Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! We have snow here in Durham (UK) at the moment, which I love. and It reminds me of happy times skiing in Europe as a child: at midnight, fireworks let off in Alpine villages were wonderfully effective; the colours lit up the white peaks and the sound reverberated around the valley. I drew on those memories to do the watercolour painting above, which I then made in to a repeat pattern for fabric (click here to see it).

The fireworks also appear as the illustration for January on my downloadable 2018 calendar available here.


The beginning of a new year is a good time to set goals and try new things. I have one particular goal, which is to try and draw every day.  (‘The work of my hands’ fabric design captures this idea too.)

The work of my hands

In case you are planning some creative adventures yourself,  I’m happy to be able to share a special offer from Skillshare which lasts for the month of January 2018. For this month only, you can receive 3 months of Premium Membership to Skillshare for just $0.99/73p!  You can watch my class ‘Make Your First Quilt’ and get access to Skillshare’s catalogue of over 17,000 other classes. Use this special link http://skl.sh/2tqJnEf  to redeem 3 months of Premium Membership. Please feel free to pass it on to anyone else who might be interested, too.

Make Your First Quilt

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