Folksy Tea Cosy Workshop Finishes


By Judith on April 14, 2019
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Yesterday we got all folksy at our Tea Cosy Workshop!

 

We were few in number, but the chatter and vibe was as warm and inviting as the cosies!

 

Folksy Tea Cosy Workshop

 

The raw edge applique was new to some, but with the easier option of top stitching also available, nothing held back these creative endeavours.

 

Folksy Tea Cosy Workshop

 

Aren’t they adorable!

 

Well done ladies on your cute cosies (I just know your tea will taste even better now!).

 

Folksy Tea Cosy

 

My Folksy Tea Cosy Pattern is available here, and includes a 2nd applique design and instructions on how to measure your teapot for a perfectly fitting cosy.

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Weaving Class Finishes


By Judith on April 12, 2019
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This week saw the end of our current block of classes.

 

The optional class project was all about Triaxial and Basket Weaving.

 

Wefty Weaving info

 

 

I had made 3 class samples to showcase the different types of fabric weaving I would be teaching, but as you will see, a few creative minds didn’t stop there!

 

Weaving Class Mar-April19
Weaving Class Mar-April19
Weaving Class Mar-April19
Weaving Class Mar-April19

 

Aren’t they stunning!  A few little notebook covers didn’t manage the photoshoot, but I’m sure you can guess how wonderful they are!

 

 

In the end, we were unable to source Wefty weaving needles here in the UK, and while we managed pretty well instead with large safety pins, the Wefty needles are certainly advantageous when it comes to the more complex triaxial weave.  I would definitely recommend these genius little tools!

 

So a huge well done to my weaving ladies for stepping up to the challenge (especially when it came to triaxial weaving!) and producing beautiful work!

 

And of course, these weren’t the only projects being worked on!  Well done to all my other ladies on your pre-Easter finishes.

 

I hope you all have a wonderfully creative and choccy-filled Easter break!

 

(Classes resume w/c 29th April – booking available here.)

 

Happy sewing!

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Aprons 2 Workshop: Finishes


By Judith on April 3, 2019
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So with 2 of my chicks flown away again, I’m consoling myself with memories of my 2nd Apron workshop last Saturday.

 

Aprons 2 Workshop

 

Again we were making either tie back aprons or cross back aprons and my 2nd class of ladies seemed to enjoy this workshop as much as the first!

 

Just look at the results!

 

Aprons 2 Workshop
Aprons 2 Workshop

 

It’s so satisfying for me as a tutor to see another 9 happy ladies leaving the classroom with big smiles and finished (or almost finished) projects!

 

Well done ladies.  I hope you enjoy wearing your beautiful aprons.

 

The next Apron workshop is on Saturday 17th August, booking available here.

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Mother’s Day


By Judith on March 31, 2019
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Today in the UK it is Mother’s Day!

And this week I’ve had the best Mothers Day present ever!

 

Family Time Mar19

 

All my chicks are back home for a few days, yay!

 

It’s been so good to hang out together, laugh, be silly, and have precious family time, including the future sons-in-law!

 

Family Time Mar19

 

The times when we can all be together at the same time in the same place are becoming fewer, so we make sure we make up for it when we can!

 

Family Time Mar19

 

I’m not only blessed with a faithfully loving mum, but I also get the privelege of being a mum, 3 times over!

 

 

I was so excited in my first pregnancy to become a mum, but nothing prepared me for how tough the exhausting role of mother would be!

 

 

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To be honest, I found the earlier years much harder than the teenage ones! I continually lacked confidence, never knew if I was doing the right thing, perpetual exhaustion, extreme loneliness and post natal depression all played their part.

 

 

Despite it being the toughest job I’ve ever had (the wages and pension benefits are rubbish!) it’s also been (& still is) the most rewarding. The thing about having kids is they force you to go beyond yourself, to step outside your comfort zones and defaults and face your weaknesses and selfishness.

 

Family Time Mar19

 

I’m thankful to my girls for stretching me and making me the person I am today.  They inspire me every day and I’m ridiculously proud of the beautiful women they are, inside and out.

 

Family Time Mar19

 

To all you mothers out there, you are amazing, keep going. It will be hard at times, but the rewards are deep and infinite. A great mother isn’t perfect (no such woman exists), she’s the one who gets up each morning and invests, sacrifices, referees, feeds, counsels, advises, all for no thanks, and then gets up again the next morning to do it all again!

 

You are awesome!

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Apron Workshop (1) Finishes


By Judith on March 16, 2019
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Last Saturday I ran the first of 3 Apron workshops!

 

Nine ladies stitched their little hearts out on either my Tie Back Apron pattern or the Japanese Cross Back Apron.

 

Apron Workshop

 

Aren’t they fab!

 

Every seam in these aprons are finished to perfection! And they are easily adapted to suit every body shape too!

 

Apron Workshop

 

If you would like to make your own stylish apron, then why not join in with one of the next 2 workshops, booking available here.

 

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Introducing ‘Monsoon’


By Judith on March 8, 2019
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Hi there!

Well Spring seems to have snuck back into hibernation here, as Winter throws us its last hoorah!

Definitely sewing weather! And there has been lots of that happening at Just Jude Designs.

At the moment I’m making our post Easter class samples and Summer Workshop samples.  Plenty to keep me out of trouble!

But I wanted to show you my latest quilt – introducing Monsoon!

 

Monsoon Quilt

 

‘Monsoon’ is named after the collection of Makower fabrics it is made from (not the current weather conditions).  I fell in love with these tropical prints as soon as they were released – just look at those adorable cockatoos!

 

Monsoon Quilt

 

Now technically Monsoon isn’t a new pattern.  A couple of years ago I designed ‘Frost’ for a winter edition of Quilt Now magazine.  Can you see the resemblance?

 

Frost (Quilt Now Jan18)

 

Apart from the fabrics (& one less row in Monsoon) these quilts are made from identical blocks.  Don’t you just love how a complete change of fabrics can totally change the look of the same design!

 

Monsoon Quilt

 

 

Monsoon/Frost is my first quilt pattern to be made available for both retail and wholesale.  Both designs are included in the same pattern.  It is also a Sizzix friendly pattern, using die 657622.

 

Monsoon Quilt

 

So if you own a fabric shop and are stocking Makower’s Monsoon fabrics, get in touch for more details about my wholesale digital pattern agreement.

 

Or grab a copy of your own pattern here (hard copies available to purchase in class).

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Harriet Hare Cushion Workshop Finishes


By Judith on February 18, 2019
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Last Saturday I held the first of 2 ‘Harriet Hare’ Cushion Workshops.

 

 

Harriet first came to life when I was designing my Woodland Friends quilt (she’s a particular favourite of mine!).

 

Then I made a tweed version of Harriet as a gifted cushion for a friend.  I knew then I would have to run a workshop!

 

 

There was much swooning on Saturday over all the deliciously tactile tweeds, wools and linens on display! How different all these Harriet’s look!

 

Harriet Hare workshop finishes Feb19

 

When the cute facial details are added, these hares will soon come to life as the loveable character that is my Harriet!

 

Well done to all my ladies for a tweed-tastically productive day!

 

Booking for the 2nd Harriet Hare Tweed Cushion Workshop on 24th August is available here.

 

Happy sewing!

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Necessary Clutch Class Finishes


By Judith on February 17, 2019
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It’s half term here this incoming week, and I’m looking forward to getting a few (overdue) jobs done around the house!

 

We finished another round of classes last week. There was a flurry of makes including wallhangings, cushions, zippy pouches, hot water bottle covers, baby quilts, baby baskets, and many more.

 

And of course, there were lots of Necessary Clutch Wallets! Check out this amazing clutch of clutches!

Necessary Clutch Bag Finishes
Necessary Clutch Bag Finishes
Necessary Clutch Bag Finishes
Necessary Clutch Bag Finishes

Aren’t they brilliant! And some of them have already been used in travels abroad.

(you can purchase the Necessary Clutch Wallet here)

 

Well done to all my talented ladies!  Enjoy your well deserved break!

 

And if you’d like to join us for some creative fun, our new block kicks off w/c 25th February.  There are 6 weekly classes to choose from – check out the vacancies here.

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Spring Class Project: Wefty Weaving


By Judith on February 9, 2019
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Already we are coming to the end of our first block of 2019 classes.  This week we will wrap up our Necessary Clutch wallets and New Year projects.

 

I can’t wait to show you all the finished clutches!

 

And I’m a little bit excited to show you our (optional) class project for the Feb-April block.

 

Wefty Weaving info

 

In our next block of classes I will be showing 3 different weaving techniques, 2 of which use the Wefty Weaving Needle.

 

 

A Wefty Needle comes in 2 sizes, 1″ and 0.5″ and enables weaving both simple and complex designs with little/no fabric waste.

 

Once you have a deliciously woven panel you can turn it into a pretty basket, a tactile cushion, a useful notebook cover, anything you like!

 

I’ll have notes available on how to make my 3 examples, but you don’t have to stick to these projects.  Just check out my Weaving Pinterest Board for lots more mind blowing inspiration!

 

Linen Basket Weave Cushion

 

Basket Weave Linen Cushion

 

This is a beginner friendly project, keeping the strips wider and easy to weave into a traditional basket weave pattern.

 

Basket Weave Linen Cushion

 

We don’t use the Wefty Needle on this project, a large safety pin will suffice, though there will be a little fabric waste at the end of each woven strip.

 

Basket Weave Linen Cushion

 

And if you haven’t already them sussed, how about trying some buttonholes and self covered buttons as your cushion closure?

 

Houndstooth Journal Cover

 

Wefty Woven Notebook Cover

 

These 0.5″ strips are woven with the Wefty Needle into a houndstooth pattern.

 

Again we are using a traditional basket weave here, but clever placement of strips produces the secondary pattern.

 

Wefty Woven Notebook Cover

 

I turned my woven panel into a journal cover (my notebook cover pattern is available here), but you could easily use this as a decorative panel in a bag or add some borders for a textured placemat or cushion.

 

Wefty Woven Notebook Cover

 

 

Triaxial Woven Basket

 

Triaxial Woven Basket

 

Triaxial means 3 angles.  Unlike a basket weave (with only vertically and horizontally woven strips) triaxial weaving involves strips woven at vertical and 2 thirty degree angles.

 

Triaxial Woven Basket

 

For my cute basket I’ve used the 1″ Wefty Needle.  Triaxial weaving is more complex than basket weaving designs, but once you get your head around it, there are many more amazing designs which can be produced from the 3 angles.

 

Triaxial Woven Basket

 

So if you fancy a spot of weaving over the next 7 weeks, or just want to carve out some therapeutic sewing time to work on other projects, why not come join the fun and book into one of our 6 weekly classes.

 

And it’s now easier than ever to register for a class, using our new online registration system.

 

Happy weaving!

