Machine Sewing for Beginners


By Judith on June 18, 2018
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During the 5 Wednesday evenings in August I will be running my ‘Machine Sewing for Beginners’ Course.

 

Machine Sewing for Beginners Class May13

 

I have run this course many times in the past, and it has always proven popular. The course is designed for folks who want to learn how to use a sewing machine, or refresh their machine sewing skills from long ago!

 

Here’s a run down of the topics we cover:

 

Week 1:

  • threading the machine
  • filling a bobbin
  • understanding the various buttons, dials & stitches
  • practising the different stitches

 

 

 

Week 2:

  • understanding tension & troubleshooting
  • how to change needles and feet
  • understanding uses of different feet
  • sewing control skills

 

 

Week 3:

  • understanding fabric (warp, weft, bias)
  • measuring & cutting fabric
  • seams (1/4”; 3/8”; 5/8”, overlocking; french)

 

 

 

Weeks 4-5:

  • Project: Single skein cushion cover with a zippered back

 

Single Skein Zippered Cushion Cover

 

Extra Info:

  • Cost: £45 (includes a non-refundable deposit of £20)
  • Course in Conway Mill (2nd Floor), Conway Street, Belfast, 6.30pm-8.30pm
  • Disabled Parking and Access available
  • Places are limited so book early
  • Limited number of machines available to hire (pre-booking required)
  • Full list of materials/requirements emailed in July

 

So if you fancy learning a new skill, or brushing up on an old one, just drop me an email to justjudedesigns@hotmail.co.uk.  Classes are fun and relaxed!

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Bindings & Finishes


By Judith on June 16, 2018
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Our 5 minute demo in class this month was all about the different ways to bind or finish a quilt.

 

I had lots of samples to show the variety of techniques and finishes, but it was by no means an exhaustive list!  Creativity abounds when it comes to ways to finish a quilt!

 

Here is a run down of the examples we looked at:

 

10 Ways to Finish a Quilt

 

1 Double Fold (French) Binding:

 

Using 2.5″ wide strips, this is one of the most common binding types.  Usually stitched to the front of a quilt (using 3/8″ seam allowance) with mitred corners.  Then stitched down at the back, either by hand (using the Invisible Applique Stitch) or by machine*.

 

A tutorial on making and attaching Double Fold Binding available here.

 

Fig Tree Spots n Dots Quilt (Popular Patchwork June17)

 

*To machine stitch down the binding, ‘stitch in the ditch’ from the front side. A tutorial on stitching in the the ditch is available here.

 

Baby Boy Quilt

 

2 Square Set Binding:

 

With square set binding, each edge of the quilt is bound separately, with the corners being ‘wrapped around’ and overlapped by the binding of the adjacent edge.  This results in much thicker corners, with a less professional finish than a double fold mitred corner.  For this reason, square set binding isn’t often used.

 

Square Set Binding

Square Set Binding

 

3 Single Fold Binding:

 

This technique is similar to Double Fold binding, but this time using a 1.75″ wide strip and left unironed. The binding is attached in exactly the same way as Double Fold Binding.

 

Single fold binding

 

The main difference in the 2 techniques happens at the back!  When the strip is folded over to the backside, first it is folded down to the edge of the quilt, then folded over again.

 

Single Fold Binding

Single Fold Binding

 

The binding is then either hand or machine stitched down to finish.  You can get an excellent Single Fold Binding tutorial here.

 

4 Flanged Binding:

 

A ‘flange’ is an inset piece of fabric (or lace, ric rac etc.) which enhances the main binding.

 

Flanged Binding

 

To achieve a 1/4″ flange (as shown above), cut the main binding strips 1.5″ and the flange strips 2″.  Join them right sides together along the long edge using 1/4″ seam allowance. Then bring both long edges wrong sides together and press.  This allows the excess flange fabric to show at the top edge.

 

Flange Binding

 

The binding is then attached using the double fold binding technique, but this time sewn first to the back of the quilt.   Bring the binding  round to the front, and stitch in the ditch between the main binding and the flange. You can get a step by step tutorial here for a narrower flange.

 

5 Backing to Front:

 

If you don’t have suitable fabric to use as the binding, why not bring the backing fabric around the edges to the front!

 

The key to this technique is in the careful trimming of the wadding (level with the quilt top) and the backing fabric (left 1″ wider).

 

The backing is then folded in to the edge of the quilt and then over once more.  You can then top stitch the binding down or use a decorative stitch.

 

Backing to Front Binding

 

A great tutorial on this technique is available here.

 

6 Quilt Front to the Back:

 

This is the reverse of no.5!  Trim the backing and wadding level, leaving the quilt front 1″ wider. Fold round to the back in the same way and stitch it down.

 

7 Rounded Corners:

 

Sometimes a quilt or wallhanging needs the softer look of rounded corners. Make and trim your quilt in the usual way, then place a bowl or dinner plate at the corners and cut away the excess.

 

Ditsy Daisy Quilt (Popular Patchwork May17)

 

For wide corners like these, I still apply the usual double fold binding from straight cut strips (no bias cuts).  For a more curvier edge, you may need to use bias binding.

 

Home Sweet Home Spring Wallhanging (British Patchwork & Quilting magazine April17)

 

8 Rattail Binding:

 

Rattail, or Satin Cord Binding, is more commonly used to finish the edges of art quilts. The quilt is trimmed and the edges top stitched or zigzagged, before the satin ‘rattail’ cord is zigzagged to the edges.  You can see a great tutorial on this technique here.

 

Rattail Binding

 

9 Prairie Points (& other inserts!):

 

If you’re not one for a traditional binding finish, how about inserts!  These can be prairie points, scallops, half hexies, ric rac or lace (to name a few!).

 

Prairie Points

 

I’m not a fan of ‘bagging’ a quilt, so try this instead.  Plan ahead – don’t take your chosen quilting design right to the edges, leave half an inch unquilted around all edges.  Trim the wadding (only) back to the quilting, and then fold under the raw edges of the front and back fabrics.

 

Bindings & Finishes

 

This is where you place the inserts before stitching the edges closed.  Just make sure you have worked out your maths for prairie points, scallops or half hexies, so they are the right size to fit exactly into each edge.

 

10 Crochet Edging:

 

If you are a dab hand with a crochet hook, you can finish the edges of your quilt or cushions with a delicate crochet trim.

 

Crochet trim

 

Finish your quilt as per example 9 (for cushions, simply turn them right sides out). Then hand sew a blanket stitch around all edges.  Crochet into the blanket stitch using 4ply cotton yarn. Your first row will be chain stitches, followed by a row of double crochets and trebles.  Add as many rows as you wish!

 

Garden Trellis Cushions (Pretty Patches June17)

 

And there we have it!

 

10 different ways to finish your quilts and projects.

 

There are of course many more, just have a look in Pinterest!  The possibilities are endless!

 

Happy binding!

 

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Real Women Have Curves Part 1


By Judith on June 7, 2018
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Hello there!

 

How is everyone doing?  We are already half way through the last block of classes before summer recess!

 

I didn’t set a class project this block.  I figured I’d thrown a lot at my poor unsuspecting victims students! So instead we’ve been focusing on getting UFOs ticked off the list.

 

You may remember that last term I introduced my ladies to the no-pin method of sewing drunkard’s path curves.

 

Curves class roundup 1

 

And just look at what my curvy ladies have produced!

 

Curves completely conquered! BOOM!

 

Aren’t they fabulous!  Well done ladies, and also to those still finishing off their curvy cushions! You are all amazing!

 

And before the end of this block of classes, I will have more pics of my other group of curvy ladies who are making my Butterfly Garden Quilt.  You won’t want to miss it!

 

‘Ripples’ Cushion pattern available here.

‘Butterfly Garden’ Quilt pattern available here.

 

Happy curving!

 

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JJD Newsletter & GDPR


By Judith on June 5, 2018
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I’m sure you are more than familiar now with the changes to our General Data Protection Rules here in the UK and EU.

 

 

For small business holders like me, it’s been a time consuming and expensive exercise in trying to figure out a way through the ‘grey areas’ to make sure we are complying with the new rules.

 

So in keeping with the new rules, I have published a new privacy policy about how I collect, use and retain your data. You can read the policy here.  If you have any queries or concerns about this, please don’t hesitate to get in contact.

 

 

I have just sent out my summer newsletter, which covers the latest information on upcoming classes, new pattern releases and free tutorials.

 

If you would like to receive my termly newsletter in future and get regular updates and subscriber discounts, then just type in your email address on the right hand side of this page.

 

Happy reading!

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Rope Bowls Workshop


By Judith on May 31, 2018
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For the third installment in my series of summer workshops, we will be looking at what we can do with cotton clothesline rope and a zig-zag stitch!

 

Rope Bowls Workshop

 

The rope bowl making phenomenon hit the online quilting community about 2 years ago, and is still going strong!

 

Rope Bowls Workshop

 

When I started making these, I couldn’t believe how easy  it was to achieve the variety of 3d shapes.  The fiddliest part is getting the rope wound tightly enough at the start, but after that, it’s a doddle!

 

Rope Bowls Workshop

 

I experimented with a couple of different ropes, one softer and one coarser. While my machine still coped ok with the coarser rope, it had to work a little harder, and cheaper threads broke more often.  However, the softer rope was much more maliable and took both the Aurifil and cheaper threads with ease.  I will be supplying the softer rope to the workshops.

