I love visiting museums and art galleries. They're full of fantastic stuff and we are so incredibly lucky in Britain that many museums are free to visit. The spate of free time over the Christmas holidays is a perfect opportunity to pop into your local gallery, or indeed to travel further afield to make a … Continue reading 12 days till Christmas: Visit a museum or art gallery
Do you ever really need an excuse to bake? Christmas must be the best excuse of all. For me, thanks to a Swedish cookbook I was given as a kid, it's not officially Christmas until I have baked cinnamon rolls. Here is a recipe, but plenty of others are available, and if you happen to be … Continue reading 17 days till Christmas: Great Christmas Bake Off!
If you don't fancy all that pine needle mess when the tree is taken out after Christmas, or need multiple trees to Christmasify your house, how about a fabric alternative? One option, as above, is simply to decorate a tree-like structure with bunting or patchwork quilted stars. If you're not that fussed about it being … Continue reading 18 days till Christmas: Alternative Christmas tree
Here is a nice thing to do with leftover bits of fabric: patchwork decorations. As you can see, they don't even need to be Christmas fabrics in order to create a Christmassy feel! I chose to make stars, but you could also make little Christmas trees out of triangles. Or, if you enjoy appliqué, the … Continue reading 19 days till Christmas: Patchwork decorations
Do you write a big, long list of presents you'd love for Christmas - or do you find it really hard to think of things you would like? If your nearest and dearest are asking for ideas, why not get a quilter's present list together? Christmas can be a great time to get all those … Continue reading 21 days till Christmas: All I want for Christmas…
Who loves a new pair of pyjamas at Christmas? I know I do. I save them until Christmas Eve and then it's all part of the excitement before the big day. I love nice, cosy-warm, snuggly pyjamas made in flannel or brushed cotton. And a cheerful Christmas print is a must. So this year, I'm … Continue reading 22 days till Christmas: Christmas pyjamas
Christmas can get a bit crazy - there's so much to do and so much rushing around - it can be easy to forget to stop and enjoy it all. So one of my favourite Christmas traditions is an afternoon tea with friends. We take some time out a week or so before Christmas to … Continue reading 23 days till Christmas: Afternoon Tea
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Young people want to make the world a better place, right? What if you could do so with your crafting skills? Check out the inspiring Craftivist Collective for ideas, projects and success stories relating to 'gentle protest'.
Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed when looking at other people's work? Do you love fabrics, but are not sure what to do with them? Do you have ideas in your head you can't quite translate with your hands? In the age of Instagram, it is easy to feel inadequate as a quilter. There are just … Continue reading Just sew it