Janet Clare


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I create inspirational and lively designs for quilts and stitcheries that combine my unique jointed appliqué templates and free motion machine drawing technique. Much of my work is inspired by children and their purity of thought, their innocence and the joy they find in the mundane.

As an experienced speaker and teacher, I regularly host talks and workshops focusing on the design process and the creative techniques I use. So far I have written five books – and I have no plans to stop!  They are: Freya and Fred – Hearty Good Wishes –  A Field Guide – Home Quilt Home – and The Wordsmith.

  • Zig-Zags
    It’s my turn to be Head Blockhead this week! And we’re going to be making zig-zag blocks. I’ve kept the pieces small because it’s important to have a variety of sizes and scales in a sampler quilt so it’s interesting to make and also to look at. Our zig-zag blocks… Read more »
  • Spoondrift
    My quilt ‘Spoondrift’ as featured in current block of the month ‘Today’s Quilter’ has been really enjoyable to design, but a challenge in terms of calculating fabric requirements when we are not that many blocks further ahead than you. We are currently up to month 7 of 12 and we… Read more »
  • Drawing
    It’s Spring here in the UK and working from home these last few strange weeks has given me the opportunity to spend more time in our garden. We are not gardeners by any stretch- so there are weeds, patchy grass and bare fences and poppies, wisteria and a few beautiful… Read more »
  • Block Heads 3
    Block 12 – ‘Hampshire Star’ Welcome Block Headers! Let me introduce myself;  I’m Janet and live in Hampshire, England with my husband, Tony, our teenage sons and a dog called Betty. Tony runs our quilting design business and is affectionately known as ‘Chief of Everything’ because that’s what he does!… Read more »
  • All in a Row Again
                              Once again, the Moda designers and Martingale have combined creative forces to bring you ‘All in a Row’ volume 2- a book packed with original and fun ideas for row- by- row quilts! My row was inspired… Read more »
  • And the winner is…
    I so enjoyed reading all your comments about the amazing Splendid Sampler learning curve! The winner (as chosen by the random number generator website) of the Aubade charm squares is comment 76 from Erika. Congratulations Erika!   Read more »
  • Aurifil Designer Challenge
    The Aurifil designer for February is Maureen Cracknell, pop over to Auribuzz to hear all about her and to download your free copy of this lovely tulip block ‘Dutch Treat’.       This year all the designers are being given a colour from the colour wheel rainbow to be… Read more »
  • The Splendid Sampler
    Happy Splendid Sampler Day!   Exactly a year ago today we all started on a splendidly challenging patchwork adventure.   Where ever did that year go? It’s not every year you get two presents a week, but that is exactly what happened during our Splendid Sampler year!   I have… Read more »
  • Aurifil Designer of the month
    Hello and welcome! I am pleased to tell you that I am Aurifil’s designer of the month for January 2017. The year is off to a great start! Every year Aurifil and Pat Sloan invite twelve designers to create a special, unique block for you and host a quilt-a- long… Read more »
  • Pat’s mega fun book tour
    Hello and a very warm welcome to my stop on Pat’s mega fun book tour! I’ve known Pat for a few years now and she is one of the kindest, generous, supportive and encouraging quilters I know. Pat has written another (her 33rd!) book which sets out to teach us… Read more »

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