Art quilts

The big revealΒ 

Those who follow me on Instagram will know I’ve been working on an art quilt over the past week, it was a surprise gift so I could only share a few cropped photos of stitching in progress. Today Steph has received her Natural Ginkgo art quilt so I can finally show you the completed piece, it’s already up on her wall and looks fabulous. I struggled to find suitable base fabrics for this piece so Steph gave me some of her precious eco printed fabrics to use and they work perfectly. This piece took many hours of stitching on my Janome 1600 and many metres of thread and I enjoyed every minute of it.

In progress stitchery
The Janome 1600 ready to go

All received and hung in its new home

As well as creating the art quilt I found some time to make a little thank you bookmark for Marie who has supported my stitching since the early days. Marie is one of those wonderful friends who gives you free reign to create what you want and as leaves are my new path I decided on four golden leaves. Marie received it today and is thrilled, I can’t wait to make some more.

Leaves bookmark

Lots more stitching to be getting on with tomorrow so I’m off to put my feet up with a glass of wine. Have a great weekend everyone. X


Distracted by the sun

Like most of you I’ve been quite distracted by the sun for a week or two, long days in the garden tidying ready for new blooms.

when we moved here the garden was very over planted and overgrown so we’ve been working our way through the beds stripping plants out. Our hard work is paying off as we’ve some gorgeous plants breaking through and every day is a surprise as new blooms appear.

And of course the kitties love the garden! Mr Winters has spent most days sleeping in various beds and Batfink and Misfit have kept me company while I’ve been sketching.

I’m finally getting back on the machine this week with a long overdue present ready for stitching and some pieces decorated ready for basting. I can’t wait to work with these and you can tell my new pieces are very much influenced by the garden and nature.

I’ve also been at the shop for a couple of days this, catching up and going through everything before the folks go away. Yesterday was a great day, mum and I were so busy and I love helping people choose machines, threads etc and helping them on their sewing journey. And yes before you ask I came home with more thread!!

A busy weekend of stitching ahead, enjoy your Easter!


One can never have too many machines!

For a girl who hated sewing machines for years (my fault not the machines) I’ve ended up with a few great ones. 

Years ago when I couldn’t get my head round sewing machines mum got me an embellisher and that was the start of my textile journey. I soon progressed onto a small Janome QC6019 which I used to make my first wall hangings.

Janome QC6019

Suddenly everything made sense and I was lucky enough to get a Janome Horizon 7700, the sheer size of this machine allowed me to make much larger pieces and the free motion is like a dream! I’ve just collected her from the repair centre at Janome today where she has had some much needed tlc.

Janome Horizon 7700

At this point the Wookie decided I had enough machines but Mum and I had other ideasπŸ˜‚ in came my Janome 1600, a straight stitch only semi industrial beast! When you’re working on pieces that require hours of stitching, this machine really helps get through it. It also has a larger harp meaning I can stitch very large pieces without having to fold/roll them as much.

Janome 1600 aka The Beast

Without boring you too much here are my other machines, a couple of vintage singers and my embellisher and overlockers, not all my photos as a few are still boxed and stored since the move.

Embellishers and Overlockers
Frank my Singer 221K
Singer 15K 1947

I would like to say I won’t get any more machines, but I hate breaking promises!!!

Have a great weekend folks. X


Another year older?!

Another busy few weeks and I’m wondering where the first 3 months of the year have gone? I’ve been quietly working away on new pieces which at the moment are at the boring stage of drying and plotting some other pieces. I’ve so many ideas I want to play with but I’m having to be quite strict with myself or I’ll end up spending weeks just playing with fabric.

Last week was my birthday week, I think when you’re 40+ you should be allowed a week of celebrations, don’t you?? Being a St Patrick’s day baby it is always fun but we delay going out until it’s a bit quieter, I can’t keep up with the young ones anymore!!!

I received some fab presents, two of which I have to share. My wonderful friend Steph who dyes my fabric & threads for me (Steph’s Etsy shop) knitted me these fab kitty socks! They’re so soft and comfy and a perfect fit.

