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manda mcgrory
Leeds, UK
I'm a mother of two and a designer.
Interests: design, textiles, community, pattern, print
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This months issue of Coast Magazine features the very talented Poppy Treffry, in a huge and wonderful 10 page spread, that features her gorgeous home and beautiful family (and shop of course!). I was a fan of Poppy's long before... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at Tree Fall
Apparently Lily had nothing to wear today. Her favourite dress is the last one I made for her, and it was in the wash, so I very quickly ran her up another one in this jersey that I've had for... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2014 at Tree Fall
Thank you so much for your comments and emails about my 'planning' post! I felt a little silly admitting that after all this time I still find it so hard to plan properly, so I'm very relieved to discover that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Tree Fall
If you follow me on Instagram you'll know that I spent almost all of yesterday sat at my kitchen table, attempting to finally form some sort of physical plan for my designs for the next 6 months. I'm not very... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Tree Fall
After spending the morning shaking my head over colours and prints and combinations of fabrics in preparation for my first big show in June (which is only TWO months away) and an exhibition in July (only 3 months away!!) Bella... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2014 at Tree Fall
It's been a rough couple of weeks. Some days it's felt like I've been swimming against the tide from the moment just before I open my eyes until I close them again at night. There have been entire days spent... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2014 at Tree Fall
This little pile of fabrics arrived for me in the post today. Which was great timing because I was having a really rubbish day and if there's one thing that can turn around a really rubbish day, it's new and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at Tree Fall
I've been intending to update my playmat designs for a very long time now. Just like my old ones, this new one uses a heavyweight quilt batting, so that it's extra squishy. But I've swopped out the number and letters... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Tree Fall
This will be my first fair of the year and I have to say that I'm looking forward to it! The Little Northern Contemporary Craft Fair is the little sister of the wonderful Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair. It's much... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Tree Fall
I was sent this lovely book a couple of weeks ago and was really surprised by how great it is. I have to admit that before I saw it the title put me off a little, and I did wonder... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2014 at Tree Fall
I haven't had a whole lot of time to work this week. I started the week with both girls off school poorly and then they were better just in time to be off school because of the teacher's strike. They... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2014 at Tree Fall
I'm going back for more of that big blue polkadot tomorrow, I don't know what I was thinking leaving some behind! This weekend, after picking up a few pieces in the Gap sale and then going fabric shopping, I realised... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2014 at Tree Fall
I've been working with new prints and colourways. I love the way that tastes change, and you find yourself being drawn to suprising new colours. If you look at my Instagram feed at the moment, you'll see that orange has... Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2014 at Tree Fall
This is the time of the year when applications are due in for the various fairs that I do throughout the year. And the time of the year where I have to sum up what I do and why in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2014 at Tree Fall
I keep promising to make Lily a new dress and so far in the A Dress for Lily pile we have two different floral Liberty prints, a pink and red dot cotton, a grey cotton London (Big Ben) print and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2014 at Tree Fall
After finally getting to grips with invisible zips last week, I have spent the last couple of days working on a new dress, with a zip closure. It's not perfect and there are a couple of changes I'll make for... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Tree Fall
A couple of months ago, the pattern for my chevron baby blanket was featured in the new and rather lovely quilting magazine Love Patchwork and Quilting. The magazine has gone from strength to strength, with each issue featuring many of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at Tree Fall
My brother was over from Berlin this week, working in Lancaster (he's the talented one in the family - a musician and theatre sound designer) so I drove over and spent the day with him. I don't get to spend... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2014 at Tree Fall
Hi Lynne! Sorry to hear that you're all suffering too! Roll on Spring indeed! I probably won't sell cushions, other than the children's ones, but will let you know if that changes! To: [email protected]
Toggle Commented Feb 28, 2014 on Invisible Closures at Tree Fall
Because I wasn't very happy with my first attempt at a zip closure on a cushion, I gave it another go last night. But this time I used an invisible zip. I often find myself buying invisible zips. The fact... Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at Tree Fall
We've been celebrating Lily's 6th birthday this week, and as part of our family celebrations we always hang birthday bunting and paper flowers in the birthday girl's chosen colours. Last year I made a new birthday banner for Bella in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2014 at Tree Fall
Some of my Instagram images from the last week. I've been slow to succumb to the charms of Instagram. I sometimes wonder if you're either an Instagramer or a Pinterester. Up until now I've definitely been in the Pinterest camp,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2014 at Tree Fall
Lily's been finding things hard to cope with recently and I'm finding that the trick is to keep her busy. So in an attempt to ward off an impending low moment today, we went for a walk in the woods.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Tree Fall
The girls are on half term holidays at the moment, so I'm not getting any serious time in the studio. But because I don't like to not sew, I have been using the down time to catch up with some... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Tree Fall
I've been hoarding a few pieces of this printed silk for quite a while now. I found them in an off cuts box for a couple of quid and knew I had to have them. Each piece is cut selvedge... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2014 at Tree Fall