 

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Triple Porthole Tutorial


By Judith on January 31, 2019
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Hi there, the ‘5 minute demo’ in my classes for this month was all about Portholes!

 

Porthole Dumpling Pouch

 

I first learned how to do this nifty technique from Lu Summers at the 2012 Fat Quarterly Retreat.

 

Porthole Water Bottle Covers

 

It was so much fun, and one of those techniques that is deceptively easy!

 

Porthole Journal Covers/Quilt Now Nov15

 

You can pretty much porthole any shape, and show off some patchwork, feature fabric or pretty vintage embroidery. But my advice is not to get too intricate with the shape otherwise the outline may not keep its definition.

 

Spring Rain Quilt

 

At the Retreat I was sitting beside this talented lady, and inspired by her triple porthole cushions, I’ve made my own 18″ version and written up the tutorial for you here.

 

Triple Porthole Tutorial

 

You Will need:

Fabric 1 (centre): 7″ square

Fabric 2: 12.5″ square

Fabric 3: 16.5″ square

Fabric 4: 18.5″ square

5.5″ diameter bowl or plate to draw around (alternatively use template plastic and compass)

9″ diameter bowl or plate to draw around

13″ diameter bowl or plate to draw around

Calico: Same 3 cuts as Fabrics 2-4 above

 

Method:

Use 1/4″ seam allowance

 

1  Press the 12.5″ calico square in half both ways to find the centre.

 

 

2  Centre the 5.5″ diameter bowl (or template plastic) onto the calico and draw round the circle.

 

 

3  Place the calico onto the RIGHT side of Fabric 2, with the circle facing up.  Pin the layers together and stitch on the circle.

 

 

4  Carefully cut away the fabric in the middle of the circle leaving an 1/8″ seam allowance.

 

 

5  Push the calico through the hole and round to the back. Press well so there is no calico showing from the front side.

 

 

6  Position and centre Fabric 1 (feature fabric) behind the calico, before pinning and sewing around the hole, 1/8″ from the edge.

 

 

7  Peel back the top fabric from the calico and feature fabric laying behind.  Carefully trim away all the excess calico and feature fabric leaving 1/8″ seam allowance.  Do not cut through Fabric 2!  Put to one side.

 

 

8  Repeat steps 1-5 for the 16.5″ piece of calico and 9″ diameter bowl/plate.

 

 

9  Pin the first porthole (with feature fabric) behind this porthole.  Sew around the 2nd porthole 1/8″ from the edge, as before.

 

 

10 Peel back the top fabric from the calico and feature fabric laying behind.  Carefully trim away all the excess calico and feature fabric leaving 1/8″ seam allowance.  Do not cut through Fabric 3!  Put to one side.

 

 

11 Repeat steps 8-10 for Fabric 4 and 13″ diameter bowl/plate.

 

 

Tip:   If you want to turn your piece into a cushion, I recommend not trimming away the last layer of calico and excess feature fabric.  This will add more stability to the outer edges.

 

Now you have your triple porthole piece, you can turn it into a pretty cushion!

 

Triple Porthole Cushion

 

I spray basted wadding and calico behind the cushion front, hand ‘echo’ quilted the portholes, before adding some mini pompoms and an envelope back!

 

Triple Porthole Cushion

 

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and have lots of fun giving portholes a go!

 

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New Year Table Display: Part 2


By Judith on January 20, 2019
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(Read part 1 here)

Thank you for tuning back for part 2 of my classroom’s New Year Table Display.

 

New Year 19 Display Table

 

8  Placemats

(pattern available here)

 

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I made these Irish linen & French General placemats for a class a few years ago now, using up some leftover Jelly roll strips and linen offcuts.

 

placemats

 

But they seem to have a classic timelessness and were my best seller on Craftsy (before Craftsy deleted 95% of my patterns last month!).

 

They include a handy cutlery pocket, and showcase the different ways you can have fun quilting them!

 

PicMonkey Collage

 

I have fond memories of past classes making these!

 

9  Moroccan Mix Table Runner & Trivet

 

Moroccan Mix Table Runner

 

This is my celebration of the wonderful colours of Morocco, a Moroccan Mix table runner & trivet published in a colourful issue of Quilt Now in 2015!

 

Moroccan Mix Table Runner

 

It’s another one of my patterns awaiting reformatting for general resale (anyone got a few minions to spare!!!).

 

Moroccan Mix Trivet

 

I would love to remake it in a completely different colourway (perhaps inspired by another country!).  All suggestions welcome!

 

Moroccan Mix Trivet

 

10  Microwave Bowl Cosies

(free tutorial available here)

 

These are a little difficult to see in the main photo.  But here they are up close!

 

Microwave Bowl Cosy
Microwave Bowl Cosy

 

I first came across this tutorial several years ago, and made myself a couple for my morning porridge bowl!  I haven’t stopped using them since!

 

The recommended materials are all 100% cotton (including the wadding) if you plan to put the cosies into the microwave.

 

Microwave Bowl Cosy

 

But don’t worry, if you don’t have 100% cotton materials, simply heat up your bowl separately in the microwave and carefully lift it out into the cosy!

 

Then you can transport your comforting bowl of goodness to your favourite spot!  Great for soup too (and hot apple crumble, yum!).

 

Microwave Bowl Cosy

 

11  Cutlery Trays

(free tutorial available here)

 

Cutlery Trays

 

Ayumi’s brilliant tutorial is for the largest tray you see here.  They are so easy to make and resize to suit your own requirements (keep the width the same, and simply shorten the length: L:13″, M:10.5″, Sml:7.5″).

 

Cutlery Trays

 

The changes I made to the pattern were to use Flex Foam Bosal instead of wadding, to give more structure, and to sew a few stitches at the corners to help them retain their shape.

 

Cutlery Trays

 

I’m sure like me you can think of a multitude of uses for these handy organisers (desk tidies perhaps?).

 

12 Pixie Cups

(free tutorial here)

 

And keeping with the organising theme, how cute are these!

 

 

Pixie Cups

 

These are literally made from scraps – Tilda and leather scraps from other projects, and offcuts of Flex Foam Bosal.

 

Pixie Cups

 

The bosal was a little tricky to work with when it came to the smallest basket! But I think this will be the case with any interfacing stiff enough to give these little pots the structure they need.  Just cut your interfacing smaller to try and keep whatever interfacing you use, out of the seams.

 

Pixie Cups

 

13  Casserole Carrier

(free tutorial here)

 

Casserole Carrier

 

If you know someone in need of a meal, or you’re helping out a friend, here’s a great way to transport it.

 

Casserole Carrier

 

Using Insul Bright heat resistant wadding, your casserole will stay warmer for longer in this carrier.

 

The construction is quick and simple.  One change I would make to the pattern is to shorten the handle (I feel it’s a little too long and ‘swingy’ for it’s heavy load!).

 

Casserole carrier

So that’s the full roundup of my New Year Display Table.

Thank you so much for sticking it out to the end of 2 lengthy posts!

I hope you’ve been inspired to try something new!

Happy sewing!

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New Year Table Display: Part1


By Judith on January 14, 2019
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We are well into our stride again with the new term of classes.

So it’s time to show you my New Year Display Table!

 

New Year 19 Display Table

 

I’ve gone for a ‘kitchen’ theme this term, getting you inspired to pretty up your table and domestic space, as well as lots of gift ideas for those friends who love being in their kitchen!

 

So let’s get started!

 

1  Trivet Mats

 

EPP Trivet Mats

 

Over the years I have gathered up lots of free EPP (English Paper Piecing) packs and templates, most of which came free with quilting magazines.

 

EPP

 

Often there is a useful little book or pattern ideas that come with them, and I spent my free time over Christmas doing some relaxing hand sewing, and having fun with my Tilda scraps.

 

Trivet Mats

 

I used some Essex Yarn Dyed linen (Flax and Denim) for the backgrounds, appliqued and quilted them onto Polyester Insulating Wadding (available here) and made my own bias binding to finish.

 

Trivet Mats

 

I purposely used the thicker poly wadding (also used in oven gloves) to give my mats some durability when being used as trivets.  I also love the lush texture you get from the denser batting.

 

Trivet Mats

 

You could easily replace this wadding with Insul Bright heat resistant wadding and turn them into placemats (all materials mentioned are machine washable).

 

2  Aprons

 

I have 2 types of Aprons on display, and I will be teaching them both as a Saturday workshop on 9th March.

 

Apron workshop

 

The popular Cross Back apron is available here.

The pattern for my Tie Back apron will be coming soon (adult and child sizes will be available).

 

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This apron is designed to fit into a decorative mason jar so it can be gifted!

Cute or what!

 

3  Lunchbags (2 styles)

 

 (Pattern coming soon)

 

Lunchbags

 

I had a lot of fun designing these lunchbags several years ago for Popular Patchwork magazine.

 

Lunchbags

 

The raw edge applique designs can be child or adult friendly (or you could even made a patchwork version – that’s next on my list!).

 

Lunchbags

 

Both bags are insulated with Insul Bright heat resistant wadding, and the linings are made from wipeable Rip-stop nylon (or you could re-purpose a machine washable shower curtain!).

 

Lunchbags

 

The pattern (includes both styles) is currently being tested and will be available soon.

 

4  Teabag Wallet

 

(free tutorial available here)

 

Teabag wallet

 

I’m not a tea drinker, but I have family and friends who not only love their tea, but like something a little more ‘individual’.

 

Teabag Wallet Tutorial

 

These portable (and uber cute!) little wallets will hold 4 individually wrapped teabags, in all your favourite flavours.

 

Teabag Wallet Tutorial

 

They are ridiculously easy to make (all the pieces are cut the same size!) and would make great little gifts for tea lovers everywhere!

 

5  Oven Gloves

(free tutorial available here)

 

Oven Gloves

 

For a long time now, I’ve badly needed to replace my tatty old oven gloves.

Like my trivet mats, I have used Polyester Insulating wadding in these oven gloves (also known as ‘oven glove wadding’!!).

 

Oven Gloves

 

The quilting and assembly of the gloves is straightforward, and I used pre-made bias binding to finish.

 

Oven Gloves

 

Only problem is, with the way that I cook, these are just waaaaaay too nice to risk the kind of food mess that I’m particularly good at!!

 

6  Tea Cosy

(pattern available here)

 

Folksy Tea Cosy Workshop

 

I’ll be running my Folksy Tea cosy pattern as a Saturday workshop in April.

 

I originally designed this for Sewing World magazine, and it combines insulating wadding and fun felt applique.

 

Folksy Tea Cosy

 

The pattern takes you through how to measure your teapot and calculate your bespoke teacosy measurements.  It also includes the additional applique design ‘Sit Long Talk Much’.