 

Rope Bowls Workshop

 

There are many different ways to add colour to your baskets – dip-dyeing, painting, coloured thread or adding scraps.  Check out my Kitchen Pinterest Board for many more examples of this versatile craft.

 

Rope Bowls Workshop

 

Due to the popularity of this project, I am running 2 workshop dates, 18th August and 8th September.  All workshops are £30 (includes a non-refundable £15 deposit).  Just drop me an email to justjudedesigns@hotmail.co.uk for more information or to register.

 

Happy sewing!

 

 

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Easy Peasy Pouches Workshop


By Judith on May 30, 2018
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Next up on my series of Summer Workshop posts are my Easy Peasy Pouches!

 

Zippy Pouches Workshop11th August, 10am-4pm2nd Flr, Conway Mill, Belfast

 

It’s funny how often I come across folks with an inherent fear of zippers!

 

I remember my own fear of them once upon a time. But oh, the wonderful freedom I experienced once I faced my fear, able to make and enjoy many zippered projects and gifts.

 

I want to enable others to experience this freedom and fun, and to embrace their zipper foot once and for all!

 

Easy Peasy Zippered Pouch Workshop

 

For the complete ‘Zipper Novice’ I have designed the Easy Peasy Pouch, simple construction without compromising on the little details that matter, like pretty zipper tabs and a boxed corner base.

 

Easy Peasy Zippered Pouch Workshop

 

And for those feeling a little more adventurous, you could try The Gracie Pouch.

 

The Gracie Pouch Workshop

 

These have the same simple construction as the Easy Peasy Pouch, just with a few added features and a little more quilting.

 

The Gracie Pouch Workshop

 

When I need a handmade gift idea, zippy pouches are my go to project!

 

Bookings for this workshop are now open!  All workshops are £30 (includes a non-refundable £15 deposit). Just drop me an email to justjudedesigns@hotmail.co.uk.

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Scrap Busting Saturday Workshop!


By Judith on May 29, 2018
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Hello there!

 

How is your week going?  We are (still) basking in the most gorgeous sunny weather here, leaving us with stunning, glorious sunsets!

 

Sunset (Seapark) May18
Sunset (Seapark) May18

 

This week in my classes I am presenting my summer Saturday Workshops.  The 4 Saturdays in August will all be workshops, and I will be posting about them here, starting with ……

 

Sat 4th August10am-4pm2nd Flr, Conway Mill, Belfast

 

If you’ve been sewing for any length of time, you may have a huge healthy stock of scraps, leftovers from previous quilting projects. These pieces might just be too sizeable, pretty or meaningful to throw away, leftover binding or jelly roll strips, or perhaps frugality gets the better of you!

 

Organising Scraps (Workshop)

 

Either way, there are many, many ways to put those ever growing scraps to good use!

 

Here are just a few examples of what you can make on Scrap Buster Saturday.

 

Stacked Coins Cushion: (pattern available at workshop)

 

Scrappy Stacked Coins Cushion

 

If you have a plentiful supply of scraps, you may be able to group them into colourways like I’ve done here.

 

Scrappy Stacked Coins Cushion

 

Let your scraps dictate how wide your stacks can be!  The only preparation here is some pressing and making sure the sides are straight.

 

Scrappy Stacked Coins Cushion

 

Equally you can go completely random, and sew a variety of scraps together in the same ‘stacked coins’ way!

 

Scrappy Stacked Coins (Workshop)

 

French Braid Handbag: (pattern available at workshop)

 

Scrappy French Braid Handbag (Workshop)

 

This is another example of grouping scraps into colourways.  The French Braid piecing technique is super easy, and you don’t even need the pieces to be of equal width.

 

Scrappy French Braid Handbag (Workshop)

 

I’ve quilted the bag exterior onto bosal (flex foam) which gives it lovely texture and structure without losing softness.

 

(Hinged Faux Leather Handles available from Fabric Yard)

 

Strip Pieced Quilt: (pattern available at workshop)

 

Scrappy Strips Quilt (British P&Q Sept16)

 

My technique for making strip pieced blocks doesn’t involve a foundation layer.

 

Scrappy Strips Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Sept16)

 

I added a little ‘organisation’ to lots of random strips by making the central strip in each block white. The white strips are of uniform width, but that’s were the uniformity ends!  All other strips are random widths and lengths. I even used ‘ugly’ fabrics I still had, but I totally love the finished quilt! That’s the magic of using scraps.

 

Autumn Rail Fence Quilt (pattern available at workshop)

 

Summer Rail Fence Quilt (Pretty Patches Aug16)

 

The simple sewing together of strips means you can easily make up this quilt top in a day.

 

Summer Rail Fence Quilt (Pretty Patches Aug16)

 

Once again, I dove into my scrap drawers for specific colours – golds, oranges, pinks and teals, all of different widths and lengths.  Some donated yardage of a brown stripe gives flow and order to the scraps.

 

But equally, this quilt would look fabulous made in random coloured scraps with a uniform ‘fence’ fabric.

 

‘Birch’ Quilt (in progress):

 

Birch Quilt in progress

 

I took inspiration from this quilt and decided to make a grey and low volume version (given that I have an overflowing drawer of LV scraps!).

 

I plan on using up my stash of Kona Greys to make this into a bigger ‘man’ quilt.  Somehow, I think it will take me a lot longer to use up my LV scraps!

 

Birch Quilt in progress

 

So there you have it!  A little inspiration on how to use your scraps, and a date for your diary on how to have a day of fun turning them into something wonderful!

 

And if you need even more inspiration, check out my Scrap Busting Pinterest Board!

 

All Saturday workshops are £30, including a non-refundable deposit of £15 to register.  Just drop me an email to justjudedesigns@hotmail.co.uk to book a place.

 

Happy scrapping!

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Applique Sailboat Cushion Workshop


By Judith on May 20, 2018
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Yesterday was a big day here in the UK!

 

There was the small detail of a Royal Wedding (and an even smaller football final!!), but the main event was happening in my classroom at Conway Mill!

 

Applique Sailboat Cushion Workshop

 

6 ladies rocked up for a day of sewing, making my Denim Sailboat Cushion.

 

And even though The Wedding was playing on my laptop in the background, these women were serious about learning hard and barely stopped for a lunch break!

 

 

For some, it was a first time venture into satin stitch applique and a little free motion sketching too (I think the celebratory tipple of Proseco might have helped, wink, wink!)

 

Applique Sailboat Cushion Workshop

 

I’m sure you’ll agree, that these finishes (and almost finishes) look amazing!

 

Well done ladies on your focus, fun and fabulous creativity!

 

Full kits were available at the workshop, and I have a few left which I’ve listed in my shop.

 

The pattern is included in the kit, but if you would just like the pattern, you can find the digital download here.

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Mental Health Awareness Week


By Judith on May 18, 2018
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Mental Health Awareness Week is 14th – 20th May here in the UK (photos explained at the end of the post!).

 

 

Did you know that 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health issue and 5% of the world’s population currently suffer from depression? That’s 350 million people!

 

I’m sure, like me, you have either experienced some form of mental illness in your life, or know someone you care about who has.

 

 

During a particularly low point in my life, I started seeing a counsellor, who recognised that after seeing to my husband, my children, my home etc. I did nothing for myself.  She introduced me to the notion of ‘play’ and asked me to name one thing that I used to enjoy doing when I was younger.  I said sewing!

 

 

She encouraged me to reclaim this activity that gave me so much fulfillment and joy, and so I enrolled in my local college to study in City & Guilds Textile & Design.

 

I can honestly say that getting back into a creative environment and learning how to ‘play’ again, was instrumental in my recovery from depression.

 

 

That was 12 years ago, and little did I know then, that I would be teaching others how to release their creativity and learn how to ‘play’ and enjoy life again.

 

 

My first experience of teaching patchwork and quilting was to a group of women with various mental health needs (depression, self-harm, addiction, domestic violence, grief, bi-polar disorder, cancer survivors, eating disorders to name but a few).  For 2 years I  saw first-hand the therapeutic benefits they experienced after only a few short weeks of sewing.  One lady in particular, old before her time, stooped with low self worth and heavily reliant on a walking stick, made her first patchwork cushion and within 6 weeks was coming to class without her stick and walking tall!!  Like many others, learning a new skill within a caring community, and having something to show and be proud of, elevated her self-esteem and ignited hope and positivity in many areas of her life.

 

 

Seeing the wonderful benefits sewing was having on these ladies’ lives ignited a passion in me to encourage others to let go of negativity, worry, anxiety & perfectionism, even if only for a few hours a week, and discover the healing and therapeutic powers of sewing.

 

 

It’s encouraging now to see emerging evidence from neuroscientists and doctors that support what we sewists already know – that sewing (& crafting) is good for our brains and mental health!

 

The authors of the ‘Sew Your Blues Away’ blog have written an informative article about this here.  They say:

 

“In short, mentally engaging movement (sewing) helps to break the cycle of negative thoughts, as well as allowing the brain to recover and improve by generating newer, healthier brain cells.  Specialists state that an engaging hobby is often more effective than just taking an antidepressant, which typically targets only one neurotransmitter.  While sewing not only heals, it also improves the brain’s resistance to future bouts of depression by reminding our brains that we have an impact on the world around us.” 

