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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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).

 

Warm colours in February

This week, in the studio, I have been working hard on a lap-sized quilt in warm colours of peach, orange and aqua to off-set the grey February weather outside. The quilt will use all those colours as solids, plus the four colourways of my ‘Flowers from Kirkcudbright’ print collection (click here to go to my Spoonflower studio where you can find these fabrics). I used the dark version of this print in the bag I blogged about previously (click here to see).

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I have made the quilt in response to a Mystery Quilt Sudoku Challenge designed by Lesley Coles which appeared in four successive issues of the magazine ‘The Quilter’, which is the members’ magazine of the Quilters’ Guild of the British Isles. Lesley devised a complex quilt based on the sudoku number puzzle. It proved quite as challenging as one of the paper-based sudokus I have occasionally attempted in the newspaper! Here’s the first row, comprising three complete sudoku puzzle grids.

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The quilt, which is a largish lap-sized quilt is now finished and bound. These mystery Sudoku quilts will be shown at the Quilters’ Guild conference and Annual General Meeting at Torquay at the end of March, so I’m looking forward to seeing the other quilts.

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I have been a member of the Quilters’ Guild for several years and can really recommend this. The QGBI has a number of ‘Special Interest’ groups too, such as the newly-formed ‘Modern’ group that you can add on to your general membership, so there really is something for everyone.

QGBI is divided into regions, each of which has a regional magazine.

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Living in Durham, I am part of Region 15E, the North-East, and our region is very active with two regional days a year, several workshops and other ‘quilty’ activities. If you would like to join the Quilters’ Guild,or to find out more, click here .

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