 

Tea cosy class sample

 

7  Bottle Carrier

 

(free tutorial available here)

 

 

Bottle Holder

 

If you like to take a bottle of wine round to a friend’s house, or to your favourite ‘BYO’ restaurant, then you might find this reusable bottle carrier a handy addition to your kitchen cupboard.

 

Bottle Holder

 

One fat quarter will make the whole carrier, but why not jazz it up with a contrast fabric!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed part 1 of my New Year Display Table roundup.

Do come back again for more kitchenalia tutorials and patterns in part 2.

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Teabag Wallet Tutorial


By Judith on January 7, 2019
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Teabag Wallet Tutorial

 

If you’re not a standard tea drinker, how about keeping a few of your favourite flavours in a portable and handy wallet!

 

Teabag Wallet Tutorial

 

This simple tutorial will have you ‘bagged’ up in no time!

(And a great little gift idea for a tea loving friend don’t you think!)

 

You will need:

Exterior: 1 x (5″ x 7″)

Lining: 1 x (5″ x 7″)

Pockets: 2 x (5″ x 7″)

Heavy Sew-in Vilene: 1 x (5″ x 7″)

505 Basting Spray

chalk pen or non-permanent fabric marker

elastic hair bobble

button

 

Method:

 

1 Spray baste the vilene to the wrong side of the lining.

 

 

2 Bring both long edges of each pockets wrong sides together and press.

 

 

3 Place the first pocket onto the right side of the lining, with the folded edge of the pocket positioned 1.5″ down from the top of the lining.

 

 

4 Sew along the bottom of the pocket 1/8″ from the raw edge and through all layers.

 

 

5 Place the last pocket on top, this time with the raw edge aligned with the bottom of the lining. Chalk a line through the centre as shown.

 

 

6 Sew along the chalk line, through all layers.

 

 

7 Machine tack a hair bobble just above the front pocket, on the right side. The loop of the elastic must face in towards the wallet.

 

 

8 Pin the exterior right sides together with the pocket section. Sew around all sides using 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a 2″ gap along the bottom edge.

 

 

9 Turn the wallet right sides out through the gap in the lining. Press under the raw edges of the gap.

 

 

10 Sew around all sides of the wallet using 1/8″ seam allowance, closing the gap as you go.

 

 

11 Press the wallet in half and sew a button onto the front and aligned with the elastic.

 

 

Fill up with your favourite teas and off you go!

 

Teabag Wallet Tutorial

 

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Another Necessary Clutch Wallet


By Judith on January 1, 2019
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My classes start back next week, and our class project this term is The Necessary Clutch Wallet by Emmaline Bags.

 

 

This is a great pattern, and with a little bag making experience, one can start to experiment a little with the design (you can read all about my first 2 wallets here).

 

Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project)

 

For my 3rd Necessary Clutch, I went for a stiffer interfacing in the flap, keeping the design simple to show off the Japanese fabrics ( Kimono by Makower).

 

Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project)

 

2 other additions to this clutch were the shoulder strap (instructions available here) making this more of a stylish evening bag,

 

Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project)

 

… and rivets instead of sewing the thicker sides (big thanks to Svetlana for this inspired idea!).

 

Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project)

 

I think is my new favourite Necessary Clutch!

 

Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project)

 

Now all I need is a little black dress and a handsome man to go with it (actually, forget the last part!!).

 

Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project)

 

There are still a few spaces available if you’d like to have a go at making this clutch, in a friendly and supported environment.  Just drop me an email at justjudedesigns@hotmail.co.uk.

 

Happy sewing!

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2018 Roundup & Happy New Year!


By Judith on December 31, 2018
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It’s the final few hours of 2018.  At the end of each year I like to do a little round-up of things I’ve made.

Understandably, the majority of my makes have centred around my classes.

The statistics are quite something (ah, so that’s why I’m so tired, wink, wink!!):

 

5 Class Projects:

(taught at 6 weekly classes, over 38 weeks)

2018 class projects

 

12 Saturday Workshops:

 

2018 Saturday workshops

 

11 Free Tutorials:

(available here)

2018 Tutorials

 

23 New Pattern Releases:

(available here)

2018 New Patterns

 

What an amazing year it has been, both inside the classroom and outside it!

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14

 

One of my professional highlights in 2018 was attending Patchwork in the Peaks Quilters Retreat, Morzine, France, as guest tutor.

 

And on a personal level, hosting a memory quilt party for my special friend’s 50th birthday in February was a wonderful day!

 

Shirleys Friendship Birthday Quilt

 

Helping 2 charities, Shared Threads and Flourish, launch their new sewing initiatives, both aimed at improving the lives of women, locally and internationally was (and continues to be) a pleasure and a privilege.

 

Shared Threads
Shared Threads Drawstring Bags

 

Among the many highs and lows that come in a year, I’m reminded of my ‘word for the year’ back in January ’18 – RHYTHM.

 

I set a word at the start of each year to give me a focus to my professional and life goals.

 

After a massive year of change in 2017, I feel I definitely achieved some rhythm, allowing life to settle some, and to get into my stride with the new classroom and home.

 

Of course there were still changes in 2018, some happy, some sad, some expected, some unexecpted; the normalcy of life demands it.

 

But amidst it all, I have much to be thankful for and am content to leave 2018 with a smile, and embrace the exciting new chapter that is 2019.

 

Come back soon to find out all about my word for 2019!

 

In the meantime ……

 

Happy New Year!

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A Flurry of Finishes!


By Judith on December 16, 2018
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My last class of 2018 finished last Thursday!

 

What a wonderful term (& year!) it was!  And I think, one of our most productive!

 

Here’s a little snapshot of some of the amazing makes my ladies have been beavering away at!

 

Christmas 18

 

There are many more amazing projects and gifts that will be bringing smiles to lots of faces this Christmas.

 

Let’s just say there will some truly blessed recipients out there!  My ladies are some of the most talented and generous people I know, and they have continued to inspire me all year!

 

For me, I plan to continue working on patterns, plans and projects for next year. But I will be taking a break over Christmas, to spend time with 2 of my girls, a little EPP, some reading and much needed rest!

 

 

 

Whatever you are planning over the next few weeks, I pray you will be happy and healthy!

 

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Saturday Workshops 2019


By Judith on December 7, 2018
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In classes this week I presented my 2019 (January-April) Saturday workshops.

They got a wonderful response, and I’m happy to share them with you here.

 

2019 Sat workshops jan-apr

 

So let me tell you a little more about what you can expect in each workshop:

 

FMQ Workshop

 

I’ve scheduled again my most popular workshop – Free Motion Quilting and Sketching.

 

In this workshop you get lots of practice time to learn at least 6 ‘beginner friendly’ free motion designs, fillers and how to quilt a cot size quilt.

 

The 2nd half of the day is all about Free Motion Sketching, where you can relax a little and have fun with this raw edge applique and writing technique.

 

 

Harriet cushion workshop

 

My cute friend ‘Harriet Hare’ (from my Woodland Friends quilt) makes her appearance in tweed!

 

Tweed is a favourite textile among many sewers, and mixed with pretty cottons and satin stitch applique, you have one gorgeous cushion!

 

(The pattern for Harriet Hare Cushion will be released after the workshop.)

 

Apron workshop

 

At our Apron workshop in March there will be 2 styles to choose from – the Japanese style ‘Cross-over’ apron and my ‘Apron in Jar’, a practical and stylish apron which folds into a decorated mason jar for gifting.

 

 

The pattern for the Apron in a Jar includes a child’s size template and will be released after the workshop.

 

Folksy Tea Cosy Workshop

 

We wrap up our first term of ‘Sewing Saturdays’ with some folksy tea cosies.

 

Bring your teapot along to this workshop, and we will have fun appliqueing a ‘made to measure’ cosy for your pot.

 

I will be posting more information about each workshop nearer the time.

 

Places are limited, so book early (waiting lists available if fully booked). Just drop me an email at justjudedesigns@hotmail.co.uk

 

Happy sewing!

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2019 Class Project: The Necessary Clutch Wallet


By Judith on December 1, 2018
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Happy December to you all!

 

We are on the final countdown to Christmas, and with only 2 more weeks of classes left, my attention has turned to the new class project for next term!

 

Necessary Clutch Wallet (Class Project Jan19)

 

This is the Necessary Clutch Wallet, by Emmaline Bags.

 

This is a well designed and written pattern, and I can think of many occasions when a stylish and compact little clutch would be perfect.

 

The Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project Jan19)

 

During this class project you will learn:

  • how to insert hardware (twist/turn locks, D-rings, swivel fobs)
  • how to make a zippered pocket
  • to use different interfacings for different parts of the clutch
  • how to vary the flap design
  • how to sew cork fabric
  • how to insert rivets

 

The Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project Jan19)

 

You will have the option of adding a wristlet or shoulder strap (not shown here) and also how to insert rivets into the bulky sides (still waiting on my rivets to arrive to show you my 3rd example!)

 

The Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project Jan19)

 

Rivets will replace the step where you sew down the thicker sides. If not using rivets here, I recommend a heavier thread and needle in your machine for this.

 

The Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project Jan19)

 

The many pockets and compartments in the wallet allow plenty of space for your essentials (phone, cards, money, passport, makeup etc.) while still folding up into a compact and easy to carry clutch.

 

The Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project Jan19)

 

The design of the flap is easily altered.  You can have fun with different fabric placement, or why not try on-trend cork fabric.

 

The Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project Jan19)

 

Cork fabric is vegan and harvested from the Cork Oak Tree. It is scratch resistant, stain resistant and water resistant, much more durable than leather (and easier to sew with too!).

 

There are 6 weeks in the next block of classes, plenty of time to get at least one Necessary Clutch Wallet made!

 

Further information about the requirements for this project (& what is available to purchase in class) will be emailed to all registrants, but you can purchase the actual pattern here.

 

Happy sewing!

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Inspiring Women


By Judith on November 23, 2018
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I’m so privileged to be surrounded by inspiring women!  My mum, my Grandmothers, my brilliant besties, not to mention my 3 amazing daughters who I’m ridiculously proud of!

 

My girls

 

And then there are all the lovely ladies who come to my classes.  I’m honoured to know some of their stories, struggles and triumphs!

 

Several weeks ago I had the most wonderful encounter with a lady I have long admired.

 

Rachel McBride Visual Artist

 

This is Rachel McBride, visual artist.  I first met Rachel several years ago at the Kings Hall, and immediately fell in love with her art.

 

Rachel McBride Visual Artist - 'Brush it Off'
‘Brush it Off’

 

 

Fast forward to November 2018, and I’m visiting Rachel’s newest exhibition in Newtownards entitled ‘At a Loss for Words’.

 

Rachel McBride Visual Artist - 'Moments of Clarity'
‘Moments of Clarity’

 

 

Oh my! Once again she took my breath away.  Rachel has an unbridled (and in my opinion unrivaled) talent for expressing depth of emotion through colour and texture.

