100th blog post!

100th post

Shortly before starting my small business Amanda Jane Textiles in Autumn 2014, I began this blog. Thus far, I have written 100 blog posts and included a 30-second video about my creative life. Click here to see it.

There have been about 13,000 hits on this website. Thank you for visiting.

The plan is to write original content each week which I hope you will enjoy, and also to give access to my gradually increasing selection of quilt and sewing patterns, to my stock of fabric designs and to information about our holiday house let in Durham, UK. I’ve created links to all of these: you should be able to see them either below, or to the right of the current post(s).

Over the two and a half year period, I have covered a variety of topics, the majority (but not all) textile-related. I also like to feature the beautiful North-East of England, where I live, and also to write about other things that have caught my interest.  Here are some examples. Just click on the title to read the post:


Three upcycled dresses in three days

Tantalising quilt link at Beamish

Stitches and Sequins


Save money, recycle a shirt 

A Harris tweed brooch

How to layer up a quilt

Textile artists:

Meeting Michael Brennand-Wood

Lou Gardiner in London

Sue Dove in Harrogate

Small business:

Developing textile products for sale

Running a small business

Taking photographs of products

Skiing and Snow:

Skiing and silk (what to wear for skiing)

Springtime and Snow

Durham and the North-East:

Finding inspiration on foot

Lumiere lights Durham

Durham Surprises

I also wrote a useful post about how to replace a jacket lining which appeared on the Bernina blog. Click here to see it.

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If you enjoy these posts, then do consider subscribing so you get the weekly blog-post delivered direct to your email in-box. And please pass on the website address (http://www.amandajanetextiles.com) to anyone else you know who would like it too. Thanks!

And as a special gift to mark the 100th blog post: there’s a free single-bed quilt pattern for you! Click here to get it.

The best birthday cake ever

Photo taken from blog post Fire and Ice (and Meringue).


Pretty Fabric Bag and Calendar

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This week I have been stitching a pretty fabric bag, based on one I developed for a class last year. As you can see from the ‘bag contents’ strewn about, it’s a small bag, just about the right size for a night out, a party or a wedding. It’s quick to sew up and it only uses two fat quarters of fabric, that is to say two contrasting pieces of material, each 21 x 18″ (53 x 46cm).

For this bag, I used my own ‘Flowers from Kirkcudbright on black’ for the outside and a rich aqua colour for the lining.

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Kirkcudbright is a favourite holiday destination for us and the owner of the house where we stay has a superlative garden. The flowers in the print are based on a drawing I made from a plant in one of her borders, last time we were there on holiday. Click here and here if you would like to see the other colourways.

The only other materials needed for the bag are a reel of matching thread and a large button. As an inveterate searcher for such items in charity shops, I always have plenty to choose from. I really liked this one, though I have no idea at all of its provenance or age:

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I have written up the instructions for the Pretty Fabric Bag on the Instructables website, so you can make one yourself. Click here to see them. These are FREE.

And speaking of things that are FREE, I am just preparing to send out calendar pages for February 2017 to everyone who asked for one last month. The February calendar page is A4 size and includes a design taken from one of my fabrics. February’s includes quite a lot of pink and has a spot of romance about it, with a nod to St Valentine’s Day. If you haven’t already signed up to receive calendar pages from me during 2017, please fill in the contact form below.  Looking forward to hearing from you!