For my mum

Due to a somewhat unconventional upbringing, I never studies any textiles at school. The first time I used a sewing machine was at 23! I was going through a difficult patch in my life and was still living at home. My mum was desperately trying to find anything to distract me so she took me out bought me a £20 sewing machine, a book on basic patchwork and a few fat quarters. From that point on I’ve been hooked. Learning to sew was the perfect distraction and as my sewing has improved so has my confidence and wellbeing.

I knew I wanted to make her something to say thank you and when I came across Fabric Freedoms range of fabrics based on the designs of William Morris, I knew they’d be perfect. My mum adores William Morris designs, I’d already made her a cushion from somethings similar in the past.

This is the result.

It’s the first time I’ve made a quilt not using a pattern. I based the central cross and dot part on something I’d seen before but worked out the sizes myself and designed my own border.

I quilted in the ditch around the central motifs and around the border.

The final design ended up at 58″ square, perfect for curling up under on the sofa of an evening.

I just hope she likes it!

Sorry for the abysmal photos, it’s grey and raining outside and I don’t have anywhere big enough to hang quilts to photograph.


A crazy idea

Ever have one of those ideas that no matter how crazy you feel you have to act on otherwise you’ll regret it? Well, a friend and I may just have had one. We want to open a craft cafe.

We’re both incredibly keen crafters. She’s a very talented knitter and i never stop sewing. We want to create a venue that becomes the place to go for all your creative dreams.

There would be a cafe selling good quality coffee and delicious home made cakes. It would have comfy seating to indulge in your latest project with friends. A bookshelf with reads providing all the inspiration you’d ever need.

We’d have a workshop room and a packed timetable enabling you to learn a new skill or maybe branch out in an old one. Visiting tutors would teach their specialties. When there were no classes, the space would be available for local clubs. A knitting group or maybe a book club.

We’d have seeing machines available to hire so you could complete small jobs without having to buy one. You could bring in projects for advice and work on them in a friendly and sociable environment.

There would be supplies to buy but not those you could get in Hobbycraft or John Lewis. We’d focus on independents and small businesses, things that you can’t get elsewhere on the high street.

So, totally crazy or plain perfect? Would you use a place like that if it opened in your backyard? There’s still a lot of work to do not least deciding how we’re going to finance it. Then there’s finding a property, decorating and stocking it and actually getting people through the door. At the moment it may seem a bit of a hopeful dream but maybe one day if we can sort out the practicalities. Who knows?

P.s. If anyone knows anything about starting a business in a physical premises, advice would be much appreciated.

P.p.s If you know a lottery winner who wants to fund us, send them my way 😉