Why I design

Many of my fabric designs are very personal. It took me a long time to become a designer (I didn’t go to art college until I was in my thirties!) Ideas and images bubble up from my memories and my designs often include things that are important to me. For example, ‘Cornish sandcastles’ evokes the many beach holidays we spent in Cornwall, on the South-West coast of England, when our children were small. My husband is Cornish and there is a beautiful long beach near to his home village where we made many sandcastles over the years. There are striped windbreaks pictured, mind, because in Britain it can be breezy on the coast, too!

Cornish Sandcastles

Just along the coast is the Eddystone lighthouse. Lighthouses have a real fascination for me – out there on the very edge of the land. I included the Eddystone (and several more real lighthouses) in this ‘Lighthouse windows’ design.

Lighthouse windows

Nearer to home (I now live in the North-East), I painted ‘The Farne Islands’ which is a small group of islands of the Northumberland coast. You can go out to visit them on a small boat like the ones depicted in the design. I did this trip in the summer this year and saw both puffins and seals.

Farne Islands

We also saw a small group of dolphins, including a youngster. Their fins cut the surface of the waves in a most beautiful curved rotation like the workings of a clock. I have a dolphin mother and baby in my collection too.

In the same way, many of the quilt patterns I design and write have their origins in a special event or celebration.  The ‘One Hundred Quilt’ was made for my uncle’s one hundredth birthday – there are exactly one hundred pieces in the quilt top.

One hundred quilt, by Amanda Jane Textiles

‘One Hundred Quilt’ by Amanda Jane Ogden

‘Compass and Stars’ was made for a couple who were both celebrating their 60th birthdays. They like to travel and are interested in astronomy, so the quilt emerged full of stars with a quilted compass at the centre.

Compass and Stars 2 by Amanda Ogden

This baby quilt was made for my daughter’s friend’s first baby. I was thinking of the nursery rhyme ‘Oranges and lemons go the bells of St Clements’ and the colours chose themselves!

Oranges and Lemons quilt pattern by Amanda Ogden

‘Oranges and Lemons’ baby quilt pattern

I’d like to share my work with you, so you can see how straightforward and easy-to-follow my quilt patterns are. If you would care to email me at:

amanda@amandajanetextiles.com

I will send you a pattern from my collection of twenty-one for you to try! You can even choose which one you would like. If you send me your postal address, I will give you a paper pattern. Otherwise, it will be a PDF. I will keep your information safe and it won’t be shared with anyone else.  This offer runs until the end of November 2018

I look forward to hearing from you!    Amanda

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