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manda mcgrory
Leeds, UK
I'm a mother of two and a designer.
Interests: design, textiles, community, pattern, print
Recent Activity
That was summer. And it was over too quickly. But while it lasted it included.... Camping in Cornwall.... First grown up roller coaster rides at Alton Towers.... (just about to get on Nemesis) Favourite book rides.... Whole days spent in... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Tree Fall
When the weather is like this I can honestly say that there is nowhere I'd rather live than the UK. My blog feed and IG feed is full of the most amazing pictures from around the country at the moment.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at Tree Fall
I drove over to Clitheroe on Friday, to deliver some of my work to be included in a new exhibition that opens next Saturday at the Platform Gallery. It's the first time I've been to the gallery and its a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Tree Fall
We took another trip up the coast last week, but this time we were able to take the girls with us. We pretty much did the same trip as the week before but we made a bit of an epic... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at Tree Fall
I've updated the shop with some more fabrics. I've listed some of the smaller pieces in bundles this time. And there are some single smaller pieces available too. In the shop now! Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2014 at Tree Fall
These guys have all headed off to Dorset, to be included (along with some cushions, owls and clothing) in an upcoming exhibition at Walford Mills Crafts. 'In the Dead of Night' opens on July 12th and runs until August 31st.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at Tree Fall
Hi Jennie, it has all gone already I'm afraid. I'll be listing lots of other prints over the next few days though. To:
Toggle Commented Jul 8, 2014 on Fabric update. at Tree Fall
I've just listed a few pieces of the huge amount of fabrics that I'm going to be selling in my shop over the next few weeks. Everything is being sold in fat quarters, but if I have yardage then it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Tree Fall
I have finally faced up to the fact that there simply is No. More. Room. in my studio and that if something doesn't give very soon I'm going to have to either : A. Give up working all together B.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Tree Fall
Precisely ten minutes before Bella left for a party/sleepover today we realised that every last pair of her pyjama's was either torn, too small or washed so many times that they are now that particular shade of grey. Sooooo..... I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at Tree Fall
I'm struggling to stay focused this week. It's one of those weeks when outside forces are distracting me. Work is going very slowly, (even slower when I do what I did yesterday and disappear to the beach for the day!)... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2014 at Tree Fall
The weather was so beautiful this morning that Jim and I decided to play hooky and take a trip to the coast, just the two of us. Since living in Yorkshire (for the last 10 years) we've hardly visited the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at Tree Fall
The girls and I ran the Race for Life today. I first ran it 4 years ago, 4 months after Mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer. I hadn't started running regularly yet and hadn't realised what a major part of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2014 at Tree Fall
Love Patchwork & Quilting is in my opinion the best quilting magazine around these days. It really has been consistantly good from day one, with an incredibly high standard of projects in each and every issue. Jenny (the editor) is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at Tree Fall
I picked these plates and the serving dish up for less than £2 a couple of days ago. Next door to the garage that we take our car to there is a junk shop. It's mainly full of actual junk,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Tree Fall
I've got an exhibition coming up next month in a gallery in Clitheroe, so I've been making Circus blankets in preparation for it over the last week or so. I've been making these blankets for a few years and they've... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at Tree Fall
I love these guys, I really do. Most things that I make I look at and wonder if anyone else will like it. I worry a lot about whether my work's good enough (it's not a bad thing, I think... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at Tree Fall
Lily recently started piano lessons in the village that we live in. They are with Bella's violin tutor and only last 15 minutes, so Bella and I usually just sit outside in the car waiting for her. The weather has... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2014 at Tree Fall
I love a simple design. It's works because it's simple. It doesn't need bells and whistles. It just needs to be what it is. That said.... I also love to take a simple design and make it just a little... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Tree Fall
I've written about Sarah Heaton's work before, but every year for my birthday Jim and the girls give me one of her pieces. My jug is my newest and I think my most favourite piece. I love how it makes... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at Tree Fall
Oh that sounds lovely!! I shall put that on my list of campsites that we want to visit! To:
Toggle Commented Jun 21, 2014 on Camping at Tree Fall
Occassionally I find some fabric that I buy even though I'm not sure if I will ever use it, there's just something about it that catches my eye. I found this vintage carousel fabric a couple of years ago in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2014 at Tree Fall
I have been really surprised in the last year to discover how much I enjoy camping. I don't remember ever camping as a kid, and I'm pretty sure that it's something my Mum really would not been enthusiastic about at... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2014 at Tree Fall
I've been suffering from vertigo for the last week and woke up this morning unable to focus or stop the world from spinning out of control, so after a visit to the docs, I gave in and spent the rest... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2014 at Tree Fall
It was my birthday last week while we were away at The Contemporary Craft Festival, and this weekend I was finally able to unpack the beautiful pieces I received as presents. If you're going to have a birthday while being... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2014 at Tree Fall