This year I have skied, climbed mountains, cycled and done lots of high energy exercise classes, all very enjoyable and had no problems etc

On Sunday my daughter and I  went for a gentle 3 mile walk on the beach walking from Seahouses to Beadnell and I slipped on the seaweed, I put my hand out and banged it hard on the rock, I carried on to Beadnell. On Sunday evening and Monday it was painful but I went for another walk, and continued on as normal but took some paracetamol. All my family said it was probably just sprained. My physio son said maybe it was broken, but probably not.

I met up with a friend last night who said she thought it looked like it was broken, so Mark took me to A and E last night. I came out with a rather large cast on it, although they have said they will put a very light weight pink one on this week.

So no cycling, swimming, or any exercise classes for 6 weeks, thankfully i can still walk.

I have spent some time this morning checking trains etc and I can still get to all my teaching – I actually quite like train journeys and with a light weight pot I don’t think it is going to be too difficult. I can still draw, paint, use a pair of scissors, my computer, camera and sewing machine.

And thank you to all those people who say rest – don’t really think i want to watch TV. Maybe I might get some admin done



Oatcakes, sheds and a new project

This week I really needed to some catching up, planning and admin – I have some of it done but as usual only the nice bits.

I have a new project / idea etc. I am working on a new set of work / new book idea based on sheds, huts and colourful houses. I taught my lovely Hebden Bridge ladies a class based on texture. We are all addicted to taking photos of sheds, huts and peeling paint and painting bondweb to give the effect of peeling paint.

I have also discovered Grunge Fabric designed by Moda which is just perfect for making sheds and garagesIMG_8452


I drew out lots of designs based on my photos of some local scruffy garages and the huts in Aberdeen


and finished a small long thin quilt using some Grunge fabric that Elaine from the Quilt Cabin in Hebden Bridge gave me


I started working on my International threads piece that needs to be Green and 40cm x 80cm


There are a few things that aren’t quite right. It might just end up as a teaching sample

The orange shed is Jenny allotment shed in Cullen (Patch of the Blue Shop)

Here is one of my Beach Huts teaching sample finished


I’m teaching this at Bramble Patch in June

Now I need to get it up on my website as a workshop. I just need more time to get organised.

Whilst In Scotland Sue gave me a recipe for Oatcakes, so i made some. They are a bit crumbly – maybe I need to add a bit more water / oil


Here is the recipe in brief

150g medium oatmeal

150g porridge oats

75ml oil

150ml boiling water


Mix together to make a dough, roll out and cook for 20mins 180degrees

Now I just need to try to perfect them

I had a meeting with the graphic designers today about my next project

400 kits have been on the floor of my studio for months. Now it is all in progress and they should be ready by August

The kit will make a game (similar to Ludo)

It is all based on the piece of embroidery that I bought in India

More to follow in another post







I really enjoyed my time in Cullen last week – it’s a lovely village and it was good to be able to walk along the coast.

I have made my May Journal Quilt using some of my photos as inspiration.

It is only small 8″ x 10″ – I think it might have been easier if it had been bigger as some of the pieces were tiny to cut


IMG_8514 (1)IMG_8405IMG_8378IMG_8346IMG_8288IMG_8285


After Cullen I then went on to give a talk in Aberdeen and teach in Banchory

A couple of very enjoyable days but it was cold!

I had a couple of hours wandering around Aberdeen and went to Fittie to see some of the cottages and wooden huts.


On the way I found a scrap yard and took these photos


Lots of inspiration for more quilts


We had some great family holidays in the far north of Scotland so when I was asked to teach near Aberdeen, I didn’t hesitate in saying yes.

It was a spectacular flight over Edinburgh.


I had a complicated schedule which many hours of emails and admin to sort it out, helped by my friend Sheena Norquay.

Our first venue was a talk for Needle North. The hotel conference room was full of ladies eager to listen to me and look at my quilts, followed by lunch and then Sheena gave her talk.


The contrast in the colours and subjects of our work gave an entertaining day and I really enjoyed listening to Sheena as the same things came over in both of our talks

  • enthusiam, dedication, drawing, design and pleasure

After the day we went to Findhorn for a walk on the beach


The next day I taught a class for the CAT group in Beauly where I taught 2 years ago. A fun set of ladies and some really lovely work produced


On to Cullen to stay with Jenny Harper where I taught a group at Arradoul village Hall

This is the view from the classroom. Another successful day.


If you ever come this far north you need to visit jenny’s patchwork and quilting shop in Cullen on the main street called Patch of Blue

Cullen is a beautiful and I have taken so so many photos.


I feel so inspired – garages, landscapes, seascapes, shells, cottages – the list is long!

Here are just a few of the photos I have taken.

I have a Garmin step counter and I am boring everyone with the number of steps I do.

Today I have done 35,500 and it is only 17.00!


More fabulous photos of my walk along the coast



Not much to show

I have had no time to do any stitching but I have been out taking some photographs.

I thought some of my Hebden Bridge students might like these onesIMG_5999IMG_6024


Here are a few of Seahouses (just to add to my collection)


I have a new way of keeping fit and I love it!¬†Body combat classes – high impact aerobics, the music is loud and the room is dark -we burn about 1000calories in an hour and do about 8000 steps, and i always come home needing food. It’s great fun and i am in no way the slowest -I can keep up with some of the fit young girls.



New Journal Quilt

There are some days when a little bit of relaxing painting is required.

This is my May Journal Quilt inspired by my recent visit to the Hunderwasser Haus in Vienna. I painted the background first with a stiffener, painted the columns and then added some machine stitch.

I used acrylic paint and some inks that I was given by a friend


A few days teaching in Northampton

Ive been teaching at the Bramble Patch this week. Whenever I go teaching away from home it always takes a lot of work to pack up the car etc and then put it all away. It always takes a massive amount of thought – Have I packed everything etc?

So with everything else on my mind I did something that I have thought would happen one day – I left a box behind! It had some of my teaching samples in for one of my classes. I went in to a slight panic but Rachel said to me ” You are a professional and you’ll manage!”The students on Monday were very understanding and it was a lovely day. I promised I would post pictures of my samples on my blog.




I love to see all the oil seed rape in the fields, so last night walked to see the blue bells in a nearby woodland but ended up taking more pictures of the oil seed rape

I walked to the Bramble Patch this morning as it was such a beautiful morning. A lovely walk to work!


I found out this week that my “Bo kaap” quilt was accepted into the On the Edge Exhibition which will tour around the country


Last week on my way back from the North East I took some photos as I came through Newcastle. The beaches in Northumberland are always fabulous even if it seems always cold