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Egg and Bacon Farmhouse tart

Egg and Bacon Farmhouse tart Spring has sprung! Finally! It was a loooooooong winter. And cold! Boy has it been cold. The start of Spring in our house means the chickens have been laying again. And that means lots and lots of fresh, free range eggs!  The flock has diminished slightly over the winter due to 2 of my beautiful Orpingtons … [Read More...]

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Lori Holt : Farm Girl Vintage Quilt

Warning:: Serious cuteness alert!! Lori Holt- Farm Girl Vintage Yeehaw! Come down to the farm for some vintage farm girl fun with this  seriously cute quilt from Lori Holt! Have you been following … [Read More...]


You Are My SuperHero.

Do you recognise this super-person? We've all seen him recently. If you look hard- you can find him inside Melly and Me's latest and most gorgeous book "Sew Fantasy Toys": He looks more … [Read More...]

Quiltmania Magazine

Quiltmania and Red Brolly!

  This is extremely exciting! The French Quiltmania Children's Edition 2015 has just been published. In English and French.   And -Yes!- my ABC Quilt is on the front cover. And … [Read More...]


New Fabric from Tilda- Sweetheart and Autumn Tree

OMG! How delicious is this fabric range? It's the latest from designer Tone Finnanger for Tilda, and it's divine. There's 2 fabric ranges and a book coming. Great news is that there is a … [Read More...]


Apple and Cinnamon Pillow Puffs

If you have a tin of apples and a packet of store bought pastry then you are only 15-20 minutes away from hot, delicious homely apple pastry pillow puffs. Slices of plump, cinnamon spiced apples … [Read More...]


Hot Air Balloon quilt block- A free pattern

A quick and simple project to introduce you to machine piecing. It's so easy! If you have a rotary cutter, ruler, sewing machine and a can sew this pattern. Machine … [Read More...]

Sew Fantasy Toys

Sew Fantasy Toys Competition has closed.

                      A Brand New Fabulous Book from Melanie McNiece!Has been won by:Kathy Tyler! Could the lucky winner please contact me at with her postal address. Thanks … [Read More...]


Apricot Tray cake

Really this recipe should be called "Joan's Apricot slice." My Aunty has been making it for years and it's one I remember from childhood. She would regularly have a freshly cooked batch of fresh … [Read More...]

Jelly Clips coming soon to Red Brolly!

Jelly Clips Have Arrived!

  Jelly Clips Are in the Red Brolly Shop. Jelly Clips are gorgeous little purse clasps. THE latest accessory. Just in time for you to make as gifts for Christmas. In all the hot … [Read More...]


Sewing with kids- How to start a love for sewing

It all started with a purse. "I want to sew a purse," said the little 5 year old girl standing next to me. I had a busy day ahead of me sewing a new up and coming project for the blog and I had my … [Read More...]


Nifty Sewing tips and tricks to save you time!

We're all in favour of sewing tips and tricks that will cut down on our time. We love that light bulb "A-ha" moment when you realise that you can do something a little differently, get the same result … [Read More...]


Strawberry and Rhubarb jam

Strawberry and rhubarb jam It's rhubarb season here at the moment and we are enjoying plenty of stewed rhubarb on our cereal in the mornings, apple and rhubarb crumble for desserts and we are also … [Read More...]


Easy Chain Stitch Tutorial

Easy Chain Stitch Tutorial Remember me? Yes me! Chain stitch. I know you've heard of me. And I know you really don't like me because I use a lot of thread and I can be a little difficult and time … [Read More...]


Cook’s Windowsill herb garden- Gardening in Winter

Cook's Windowsill Herb Garden Winter can be so dreary! It can definitely make gardening difficult and depending where you live, it can be a little unpleasant. Bring your herbs inside during winter by … [Read More...]