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
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
Want to find out more about the amazing quilters of Gee's Bend featured in this week's article? Check out http://www.soulsgrowndeep.org for more information and amazing photographs.
Are you a fan of The Great British Bake off? We're now into the second week of the new series and no doubt you have been inspired to bake already! We have just what you need to help you get started...follow the link below and make your own oven mitts! http://gingercake.typepad.com/gingercake/2012/09/easy-oven-mitt-by-trish.html
Many quilters and textile artists end up with many, many, more scraps than they know what to do with. If you have a big bag of scraps, here’s an idea for using up some of them by making your own ‘scrap art’ – and if you don’t have a load of scraps, then I’m … Continue reading Scrap Art