Welcome to Magazine of the Month in its new, improved incarnation! A monthly magazine review proved to be an over-ambitious feature idea (even for this mag addict), plus there are so many other types of inspiring reading material out there for those with arty interests and crafting curiosity. So books, blogs, newsletters, websites, e-zines, magazines, pamphlets, papers and… Continue reading Read of the Month: The Great British Sewing Bee – Sew Your Own Wardrobe
Welcome to Magazine of the Month in its new, improved incarnation! A monthly magazine review proved to be an over-ambitious feature idea (even for this mag addict), plus there are so many other types of inspiring reading material out there for those with arty interests and crafting curiosity. So books, blogs, newsletters, websites, e-zines, magazines, pamphlets, papers and papyrus... each month I'll be recommending a read.
Hello! It's hard to believe this is my first post of 2014 - where have those months gone?! I'm sorry for abandoning the Quill for a while; job changes and work commitments have eaten up a lot of my time and energy over the past few months. However, I'm pleased to say that during this… Continue reading Monday Makes: A patchwork bag and the beginnings of a tea dress!
Better late than never, that's what I always say. I do have my reasons... on Monday, my lovely boyfriend surprised me with a lovely meal in a lovely restaurant, as it was our third anniversary (happy face), on Tuesday I had a migraine all day (sad face), and yesterday - well, yesterday I lay down… Continue reading Monday(!) Makes: Handy fold-up shopping bag
I received this lovely book, The Perfect Handmade Bag by Clare Youngs as a present a couple of years ago and have never got round to trying any of the projects - until now. I spotted a great tutorial for a fold up shopping bag made from muslin, with a border made from a patterned teatowel.
Yes, I'm still alive! Sorry the blog has been so quiet of late – I've been a little preoccupied with job hunting, as my work contract with New Life Counselling sadly came to an end on 17th May. Happy to report I am back in gainful (albeit temporary) employment as of tomorrow, so what better… Continue reading Monday Makes: Buzzing after my first sewing bee
It's Tuesday, it's 8pm... and there is a massive hole of despair in the TV schedule that could only be repaired with needle and thread.The last time I so completely and utterly gave myself over to a television programme in this way, the year was 1991 and the programme was Knightmare.Fast forward 22 years (how… Continue reading All hail, Queen Ann! The Great British Sewing Bee final.
It's hard to believe this is the penultimate episode of this wonderful little series! I am genuinely living in hope that once the winner of the first Great British Sewing Bee is crowned next Tuesday, lovely lovely Claudia tells us with a dazzling grin that series two begins the following week. Last week we said… Continue reading The Final Countdown: The Great British Sewing Bee Episode 3
I would apologise for the title, but I'm not one bit sorry - that's the best Shania Twain-related sewing pun you're likely to see all year. Tuesday 9th April brought the second installment of The Great British Sewing Bee and this week, we heard it for the boys - the first challenge (creating a pair… Continue reading Man, I feel like a-sewin’: Episode 2 of the Great British Sewing Bee.