Patterns for 2014

Bit late to the 2014 plans lists but I’ve had a late start to the year, my littlest boy has only just gone back to school and I’ve been teaching flat out since. I also have way too many sewing plans! Here are just the paper patterns I bought last year that I want to […]

Walthamstow fabric shops

I’ve lived in Walthamstow for over 8 years now and guess I’ve become a bit blasé about the amount of fabric shops and stalls that can be found just on the street market. It was only when I found other people telling me they were visioning from quite far away just to buy fabric here […]

Elna Grasshopper & the quilt I made on it

   My lovely dad brought over this stunning Elna Grasshopper. She’s an old girl, made as she was in September 1946! She is however in perfect condition and sew beautifully. Seeing as I had to try her out I made this lovely quilt entirely out of big equilateral triangles. I cheated and free motion quilted […]

Teaching a pattern cutting class using the Colette Ginger pattern

This weekend saw the second class in this two part course, teaching beginners to make a skirt from a commercial pattern. I have been using Colette patterns for these classes for a while now but have recently changed to using the Ginger skirt pattern. I used to use the pedal pushers (Clover) pattern, which wasn’t […]

Craftsy, an amazing online learning and pattern and supplies platform

What is Craftsy?Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. Behind the Scenes: The Making of […]

Mammoth quilts!

I have been working on a quilt commission for the last 6 weeks or so- not solidly, but interspersed with Open University reading, other sewing, teaching and of course, looking after my boys and myself! Anyway I have finished it now and it is winding its way to Taunton as we speak to then be […]

Book review:Scrap house quilt

I had been meaning to buy this book for ages, having somewhere seen a picture of the finished quilt. But I must say the formula put me off a bit. It is available either as a download or a CD rom. I like a paper book to be totally honest, if I am spending money. […]

Some pictures of what I have been up to this summer

The adorable Theo Fab charity shop find… Great photoshoot Hanging out with Superman Made a quilt from vintage sheets and a gorgeous embroidered table cloth. Helped Max make stuff Went to Minnie’s pirate birthday party What a scorchio day! Minnie and Max. Made Minnie’s dress with redound skill or shirring Made with Moxie Prefontayne shorts. […]

Vogue 2902 dress

I spent some time this week making some clothes for me. Really enjoying myself! First I made this vintage inspired Vogue dress. I would not normally wear something this girlie and dressy but I have some weddings to go to soon… However I could not resist blinging it up with some neon ribbon and I […]

Sew Cafe

I have decided to start running drop in stitching sessions again. Once a month there will be a day where you can come and use the machines (sewing and overlocker), get some advice, get some me-time to sew, finish a project or just come and hang out and crochet! Tea, cake and me provided. £15 […]