 

So not only is sewing mentally good for us, it is helping our brains physically too! How cool is that!

 

 

This article from 2014 explains not only why crafting like knitting and sewing are good for our brains, but why crafting with others is so important too.  Check it out!

 

And I’m sure the ladies who come to my classes will testify to many of these benefits (& more!) too! We certainly have a lot of fun together!

 

 

Now my work as a sewing tutor is my passion, my calling and it has gotten me through some of the toughest periods of my life. I’m so privileged to get to ‘play’ everyday as my day job.  But of course, turning a hobby into a business means I needed to find a new hobby!

 

 

At the moment I’m learning about photography, and I enjoy getting out into nature and noticing details that I would otherwise miss had I not brought my camera along. In the busyness of this modern world I’m trying to literally ‘stop and smell the roses’!  (I hope you have enjoyed the pics I’ve shared here.)

 

 

 

So as we focus on Mental Health this week and bring this once taboo subject into the open, let me encourage you to find something that returns to you the same enjoyment, fulfillment and escapism that playtime once did. Let yourself be absorbed by creativity and fun, and released from the stresses and demands of life!

 

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Octosaurus Rex Quilt


By Judith on May 10, 2018
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Hello there!

 

We have just had a wonderful bank holiday weekend here in UK.  And what made it so wonderful?  The beautiful sunny weather!

 

I spent the bank holiday Monday in Florence Court, Enniskillen, with 2 of my girls, having lots of photo fun, and enjoying this wonderful National Trust house.

 

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Florence Court May18

 

It was a beautiful day, learning all about the women (upstairs and downstairs) in Florence Court’s history.

 

Also this week, the current issue of Quilt Now hit the shops, and in it you can find my Octosaurus Rex Quilt, designed for Makower using their Rex Collection of fabrics.

 

Octosaurus Rex (Quilt Now May18)

 

This quilt design is full of secondary patterns, and the larger Placement print is perfect for fussy cutting.

 

Octosaurus Rex (Quilt Now May18)

 

Here’s what I wrote as my source of inspiration:

 

“I live not far from the Giant’s Causeway, a 60 million year old formation of multi-sided volcanic stones. So I thought it would be fun to design Jurassic sized shapes around these cute dinosaur fussy cuts and fabrics. The Octagon blocks slot neatly side by side just like the stones at the Giant’s Causeway!”  

 

Octosaurus Rex (Quilt Now May18)

 

There is a lot of piecing in this quilt, and it is a decent size at 60″ x 72″.  However you could easily reduce the number of blocks and make a smaller quilt for a younger dinosaur lover!

 

Octosaurus Rex (Quilt Now May18)

 

So if you have a little one who is mad about all things Jurassic, then these fabrics are your perfect choice!

 

You can see the full collection here, and my Octosaurus Rex Quilt pattern is also available via the Makower UK website.

 

Happy sewing!

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Improv. Curved Placemats Tutorial


By Judith on May 4, 2018
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In keeping with our ‘curves’ theme this term, my monthly ‘5 minute lesson’ in classes this week was all about Improv. (improvisational) curves.

 

As the name suggests ‘improv.’ means you pretty much go with the flow and make up the curves as you go.  No two curves are the same, and there are much fewer rules to abide by than with standard pieced curves. You don’t even have to worry about an even seam allowance (gasp!).

 

You can imagine how well this technique went down with all my rebellious non-conformists (you know who you are!!).

 

There are many examples of improv. curves on Pinterest (see my Curves Pinterest Board here).  And to give an example of these in class, I made some improv. curved placemats, in the lovely coastal Beachcomber fabrics by Makower.

 

Improv Curves Placemat tutorial (2)

 

Here is the tutorial on how to make my Improv. Curved Placemats (makes 4 x 15 1/4″ diameter mats).

 

You will need:

Between Nine and Twelve 10″ squares (I used Beachcomber by Makower)

50cm of Wadding or Insul Bright Heat Resistant Wadding

50cm of calico

1 metre of Heat Resistant Non-Slip Table Protector (at least 35″ wide)

4.5 metres of 3/4″ wide bias binding

Co-ordinating threads

505 Basting Spray

 

Method: Assume 1/4″ seams

1 Place 2 squares of fabric on the cutting mat, right sides facing up, and overlapping.  The wider the overlap, the deeper the curves can be.  I usually overlap by 2-3″ (I am using up a smaller piece of fabric here to overlap the 10″ square).

 

 

2 Using a rotary cutter, cut a curve up through the overlapped section.

 

 

3 Remove the excess pieces (this will be the smaller piece of the right hand fabric and the smaller/underneath piece of the left hand fabric). The remaining pieces should fit neatly together.

 

 

4 Sew the 2 pieces right sides together.  It is easier to do this by straightening the underneath piece with your right hand and lifting up the top piece with your left hand.  Don’t worry if your seam allowance isn’t even the whole way down, just make sure there are no tucks.

 

 

5 Press the seam to the darkest fabric.

 

 

6 Repeat steps 2-5 for a third piece of fabric, over lapping the left hand edge of the first piece.

 

 

7 Spray baste the curved pieces, wadding and calico together (tutorial on spray basting available here).

 

 

8 Quilt the mats, starting centrally and working towards the outer edges.  I quilted in the ditches and then’echo’ quilted the curved seams 1/2″ apart.

 

 

9 Place a round plate or bowl on top and draw around it.  Cut along the line and remove the excess.  Put to one side.

 

 

10 Place the same plate/bowl onto the felted side of the non-slip table protector.  Draw around it and cut out.

 

 

11 Machine tack the table protector to the wrong side of the mat, making sure the felted side is on the inside. Machine tacking means using a large stitch on your machine, and stitching close to the edges.  If you find the rubberised table protector resisting or sticking to your sewing machine, make sure the rubberised side is facing up and engage the dual feed/walking foot on your machine.  If you don’t have these, stick some matt scotch tape to the underside of your presser foot keeping clear of the needle opening.

 

 

12 Open out the bias binding, and leaving a few inches unsewn at the start, attach the binding around the edge of the mat using a scant 1/4″ seam allowance, stopping a few inches short at the end (remember to use a quilting size stitch length here, not a tacking stitch).

 

 

13 Place the end of the bias binding over the start and measure and mark 1/2″ overlap.  Trim off the excess.

 

 

14 Open out the binding and sew the short ends together using 1/4″ seam allowance.

 

 

15 Finger press the seam open and finish sewing down the remaining binding to the mat.

16 Snip all around the edge of the mat at 1cm intervals, taking care not to cut the stitches.

 

 

17 Push the binding over to the back of the mat.  Pin in the ditch from the front, making sure the binding is caught at the back.

 

 

18 Stitch in the ditch from the front side finishing with a reverse stitch.

 

 

And you’re finished!

Improv Curves Placemats

 

Adorn your table with your beautiful mats and wait for the compliments!

 

Improv Curves Placemats

 

So why not have a go at this organic and fun technique!

 

I hope you enjoy your venture into improv. curves!

 

Happy curving!

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Spring into Summer Table Projects


By Judith on April 28, 2018
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Hi everyone!

 

My, isn’t April whizzing by too quickly!!  I managed a little sewing this week, despite the chaos of having more work done in my home!  But more on that another day!

 

In the meantime, here is a run through of the projects on my Spring into Summer table.

 

Spring into Summer Classroom Display

 

At the front of my table are 2 little Dumpling Pouches.

 

Medicine (Dumpling) Pouches

 

The original tutorial is for the small size, and I characterised it into a handbag friendly medicine pouch with a little applique!

 

Medicine (Dumpling) Pouches

 

To achieve the larger pouch, simply enlarge the template on a printer and use a longer zipper.

 

Medicine (Dumpling) Pouches

 

Also at the front of the table are my Flex Frame Glasses cases (tutorial available here) and my Travel Toiletry Bag.

 

Travel Washbag

 

I’ll be teaching the Toiletry Bag as a Saturday Workshop on 16th June (pattern available here).

 

Next up is my Beach Bag.

 

Beach Bag (Pretty Patches Aug16)

 

This roomy bag is lined with water-resistant Rip-Stop and includes a useful ‘wet bag’ for your soggy swimsuit and lotions!

 

Beach Bag (Pretty Patches Aug16)

 

The pattern is available here!

 

Finally, 3 summer bags!

 

Pineapple Bag for Quilt Now

 

My Pineapple Tote was a fun design for Quilt Now, mixing a little scrappy piecing and foundation paper piecing.  You can read lots more about the features of this tropical tote here!

 

Beach Ball Bag (Sewing World June16)

 

My Beach Ball Bag uses the porthole technique to cleverly turn a square pinwheel block into a round beach ball.

It’s another roomy bag for keeping all your summer shopping secure!  Read more about it here.

 

Summer Flowers Bag (Popular Patchwork Bag special May16)

 

And finally, my Summer Flowers Shopping Bag!

 

I used ‘economy’ squares to showcase the prettiest floral fabric and a sweet stripe border, mitred at the corners (look closely!).  Aren’t they lovely with the Essex linen background!

 

 

 

While the faux leather handles can be a little tricky to sew-in, they are totally worth it!  I love the finish they give to this sturdy shopper! And here’s where I get them!

 

Well, including previous Spring into Summer posts (here and here), that’s the roundup of the projects currently on my classroom display table.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing a little more about them!

 

Happy sewing!

