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:

Textiles:

Three upcycled dresses in three days

Tantalising quilt link at Beamish

Stitches and Sequins

How-to:

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).

 

Fire, Ice – and Meringue!

The last fortnight has included my birthday and I was fortunate enough to be given the best birthday cake ever:DSC_0018This beauty is a Pavlova (meringue base, with whipped cream, raspberries, blueberries and chopped pistachio nuts on top). The various components travelled all the way from Manchester and were assembled and presented – complete with lit candles – as a birthday surprise. Wonderful.

So from tiny flames to larger ones… also during this fortnight was the first ever Fire and Ice festival in Durham. I didn’t get to see the evening show of fire, fountains and smoke (too busy eating birthday cake – see above), but the ice-sculptures around the city were lovely, each of them marked with a beacon of fire. The first one I saw on Friday morning, just outside the library was a bust of Robert Swan the polar explorer, who was born in Durham:DSC_0008In the market-place we found this rather splendid wolf:DSC_0012The whale was on the Silver Street bridge:DSC_0013… and the walrus was at the entrance to the Gates shopping centre:DSC_0014Later, on the Saturday morning, I saw this beautiful, recently-carved Celtic Cross:DSC_0015Fans of the much-watched TV series may like to know that the creators of Durham’s ice sculptures (Glacial Art), are the very ones who also carved ice for the sets of ‘Game of Thrones’.

February 29th saw the publication of the next Block of the Month in my ‘Singing the Blues’ quilt. Two blocks are now available with ten more to follow – one published on the last day of the month. Click here to get the mystery blocks for January and February and have a quilt finished by the end of the year!