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Cuckoo’s Calling – New Fabrics from Dashwood Studio

Look what arrived recently! A fabric bundle from Dashwood’s new collection, Cuckoo’s Calling by Bethan Janine. I was delighted to be asked by Creative Director, David Sweet, to make a … Continue reading

November 11, 2014 · 6 Comments

Quilting Tutorial: Cathedral Windows Part 2 – Making the Windows

This is the 2nd part of my Cathedral Windows Tutorial. See the previous post for Part 1. In this post, I’ve completed the background panels and now I’m going to … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · 9 Comments

Quilting Tutorial: Cathedral Windows Part 1 – Preparing the Background Squares

I’ve long admired the Cathedral Windows quilting technique and was determined to learn how to do it. Well, at last, I’ve done it and I loved the result so much … Continue reading

November 10, 2014 · 3 Comments

Customer Makes – The Catriona Tote Pattern

I was delighted to receive some pictures recently from one of my customers who has used the Catriona Tote sewing pattern to make these gorgeous versions of the bag. Thanks … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 2 Comments

My New Book! Style and Swing – 12 Structured Handbags for Beginners and Beyond

I’m so excited to announce that my new book, Style and Swing, is available to pre-order on Amazon! As some of you will know, this has been a long awaited … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · 15 Comments

New Sewing Projects in issue 6 of Love Sewing magazine

The new issue 6 of Love Sewing magazine is out now! I am delighted to have contributed the Autumn Woods Shoulder Bag and the Halloween Party Set. I’m so excited … Continue reading

October 10, 2014 · 6 Comments

Blog Hippity Hop!

I was delighted to be nominated by the lovely Michelle from Sewnhenge for the Blog Hop that’s doing the rounds just now. Every Monday, people from creative blogs have been … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 9 Comments

Fly Away: The New Fabric Collection from Dashwood Studio

Look what’s just arrived from Dashwood Studio! A lovely fat quarter bundle of the new Fly Away fabric collection by Phyllida Coronéo, available from retailers in September. Phyllida’s second collection … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · 3 Comments

Bag-making Tutorial: How to Topstitch a Bag Opening

I always topstitch around the top, opening edges of any bag I make and I instruct this in my sewing patterns as it makes such a difference to the finish. … Continue reading

September 11, 2014 · 2 Comments

New Projects in Love Sewing Magazine Issue 5

The latest issue of Love Sewing magazine will be on sale later this week and I’m excited to show you the two new projects that I’ve contributed for this issue. … Continue reading

September 9, 2014 · 3 Comments

Beginner’s guide to threading a machine – needle thread and drop-in bobbin thread

I’ve been asked to do a tutorial on how to thread up a sewing machine and so I’ve done this based on my Frister & Rossmann QE404. Most machines will … Continue reading

August 31, 2014 · 7 Comments

New Sewing Book Update

So exciting, received a very important parcel last week! The page proofs for my new upcoming book with Martingale & Co. publishers! This is the first time I’ve seen any … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · 9 Comments

Complete Range of Bag-making Supplies Now in Stock!

I’m delighted to let you know that I’ve now got a complete range of bag-making supplies in stock at To complement my range of printed patterns and downloadable patterns, … Continue reading

August 22, 2014 · 2 Comments

New Dressmaking Project with White Tree Fabrics

I’m delighted to have joined the ‘Blog Team’ for WhiteTree Fabrics. I’m so proud to be a part of this new team of bloggers/sewists, who have the privilege of trying … Continue reading

August 18, 2014 · 5 Comments

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