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Denim Applique Sailboat Cushion Workshop


By Judith on April 22, 2018
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I promised to post this week about the projects on my ‘Spring into Summer’ Table.

 

Never one to break a promise, I’m starting with my Denim Applique Sailboat Cushion.

 

Denim Sailboat Cushion (Pretty Patches July16)

 

I originally designed this cushion for a summer edition of Pretty Patches Magazine.

 

Denim Sailboat Cushion (Pretty Patches July16)

 

I loved re-purposing some denim and scraps for this nautical cushion.  My recent discovery of Aurifil 12wt wool thread also made a significant contribution!  You can read more about my designing process here.

 

The great news is that I’ll be teaching a workshop on this cushion on Saturday 19th May at my classroom in Conway Mill.

 

 

 

And not only that, kits will be available with everything you need to make the cushion, including lush Essex Yarn Dyed Linen, denim pieces, stripey binding and a bright red button for the back!

 

How cool is that!

 

 

So if you would like to spend a fun Saturday with other like minded creatives learning new skills like appli-quilting and free motion sketching, then just drop me an email to register: justjudedesigns@hotmail.co.uk

 

More ‘Spring into Summer’ posts coming soon!

 

Happy sewing!

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Applique Leaf Workshop Finishes!


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Hello everyone!  I hope you’ve been enjoying some glorious sunshine in your part of the world!

 

We have had several beautiful days here.  Doesn’t a sunny day just lift one’s spirits!!

 

Time got away from me a bit this week, but don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten to bring you the posts on my Spring into Summer projects.  I will get those posted this week.

 

In the meantime, I have a few pics to share with you from our Applique workshop yesterday!

 

 

8 courageous ladies decided to put their ‘big girl’ pants on and tackle satin stitch applique head on!  And not just satin stitch applique, but ‘appli-quilting’ – combining the techniques of applique and quilting into one step.

 

Applique Cushion/Wallhanging Workshop April'18

 

After practising a few leafy shapes, they got stuck into either a Tree Wallhanging, or a leafy cushion.

 

The sun shone all day, and despite the temperature rising in the room, there was no swearing or major catastrophies!!

 

 

Aren’t these beautiful!  We had a definite ‘blue theme’ running through some of the leaves, as well as fresh spring yellows, reds, pinks and purples!

 

 

And even a dramatic black and grey variation (the leaves on that one will be linen creams).

 

Well done everyone! You brought your willingness to learn a new skill, and some fun and banter with it!  Enjoy your new creations!

 

(The Autumn Tree Wallhanging pattern is available here.)

 

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Quilt Now Designer Feature


By Judith on April 13, 2018
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If you are a regular subscriber to Quilt Now magazine, you may recognise someone in the ‘Designer Spotlight’ this month.

 

Quilt Now Designer Spotlight

 

It was a privilege to be asked by Quilt Now to feature my new classroom and classes in the latest copy of their magazine (issue 48).

 

Quilt Now Designer Spotlight

 

I have very much enjoyed working with Katy and designing for Quilt Now in recent years, but now I’m giving almost all of my design attention to my classes.

 

Conway Mill/QN Designer Feature

 

I’m nearly 4 months into running Patchwork & Quilting classes here at Conway Mill, and I’m delighted with the response and feedback so far.

 

Conway Mill

 

My ladies are loving the wonderful light and space in the room, and I try to keep them inspired with themed quilts and project displays.

 

Conway Mill/QN Designer Feature

 

One of the things I love about working here is being surrounded by the wonderful story of what it used to be, a 19th Century Flax Mill.

 

Conway Mill/QN Designer Feature

 

Some of the original features of the Mill have survived, even through the Belfast blitz of 1941 and being set on fire during our political troubles here in the 1970’s.

 

Conway Mill/QN Designer Feature

 

How serendipitous to be bringing the art and love of textiles back into this beautiful Victorian Mill!

 

If you would like to know more about my classes, click here, or pop in to see us on the 2nd floor, grab a coffee (or lunch) in the Little Mill Bistro, or come see the many other businesses, trades, creatives and artists who work here!

 

Happy sewing!

 

 

 

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Tutorial: Quilted Plant Pot Cover


By Judith on April 10, 2018
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As promised, here is my tutorial for these uber cute Plant Pot Covers (fits an Ikea small plant pot).

 

Quilted Plant Pot Cover

 

Measurements listed are width x height

Assume 1/4″ seams

Finished Size: 4.5″ (w) x 5″ (h) x 4″ (d)

 

Quilted Plant Pot Cover

 

You will need:

Exterior: 2 x (9″ x 8.5″)

Lining: 2 x (9″ x 8.5″)

Sew-in Flex Foam (Bosal): 2 x (9″x 8.5″)

505 Basting Spray

20″ length of lace or trim

 

Make the Exterior:

1 Spray baste the exterior pieces to the flex foam pieces & quilt as desired.

 

 

2 Measure and cut out 2″ squares from the bottom corners of both exterior pieces.

 

 

3 Pin both exterior pieces right sides together. Sew both sides and bottom edges, using a reverse stitch to start and finish (leave the corners unsewn).

 

 

4 Put your hand inside the basket and push the base down flat. Then push the side seam down on top of the base seam – this brings the raw edges of the corners together. Pin.

 

 

5 Sew along the corners, using a reverse stitch to start and finish. Turn right side out.  Put to one side.

 

 

Make the Lining:

6 Repeat steps 1 – 5 for the lining, leaving a 2″ gap in a side seam for turning (do not turn right side out).

 

 

Assemble the Basket:

7 Place the exterior basket inside the lining, right sides will be together. Align & pin the side seams and top edges.

 

 

 

8 Sew around the top edge (removing the accessory tray from your machine will help here).  Start and finish with a reverse stitch.

 

 

9 Turn the basket right sides out through the gap in the lining.  Push the corners well out and hand or machine stitch the gap closed.

 

10 Push the lining into the basket and pin around the top edge, making sure the lining isn’t sitting proud above the exterior.

 

 

11 Sew around the top edge, starting and finishing with a reverse stitch.

 

12 Pin and sew the lace around the top edge, pointing upwards, and overlap the start and finish by 1/2″.

 

 

13 Fold the top of the basket out and pop in your potted plant!

 

Line ’em up and wait for the compliments!!

 

Quilted Plant Pot Cover

Happy sewing!

 

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Spring Into Summer


By Judith on April 9, 2018
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Hello there!

 

It’s a new week and a new season of Just Jude Designs classes!

 

Our focus in class this term is ‘Curves’ in particular the Drunkard’s Path, and the ‘no pin’ method of sewing this wonderfully versatile block (read all about the projects here).

 

I can’t wait to see my ladies conquer a new challenge!

 

To celebrate our new term, I have changed the quilts on display in my classroom, and also my little display table has been given a new theme!

 

Spring into Summer Classroom Display

 

Spring into Summer!

 

Gone are all the Easter projects, and we are now focusing on lighter evenings, temperatures on the rise (finally) and a building excitement of Spring into Summer!

 

Spring into Summer Classroom Display

 

As before, I’ll be doing a series of posts on the items displayed, pointing you in the direction of patterns and tutorials.

 

Spring into Summer Classroom Display

 

And to kick us off, I’ll be giving you a free tutorial tomorrow on how to make these cute pot plant holders!

 

Quilted Plant Pot Covers

 

Tune in tomorrow for more creative fun!

 

 

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New Class Project: Drunkard’s Path


By Judith on April 2, 2018
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Happy April to you all!

 

Well despite it being ‘Spring’ with sweet crocuses in full bloom in my garden, today I drove through snow showers with 2 degrees registered on my dashboard! Brrrrrrr!

 

So let’s leave the present for now, and think ahead 1 week instead, when hopefully the weather will be much better as my new term of classes start up again after the Easter break!

 

For a while now I’ve been threatening exhorting my ladies to confront their fears and give curved piecing a try!

 

So we’ve decided to get our ‘big girl’ pants on and jump in to this exciting new technique!

 

 

I will be teaching the ‘no pin’ method of curved piecing, as well as how to trim a drunkard’s path unit to achieve different effects.

 

Small Projects:

 

For those who want to make a smaller project, I have designed and written several patterns.

 

‘Ripples’ Cushion:

 

Ripples DP Cushion (class project)
19.5″ x 19.5″

 

 

In this cushion you can use up lots of your colourful scraps, alternate with just a few colours, or use a different fabric in each ‘ripple’ as I have done here.

 

Ripples DP Cushion (class project)

 

The cute ditsy fabrics I’ve used here are ‘Katie Jane’ by Makower, which were leftovers from this quilt project.

 

Pattern available here.

 

‘Baubles’ Table Runner & Mats:

 

DP Table Runner & Mats (British Patchwork & Quilting, April'16)
Photo courtesy of British Patchwork & Quilting

 

 

There are 5 ‘bauble’ shapes in this runner, but you could easily add more or less to suit your table.  Wouldn’t this be lovely in Christmas fabrics for a festive table dressing!

 

The pattern includes instructions on how to make & attach bias binding, and 4 complimentary mats.

 

Pattern available here.

 

‘In The Round’ Heart Cushion:

 

In The Round Heart DP Cushion (Class project)

 

I love the versatility of the drunkard’s path block, and the heart shape in this pom pom trimmed cushion is a great example.

