About Me

Hello, so lovely to have you here.

I've now been writing this blog for over a decade and if you've had a look around, you'll probably have already gathered that I sew rather a lot and that this blog is all about that stitchery and the life that goes on around it. I mostly make clothing and quilts, using Liberty prints wherever possible.

In 2012, I developed an obsession with English paper piecing, creating intricate quilt tops sewn entirely by hand. It was wonderfully liberating not to be bound to the sewing machine and for sewing to suddenly feel a much more sociable and portable activity. I soon began designing my own English paper pieced sewing patterns, which you can find in the left-hand side bar of my blog and, more recently, I've contributed a trio of English paper pieced blocks to the V&A's book 'Patchwork & Quilting: A Maker's Guide'. In 2018, my very own book about English paper piecing will be published. You can read more about it here.

I also write general sewing patterns (The Three Bears' Sleeping Bag pattern, pictured left, being a favourite) and occasional articles for sewing magazines, as well as sharing tutorials here on my blog. I've also produced an eBook all about machine appliqué. 

I am married to Mr Teacakes, who I met in my first term away at university. We live with our two teenagers; a tiny tabby; a large, white polar bear of a cat; and Nell, our golden retriever. When I'm not sewing, I work alongside my husband, creating a series of educational apps called Squeebles, which help children learn their weekly spellings, times tables, fractions and lots of other essential skills.

I made my first bag at primary school: big hoop handles, reversible fabric and stitched by hand, created in the peace and tranquillity of a classroom half full of girls (the boys having been sent out to perfect their cricketing skills) and I have been hooked ever since. My even earlier happy memory of knitting squares for donkey blankets for the PDSA in my first year at school is only marred by the subsequent knowledge that it must have resulted in a chilly burro, for even now knitting and crochet foxes me to the point where I have had to lay down the needles and hooks and promise myself not to pick them up again.

I started this blog on a whim in August 2007 and, years later, it feels as though it's become something of a second home, albeit one inhabited only by head space. I've found it a fantastic place to document my sewing successes and failures, share my enthusiasm with others, discuss the never-ending learning curve of an all-consuming passion, as well as document a little of the life that goes on around this. This blog documents some of my favourite moments: The summer of the pizza oven (you can find our 26 page guide to building your own, here); building an igloo; sourcing the perfect green jugbecoming a dog-owner after a life-time of dog aversion; delivering an advent calendar in the snow; gluingstitchingmore stitching; recreating our family in fabric; and making life-changing decisions. It's really lovely to be able to look back over the last decade and have a record of these things, however trivial they might seem on a day-to-day basis; I now wish I'd started writing earlier. 

I love reading the comments that people take the time to leave. I usually reply in the comments section as Blogger often doesn't supply a reply email address...and also because inbox management isn't my strong point and so it's just easier that way. But if you want to contact me directly then you can find me at flossieteacakes (at) gmail (dot) com.

Thank you so much for reading,

P.s. I said that I like to use Liberty prints wherever possible…that extends to making dog beds from them too...

A few of the books/products that I link to on Amazon from my blog contain affiliate links and very occasionally, I'll mention a product that I've been given free of charge. I choose the things that I recommend carefully and my priority is to only share things that I love.