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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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).


Photos and threads

Amanda Ogden, new profile pic

I have a new profile picture and the photographic credits go to Luke Ogden.

Luke is one partner of the film-making duo ‘High Six Media’. Click here to go to their website to see what they do. I was treated to a personal photo shoot when High Six Media had a film-shoot nearby, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

I also have a new studio. It is fairly small but packed tight with good storage and I have a large area to work on. This is making it much easier to do all my activities in one place (e.g. drawing and painting for fabric design; cutting and piecing fabric for quilts; quilting on the sewing machine or by hand; making other textile products; writing quilt patterns; preparing for workshops – oh and writing a blog!)  There have now been 10,000 views of this website and 4,500 visitors since I started in August 2014, so I am minded to continue. Thanks, everyone, especially to those of you who follow the blog. If you would like to join them, please click the button below.

There seems to be quite a trend currently for ‘showing  people round one’s studio’ on-line and I really enjoy seeing how other people use their creative space.  There’s a book on my bookshelf that repays constant re-reading, called ‘Artists and their Studios’ (photography Eamonn McCabe, written by Michael McNay).  I haven’t quite finished the stowing away in my own studio (a quart is being made to fit a pint pot), so I’m not sure it would stand public scrutiny at the moment, but perhaps some of the storages ideas could be shared…

My sewing threads are kept in this wooden  cantilevered sewing box (found in a charity shop, of course!).

thread storage 1

Inside, the threads are organised by colour in each of the sections. There is no chance of them unravelling, as each is held by a small elastic band, one of the kind that were so popular in the UK recently for making ‘Loom bands’ and I’m indebted to my friend Maggie for the idea.

thread storage 2

It’s really easy to use, and if I’m teaching a class, or going on a quilt retreat (my quilt group goes away twice a year!), I can just pick it up and go.