 

Rachel McBride Visual Artist - 'A Picture says 100 Words'
‘A Picture says 100 Words’

 

5 years ago Rachel lost her speech for a short period of time and wrote these words:

“If someone cannot communicate and interact with others are they just ‘a being’ and at what point do they become invisible or unknown to society? A frightening and disturbing thought which ultimately forced me to consider my world without the ability to speak.”

 

Rachel McBride Visual Artist (Butterfly Kisses)
‘Butterfly Kisses’

 

Rachel was born with Cerebral Palsy and has had to overcome many hurdles in her life.

Every time I speak with her I’m overwhelmed by her positivity, strength and beauty.

 

Rachel McBride Visual Artist - 'Childhood'
‘Childhood’

 

Her pet hate is being seen as an inspiration, but it’s always the first adjective that comes to my mind when I read the extracts about each of her pieces, admiring the incredible vulnerability and vigor within each piece and knowing the limitations of her body which she fights against to live a fulfilling and boundless life.

 

Rachel McBride Visual Artist - 'Absolutely Floored'
‘Absolutely Floored’

 

I can whole-heartedly recommend you to Rachel’s (free) exhibition, which continues at Ards Arts Centre, Newtownards until the end of this month. And you can sometimes bump into her in the gorgeous coffee shop she owns with her husband called Haptik (the food is ‘out of this world’ awesome!).

 

And you can read a great write-up about her in the Irish Times here.

 

What amazingly creative talent we have here on our wee island!

Let’s keep celebrating our local, inspiring women!

 

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Christmas Baubles Roundup


By Judith on November 20, 2018
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Last week in classes I gave a little run down on all the Christmas ornaments hanging on my decorative tree!

 

Christmas Baubles

 

Most of them are free tutorials I’ve either found on Pinterest or written myself.

 

I thought you might like to take part in our little Christmas Baubles club too!  So here are all the links!

 

Zippy Baubles Pouches

(great for gifting money or vouchers)

Free tutorial available here – simply adapt the ‘egg’ shape into a circle

 

Bauble Zippy pouches

 

Stitchy Trees

Free tutorial available here

 

Stitchy Christmas Trees

 

Christmas Cornets

Free tutorial here – switch the Easter fabrics for Christmas fabrics & add a bell!

 

Christmas Baubles

 

Mini Hoops

No tutorial but lots of free inspiration and ideas on Pinterest (search for Christmas mini hoops)

 

Christmas Baubles

 

‘Oh My Eye’ Birds

(2 sizes)

Pattern available here

 

Christmas Baubles

Christmas Baubles

 

Star Pentagon Decoration

Free pattern available here

 

Christmas Baubles

 

Faux Cathedral Windows Decoration

Free pattern available here

 

Christmas Baubles

 

 

So that’s my Christmas baubles roundup (my  little tree is completely full!).

I hope you enjoy making sweet gifts and decorations this year!

 

Happy sewing!

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Scandi Christmas Stocking Workshop


By Judith on November 17, 2018
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Today we had the most festive fun making Scandi Christmas Stockings.

 

Scandi Stocking Workshop Nov18

 

At one stage the classroom looked like a massacre in a fabric factory, but boy what results!

 

Scandi Stocking Workshop Nov18

(Apologies to one of my ladies whose stocking I forgot to photograph!)

 

Aren’t they fabulous!

And everyone went home with a completely finished stocking! Win, win!

 

Well done everyone!

 

If you fancy making your own Scandi Stocking, you can find the pattern here.  (A dyslexic friendly version of the pattern is available here.)

 

 

I also have a few kits left from today, listed here. Each kit includes everything you need to make the stocking (pattern incl).

 

Happy sewing!

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Stitchy Christmas Tree Tutorial


By Judith on November 14, 2018
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It’s all about the festive makes at the moment at Just Jude Designs!

 

So I thought I’d bring you a fun and easy little Christmas tutorial to get you in the festive spirit!

 

Stitchy Tree Tutorial

 

For 1 Tree You will need:

2 x (5″ wide x 6″ tall) pieces of background fabric

2 x (5″ wide x 6″ tall) pieces of heavy weight sew-in vilene

2 x (4.5″ wide x 5.5″ tall) thin card

Green, red and gold/yellow threads

Thread to match background fabric

1″ x 2″ wide ribbon (trunk)

4″ length of narrow ribbon

Hand sewing needle

Non-permanent fabric marker

 

Method:

1 Cut the card into an isosceles triangle – draw a line from each bottom corner to the middle of the top edge. Cut away the sides.

 

 

2 Place the vilene behind the background fabric (I use a little basting spray here).  On the vilene, I centred and drew around the card triangle as a guideline for stitching.

 

 

3 From the right side, draw 1″ lines across the background fabric using a non-permanent fabric pen.

 

 

4 Select a decorative stitch on your machine and sew along one of the lines.

 

5 Continue sewing decorative stitches along all the lines (for the lines near the top of the tree you only need to sew 0.5″ wider than the triangle marking).

 

 

6 Now sew decorative stitches in lines between the ones already sewn. Repeat steps 2-6 for the other background piece.

 

7 Cut out a generous 1/4″ wider than the triangle.

 

 

8 Pin the triangle card to the wrong side of one of the pieces. Using the English Paper Piecing (EPP) method, wrap the edges around the card and hand tack in place.

 

 

9 From the right side, machine stitch around the edges 1/8″ from the edge. At the bottom edge of the tree, catch the folded ‘trunk’ ribbon as you sew past. Remove the tacking stitches & leave in the card.

 

 

10 Hand tack a ribbon loop to the top of the tree (inside edge).

 

 

11 EPP & top stitch the remaining card triangle to the other stitched piece in the same way as before. Remove the tacking stitches & leave in the card.

 

12 Bring the 2 trees wrong sides together and whip stitch (by hand) the 2 trees together.

 

 

Hang up and admire!

 

 

Happy stitching!

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New Patterns (& Discount!)


By Judith on November 7, 2018
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Well the 1 year celebrations are over, so it’s back to class prep, pattern writing and sample making!

 

Some of you have availed of my online pattern shop discount code BIRTHDAY1.  I hope you enjoy making the projects.

 

However, there were a few glitches with the discount code which I’m pleased to say are now fixed!  Apologies, and thank you for your patience.

 

So if you didn’t manage to use the code first time around, I’m extending my discount offer, so please feel free! The code will expire this Saturday, 10th November.

 

And if you need a little tempting, let me show you some of my recently listed patterns!

 

‘Dotti’ Denim Pouch

(pattern available here)

 

Dotti Denim Pouch (new pattern)

 

Festive Stars Table Runner

(pattern available here)

 

Christmas Table Runner Class sample

 

Gingerbread Men Garland

(pattern available here)

 

Gingerbread Men Garland (new pattern)

 

Hot Water Bottle Cover

(pattern available here)

 

Hot Water Bottle Cover Pattern

 

And there are many more patterns and Christmas gift ideas for you to choose from!

 

Happy sewing!

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Happy 1st Birthday!


By Judith on November 1, 2018
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Exactly 1 year ago today I signed the contract and got the keys to my classroom in this stunning converted Victorian Linen Mill in Belfast!

 

Conway Mill

 

After teaching in various places for more than 10 years, it was lovely to step into a bright a spacious room, which I knew would meet all our classroom needs.

 

Scrap busting Saturday Aug18

 

The room takes 12 students per class, and we also have 5 separate cutting tables and 4 ironing stations.

 

The ‘Basting Bay’ gives the ladies room to spray baste their quilts, and the design wall facilitates the laying out of blocks and quilt design.

 

Toiletry Travel Bag Workshop June18

 

The ‘Tea/coffee’ making station is an essential feature (no mini-bar yet!) and I even have room for a themed display table and a small haberdashery and pattern shop.

 

Conway Mill/QN Designer Feature

 

I teach 6 weekly classes and monthly Saturday workshops from September to June, with a slightly different programme over the summer months.

 

Take Wing Butterfly Class Feb18

 

Since I started the classes in January ’18, we have had a total of 203 weekly classes, 11 Saturday workshops, 1 50th birthday party and several charity sewing days!

 

Phew!  What a brilliant year!

 

And to celebrate my first birthday in Conway Mill, we not only have chocolates in class, I’m also discounting all my online patterns by 50%.  Just use the coupon code BIRTHDAY1 at the checkout (one use only).

 

Thank you to everyone for making this new venture an exciting and fulfilling one!  I can’t wait to see what 2019 brings!

 

Happy sewing!

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Christmas Table Display: Part 2


By Judith on October 31, 2018
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Welcome back to part 2 of my Christmas Table Display! (part 1 available here)

 

Christmas Table Display 18

 

I’ve had great reactions to my Christmas display in my classes this week.

I hope you enjoy reading about them too!

 

6 Festive Stars Table Runner

(pattern available here)

 

Christmas Table Runner Class sample

 

This is one of my newest patterns available for general release!

 

It is a ‘charm pack friendly’ project, but the pattern also includes yardage quantities to make the runner  in 3 feature fabrics.

 

I’ve seen my runner made in non-Christmas fabrics (I love seeing different interpretations of the same pattern!), and I have this variation done in Retro 30’s prints hanging up in class.

 

Economy Stars Table Runner

 

7 Christmas Gift Bags

(free tutorial available here)

 

Christmas gift bags tutorial

 

This is another ‘Eco Friendly’ way to ‘gift wrap’ a smaller present. Waaaaay nicer than paper which gets torn up and thrown away!

 

I’ve made so many of these easy peasy bags, housing sweet jams or chutneys, sumptuous bubble baths and creams or decadent chocolates and liqueurs!

 

Drawstring Gift Bag

 

So if you want to ‘upgrade’ a small gift into a ‘wow’ gift, give my drawstring gift bags a try!

 

8 Zippered Bauble Pouches

(free tutorial available here)

 

Bauble Zippy pouches

 

The link above is to the Easter Egg version of these pouches, but simply draw a circle instead of an egg and follow the same tutorial.

 

If you know someone who prefers money or gift vouchers (or diamonds!) pop them into this compact pouch.  The addition of a key-fob attachment turns it into a useful little coin purse!

 

Christmas Bauble pouch

 

Then hang them on the tree, or stuff into stockings and wait for the smiles!

 

9 Christmas Coasters

(no pattern available)

 

Christmas coasters

 

These 5″ Christmas themed coasters are made using the foundation paper piecing method and are great for using up small Christmas scraps!

 

Christmas coasters

 

I first saw them here, but the link to the maker’s website is no longer available.

 

However, if you are attending my classes, I can easily take you through the making of these!

 

10 Christmas Cracker Tree Skirt

(pattern available here)

 

Christmas Cracker Tree Skirt (class project)

 

This fun tree skirt forms part of our class project this term.

