Hi, Judith here. I’m a mum of three girls + 1 dog! I live in Belfast, Northern Ireland & I love to use new & recycled fabrics to create loveable things.
I am a Sewing tutor & pattern writer and it is my special joy to be able to inspire & nurture creativity in others, which in turn greatly blesses and inspires me. In an increasingly stressful and busy culture, it is my desire to help others get in touch with their creativity and release the benefits of ‘adult play’.
My Sewing Philosophy:
I don’t believe that perfection exists this side of eternity. And anyway, your version of ‘perfect’ might look differently to mine! In my view, the important factor is to enjoy the process of sewing and creating, and the many cognitive and health benefits it brings. So take the pressure off yourself! Not all mistakes need to be corrected!
A Little History:
I first started teaching Patchwork and Quilting in 2008 after completing my City and Guilds Certificate in Textile and Design. My first quilting blog was called ‘Rags to Bags’ (December 2010) later updated to ‘Just Jude’. In 2011 a good friend and I established a local charity quilting group called Bee Blessed, to encourage like-minded quilters to make and donate quilts to bless others in need. We have been immensely blessed ourselves by the ongoing support Bee Blessed receives from our International blogging friends!
It is my privilege to be a regular contributor to several UK quilting magazines (Love Patchwork & Quilting, Quilt Now, Sewing World, Popular Patchwork, British Patchwork & Quilting & Pretty Patches).
You will find my patterns to be more comprehensive and illustrated than most commercial patterns. They are packed with step by step photos, a helpful ‘Good to Know’ section available to view before you buy, and are available as instant downloads or in hard copy form.
If you would like to ‘try before you buy’, then download my free ‘Storage Caddy’ pattern here.
I have also received endorsement from Dyslexia Action for my range of Dyslexia Friendly patterns.
Here’s what a few of my customers have to say:
“I have learned so much from many of Just Jude Designs’ fantastic patterns. I love buying a pattern and having confidence that I will receive great step by step instructions for the beautiful projects, fully supported with plenty of photographs which many other pattern writers omit. From beginner designs to more technical projects, the range of cushion, quilt, gift and bag patterns on offer have allowed me many fun hours at my sewing machine and it’s very rare that I only make these patterns once. My copies are well loved and well used!” Mrs S. Elwood
“I have found Just Jude Designs’ selection of patterns to be wide ranging, varied and most importantly, inspiring. The patterns are clearly defined and concise, well-explained and easy to follow with excellent step by step images to assist. I always find something to enthuse me and encourage me in my love of quilting and sewing.” Mrs M. Murphy
“Judith’s new dyslexic friendly patterns are fabulous! Such a wonderful find! No jargon or useless information. As a sewer who struggles with quilting patterns, I found these to be very clear, straightforward and easy to follow. I really recommend Judith’s dyslexic friendly patterns not only to anyone with dyslexia, but to everyone.” Mrs L Wright