A happy post day

The postie bought me a little parcel this morning…. I love a surprise! Inside I found this little piece of art:

Miss Lizzie's new start


It’s a beautiful portrait of Lizzie Bennett and everyone’s favourite love interest, Mr Darcy, made by Geraldine, one of the ATC swap participants, as a thank you for organising the swap. I love it, especially as it reminds me of Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, who will always by Lizzie Bennett and Mr Darcy for me.  Thanks so much Geraldine, I really appreciate your generosity, especially as you have also been a very kind Swap Angel too.

Then, later on, another ring of the doorbell, and a courier has brought me another parcel! Look at these lovely goodies:

Fabrics from Ochre & Ochre


It’s a beautiful bundle of organic cotton from Ochre & Ocre. I am going to be a Creative Blogger for Ochre & Ocre for the next few months – there will be regular posts, giving ideas of ways to use these gorgeous prints. I am so excited to receive the fabrics – I am full of ideas already!

Hope you all have had a lovely Saturday too, whether you were blessed with parcels or not!


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Vote Lucie!

A few weeks back I launched the search for a Very Berry contender for the Offset Warehouse’s Big Spring Contest. Lucie Hubbard of Love Lucie, won the Very Berry heat, and Lucie has made this wonderful divided bucket bag using her selected fabrics from the Offset Warehouse:

Divided fabric bucket for the offset warehouse competition

I absolutely love this because it is totally my style – I love black and red together! Lucie used a pattern by the brilliant Anna of Noodlehead fame (LOVE her designs).

Divided fabric bucket for the offset warehouse competition


If you’d like to vote for Lucie (please do!) – this is the link to the Facebook vote.



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Celebrating 3000

A while back now, I celebrated the wondrousness of having 3,000 followers over on my Very Berry Handmade Facebook page, with a custom bag giveaway. The winner chose the fabrics, all ordered from the M is for Make (with brilliant help finding coordinating fabrics from Kate), and I have finally finished the bag. It is a large and rather roomy shopper, with an internal zipped pocket, and a large slip pocket on the outside. Here it is:

Flat bag front

Bird bag back

bird bag front

Hope the lucky winner likes it…!

My plan is to write a for sale pattern for this one (like Facebook, I am desperately trying to monetise myself…!), but I am not totally happy with the design yet. I’m keen to make it easy but with lots of fun features to lift it out of the basic shopping tote league.  I also want to give people the opportunity of using loads of fabulous fabrics, whilst keeping it simple. Happy I have the latter sorted, but not sure about the former. Watch this space!



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Third ATC Round Up

It has been a tricky swap this time round, I’m not sure why, maybe third time unlucky? Sadly, in spite of all the cards having been sent, there are still 5 or 6 swappers who are waiting to receive an ATC, and I’ve already had to deploy two extremely kind Angels. However, I am determined that everyone will get a card eventually – keep your fingers crossed it all works out in the end… On the upside, there has been some amazing creativity, which certainly makes up for the trickiness.

The theme vote (between ‘Spring’ and ‘Books’) was so close (only one vote in it!), that I decided we should use both – and split the swappers into 2 groups – it has been such fun having cards from two different themes appearing in the ATC Swap Flickr group. I really urge you to take a look. So hard to choose because they are all so fab, but these are some of my favourites:


Larisa's spring lambs

Larisa’s sweet little lambs – Larisa stepped in as an Angel – thanks!


Sue T's Bluebell Wood

 Sue T’s beautiful Bluebell Wood


Lisa's beautiful flower

 Lisa’s pretty vintage spring flowers


Sian's washing line

 Sian’s fabulous spring washing line – aren’t the jeans just fab?!



The Secret Garden by Sue D

 Sue D’s fabulous take on The Secret Garden


Old Man and the Sea by Louise

An atmospheric take on The Old Man and the Sea by Louise


Books and tea by Tracy

Once Upon A Time by Tracy – you can’t beat a cuppa and a good book!


Crime Scene by Becca

Crime Scene (a tribute to the crime genre) by Becca (another lovely Angel – thanks Becca!)


Geraldine's Jane Austen card

 Jane Austen themed card by Geraldine (I have a real soft spot for this one because it makes me think of my favourite character, Anne Elliot, from my favourite book, Persuasion)


There will be another swap along in July – so if you want to join in, please do subscribe to Very Berry Handmade, and you will be in with a good chance of getting one of the highly sought-after places.