 

The pattern is by my talented quilty friend, Reene, and you can read more about this project here.

 

Well I hope my Christmas table display and projects has fueled your Christmas inspiration and motivation!

 

With less than 8 weeks to go til the big day, I guess we’d better get our sewing machine ‘skates’ on!

 

Happy sewing!

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Christmas Table Display: Part 1


By Judith on October 29, 2018
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My new block of classes started back this week, and I have a few surprises in store for my ladies!

 

The first surprise is the change to my table display.

 

Christmas Table Display 18

 

Not hard to guess what theme I’m going for here!

 

This is the first of 2 posts that will take you through most of the items on display, giving you links to patterns and tutorials along the way!

 

So let’s get started!

 

1 Scandi Stocking

(pattern available here)

(Dyslexic friendly pattern available here)

 

Scandi Stocking Dec Issue Sewing World Magazine

 

My Scandi Stocking pattern was first published in Sewing World magazine several years ago.

 

It combines one of my favourite fabrics, Essex Yarn Dyed Linen, with Makower’s gorgeous Scandi Christmas fabrics.

 

Scandi applique

 

A little fussy cutting and simple applique add manageable and fun stages to this project.

 

Which is why I decided to run it as a Saturday workshop, on 17th November. (Full kits are available for those attending the workshop, but any leftover kits will be offered out!).

 

Only 1 place left on the workshop – get in touch if you would like to join us for some festive fun!

 

2 Mini Christmas Stockings

(free tutorial available here)

 

Christmas Stocking Workshop Dec12

 

If you have a small present to gift why not pop it into a cute mini stocking!

 

Stockings for Fabric Yard

 

These mini projects are great for using up scraps, leftover jellyroll or binding strips. And you can patchwork & quilt them anyway you like!

 

3 Dresden Coasters

(pattern available here)

 

EPP Dresden Christmas Coasters

 

If you fancy a little hand sewing in your Christmas crafting, how about some Dresden coasters.  The blades are English Paper Pieced for accuracy, and the rest is done on the machine.

 

EPP Dresden Christmas Coasters

 

Again, these made their debut in Sewing World  magazine. I used more Essex Linen here, this time Black, with a few leftover Christmas 5″ charm squares.

 

EPP Dresden Christmas Coasters

 

Of course you could make these anytime of the year, making the dresden blades in non-Christmas fabrics.

 

4 Robin Cushion

(Pattern available here)

 

Christmas Robin Cushion pattern

 

This cute fellow first appeared in Pretty Patches magazine, and has been a big hit ever since!

He is a mixed textile cushion, making him super tactile and cuddly!

If you like mixing in a little tweed, wool or linen with your cottons, then you will love making this Rockin’ Robin!

 

Christmas Robin Cushion for Pretty Patches (Dec16)

 

I have used satin stitch applique here, but you could easily use raw edge applique or blanket stitch applique (more guidelines on machine applique here).

 

5 Christmas Baubles Cushions

(pattern to come)

 

Christmas Baubles Cushions

 

I first made a Christmas Baubles cushion for a Brit Bee friend as part of a secret santa cushion swap several years ago!

These are great fun to make because there is no end to the ‘style’ of bauble you can have.

And you can let your creative ‘quilting’ juices flow too when it comes to the quilting.

One day I will get around to writing a pattern for these cushions – it’s on the long list!

 

So that’s the end of part 1!

Tune in again for part 2 and my 2nd surprise reveal!

Happy sewing!

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Class Project: Christmas Tree Skirt


By Judith on October 23, 2018
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Next week starts a new block of classes, the last block of 2018!!

In this final term, our attention will turn towards preparations for Christmas!

 

xmas tree skirts (class project)

 

Following several requests for a Christmas Tree Skirt, I’ve curated a selection of patterns which my ladies can choose from.

 

I don’t have time to make all of these wonderful examples, but I did make this one!

 

Christmas Cracker Tree Skirt (class project)

 

This cracker themed tree skirt was originally designed by my lovely quilty friend Reene of Nellies Niceties.

 

I have never used a tree skirt around my Christmas tree before, but as soon as Reene released her free pattern, I pinned it and knew one day I would make it!

 

Christmas Cracker Tree Skirt (class project)

 

While Reene’s instructions are on how to make the top only, they are really clear and the easy piecing means it works up really quickly!

 

This tree skirt is a good size, but if you needed a smaller one, simply omit one or two crackers until you have your desired size.

 

Christmas Cracker Tree Skirt (class project)

 

I had fun quilting this ‘skirt’ using my quilting bar, and decided to finish the opening with buttons and hair bobbles!

 

This was a fun venture into my first Christmas Tree Skirt! And I’m looking forward to seeing many more tree skirts over the next few weeks!

 

And we’ll also have lots more tutorials and inspiration for your Christmas gift and decorating ideas!

 

So if you would like to join in the Christmas fun, spaces are still available across all 6 classes.  Give me a shout if you would like to book a spot!

 

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Twin Needling Roundup


By Judith on October 19, 2018
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This week rounds up the end of my current block of classes where we’ve been learning about twin needle quilting.

 

 

My ladies had several patterns to choose from, and as always, they completely rose to the challenge of a new technique

 

Just check out these amazing results!

 

Mosaic Cushion

(pattern available here):

 

Twin Needling (Mosaic cushion) class

 

 

Mackintosh Flower Cushion

(pattern available here):

 

Twin Needling (Mackintosh Flower Cushion) class

 

 

Applique Denim Bag

(pattern available here):

 

Twin Needling (Denim Applique Bag) class

 

 

Mackintosh Rose Wallhanging

(pattern to come):

 

Twin Needling (Mackintosh Rose Wallhanging) class

 

 

Aren’t they fabulous!

 

I’m so proud of all my ladies, not just those who tackle the class project, but also those who work continuously on their generous gift making, charitable fund raisers, sharing inspiring new projects and continuing to fuel and feed their creativity.

 

And I get to call this my day job!! #lovemyjob

 

We are taking a one week break, and when we return it will be the last block of classes of 2018!

 

Tune in again soon to find out what our new class project will be.

 

Happy sewing!

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Chenille Workshop


By Judith on October 14, 2018
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Yesterday was my Chenille Workshop, and I’ve been beavering away this past week getting samples ready.

 

Chenille Workshop

 

My ladies learned how to make a fluffy, tactile texture in their fabrics, and turn it into a snuggly cushion or a soft and useful bathmat.

 

Chenille quilted bath mat

 

We learned about how cutting across the bias can create a very different effect from cutting in line with the warp and weft (straight grain).

 

Denim Chenille Pouch (class sample)

 

And how some fabrics will fray better than others, and where some will reveal little surprises after washing and drying (a frayed selvage will give a clue to secondary coloured threads).

 

Chenille Waves Pouch (class sample)

 

The best way to chenille fabric is to cut across the bias, but that in no way limits the different effects you can achieve.

 

Check out some of these examples:

 

Grids:

 

Chenille Class samples

 

Curves:

 

Chenille Waves Pouch (class sample)

 

Pintucks:

 

Chenille Tucks Pouch (class sample)

 

Layered Shapes:

 

Chenille class sample

 

Applique Bias Strips:

 

Chenille Class samples
Chenille Class samples

 

You don’t need any special equipment for this technique.  The clever peeps at Olfa have made the Chenille cutter, but you can get the same results from sharp scissors (recommended for smaller projects).

 

 

And if you don’t have a Chenille brush to help with the fluffing-up, just use a regular hairbrush (the washing and tumble drying are usually sufficient, but brushing the chenille can help with those fabrics that are a little more fray resistant!).

 

So huge well done to my ladies for a great day’s work sewing and chenilling (& chatting too!).

 

And if you haven’t tried chenilling yet, why not give it a whirl! You’ll be pleasantly surprised!

 

Happy chenilling!

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50th Birthday Quilt


By Judith on October 6, 2018
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Waaaaaaaay back, in February, I facilitated a very good friend’s special birthday request!

 

50th Birthday Sew-In at the Mill

 

16 friends squished into my classroom, each of them charged with making a patchwork block about their dear friend.

 

Shirley has been a nurse, midwife, missionary and lecturer. She is one of the most generous, caring and just people I know and I feel truly privileged and blessed to call her ‘friend’ these past 21 years.

 

It took a wee while for a few postal blocks to come in, and then I set to work, finishing up the sketching details and chosen texts, as well as assembling and quilting the quilt.

 

Shirley's Friendship Birthday Quilt

 

And then the final handover happened last week (took a while to get us both in the same country at the same time!).

 

Shirleys Friendship Birthday Quilt

 

 

I’ve made a little mosaic of the individual blocks so you can see more of the details (I promise they aren’t as curvy as they seem here – I took pictures of them while the quilt was on the line! It was windy!)

 

Shirleys Friendship Quilt blocks

 

There is so much thought, love and creativity in all of these blocks, a moving tribute to our funny, coffee loving, brilliant friend!

 

Shirley and me

 

Even though I had already gifted Shirley a quilt for her birthday back in February (read more about this quilt and the sew-in here), I wanted to contribute a block to her Friendship Quilt.

 

And here it is….

 

Shirley's Friendship Birthday quilt

 

That’s Shirley in the middle (portraits were never my strong suit!) between me on the left (I told you portraits weren’t my strong suit!) and Rosie (amazingly this actually looks like Rosie!). We first met 21 years ago at Bible College, and are the self named ‘Breakfast Club’ (we still meet once a month for breakfast, coffee and catch-up!).

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about this very special quilt and its very special recipient!

 

Happy sewing!

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Infinity Scarf Tutorial


By Judith on September 28, 2018
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My 5 minute demo in class this month was how to make these super easy infinity scarfs.

 

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You can use anything between 1 and 4 pieces of fabric for your scarf.

 

Infinity Scarfs

 

The sumptuous softness of Art Gallery fabrics  or Liberty Lawns work particularly well, but you can also use quilting cotton, or for a more cosy scarf, try brushed cotton or snuggly fleece.

 

Would you like to know how to make them? My tutorial shows you how to make a scarf from 4 fabrics.

 

Infinity scarf tutorial

 

You will need:

Scarf made from 1 fabric: 1 x (20″ x 60″) or

Scarf made from 2 fabrics: 2 x (10.5″ x 60″) or

Scarf made from 3 fabrics: 2 x (10.5″ x 30″) & 1 x (10.5″ x 60″) or

Scarf made from 4 fabrics: 4 x (10.5″ x 30″)

3 metres mini pom pom trim (optional)

Adjustable zipper foot

 

Use 1/4″ seam allowance

 

1  Sew 2 panels right sides together  along the short edges. Press the seam open.  Repeat for the other 2 panels.

 

 

2 On the right side of one of the pairs, pin and machine tack 2 x 60″ lengths of mini pom pom trim down both long sides. The pom poms should be facing away from the outer edges.  I used my zipper foot for this part so I could sew past the pom poms.