 

For the background I have used Essex Yarn Dyed Linen (Flax) (available to purchase here).

 

Pattern available here.

 

Quilt Projects:

 

And for those ladies who want to ‘go large’ here are my quilt designs:

 

Butterfly Garden Quilt:

 

Butterfly Garden DP Quilt (class project)
48″ x 64″

 

 

The drunkard’s path block here creates pretty wing/petal shapes, a lovely way to showcase your floral fabrics and some echo quilting.

 

Butterfly Garden DP Quilt (class project)

 

Pattern available here.

 

Autumn Garden Quilt:

 

Autumn Garden Quilt (Popular Patchwork Nov16)
56″ x 56″

 

 

By not trimming the drunkard’s path units, you can get a different effect, as shown in this lap quilt.

 

Autumn Garden Quilt (Popular Patchwork Nov16)

 

I’ve used Essex Yarn Dyed Linen (Denim) as the background in this quilt (available to purchase here).

 

Pattern available here.

 

Drunken Hearts Quilt:

 

Drunken Hearts Quilt - Sewing World Feb16
79″ x 76″ Photo courtesy of British Patchwork & Quilting

 

 

Just like the ‘In The Round’ Heart Cushion, this quilt is made from drunkard’s path heart blocks.

 

For the background of this quilt I have used Essex Yarn Dyed Linen (Black) available to purchase here.

 

Pattern avaialable here.

 

I have two more quilt examples of drunkard’s path variations, the patterns for which I hope to be able to make available soon.

 

Hippy Blush Quilt (Popular Patchwork March18)
Hippy Blush Quilt – read more here.

 

 

Oriental Clamshells Quilt (Popular Patchwork Jan18)
Oriental Clams Quilt – read more here.

 

Wow! That was a long post!  Thank you for sticking with all my ‘curves’!

 

If you would like to learn how to make drunkard’s path units (& all of these projects) & have a lot of fun along the way, then why not join in with our other crazy creatives and register for our class starting w/c 9th April. More details on classes available here.

 

Happy curving!

 

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Denim Hexie Bag: Class Finishes


By Judith on March 30, 2018
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For the past 6 weeks some very talented ladies in my classes have been beavering away on my Denim Hexie Bag Pattern.

 

 

This pattern combines techniques such as English Paper Piecing (EPP Hexies), eyelet holes, zippered pocket, handbag construction as well as some serious denim upcycling!

 

At times it looked like a missile had gone off in a jeans factory in my classroom, as scissors and blades feverishly amputated legs, pockets and loops! While denim is one of my favourite textiles to work with, it doesn’t half shed!

 

But oh boy, the results of this serious crafting were so worth it!

 

 

 

Not all the bags being made are represented here, a few are still being finished off.

 

But aren’t they brilliant!  Sturdy, stylish practical bags that I know will get lots of use!

 

And I also know that the bags still being finished are equally as fabulous!

 

I haven’t been able to capture all the individual details in the bags here, but trust me when I tell you that each bag has it’s own unique characteristics.

 

Details like repurposed loops, tabs and pockets from the jeans, as well as complimentary fabrics like cotton and tweed, buttons, badges and even embroidery and printing.

 

A huge ‘well done’ to all my wonderful ‘Bag Ladies’!

 

If you would like to have some re-purposing fun of your own, you can get my Denim Hexie Bag Pattern here.

 

 

I also have 3 part-kits available in my shop, which include the pattern, pre-cut hexie papers, various coloured denim squares (for the hexie panels) , 1 metre of heavy weight sew-in vilene and 4 eyelet rings.

 

But be quick!  When they’re gone, they’re gone!

 

Happy recycling!

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Applique Leaf Workshop


By Judith on March 28, 2018
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Have you ever wanted to master satin stitch applique, but are too afraid to try on your own?

 

Why not surround yourself with like minded creatives and spend a Saturday learning this technique with all the help and support you need!

 

Applique WH & Cushion workshop

 

 

At the workshop you will not only learn how to set up your machine for satin stitch applique, you can also make one of two projects:

 

Family Tree Wallhanging:

 

 

 

Autumn Tree Wallhanging (Pretty Patches Oct16 issues)
27″ x 30″

 

This pretty wallhanging can be made with your favourite treasured scraps, seasonal fabrics, or how about embroidering the names of family members onto the leaves!

 

Autumn Tree Wallhanging (Pretty Patches Oct16 issues)

 

This type of applique is called ‘appli-quilting’.  The leaves will be appliqued onto an already quilted background.  The process of stitching the leaves down combines both techniques of applique and quilting (appli-quilting).

 

Applique Leaf Cushion:

 

Applique Leaf Cushion Workshop April 18
20″ x 20″

 

The same leaf motif can have many applications.  How about a pretty cushion in fabrics that co-ordinate with your home!

 

Applique Leaf Cushion Workshop April 18

 

Once again, we are using the appli-quilting technique here, applique and quilting all in one go! Simples!

 

Applique Leaf Cushion Workshop April 18

 

And how about making a pretty feature of your zipper closure!

 

Applique Leaf Cushion Workshop April 18

 

So the choice is yours!  Join us for lots of coffee, chat and craic in a fun and safe learning environment at Conway Mill.

 

Just drop me an email to book a place: justjudedesigns@hotmail.co.uk

 

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Easter Table (part 3)


By Judith on March 26, 2018
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Hello everyone, well with less than a week until Easter day, I thought it was about time I finished off my Easter Table series.

 

 

As promised, I’m giving this post over to the 2 remaining items on my table.  Can you spot them?

 

The totally brilliant book ‘Farm Girl Vintage’ by Lori Holt is jammed packed with lovely blocks and quilt ideas.

 

Easter Chick cushion

 

A long while ago I made the 12″ chick block from the book.  I had thought about putting it into a quilt, but instead decided to turn it into a cushion for my Easter table!

 

 

Cushions are basically mini-quilts, so you can always have a little more fun with the quilting without getting overwhelmed by a big quilt.

 

Easter Chick cushion

 

And the 2nd converted block is Mama Hen!  I have made a few 12″ Mama Hen’s, along with some bee mates, for a Siblings Together quilt.

 

Mama Hen Kitchen mat

 

This time, I have converted the block into a fun kitchen mat!  I have even used some of the text which came on a Lori Holt Bee Basics panel! Cute or what!

 

Mama Hen Kitchen mat

 

If you haven’t already gotten hold of this book, I highly recommend it!  (There is a copy of the book in the class library for my ladies to borrow.)

 

 

So that concludes my Easter series!

 

I hope you enjoyed it and have fun getting creative for Easter.

 

Keep sewing!

 

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Flex & Framed Purses Workshop


By Judith on March 21, 2018
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Last Saturday we had my first all day workshop at the Mill.

 

Flex & Framed Purses workshop

 

Myself and 9 adventurous ladies settled in a for a St.Paddy’s Day knees-up with a difference!

 

Flex and Framed Purses were the order of the day, with lots of tea, coffee and craic thrown in!

 

Saturday Workshop (Flex & Framed Purses) Mar18

 

By lunchtime the ladies had reached the half-way mark by conquering the tricky glue stage on one side of their purse frames!

 

Saturday Workshop (Flex & Framed Purses) Mar18

 

Then it was onto the flex frame glasses cases.  Sadly I forgot to take some pictures, so trust me when I say they turned out brilliantly!

 

Saturday Workshop (Flex & Framed Purses) Mar18

 

I think it’s safe to say that everyone had a lot of fun, and now have 2 more handmade gift ideas for next Christmas!

 

 

And if you enjoy a little EPP (English Paper Piecing) but hate all the cutting out, my newly listed Hexie Framed Purse Kits are available again in my Etsy shop.

 

Happy sewing!

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Easter Table (part 2)!


By Judith on March 16, 2018
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So, I’m going to completely ignore the impending snow forecast and pretend it is spring and enjoy my narcissus and daffs and the blissfulness of denial!

 

 

With just over 2 weeks to Easter, let’s crack on with part 2 of my classroom Easter table.

 

Garden Shed Tidy (Pretty Patches May16)

 

At the top right hand side of the picture, you will see my Garden Shed Tidy.

 

 

Sewing with clear vinyl isn’t as tricky as you might think!

 

 

This was made for the May ’16 issue of Pretty Patches magazine.  As the garden starts to come to life again, I get sporadic urges to amble down the ‘garden’ isles of my local homeware shop,  buying packets of seeds with renewed vigor that this year I will plant them (!!)

 

And if (like me) you aren’t much of a gardener, you could easily use this cute tidy in your bathroom, the teenagers room, or in the study keeping stamps, envelopes and stationery organised (people do still write letters, right?).

 

 

Hanging on my diy Easter tree are my Easter Egg Zippy Pouches, made with older children in mind who might prefer money or vouchers for Easter!  You can get the free tutorial here.

 

DIY Easter tree

 

Also hanging on my Easter tree are some crochet bunnies.  I followed this tutorial, however mine seem to resemble some kind of dysmorphic bat!

 

Harriet Hare Cushion

 

Now one of the cushions on my table is an old friend.  You may recognise her from this quilt!

 

Harriet Hare Cushion

 

My trusty Woodland Hare, Harriet, has been enlarged and appliqued onto a bespoke cushion cover.  She’s been stuffed and in the absence of piping cord, I top-stitched the side seams.

