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).


Springtime and snow

Followers of this blog will know that I love playing in the snow (also known as skiing). For information about what to wear for this most exciting of leisure activities should check here.  As a child, I was taken skiing to the Tirol in Austria and there is considerable charm in the traditional decor and style is this area. How’s this for a room number?WP_20150312_025


And this for an internal door fastening?


There is considerable use of red and white in interior decorations, which inspires me to create  a quilt design in just those two colours. Here are some cushions that really caught my eye.  (Quilt design to follow in due course!)



Seasonal decorations are also very engaging.  In an area which experiences such cold weather in the winter, maybe the arrival of Spring, and with it the Easter festival, are particularly important as causes to celebrate.  I thought this was beautiful


This was the first time I have seen decorative Easter eggs on a fir tree. They were so effective.

Created with Nokia Smart Cam

Created with Nokia Smart Cam

There is so much pleasure to be had from decorative items, like this delightful rabbit.

To welcome the Spring and to look forward to Easter, I’ve done my own little bit of Spring planting:



Now there’s another lovely colour combination (yellow, peachy-orange and green), just like the Easter Egg above – maybe a quilted patchwork cushion cover…