 

 

3 Place both paired panels right sides together and sew down both long sides.  Again, I used my zipper foot here.

 

 

4 Turn the scarf right side out.

 

5  Iron under the raw edges of one short end by 1/4″.

 

 

6  Take the other short end and twist the scarf once before tucking it into the ironed under short end.

 

 

7 Even out the short ends, pin and sew them together, 1/8″ from the folded edge. You are only sewing through the 2 short ends here.

 

 

And there you have it!  A beautifully soft infinity scarf.

 

Infinity Scarfs

 

You can of course lengthen and widen the measurements here to suit your needs or style!

 

Have fun making these versatile and practical scarves. But be warned!

 

EVERYONE will want one!!!

 

Happy sewing!

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Patchwork in the Peaks 14: Part 2


By Judith on September 26, 2018
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I promised to check in again and tell you about my makes at Patchwork in the Peaks (though they pale into insignificance compared to the fabulous makes of my fellow sewers).

 

Not fully understanding the brief of the weekend, I arrived with no personal projects to work on! Doh!

 

However, Elita has a very healthy ‘scraps stack’ which she generously makes available to all at Peaks.

 

So with that in mind, I rustled up a sizeable ‘Quilt As You Go’ pouch.

 

QAYG Pouch (Peaks14)

 

I always find that other people’s scraps are much more interesting than my own, so it was fun rustling through the scrap boxes for this project.

 

QAYG Pouch (Peaks14)
Thank you to Margie for donating the yellow tassel!

 

One of the ‘games’ we played at the weekend was a ‘Roll the Dice Fat Quarter swap’.

 

It’s much too long winded for me to try and explain how it works, but the essence of the game is that you bring 3 fat quarters to the table and after much hilarity, competitive threats (of the lighthearted kind of course!!) and fast hand action, you end up with 3 different fat quarters!

 

QAYG Pouch (Peaks14)

 

One such fat quarter is the glorious yellow that I used for the lining of my pouch!

 

Aaaahhhhh! Sunshine in a pouch!

 

Following my Denim Applique Bag workshop, there was a nice little pile of offcuts and discarded denim bits.

 

Denim Pouch (Peaks14)

 

So in keeping with the denim/upcycling theme, I made another zippy pouch (a girl can never have too many pouches, right?!).

 

Denim Pouch (Peaks14)

 

A little ‘Aurifil’ decorative stitching and feature tabs, loops and labels add the perfect finishing touches.

 

Denim Pouch (Peaks14)

 

Another of my ‘fat quarter swaps’ made it as the perfect pouch lining!

 

Denim Pouch (Peaks14)

 

On Saturday evening we shared our ‘Secret Sister’ gifts (surprise, anonymous gifts left for each person throughout the weekend) and then Gina presented the ‘Mystery Make’.

 

This is a fun, quick make in keeping with the theme of the weekend. Several little jeans legs were made available with a finished sample of the cutest wee fabric bucket!  So we set to it and in no time at all, a family of re-purposed fabric buckets appeared! (see pics in previous post)

 

Repurposed Denim thread catcher (Peaks 14)

 

Despite the flowers being upside down (!!) I’m going to use mine as a purposeful little thread catcher.

 

And last but not least, another rummage in the scraps box and my heart started to flutter as I discovered some adorable vintage vibe browns!

 

Vintage Brown Log Cabins (Peaks 14)

 

Now I appreciate brown is not a universally loved fabric colour, and there are some browns I just can’t do.

 

But on my bucket list of makes is a vintage brown quilt (I have a secret hoard of brown vintage fabrics in my loft!). So I grasped the nettle and started making log cabin blocks, with no other plan in mind than to enjoy the browns and worry about a design much later!

 

Vintage Brown Log Cabins (Peaks 14)

 

So considering I arrived at Peaks with no fabric or sewing equipment, I did pretty well don’t you think?

 

Thanks for tuning in!

 

Happy sewing!

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Patchwork in the Peaks 14: Part 1


By Judith on September 24, 2018
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So I’m back from my adventures abroad (eventually!), and what a fabulous few days it was!

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14

 

Of course the surroundings were completely spectacular, and my photos simply don’t do justice to the beautiful part of the world that is Morzine, France.

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14
Patchwork in the Peaks 14

 

But despite gloriously warm temperatures and the clear blue Alpine air, nothing would tempt 8 serious sewers from their missional weekend.

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14

Patchwork in the Peaks 14
Patchwork in the Peaks 14

 

As a guest tutor I was teaching my Denim Applique Bag, and you can see their fabulous results here (don’t get distracted by the awesome backdrop!).

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14

 

For most of the ladies, this was their first time using a twin needle and fusible bias as a decorative quilting technique.

 

The re-purposing fervour continued throughout the weekend, with more bags, baskets, pouches and cushions being produced.

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14

Patchwork in the Peaks 14

 

Of course there were many other projects being worked on too (yes we did sleep and eat during the retreat!).  Each finish was collectively celebrated with the special ‘gong’ of a bell!

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14

 

Elita and Gina work hard at making this bi-annual retreat a fun, productive and inspiring experience for all who attend.

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14
L-R: Elita, me, Gina

Everyone was so warm, welcoming and sociable (not to mention hilariously funny!).

 

I would highly recommend Patchwork in the Peaks for anyone who enjoys getting away from it all for some dedicated time to quilt, sew, chat, laugh and relax (there’s even a hot tub!).

 

You can read more about Elita’s Alpine Retreats and the other services she provides here.

 

I did manage a few little makes myself – tune in again for a round-up on my Alpine finishes!

 

Happy sewing!

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Tweed Applique Bag


By Judith on September 19, 2018
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Well ‘Storm Ali’ has made herself known here today!

 

Lots of trees down and debris scattered everywhere.

 

Thankfully no loss of power where I live, and I’m also thankful I’m flying to Patchwork in the Peaks (Morzine, France) tomorrow and not today!

 

Denim applique bag

 

As you know I’ll be teaching my Denim Applique bag pattern at the retreat (pattern available here), and in keeping with the ‘repurposing textiles’ theme, I’ve made a tweed version to take with me.

 

Tweed Applique Bag

 

I veered off the pattern slightly, frugally using the size of tweed pieces that I had, rather than chopping them up to the sizes of the denim pattern pieces.

 

Tweed Applique Bag

 

I love the Autumnal feel to this bag, so tactile with all those textures from the tweeds, applique and twin needling!

 

Tweed Applique Bag

 

I went for a Tilda lining  to connect the soft green tones in the tweed leaves and panels.

 

Tweed Applique Bag

 

So as Autumn well and truly blows in here, I have the perfect bag for the season!

 

Tweed Applique Bag

 

And I’ll tell you all about Patchwork in the Peaks when I get back!

Happy sewing!

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Autumn Table Projects Part 2


By Judith on September 12, 2018
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Hello there!

 

As promised, I’m back to tell you about the rest of the projects on my Autumn Table!

 

Autumn18 Table Display

 

(you can read all about projects 1-5 here)

 

6. Denim Washbag:

 

Denim Washbag

 

My love of repurposing denim gets everywhere!

 

Unfortunately I don’t have a pattern written up yet for this project, but I’m currently working on a new Denim Pouch Bag, so stay tuned for new ways to upcycle your denim.

 

7. Stacked Coins Cushion

(pattern available here)

 

Scrappy Stacked Coins Cushion

 

I had so much fun making this cushion for my Scrap Busting Saturday last month.

 

Scrappy Stacked Coins Cushion

 

I have soooooooo many scraps I was able to ‘stack my coins’ into 10 colourways, 5 in the front and 5 in the back!

 

Scrappy Stacked Coins Cushion

 

The pattern includes a nifty step by step guide on how to put a zipper into your cushion.

 

Scrappy Stacked Coins cushion

 

And don’t worry if you don’t have as many ‘organised’ scraps as me, you can go completely random and throw everything (and the kitchen sink!) in!

 

8. Zippy pouches

(Easy Peasy Pouch pattern available here)

 

Easy Peasy Zippered Pouch Workshop

 

(Gracie Pouch pattern available here)

 

The Gracie Pouch Workshop

 

Another successful workshop last month was my Zippy Pouches day!

 

This was all about conquering the ‘fear of the zipper’, and adding more fabulous gift making ideas to the repertoire!

 

Easy Peasy Zippered Pouch Workshop

 

The Easy Peasy Pouch is a great beginner friendly pattern on which to cut your zippy teeth on (2 sizes available)!

 

The Gracie Pouch Workshop

 

And if you’re feeling a little more adventurous, try the roomy Gracie Pouch (also available in 2 sizes).

 

9. Tissue Box Covers

(free tutorial available here)

 

Tissue Box Cover Tutorial

 

Aren’t these much better looking than cardboard tissue boxes!

 

Tissue Box Cover Tutorial

 

And the great thing about this tutorial is you can cover any size box, with my handy ‘made to measure’ table!

 

10. Hot Water Bottle Cover

(pattern available here)

 

Hot Water Bottle Cover Pattern

 

As temperatures are cooling, how cosy would it be to snuggle up in the evening with a soothing hot water bottle and a great read.

 

Hot Water Bottle Cover Pattern

 

This cover fits a standard size hot water bottle, and if you line it with Insul Bright heat resistant wadding, your bottle stays warmer for longer!

 

And a great gift idea, don’t you think!

 

So there we have it!  My Autumn Table Roundup full of ideas and inspiration this new season.

 

Thank you for tuning in!

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Rope Bowl Workshop 2


By Judith on September 10, 2018
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Last Saturday was my 2nd Rope Bowl Workshop.

 

 

And I’m pleased to say this lot were just as productive as my first group of ladies!!

 

Rope Bowl Workshop2

Rope Bowl Workshop2

 

Once again the feedback from this workshop was a resounding success!

 

It gives me so much pleasure seeing proudly smiling faces going home with beautiful creations tucked under arms and invigorated inspiration for many future gifts!

 

Rope Bowl Workshop2

 

Well done ladies!

 

Interest and enquiries for this workshop continue to grow, so I will be sure to schedule more in next year!

 

Happy sewing!

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Autumn Table Projects Part 1


By Judith on September 6, 2018
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Hello there!

And hello September!

 

September sees the start of my Autumn term of classes, and an introduction to twin needling with fusible bias tape.

 

And in celebration of the start of meteorological Autumn, let me show you my new table display, full of ideas, patterns and tutorials to inspire you to get creative this season!

 

Autumn18 Table Display

 

1: French Braid Handbag

(Pattern available here)

 

Scrappy French Braid Bag (workshop)

 

I designed this bag for my Scrap Buster Saturday, back in early August.

I organised my scraps into 3 colourways – lots of strips of varying widths, and at least 7″ long.

