeks ago I was contacted by Naomi, editor at Japanese magazine Patchwork Tsushin. The magazine is doing a feature on Modern Quilting and Naomi was coming to London to meet Kaffe Fassett at his home and to see his exhibition. Whilst here she wanted to come and meet me, with a photographer and to talk about my handprinted fabrics and modern quilting. 

I was thrilled, excited and slightly panicked all at the same time. I don't have many quilts. Though I do have a lot of prints, the result was my juicy cubes quilt. I also finished off these mini quilts.

I love text on fabrics and printed this wonderful quote by Pablo Picasso onto a pintucked mini.

This scraptastic mini started way back in September and is tiny scraps from dresses and projects I've made for the girls. 

I was super nervous on the day that Naomi and Hugh (the photographer) came, but I need not have worried. Naomi was lovely and very interested to discover how my quilting and printing journey have developed together. 
I showed Naomi my very first pieces of printed fabric, created using everyday items such as corks, empty spools and blocks of foam. We discussed screen printing and how I got started after a workshop with Lucie Summers and I showed her the stencils and screens I am currently using to create my fabrics and the objects and forms that inspire me. 

Naomi had sent me a copy of the magazine before she came to London, my goodness it is lovely. I wasn't familiar with it at all, and despite not being able to read Japanese it's a fascinating read. There are lots of picture tutorials I'm quite sure I could follow, and of course lots of stunning quilts.

Before they left we exchanged gifts, I gave a bundle of my handprinted fabrics and Naomi gave me a gorgeous and beautifully packaged Japanese handkerchief. 

I can hardly wait to see the magazine, which isn't out until the end of the year. 
But now I have no WIP's lurking about, time to start something new I think.

Monday, 1 July 2013

hand printed, hand quilted

I've had my head down and been beavering away lately, you know I'm not a speedy quilter, so I'm really chuffed to have finished  this one recently.

I'm really excited by this quilt, as it is my first one using fabrics I have screen printed myself. I love a juicy solid colour and thought these prints and solids really complimented each other.

I went for a simple design and used a printed square, within a solid square. I'm calling this one Juicy Cubes.

The back is strips of prints and solids on a mostly plain pale grey back.

Hand quilted in cotton perle.

I love this so much! 

There's so much more to share, I'm going to try and do a bit of a catch over then next couple of weeks. x  

Thursday, 13 June 2013


I finished this a couple of weeks ago and I'm so pleased with how it has turned out.

After much agonising over how to quilt it, I just followed the zigzag created by the triangles and quilted it in yellow, which really stands out on the back.

It was my intention to give this to a charity, it's a little too small for the Siblings Together project (it measures 105 x 114cm), so let me know if there is a shout out for quilts somewhere.

I'm in printing mode at the moment, lots to show you soon...

Take a peek at what's going in other creative spaces.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

wonky houses

I bought this sample pack for the Umbrella Prints Competition with plenty of time to get on and make something. Dumdeedum, roll on a couple of months and I realise I have just 3 days to think of something and make it.  

The pressure.   No ideas.   Not inspired.

In a very unprecise and unlike me fashion I set about chopping up the already small fabrics quite randomly in an attempt to make some wonky houses.

I printed some windows and doors and added a wonky roof. The seams don't all match at the corners, they lean more than I intended and I've over stuffed the tower block.

I don't think we have a winning entry here but I quite like them. I stitched them freely without worry and just enjoyed the process. That's what sewing is meant to be about, right? 

You will be able to vote for you favourite entries over here from the 1-5th June, I'm sure there will be plenty of stunners.

p.s. apologies about the quality of the photos, someone stole the sun and I had to use a flash, which wiped out the details.

Kaffe Fassett exhibition

Last week I went to the Fashion and Textile Museum to see the Kaffe Fassett exhibition

It is incredibly inspiring. I'm a 50/50 fan, some of his work I love, some I'm not so fond of, but I'm completely fascinated by the way he works. 

There are references to painting and ceramics throughout and you can really see the work unfold from the original inspiration.

The quilting was so varied, simple geometric shapes are brought to life with a bold use of colour. 

The exhibition is very rich and you will see some wonderful still life paintings, mosaics, tapestry, knit, quilting, ceramics and of course the inspiration behind so much of his work - nature.

If you get a chance to go you'll definitely be inspired.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

A bit slow on the uptake, but blindly following the crowd and jumping on the Bloglovin bandwagon.... join me? 

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It seems wrong to post without a picture, so here we go. I basted  this last week and it's now quilted and half bound, will show it off soon...

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Handprinted Swap III

It was so exciting waiting for the parcels from overseas to drop through the letterbox, knowing that they contain handprinted fabric from the swap.

It's amazing how different they all are.

these remind me of swirly clouds, from Charlotte 

I love all the different clouds in this from 
Holly - bamboo bear

gorgeous keys from Carolyn  - telltale thread

Thank you swap partners! Now, what to make with them?

Thursday, 28 March 2013

handprinted fabric swap III

The handprinted fabric swap, hosted by Leslie from Maze and Vale was great fun, as I thought it would be. Nothing like a deadline to get me to make a final choice and stick with a design.
screen printing
I made acetate templates and printed the pebbles randomly onto the fat quarter, once dried I added the ladders over the top in a diferent colour.
screen printing
Theses two are my favourite, I did them in colours to suit my swap partners and I love them. 
screen printing
I think less is more, the red ones have too many circles, sorry partner! You live and learn right?!
screen printing
all ready to go (they left before the deadline, just slow at posting about it)
screen printing
I can hardly wait to see what will be dropping through my door, it's so exciting. 
You can see what everyone else has been up to over on flickr.
Playing along with Creative Spaces.