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Petite Street Tote featured in Sewing World Magazine

One of my all time favourite fabrics is Petite Street, by Wendy Kendall for Dashwood Studio, so I really pleased to contribute this cute little tote to Sewing World magazine. … Continue reading

December 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

White Tree Fabrics Dressmaking Project – McCalls K3601

I joined the White Tree Fabrics blogging team a while back and, at long last, I have my first completed project to show off! I chose some lovely Tilda fabrics … Continue reading

December 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

Projects from my new Bag Making Book: Style and Swing

I can finally reveal the bag making projects from my new book, Style and Swing: 12 Structured Handbags for Beginners and Beyond. I’m so thrilled that it’s release is just … Continue reading

December 8, 2014 · 10 Comments

My First Bag Making Project in Quilt Now Magazine!

Excited to bring you news of my first bag making project for Quilt Now magazine! Issue 5 is in the shops now and I’m delighted that Katy Jones (editor) has … Continue reading

December 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

Christmas Projects made with Dashwood Fabrics in issue 8 Love Sewing Magazine

I’m delighted to have some of my Christmas projects featured in this month’s issue of Love Sewing magazine. I made a Christmas sack and table topper, using the gorgeous fabrics … Continue reading

December 1, 2014 · Leave a comment

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

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