A bit of wintry inspiration from Hallstatt in Austria: pattern, colour, decoration, and just general mood. Don't you think these icy greys and whites pair very well with that light brown colour of wood? And maybe the reflections in the water above, or the wood stack, could be the inspiration for a very original quilt.
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
I bet you'd probably like to change up your home decor every now and then, but painting is messy and expensive and your parents might not appreciate it. Quilts provide a perfect solution for those who need a fresh environment from time to time, especially as they are an ideal way to mark the passing … Continue reading 13 days till Christmas: Deck the walls
I just discovered these Scandinavian 'paper' baskets whilst re-reading an Astrid Lindgren book of Christmas stories ... Yes, there I go again with the Danish/Swedish influences, but my mum really likes Scandinavia, so a lot of my Christmas memories are quite Scandi-heavy, alright? These are really easily made out of two different colours of paper … Continue reading 14 days till Christmas: Scandinavian ‘paper’ baskets
This is certainly part of a perfect Christmas for me! Cats and quilts ... such a good combination ... Hmm... or maybe not!
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
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
That’s right, we’re doing patchwork. Patchwork 101: Squares! Calm your excitement please. Now, for all of the patchwork that we show you we will be using inches. ‘But aren’t inches totally archaic?’ Yes they are. ‘Isn’t metric a much more logical system than imperial?’ Heck yes! Inches divide into 8 instead of 10, it’s ridiculous! … Continue reading 16 Square Block