 

Seeing Harriet’s endearing smile always brings me joy!

 

Picnic Bobble Quilt (Popular Patchwork Aug16)

 

 

Finally, for part 2, all of these items are sitting on my Picnic Bobble Blanket.

 

This was another magazine commission, this time the August ’16 issue of Popular Patchwork.

 

It’s a great pattern for showing off a larger scale print.

 

Picnic Bobble Quilt (Popular Patchwork Aug16)

 

It is double backed, the outer layer being a machine washable shower curtain (we don’t want any soggy bottoms!).

 

Picnic Bobble Quilt (Popular Patchwork Aug16)

 

This is another pattern I will commit to re-write for general sale!

There is a lot of work involved in converting a pattern from a magazine template to one of my own formatted patterns.  I have a long ‘to do’ list and will be announcing some new releases soon!  Thank you for your patience.

 

There are still 2 projects left on the table to tell you about.  But I will give them a post all of their own!

 

In the meantime …..

 

Keeeeeeeeep sewing!

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Easter Table (part 1)!


By Judith on March 14, 2018
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When I was at Primary School we had a ‘Nature Table’, decorated according to the seasons, with items mucky hands would triumphantly find and trophy into class the next day!

 

The Autumn Table was my favourite.  I can still see the bright orangey-red ovals of rosehips, shining like jewels among the tattered leaves and empty conker casings.

 

Well I may be all grown up now (sort of!), but in the childhood-spirit of celebrating the season, I thought it would be nice to have an ‘Easter Table’ in class!

 

 

Not all of these items are strictly ‘Easter’ related – I’m using a little Spring inspiration (& a lot of creative license!) too.

 

So over the next 2 posts, let me talk you through my table and I’ll give you the links to the free tutorials too!

 

We’ll start with the left hand side of the table.  The items are sitting on my blue chenille mat.  If you’ve never tried chenilling before, I highly recommend it.  Great fun and super easy too!

 

Chenille

 

Chenille involves lots of layers of fabric, sewn together on the bias in half inch channels.  The fabric between the channels is then cut, through all layers except the bottom one.  Give it a rigorous wash and tumble dry, and hey presto, you have the fluffiest fabric which you can then turn into anything you like!

 

So far, I’ve chenilled a baby play mat,  a bath mat (below) and a heart cushion!

 

 

In my trug we have my Carrot Cornets ….

 

Easter Carrot Cornets tutorial
filled up with mini eggs!

 

 

……and my Bunny Bags ……..

 

Easter Bunny Bags tutorial

 

The large and small baskets are based on this tutorial by Pink Penguin.  These are so versatile, with a multitude of applications!

 

Easter Basket

 

Above the trug we have my easy cutesy baby bibs ….

 

 

… and my large and small Bunny Tote Bags.

 

 

These were made for Pretty Patches magazine last year.  One day I will get around to re-formatting the pattern for general sale!

 

And above these Bunny Tote Bags are my hanging Scented Houses.  I ran this as a workshop a few years ago, but I need to update the pattern. So it’s not available just at the moment, soz!

 

Scented Fabric Houses Feb13hang them in your wardrobe to keep clothes smelling fresh!

 

I think that’s enough to be getting on with!

 

Tune in later in the week for Easter Table Part 2!

 

I’ll leave you with my crocheted spring garland (another invention of mine for which I haven’t yet written the pattern! Soz again!).

 

 

Happy sewing!

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Disappearing Blocks!


By Judith on March 11, 2018
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In my classes last week, I gave another ‘5 minute demo’.  This month the demo was all about Disappearing Blocks!

 

No, not magic tricks or a trick of the eye.  But how to turn a well known quilt block into something rather special (without lots of intricate piecing)!

The following are pictorial instructions on how to make the disappearing blocks.  A few notes to consider before we get started:

 

    • please work on the basis of colour placement being the same in each series, even if the fabrics are slightly different! (A big thank you to my daughter for making all the blocks)
    • I haven’t included sizes here.  You need to start with the finished block size and work backwards allowing for extra seam allowances per cut.
    • The position of the ‘cut’ lines can vary to give different effects, as long as they are equidistant from each seam.
    • check out my pinterest board for tutorials, sizes and variations.

 

1. Disappearing 9 Patch:

 

 

Here’s what to do:

 

2. Disappearing 9 Patch Variation:

 

 

Here’s what to do:

 

3.  Double Disappearing 9 Patch:

 

 

Here’s what to do:

 

4. Disappearing Hourglass:

 

 

Here’s what to do:

 

 

 

5. Disappearing Pinwheel:

 

 

Here’s what to do:

 

 

6. Disappearing Pinwheel Variation:

 

 

Here’s what to do:

 

 

7. Disappearing Four Patch:

(assume finished block is in same fabrics!)

 

 

Here’s what to do:

 

 

 

8. Disappearing 4 Patch Variation:

Start with another 4 patch block.

 

 

 

These are just a sample of the many disappearing blocks you can make! Aren’t they cool!

 

photo courtesy of British Patchwork & Quilting magazine

 

And if you make a quilt with one of these disappearing blocks, you can get some lovely secondary patterns emerging too, like my Disappearing 9 Patch quillow (pattern available here.)

 

I hope you have been inspired and have fun making some impressive (yet easy) quilt blocks!

 

Happy sewing!

 

 

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Goodbye My Friend!


By Judith on March 10, 2018
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Today I lost a very dear friend to cancer!

 

 

As a single mum to 3 gorgeous girls, her strength, courage and love for life has been (& will continue to be) my inspiration.  Over the past 13 years we have laughed and cried together, prayed and worked together, and sewed together (Heather was a very talented quilter).

 

3 weeks ago, she had her last birthday, in hospital sadly.  I had made her a quilt, which she got to see.  It made her smile!

 

Heather's Quilt Feb'18

 

I wanted a bright, colourful and happy quilt for Heather, to reflect her sunny personality.  These fabrics are called Soul Blossoms by Amy Butler, and the symbolic cream motifs are Friendship Stars.

 

Heather's Quilt Feb'18

 

She had a great sense of humour and was selflessly devoted to her girls. I’m blessed to have had many opportunities to spend with Heather these past 18 months during her illness.

 

Heather's Quilt Feb'18

 

We loved a good rummage in charity shops (she knew all the best ones), hours and hours in coffee shops (she was the best listener) and nights out at the flicks (even if she did nod off occasionally!).  And of course, we both shared a love of fabric and sewing.  She was even attending my classes until a few weeks ago (I finished the quilt she was working on and it was on her bed when she passed).

 

Heather's Quilt Feb'18

 

I will miss my lovely friend, and my heart is breaking for the 3 beautiful girls she leaves behind, on the eve of Mothers Day.

 

But we share the same faith, and while we said ‘goodbye’ on Monday, through love and tears, we both know that it is only ‘farewell’ until we see each other again in heaven.  And then we will have endless years of fun, frolics and friendship together!

 

Goodbye my friend.  You had courage, grace and dignity right to the very end.  See you on the other side.

 

 

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Katie Jane Quilt


By Judith on March 6, 2018
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Hello everyone!

 

Well I’m so glad the snow has gone from Belfast! I had to cancel 2 classes last week because of it!  It’s s(n)oooooooo(w) disrupting!

 

Classes were back to normal yesterday, and I’ve been enjoying showing my ladies a little ‘magic trick’ in this month’s 5 Minute Demo (more on that at the end of the week!).

 

What I can show you, is one of my quilts which is currently featured in the March issue of Pretty Patches magazine.

 

Katie Jane Quilt (Pretty Patches March18)
64″ x 64″

This is Kate Jane, named after the Makower fabric collection of the same name!

 

Katie Jane Quilt (Pretty Patches March18)

 

I love any ditsy, flowery prints, so I was in heaven working with these lovelies!  Wouldn’t some of these prints make the prettiest summer dresses!

 

Katie Jane Quilt (Pretty Patches March18)

 

You could loosely describe this quilt as a medallion quilt, or a giant one block quilt (with a border!).

 

Easy piecing and large scale half square triangles mean this quilt can be assembled quickly and without too much fuss.

 

Katie Jane Quilt (Pretty Patches March18)

 

And I’m happy to report the leftovers are being worked into my next class project (all in good time!).

 

Katie Jane Quilt (Pretty Patches March18)

 

So if you’re looking for a girly, slightly vintagey themed quilt, you should definitely consider Katie Jane!

 

Katie Jane Quilt (Pretty Patches March18)

 

 

Happy sewing!

 

 

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Tilda ‘Lemon Tree’ Blog Hop: QST Mini Quilt


By Judith on March 2, 2018
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Hi there to all my regular readers!

 

And a special welcome if you are visiting as part of the Tilda ‘Lemon Tree’ blog hop.

 

There have been so many gorgeous projects made in this blog hop, I hope you’ve enjoyed them as much as I have.  Here’s a little reminder:

 

Monday 19th February – SewandSo

Tuesday 20th February – Little Black Duck

Wednesday 21st February – Vicky Myers Creations

Thursday 22nd February – Tea and a Sewing Machine

Monday 26th February – Helen Philipps

Tuesday 27th February – Strawberry Patch Ramblings

Wednesday 28th February – Dinki Dots

Friday 2nd March – Just Jude Designs

 

Tilda Lemon Tree Blog Hop: QST Mini Quilt

 

These are the adorable, fresh Tilda fabrics I was sent.  I’m totally swooning over those 60’s style florals!  You can read more  here about Tilda’s inspiration behind these prints.