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A late birthday present..

It was my birthday yesterday – we had some good plans for a smart lunch without kids – but it turned into a rather muted affair because me, Sandy and the eldest twin have all been ill with a tummy bug (poor us…!). So I was mighty cheered up to get my copy of Love Patchwork and Quilting through the door this morning. Here I am looking smiley, and making it sound a bit like I have a hygiene obsession…

Me in LPQ


But more importantly, here are my bootees – beautifully styled by the guys at the magazine, where you will find my pattern in this month’s issue:

@lovequiltingmag  have made my booties look beautiful in Love Patchwork and Quilting Magazine. Delighted!


Here are some more pics – basically for showing off purposes…


Bootees in LPQ 2


You can see, down in the corner there, that I am on page 39… I want to make a ‘Nobody puts baby bootees in the corner’ joke…

Bootees in LPQ


I had to make three pairs of booties to illustrate the pattern – and blimey that was hard work, I am not good at making multiples (low boredom threshold), and making 3 matching pairs is always a strain on the nerves… But they came out well (with just a little bit of stress) and I am dead pleased with how great they look in print. And, Love Patchwork and Quilting is a fabulous mag, so I feel rather proud to be in there. I shall definitely be having a glass of something fizzy over the weekend (when I feel fully recovered, lets not go mad, I’m not 20 any more…) to celebrate another great year, and being in print…


All finished


All three pairs… I wont be making bootees again for a while, let me tell you…

Hope you all have great weekend plans…  looks like it might be sunny for some of us!


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Bookish ATCs with a hint of spring

So, just in time for the closing date of the 3rd Very Berry ATC swap, I got mine finished:
ATC 3 by me
I used lots of little appliqued bits of Liberty and linen to create the books on my ATC, with a bit of felt to add extra depth. I printed the ‘quote’ fabric using this method - great fun! The printed fabric says ‘She is too fond of books and she has addled her brain’. Which I think my mum would have said about me when I was a girl… The quote is from Louisa May Alcott, one of my all-time favourite writers. I must have read Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men & Jo’s Boys a dozen times each (you can see what my mum was getting at).

I dug out my copy of Little Women to do a little bit of photo staging, and found the following inside:

Little Women inscriptions

I think I was about 10 when I wrote these little bits… clearly I was a huge fan!

Speaking of big fans – my boys lovedThe Cat in the Hat when they were little ones, so we were really delighted to receive this awesome card from Simi, my swap partner.

Cat in the Hat from Simi

I love the fabulous machine embroidery that Simi has done here – it looks amazing. But my favourite bit is that bit of red and white fabric down the left hand edge which is exactly like the book cover design. Love it!

And as an extra little bonus I got an illegal card from Paula… Illegal because it’s not quite the right size for an ATC, so I had to confiscate it…

Paula's illegal ATC

What a beautiful piece of spring sunshine!

Hope everyone else has enjoyed this swap as much as I have. And if you missed out this time, don’t worry, the Very Berry ATC swap round 4 will be along in the summer.


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Liberty shop update

I had so many orders for my Liberty quilt packs that I have been cutting 5″ squares for 2 weeks straight… Good job I find it quite relaxing, but I am looking forward to getting my sewing machine out tomorrow!

If you are interested in making a Charming Liberty Quilt I have just one pack of 140 5″ squares left in stock for the moment. I will be cutting more (I need a rest!) so please feel free to email me if you would like to go on a waiting list. Or if you are very patient you could think about joining my Liberty Double Quilt Club -

Charm square club button double

- and collect 20 square per month for 7 months, for just £7.20 per month (UK only – if you are overseas, do give me a shout for a quote).

Meanwhile, the sudden improvement in my cash flow meant I could get lots of new fabrics for the shop. These lovely things are all now available:

Petal and Bud (purple) Liberty Mini Single (9x12 inch)

Petal and Bud


Phoebe (turquoise, pink) - Liberty Mini Single (9x12 inches)



Mitsi Valeria (pink) Liberty Mini Single (9x12 inch)

Mitsi Valeria


Umbel (blue) - Liberty Mini Single (9x12 inches)



Limited Edition Mini Scrap Bag of Liberty Tana Lawn - blues

Limited Edition Blue Scrap Pack


Happy shopping!


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