My purple loving soulmate Victoria sewgoclimbing made me this gorgeous pouch and filled it with yummy chocolate!!! I’m using Victoria’s photo as she does the best shots in such a beautiful setting, I still can’t believe she managed to keep this a secret as we usually share lots of ideas.

On Saturday I popped into Oldham to visit Patchwork Parade’s 5th annual fair, lots of stands selling fabrics and notions and displays of their groups makes. It was great being so local and always good to see others creations. I didn’t have long to look round as I was trying to get back in time for the 6 nations matches (a thrilling and weird end to the tournament) but I got a few photos and couldn’t resist some rust dyed and shibori fabric from Tracy Fox to make something just for me.

Another surprise was winning a giveaway on Ali’s blog, Ali always shares fab techniques and has shared many posts with favourite tools, gadgets and notions. I won the giveaway after sharing my favourite tool, the Sew line ceramic pencil. This gorgeous pack of Liberty scraps landed in the post yesterday and I’m thinking an EPP project might be the best way to show them off.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend and see the sun, let face it we’ve waited long enough for some drier brighter weather! 


Garden, J-Club, Uncategorized, Workshops

A busy week…

It’s been quite busy since my last post, the Wookie has been busy tidying and planning in the garden in between the rain and I’ve been prepping for classes and the sewing group. The garden is starting to bloom and we are both amazed how much it’s changing everyday.


Saturday was our first J-Club meeting of 2017, The J-Club is the Janome Club. There are groups up and down the country that meet up for sewing, chat, tea and cakes…. lots of cakes! Β I was asked to run the southport group a couple of years ago and we have grown into one of the largest groups. We have a great mix of quilters, dressmakers, general sewists and everyone helps out if someone gets stuck on a project.

Joyce was working on this fabulous quilt, panels made from various fabrics that are layered with organza then embroidered on her machine. We can’t wait to see this finished and I promise to share a photo when it is.

Embroidered quilt in progress by Joyce

The lovely Jan has been working with some orphan blocks that were donated to our group, she finished stitching the binding on the quilt at the meeting and this will be a raffle prize in the next couple of months.

Jan’s orphan block quilt

Wednesday was my first workshop of the year, free motion quilting for beginners. A fantastic class to kick off my teaching year with a lovely group of ladies. I keep this class small so everyone gets plenty of one to one help enabling them to go home and continue their free motion journey. I love seeing the moment when it all clicks and the ladies grow in confidence, I’m sure they will have great fun playing with design and thread.

I’m also taking part in a swap in the sketchbook group on Facebook, swapping some of our own materials (no buying allowed) with a partner. My partner Rhonda is in New South Wales, Australia and loves free machine embroidery and hand embroidery so we are really well matched. I better get her parcel packed as it has a long journey!

Have a fab weekend.x


A long overdue start

I started writing this first blog post a year ago and as usual life and health got in the way.

I’m hoping to start fresh and post regularly on here rather than lots of posts over different social media platforms because I don’t know about you but I always end up forgetting something!

So new year and start and the Wookie and I are in a new house not far from the border of Saddleworth, it’s fantastic being close to a major town (Oldham) but on the doorstep of some beautiful landscapes.


A real bonus of the move is the spectacular sunsets we get to see looking towards Oldham, I can see some future pieces inspired by this view.

If you follow me on Instagram and Facebook you will probably have seen the in progress photos of the floral pieces I’m working on, these are part of the collaboration I started over a year ago with Rich from Rich Pictures Photography. They take many hours to stitch before I start embellishing further, I am looking forward to working my way through these as Rich’s photos are amazingly detailed.


Here are the samples pieces I created over a year ago to test if our idea would work. Tiny Monsters now lives with Rich, the orange poppy is on the wall at the parentals and the cushion was a special for Rich’s mom.


Anyway enough wittering from me, lots of stitching to be cracking on with.

bye for now.x