 

As you can see, I’m the last ‘stop on the hop’ and this is what I made:

 

Tilda Lemon Tree Blog Hop: QST Mini Quilt

 

The 6 fat quarters have made this cutesy quilt, measuring at 35″ x 53″.

 

I wanted to stretch the fabrics out as far as they would go, so I kept the piecing to a minimum.  Here’s what I did:

 

  • trimmed the fat quarters to 18.5″ square
  • paired them to make double sets of half square triangles (HSTs)
  • paired them again to make double sets of quarter square triangles (QSTs)
  • sewed the QSTs together, free motion quilted it and bound it.

 

Tilda Lemon Tree Blog Hop: QST Mini Quilt

 

I used more Tilda (from other collections) for the backing and binding.

 

Tilda Lemon Tree Blog Hop: QST Mini Quilt

 

Isn’t it clever how the QSTs technique distributes all the fabrics evenly throughout the quilt!

 

And if you’d like to have a go at making your own QSTs and HSTs, check out my tutorial here.

 

This little quilt is now the perfect addition to my recycled church pew!

 

Tilda Lemon Tree Blog Hop: QST Mini Quilt

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what I’ve made in this blog hop.

 

And I also hope we have inspired you to try something new using these delicious fabrics!

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Hippy Blush Quilt


By Judith on February 28, 2018
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Hello there, well most of the nation is in white-out this week, with our worst snow fall in many years.

 

My little green patch of home however, is still ………. green, but it might not stay that way for long, with more snow in the forecast!

 

Definitely the weather for snuggling under cosy quilts!

 

Hippy Blush Quilt (Popular Patchwork March18)
72″ x 72″

 

 

This is Hippy Blush!

 

I had a lot of fun designing this one!  The editor of Popular Patchwork wanted me to work with one of Art Gallery’s recent collections, Blush by Dana Willard.

 

Hippy Blush Quilt (Popular Patchwork March18)

 

These bold, retro prints needed an equally bold, retro design.  So I got in touch with my inner hippy (she’s still waiting to ‘come out’!) and went with big statement circles and curves.

 

Hippy Blush Quilt (Popular Patchwork March18)

 

By now you will know I love ‘curvy’ quilts, and especially the versatility of the humble drunkard’s path!

 

And of course, the larger the curves, the easier they are to piece!

 

Hippy Blush Quilt (Popular Patchwork March18)

 

I will be teaching curved piecing after Easter in my classes, so stayed tuned for a project update on that.

 

Hippy Blush Quilt (Popular Patchwork March18)

 

In the meantime, you can check out the full Hippy Blush pattern in the March issue of Popular Patchwork, out now!

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Birthday Quilt & Sew-In


By Judith on February 26, 2018
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A few months back, a good friend approached me with an idea for her 50th birthday celebrations – a ‘Sew-In’ at The Mill.

 

Her wish was to gather around her closest friends and equip them to each make a personalised quilt block for a birthday memory quilt.  Isn’t that a lovely idea!

 

50th Birthday Sew-In at the Mill

 

So at the weekend, 18 of us had a wonderful breakfast in The Little Mill Bistro, before heading upstairs to my classroom to get creative!

 

50th Birthday Sew-In at the Mill

50th Birthday Sew-In at the Mill

50th Birthday Sew-In at the Mill

While not all of the ladies were confident sewers, creativity and ideas weren’t lacking!

 

50th Birthday Sew-In at the Mill

 

My daughter Shannon assisted with a little free motion sketching where needed, and by lunchtime, we had 15 almost completed blocks (not all displayed here).

 

50th Birthday Sew-In at the Mill

 

All that is left to do, is machine sketch some text the ladies have requested, and make the blocks into a quilt for my friend!

 

It was a really fun morning and all the ladies (& the birthday girl!) left with big smiles and happy memories!

 

Of course I couldn’t not make my friend of 20 years a quilt myself!!

 

Shirley's Birthday Quilt
63″ x 63″

 

These fabrics are mostly Honeysweet by Fig Tree Quilts, with a little complimentary Tilda thrown in for good measure!

 

Shirley's Birthday Quilt

 

Working from a layer cake, I wanted to stretch out the yardage as far as it would go, so I kept the cutting to a minimum.

 

Shirley's Birthday Quilt

 

Some Tilda Harvest Bird Tree (Ginger) seemed like the perfect yardage for the back!

 

Shirley's Birthday Quilt

 

I gifted the quilt to my friend at the sew-in yesterday and it was very well received! Yay!

 

 

Another successful day!

 

“The noblest art is that of making others happy!” P T Barnam

 

Happy sewing!

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FAL 2017: Q4 Winners


By Judith on February 23, 2018
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Today is the day we are delighted to announce the winners for Q4 of the 2017 Finish-A-Long, thus bringing the 2017 Finish-A-Long to an official close.

 

If you are low on inspiration or maybe your sewing mojo has been missing lately, we highly recommend you visit some of the finishes from the last quarter of the year.  There are a lot of beauties linked up and ready to inspire you!

Thank you again to our generous sponsors. Without further ado, the winners – each picked by the random number generator – of the Q4 FAL prizes are:

The Q4 Winner of the 2 PDF patterns from Just Jude Designs goes to Kristin, she blogs at Gumdrops and made this really pretty colorful scrappy quilt:

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The Q4 Winner of the $25 gift certificate from Sew Sisters Quilt Shop goes to Julie on Instagram (@julieschloemer) and she finished this stunning Criss Cross Applesauce quilt:

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The Q4 Winner of the 2 PDF patterns from Charm About You goes to Swooze who blogs at Swooze’s Quilts and Tall Tales and she finished this lovely quilt:

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The Q4 Winner of the $50 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop goes to Crystal who blogs at Crystal’s Creations and she made this really fun Halloween tote:

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The Q4 Winner of a surprise package from Marci Girl Designs goes to Cathy who blogs at Sane, Crazy, Crumby Quilting and she finished this lovely scrappy quilt:

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The Q4 Winner of the $25 gift certificate from Tartankiwi goes to Chiska who blogs at Muddy Spring and she finished this adorable little baby turtle quilt:

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The Q4 Winner of the 3 PDF patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts goes to Mary who blogs at Mary Emmens and she finished this handy fold up pouch (along with a ton of other projects from Aneela Hoey’s book):

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The Q4 Winner of the $50 gift certificate from Mad About Patchwork goes to Anne who blogs at Said With Love and she finished this stunning quilt:

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The Q4 Winner of the 3 PDF Patterns from During Quiet Time goes to Jenny who blogs at The Lilac Cat and she finished this bright and colorful quilt:

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The Q4 Winner of your choice of 3 individual patterns from Happy Quilting goes to Kate who blogs at Katie Mae Quilts and she finished this awesome Minecraft quilt:

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The Q4 Winner of the 2 PDF patterns from Cooking Up Quilts goes to Becky on Instagram (@thesparrowstitchery) and she finished this bright and cheery throw pillow:

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The Q4 Winner of the 3 PDF patterns from Sew Sweetness goes to Lisa who blogs at Lisa in Port Hope and she finished this super cute little pouch:

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The Q4 Winner of the $30 gift certificate from Knotted Thread goes to Kim who blogs at The Quilter at Osage Hill and she made this pretty four patch quilt:

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The Q4 Winner of the Camp Bag Pattern Pack from The Littlest Thistle goes to Sheila who blogs at Chez Budsmam and she made this fun and pretty quilt:

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The Q4 Winner of the $15 gift certificate from Green Fairy Quilts goes to Kirsten who blogs at Gemini Stitches and she crocheted this festive Christmas bunting:

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The Q4 Winner of the 2 PDF patterns from Quilting Jet Girl goes to Nicole who blogs at Handwrought Quilts and she finished this simply stunning quilt:

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The Q4 Winners (3) of a six month subscription each to Make Modern Magazine goes to


1. Beth on Instagram (@bhaferko) and she made this lovely quilted set for her son:



2. Beth who blogs at The Anonymous Blueberry Muffin Thief Sews and she embroidered this spooky bat wall hanging:



3. Katy on Instagram (@pudgypenguincrafts) and she finished this lovely Sew Together bag:

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The Q4 Winner of the $30 gift certificate from Clover & Violet goes to Tracey who blogs at It’s A T-Sweets Day and she finished this crochet Stardust Melodies Afghan:

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The Q4 Winner of the $20 gift certificate from Sew Me A Song goes to Terry who blogs at On Going Projects and she finished this black swimsuit:

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The Q4 Winner of the $40 gift certificate from Imagine Gnats goes to Mindy at Operation Domestic Goddess and she finished this adorable My Little Pony costume for her little one:

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The Q4 Winner of the $25 gift certificate from Studio 39 Fabrics goes to Anja who blogs at Anja Quilts and she finished a mini letter A quilt:

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Congratulations to all the winners!! Thank you for joining us in 2017, we truly hope the Finish-A-Long has helped you finish up those works in progress this last year.

A special thank you to our hosts this past year for all of their hard work and time.  A big thank you the sponsors for 2017.  Last but not least thanks to those of you that have played along with us during this past year and previous years, the Finish-A-Long wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for all of you and your WIP’s and finishes!