The French Braid technique is so easy and in no time at all you have the panels made.  Quilting them onto Bosal Flex Foam gives the bag lovely structure.

2: Denim Messenger Bag

(pattern coming soon)

Messenger bags are great for all ages!  Kids at school, professionals needing a laptop bag, or how about a ‘man bag’.

 

Messenger Bag (Pretty Patches June16)

 

The pattern for this bag was originally published in Pretty Patches magazine a few years ago.  I’m hoping to get the pattern reformatted for general sale soon.

 

You can see I’ve had a little fun with the flap section of the bag in other versions of this pattern!

 

Bethany's Messenger Bag 009

messenger bag 007

Messenger bag commission

 

3: ‘Quilt As You Go’ Shopping Bag

(Pattern available here)

 

 

This is a roomy bag which will put a dent in some of your scraps!

 

The ‘quilt as you go’ technique is great fun, and the condense quilting adds strength and structure too.

 

4: Rope Bowls

Rope Bowls Workshop

I’m teaching how to make these stylish and versatile bowls at my Saturday workshops.

 

The first workshop was a hit, and a very productive day!

 

Rope Bowls Workshop Aug18

 

The next Rope Bowls workshop is this Saturday.  Again it is fully booked, but I will be running this one again in the new year (keep your eyes and ears open!).

 

5: Chenille (Cushion or Bath mat)

(Cushion pattern available here)

 

Chenille

 

On the table you can see a Chenille mat, and the Chenille Heart Cushion in the background.

 

Chenilling is such a fun quilting technique, and totally beginner friendly.

 

Chenille class sample

 

I’m hosting a Chenille workshop on Saturday 13th October, where you can make either a bath mat or my heart cushion (places still available at time of writing).

Chenille quilted bath mat

 

So that’s part 1 of my Autumn Table roundup.

 

Tune in later this week for more project inspiration!

 

Happy sewing!

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Saturday Workshops: Sept-Dec’18


By Judith on August 26, 2018
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Hello everyone!

Just checking in to tell you about some exciting new workshops coming up this term.

 

sept-dec18 workshops

 

Saturday 8th September: Rope Bowls II

(fully booked – waiting list available)

 

My first Rope Bowls workshop booked up in double quick time, so I set a 2nd date! (you can read all about the first workshop here.)

 

 

 

15th September: Free Motion Quilting/Sketching

(fully booked – waiting list available)

 

FMQ workshop

 

Yesterday was the first of 2 FMQ workshops.

 

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My ladies worked hard at 6 different FMQ designs, fillers, small and large samples, and tried their hand at a little sketching too! (I bet they all slept well last night!).

 

FMQ

 

This is my most requested workshop, and as it booked up in 2 days(!!) it was only fair I put on a 2nd date!

 

Don’t worry if you haven’t managed to get onto one of these workshops.  I’ll be running this one again next year.

 

13th October: Chenille (Bath Mat or Cushion)

(places available)

 

 

Chenille Workshop Oct18

 

In quilting, the term ‘Chenille’ refers to a texture achieved through sewing and cutting through several layers of fabric. When washed and dried, the raw edges of the cuts ‘fluff up’ creating a wonderfully tactile texture. This new ‘fabric’ can then be turned into a wide range of items.

 

In this workshop you can choose to make a fluffy bath mat, or a snuggly cushion.

 

17th November: Scandi Christmas Stocking

(places available)

 

Scandi xmas stocking workshop

 

Getting ready for Christmas and Christmas gift-making is always popular among quilters.

 

My Scandi Christmas Stocking incorporates a little fun applique and it is fully lined, so it will stand the test of time year after year!

 

I’m now stocking the latest collection of Makower  Red Scandi Christmas prints in my classroom, as well as my usual stocks of Essex Yarn Dyed Linen, and I’m hoping to have kits available for the workshop.

 

8th December: Gingerbread Men Garland

(places available)

 

Gingerbread Men Garland workshop

 

 

How cute would these decorated felt Gingerbread Men look adorning your Christmas themed fireplace!

 

Gingerbread Men Gardland (Popular Patchwork Dec17)

 

This workshop will combined some relaxing hand sewing and embellishing with a little machine work.

 

A great gift for gingerbread men lovers everywhere!

 

So there you have it! A round-up of fun ways to spend a Saturday!

 

If you see anything here you fancy, just drop me an email at justjudedesigns@hotmail.co.uk

 

Happy sewing!

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Tissue Box Cover Tutorial


By Judith on August 20, 2018
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It’s about time I posted another tutorial here, don’t you think?

 

Tissue Box Cover Tutorial

 

Before all the sniffles and colds get going, how about pretty, quilted tissue box covers.  I’d much rather see pretty fabric sitting in my room, than a functional cardboard box!

 

Tissue Box Cover Tutorial

 

And this tutorial will explain how to cover a box of any size, so let’s get started!

 

You Will Need:

 

Exterior Fabric

Lining Fabric

Wadding

Heavy Sew-In Vilene

Non-permanent fabric marker

Cardboard or template plastic

 

Measure your box:

 

Tissue Box Cover Tutorial

 

Take measurements A (short side), B (long side) and C (top).  Then add 3/4″ (0.75″) to each measurement (1/2″ for seam allowances, 1/4″ for ease) to get the cutting out sizes.

 

You can see my measurements in the example below:

 

Tissue Box Cover Tutorial

 

Cutting Out:

 

So now that you have the cutting out measurements you can either ….

 

apply all measurements to your exterior fabrics, lining fabric, wadding and heavy sew-in vilene

 

Tissue Box Cover Tutorial

 

OR

 

instead of cutting out the sides, cut and baste an 11″ x 12″ piece of exterior fabric, wadding and sew-in vilene.  Once quilted, this is big enough to cut out all 4 sides.

 

 

You will also need this template for the openings.  I use the larger shape for rectangular boxes and the smaller shape for cube boxes.  Cut out the openings and transfer them to card or template plastic.

 

Make It:

 

Use 1/4″ seams

 

1  If you haven’t already done so, spray baste the exterior fabrics, wadding and vilene together.

 

2 Quilt as desired (I marked and quilted a 1.5″ diagonal grid, see photo above).

 

 

3 Pin an exterior short side (A) right sides together with the exterior top (C). With a pen, mark 1/4″ in from each corner on the short side (wrong side).

 

 

4 Sew from marker to marker, starting and finishing with a reverse stitch. Repeat for the other short side.

 

 

5 Press the short ends out before attaching the long sides in the same way (remember to mark your 1/4″ points).

 

 

6 Repeat steps 3-5 for the lining pieces.

 

 

7 Find the middle of the lining top piece (I simply folded it in half lengthways and widthways and finger pressed).

 

 

8 Centre your chosen template opening onto the wrong side of the lining top piece and draw around it.

 

 

9 Pin the exterior and lining pieces right sides together. Sew along the drawn line, starting and finishing with a reverse stitch.

 

 

10 Carefully cut out the opening, leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance. Snip at 1cm intervals all the way around the opening, taking care not to cut into the stitches.

 

 

11 Push the lining through the opening and all the way round to the back of the exterior. Iron around the opening to neaten.

 

 

12 Top stitch around the opening, 1/8″ from the edge.

 

 

13 Pin the exterior sides right sides together. Sew adjacent exterior sides together, sewing from the top down to the 1/4″ marker (fold the top piece out of the way so you can get right down to the 1/4″ marker). Start and finish with a reverse stitch.

 

Tissue Box Cover Tutorial

 

14 Repeat step 13 for the lining pieces.

 

 

15 Turn the exterior right side out, by folding it out over the lining. On the inside you should be able to see the right side of the lining.

 

16 Push the lining well into the corners of the exterior cover.  Pop in the tissue box and trim off any excess cover and lining level with the edge of the box.

 

 

17 Machine tack (large stitch) around the raw edges 1/8″ from the edge.

 

 

18 Make enough double fold quilt binding to get around the bottom edges with a couple of inches overlap.  Attach, join and finish the binding as you would for a quilt.

 

Pop in the tissue box and adorn your bedside table!

 

Tissue Box Cover Tutorial

 

Or how about a scrappy tissue box cover ….

 

QAYG Tissue box cover

 

…. or have some free motion sketching fun!

 

Tissue Box Cover Tutorial

 

Whatever shape or design you choose for your cover, have lots of fun!

 

Happy sewing!

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Rope Bowl Workshop 1


By Judith on August 19, 2018
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Hi there!

Yesterday was my first of 2 Rope Bowl Workshops.

 

 

This was my first time teaching rope bowls and not having a previous experience to draw on, I didn’t know how well the ladies would take to it, or how well their machines would behave!

 

Rope Bowls Workshop Aug18

 

But first time nerves quickly dissolved as my ladies jumped right in like pros and took to this new technique like ducks to water! (The machines were pretty well behaved too!)

 

Rope Bowls Workshop Aug18

 

By lunchtime the first few bowls had been made, fuelling confidence to keep up the productivity right until the end of the workshop!

 

Rope Bowls Workshop Aug18

 

And just look at our ‘end of day’ Rope Bowl haul!

 

Rope Bowls Workshop Aug18

 

Aren’t they fabulous!

 

I love the variety and creativity on display here!

 

Rope Bowls Workshop Aug18

 

Getting the bowls started is the trickiest part, but a little patience and a steady resolve soon gets you to the satisfying rhythm of rounds and rounds of zigzagging!

 

Rope Bowls Workshop Aug18

 

My next Rope Bowls Workshop is Saturday 8th September. It is fully booked, but if you would like your name put down on the waiting list (in case of a cancellation) just let me know.

 

And if you would like to purchase your own 8mm cotton rope, I get mine here.

 

Happy Zigzagging!

 

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‘Wee Coloured Houses’ Birthday Pouch


By Judith on August 14, 2018
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A good friend of mine recently celebrated a milestone birthday.

 

Now this friend is uber creative and talented, especially when it comes to ceramics.

 

Rachel has a workshop in Conway Mill, just 2 floors above me, and makes the most stunning ceramic house pictures and brooches #weecolouredhouses

 

I’m lucky to be the proud owner of 2 such creations!

 

'Wee Coloured Houses' by Rachel Julca

'Wee Coloured Houses' by Rachel Julca

 

So from one maker to another, I knew my gift had to be handmade!

 

Wee Coloured Houses Pouch (birthday gift)
approx 12″ x 8″

 

My ‘Wee Coloured Houses’ pouch is inspired by Rachel’s adorable little houses. They have been free motion sketched onto Essex Yarn Dyed Linen (Flax).  Those tiny windows were a challenge!!

 

Wee Coloured Houses Pouch (birthday gift)

 

I know Rachel loves colour, so I went with a patchworked back and a bright, funky lining.

 

Wee Coloured Houses Pouch (birthday gift)

Wee Coloured Houses Pouch (birthday gift)

 

So here’s to many more creative years Rachel!

 

 

And if you would like to purchase one of Rachel’s pictures or commission her for a custom order, you can contact her here.

 

Also, keep an eye out for her at Frock Around the Clock Fares and the Fine & Dandy Markets, as well as seeing her stock in The Designerie (Bushmills), Belfast City Airport, The Crafty Barn (Carlingford) and Klover (Hillsborough) to name a few!

 

Happy sewing!

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Zippy Pouches Workshop


By Judith on August 12, 2018
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Zippy Pouches Workshop11th August, 10am-4pm2nd Flr, Conway Mill, Belfast

 

Yesterday was my Zippy Pouches workshop, a day to conquer the ‘Fear of the Zip’!

 

Zippy Pouches Workshop Aug18

 

My courageous ladies could choose from a simple but perfectly formed ‘Easy Peasy Pouch’ or the ‘Gracie Pouch’ which included a template and a flange feature.

 

And just look at what they achieved!

 

Zippy Pouches Workshop Aug18
Easy Peasy Pouches (2 sizes)
Zippy Pouches Workshop Aug18
Gracie Pouches (2 sizes)

 

Aren’t they beautiful!

 

Well done ladies! Your hard work totally paid off!

 

If you would like to have a go at making a zippy pouch, you can get the Easy Peasy Pouch pattern here and the Gracie Pouch pattern here.

 

Happy sewing!

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Class Projects: September ’18


By Judith on August 6, 2018
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Hello everyone,

It’s hard to believe that the summer is almost through, and attention is quickly turning to the new term of classes starting in September.

 

Twin Needling Sept18

 

This term our (optional) class project will be Twin Needling with Fusible Bias (incorporating Stained Glass Windows).

 

As you can see above, there are a range of makes to choose from.  Let’s look at them:

 

Mosaic Cushion (Beginner Friendly):

 

Mosaic (Twin Needled) Cushion

 

This 18″ cushion is a great starter project if you are new to fusible bias and twin needling.

 

Mosaic (Twin Needled) Cushion

 

Simple piecing creates the mosaic background, with the twin needled bias creating a dramatic (and quilted) finish!

 

Mosaic (Twin Needled) Cushion

 

I’ve made a feature of the zipper closure in the back of the cushion, but you could easily have an envelope or button closure here.

 

The digital pattern is available here (hard copies are available to purchase in class).

 

Mackintosh Flower Cushion (Intermediate):

 

Mackintosh Flower Cushion (Twin Needled)

 

This is another 18″ cushion, this time inspired by Charles Renee Mackintosh’s iconic design.

 

Mackintosh Flower Cushion (Twin Needled)

 

 

Shapes are bondawebbed onto background fabric, and the fusible bias then curved and twin needled down.

 

Mackintosh Flower Cushion (Twin Needled)

 

 

Again I’ve made a feature of the cushion back.

 

The digital Mackintosh Flower Cushion Pattern is available here (hard copies and full size templates are available to purchase in classs).

 

Applique Leaf Denim Bag (Advanced):

 

Denim applique bag

 

This project not only incorporates twin-needling (stems) and satin stitch applique (leaves), but also re-purposing textiles, zippered pocket and handbag construction.

 

Denim applique bag

 

The digital Applique Leaf Denim Bag Pattern is available here (hard copies and full size templates are available to purchase in class).

 

Mackintosh Rose Wallhanging (Advanced):

44332 Colour Template

If you love wallhangings and aren’t afraid of something a little more challenging, you could try your hand at this Mackintosh inspired ‘Stained Glass Window’.

 

I’m in the progress of making up this wallhanging in a different colourway, and hope to show you the finished wallhanging soon!  The finished size will be approx. 14″ x 21″ and full size templates will be available to purchase in class.

 

Materials:

 

Each pattern lists the materials you will need.

 

However, I will have the following available to purchase in class:

black 6mm fusible bias

4mm twin needles

pattern transfer pens

wadding

basting spray

thread

bondaweb

zips

hinged faux leather handbag handles

full size templates

 

So I hope you are inspired to perhaps try something different this term.  You will have 7 weeks to make one of these projects, or a project of your own choosing!

 

And there are still a few spaces left across all the classes (more info here), so why not join us for some creative fun!

 

Happy twin-needling!

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A 60’s Revival Tunic!


By Judith on August 5, 2018
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Hi there!

 

Yesterday we had a fun Scrap Busting Saturday up at the Mill.

 

Scrap busting Saturday Aug18

 

The classroom was alive with scraps getting turned into beautiful bags, cushions and quilts! (You can read more about the projects being made here.)

 

Oh how satisfying it is to breath new life into unwanted or left-over fabrics!

 

And speaking of fabric rejuvenating!

 

No 2 The ’60’s Revival’ Tunic!

 

60's Revival Tunic Aug18

 

This is my hippy tunic (made using New Look pattern 6068), not hippy perhaps in style, but hippy because it is made from 100% unadulterated C.R.I.M.P.L.E.N.E!

Yes you heard right!

I LOVE CRIMPLENE!

 

60's Revival Tunic Aug18

 

I don’t even know where a love for this nasty nylon came from! I love it so much I’m thinking of starting a ‘bring back the housecoat’ revolution!

 

60's Revival Tunic Aug18

 

And I feel it’s only right that I tell you now, I HAVE MORE CRIMPLENE! What joy!

That’ll be a few more hippy tunics to add to collection then!

 

60's Revival Tunic Aug18

 

And see that mug there?  That’s my new folksy mug! Isn’t it fab!

 

Hippy mug

 

Happy sewing!

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My ‘Hippy Granny’ Tunic!


By Judith on July 31, 2018
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Hi there!

How is your summer going?

 

We’ve had wonderful weather this summer, so I shouldn’t be sad to see the rain!  After all, the gardens are crying out for it!

 

As well as working on some non-work related sewing commitments, I’ve been beavering away on some new patterns for upcoming classes and workshops (more on this very soon!).

 

But I’ve also managed to snatch a few ‘dressmaking’ moments here and there!

 

I once remember my dearly passed friend, Heather, telling me about when she used to make her own trousers.  After her first successful pair, she made lots more from the same pattern, but just in different colours!

 

So as a novice dressmaker, I am unashamedly going to follow my friend’s canny philosophy!

 

Liberty Summer Tunic

 

Last summer I made this tunic from a charity shop find of Liberty cotton. The pattern is beginner friendly (New Look pattern 6068) and I love the shape and fit of it.

 

So I cut out 2 more, in vintage fabrics that I’ve collected over the years!

 

No. 1   The ‘A Little Touch of Granny’ Tunic:

 

Hippy Granny Tunic

 

I can’t remember who or where this exotic themed fabric came from, but I didn’t have enough width in the main fabric for a complete front. So I improvised and added in a coordinating navy panel.

 

Hippy Granny Tunic

 

Also I wanted a slightly longer length than the original pattern, so I added a mock under-skirt in a contrasting fabric (I call this my granny fabric!).

 

Hippy Granny Tunic

 

I’m sure you will think I’m bonkers (!!) but I love my cobbled together tunic!

I have long been trying to set my inner granny/hippy free, and I think I’ve taken another step closer to embracing a very individual and creative style!

 

Hippy Granny Tunic

 

And for tunic no.2?

 

Tune in next time for another ‘eyebrow raising’ post!

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Patchwork In The Peaks 2018


By Judith on July 22, 2018
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Hello everyone!  How are you?

 

I’m back from a little holiday over on English soil, enjoying the amazing Cumbrian countryside with my #sewingbesties …..

 

Holiday July18
L-R: Di, me, Sarah, Trudi

Holiday July18

 

….. and visiting family and friends in my old Dorset stomping ground.

 

Holiday July18
Bournemouth Beach
Holiday July18
My brother’s back garden grape vine!

 

The weather was hot, hot, hot! What a cracking summer break.

 

And I’ll be jet-setting off again in September, as the guest tutor of Patchwork in the Peaks in Morzine, France.

 

 

Patchwork in the Peaks is an Alpine Quilt Retreat, hosted twice a year by Busy Needle Quilting.

 

The retreat is held over 4 days, in a 4 storey chalet with the most spectacular views!

 

You get to take part in workshops, tutorials and have some free time to relax, explore Morzine, or fit in more sewing! There’s even an ‘in chalet’ quilting shop and you can avail of the Juki long arm quilting machine (tuition provided).

 

Doesn’t that sound wonderful!  You can read lots more about this quilters heaven here and here.

 

Denim applique bag

 

I’ll be teaching my Applique Denim Bag, showcasing techniques such as twin needling fusible bias, satin stitch applique, re-purposing textiles and a zippered pocket (to name a few).

 

So if you fancy a creative and relaxing retreat surrounded by inspiring scenery, why not come to Patchwork in the Peaks (only a few places remaining)!

Happy sewing!

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Scrappy Rail Fence Block Tutorial


By Judith on July 5, 2018
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Summer Rail Fence Quilt (Pretty Patches Aug16)

 

This is my Autumn Rail Fence Quilt (as featured in August ’17 issue of Pretty Patches magazine).

 

If, like me, you have a healthy supply of scraps, then this is a great scrap buster project for you!

 

 

In August I am hosting a Scrap Buster Saturday, and this is one of the many quick and easy ideas folks can use to dig in to those overflowing scrap boxes!

 

 

Here’s how to make the Scrappy Rail Fence Block (12.5″ unfinished):

 

1 You will need a variety of scrappy strips, at least 13″ long and of varying widths (don’t go wider than 3″). Press them and make sure they have straight parallel sides.  Don’t worry about trimming the lengths, you get a more accurate block if you leave the trimming to the end.

 

  • Summer Rail Fence Quilt (Pretty Patches Aug16)

 

2 I went for a ‘late summer’ colour theme of teals, oranges, pinks and golds. But you could easily use whatever colours you have for a more ‘random’ rail fence.

Summer Rail Fence Quilt (Pretty Patches Aug16)

 

3 You will notice I have included a brown striped fabric at the edge of each block.  These strips are cut 2″ wide and give a little uniformity to the scrappiness of the blocks.  If you are going for random and bright colours, try a narrow black and white stripe here.

 

 

4 If you are working to a colour theme, try to get an even number of colours per block. The order doesn’t matter, just sew enough together using a 1/4″ seam, not forgetting the stripey fabric on the end, until you can get at least 12.5″ wide.  Set the seams (pressing the seam as you have sewn it) before pressing the seams to the darkest fabric.

 

 

5 Trim the block to 12.5″ square.  If there is excess on the width make sure you don’t take any off the stripey/end fabric.  You want these end strips to be of uniform width.  I used my 12.5″ square ruler for easy trimming, but you can trim these blocks to any size, just make sure they are square!