We hope that you are joining us in 2018, the first quarter is about half-way through so you still have plenty of time to finish up those projects.  If you missed the first quarter link up, please consider joining us in April when the second link up opens.

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Tilda ‘Lemon Tree’ Blog Hop


By Judith on February 19, 2018
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Hello there!

Can you believe we are over half way through February already!

 

I hope you have been able to spend some time sewing this weekend!  I’ve been beavering away on some special birthday quilts, photos coming soon!

 

If you are a regular visitor to my blog you will know that Tilda fabrics are some of my all time favourite fabrics!

 

A few of my Tilda projects

 

I am never disappointed when they bring out new collections each year.  And their Spring ’18 collection is no exception!

 

 

 

This is ‘Lemon Tree’ and oh how my hearts skips a beat!  Some of these delicious fabrics are calling loud and clear to my inner hippy – come out! come out!

 

Here is the inspiration behind the collection:

 

 

And to celebrate the release of this gorgeous collection, today is Tilda ‘Blog Hop’ launch day, hosted by Sew and So.

 

If you are unfamiliar with a blog hop, let me explain!  A selection of sewing bloggers are approached to make something with the fabrics, review them and blog about it. Simples!

 

Here is the blogger line up:

 

Monday 19th February – SewandSo

Tuesday 20th February – Little Black Duck

Wednesday 21st February – Vicky Myers Creations

Thursday 22nd February – Tea and a Sewing Machine

Monday 26th February – Helen Philipps

Tuesday 27th February – Strawberry Patch Ramblings

Wednesday 28th February – Dinki Dots

Friday 2nd March – Just Jude Designs

 

Yep that’s me right at the end there!

 

So if you want to see what lovely things you can make with Tilda Lemon Tree, tune into each of the bloggers on their selected days!

 

And don’t forget to come back here on 2nd March to see what I’ve made for the blog hop!

 

Happy hopping!

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‘Take Wing’ Classes Roundup


By Judith on February 17, 2018
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This was the last week of our ‘Take Wing’ Butterfly wallhanging series.

 

31 brave ladies have been diving into the exacting and at times demanding technique of foundation paper piecing using Lillyella’s ‘Take Wing’ butterfly pattern.

 

And just look at some of the results!

 

Take Wing Butterfly Class Feb18

 

Aren’t they majestic!

 

Each one a unique metamorphosis of creative energy and courage into raw talent and beauty!

 

Some will be transformed into wallhangings and some into cushion covers.

 

I’m so proud of all my ladies for undertaking this project, especially for those who found themselves well and truly out of their comfort zone!

 

Well done everyone!

 

Enjoy your amazing creations!

 

 

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Kitty Cat Quilt


By Judith on February 13, 2018
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Hello there!

 

How is your week going so far?  I hope you are getting time to fit in a little sewing therapy!

 

My eldest daughter has recently started to work for me on a part-time basis, which frees me up to attend to pressing deadlines!  Oh how I love having a creatively talented assistant!!

 

 

Last summer I was asked by the fabric distributor Makower UK if I would consider coming on board as one of their designers!

 

I said yes straight away, and my first design for them is not only available for free on their website, but is also featured in the current issue of Quilt Now magazine.

 

Kitty Cat Quilt (for Makower)
66″ x 66″

 

Not only that, if you are a regular watcher of Sewing Quarter (Freeview channel 78) you may have seen Kitty featured!  It gets a mention in the programme introduction, and then has a much lengthier feature with sections of the quilt demonstrated here.

 

This medallion quilt is based around a panel, which I chopped up and spaced out with sashing.

 

Kitty Cat Quilt (for Makower)

 

Simple checkboards and drunkard’s path scallops create the feature borders.

 

Kitty Cat Quilt (for Makower)

 

So if you love your feline friends, I know you’ll fall in love with this fabric collection.

 

Kitty Cat Quilt (for Makower)

 

And if you didn’t want to make a big quilt, why not make the central panelled section as a cute baby quilt instead!  Purrrrrrfect!

 

Happy sewing!

 

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‘Hearts Full of Roses’ Quilt


By Judith on February 11, 2018
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Every now and then I get to make quilts as gifts.

 

Hearts Full of Roses Quilt (for Rose!)

 

Last November I became a Great Auntie for the first time! Can you believe it!

 

Sweet baby Rose was born and of course I wanted to make her a quilt!

 

Hearts Full of Roses Quilt (for Rose!)

 

Now it took me until the Christmas holidays (and then some!) to get going on this quilt.

 

Firstly I was stuck for inspiration, and then my quilty friend Geraldine of SophieBelleDesigns over on IG gave me the perfect idea!  Hearts! (Thank you G!).

 

Hearts Full of Roses Quilt (for Rose!)

 

I had already picked up a girly bundle of floral fabrics from the quilting shop where I used to work, some ‘Fleurs Petite Bouquet’ (Brenda Riddle Acorn Quilts) and with the odd Tilda print thrown in I now knew what to do with them!

 

Hearts Full of Roses Quilt (for Rose!)

 

Using the fabulous ‘Heart Blocks in Multiple Sizes’ tutorial by Cluck Cluck Sew, I made 9″ blocks with 1″ sashing between them.

 

Hearts Full of Roses Quilt (for Rose!)

 

It wasn’t until after I finished quilting it that I realised all the fabrics have Roses in them!  How cool is that!

The quilt finishes at 42″ square, which made a cute little bundle when wrapped up, ready to post to another cute little bundle.

 

Hearts Full of Roses Quilt (for Rose!)

 

And I’m pleased to say that both Rose and mummy love her new quilt!

 

 

Now the observant among you will know I usually photograph my quilts outside in natural light!

 

Well here’s why all of these photos were taken indoors!

 

Hearts Full of Roses Quilt (for Rose!)

 

Happy blowing sewing!

 

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Class Vacancies & New Saturday Workshops


By Judith on February 9, 2018
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Hi there,

 

It’s been a beautifully cold and sunny day here!  And I can already notice a little stretch of more light in the evenings!  Hooray!

 

I have had a fantastic start to my new classes at The Mill, with great feedback from my inaugural classes.  And I can now release the next 6 week block of classes.

 

 

 

If you would like to learn a new skill, get some long standing projects completed, or join in with our optional class project (Denim Hexie Bag) then drop me an email to book a place.

 

All abilities are welcome, and you will find a hot cuppa, friendly faces, and a light and spacious classroom to work in.

 

Saturday Workshops:

 

I’m also announcing my first term of one-day Saturday workshops.

 

 

What better way to spend a Saturday than sewing fun projects alongside enthusiastic sewers in a relaxed and fun environment!  Here’s a little more information on each of the workshops.

 

Flex and Framed Purses: 

 

Flex Frame Sunnies Pouch

 

Not only do these make for great gifts, but they are so practical too!  Keep your glasses and sunglasses safe and protected in these cute flex frame cases.

 

Framed Purses - fabrics by Zazzle

 

And learn how to make these stylish metal framed purses for your make-up or essentials (perhaps even a little English Paper Piecing!).

 

 

And speaking of EPP, I will have kits available of my Hexie Framed Purses, as well as the hardware for both pouches.

 

Family Tree Wallhanging:

 

Autumn Tree Wallhanging (Pretty Patches Oct16 issues)
27″ x 30″

This wallhanging covers quilting and applique techniques.  You can make it seasonal e.g. an Autumn tree, a Spring tree or perhaps a ‘Christmas Tree’! Or turn it into your Family Tree and embroidery names on the leaves!

 

Denim Sailboat Cushion:

 

Denim Sailboat Cushion (Pretty Patches July16)
18″ x 18″

 

If you like a spot of up-cycling, then why not turn some of your unwanted denim into this nautical themed cushion!

 

Have fun with ‘appli-quilting’, feature quilting and a little free motion sketching!

 

Kits will be available to purchase at the workshop.

 

Large Toiletry Bag:

 

Travel Washbag

 

This is a sizeable pouch, with room for all your bottles and toiletries!

 

Travel Washbag

 

There’s even a handy toothbrush and toothpaste bag, with wipeable rip-stop lining.

 

Travel Washbag

 

And don’t worry about that zipper!  It’s easy peasy to put in!

 

So those are the fun workshops up for grabs!  Places are limited, and a few of the workshops are already half booked, so please don’t leave it too long to sign up!  Again, just drop me an email to justjudedesigns@hotmail.co.uk.

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Crossed Paths Quilt


By Judith on February 6, 2018
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Hi there,

 

These weeks are rolling past so quickly I’m struggling to keep up with blog posts about my magazine commissions!

 

The February issue of Quilt Now is out this week, but I haven’t gotten around to telling you about my quilt in the January issue yet!

 

Crossed Paths Quilt (Quilt Now Jan18)
60″ x 60″

 

This is Crossed Paths, made completely from Spectrum Solids by Makower.

 

In quilt design, the terms ‘advanced’ or ‘technical’ can be quite subjective, depending on which part of the quilt the term refers to.

 

For example, a quilt can look ‘uncomplicated’ due to the fabrics used, but the piecing technique may require complete accuracy or many instructions.

 

Crossed Paths Quilt (Quilt Now Jan18)

 

At the other end of the spectrum, a quilt can look cleverly complicated with really straightforward piecing.

 

Crossed Paths falls somewhere in between!  The repeating 15″ blocks are based around 2 elements:  (1) Foundation pieced quadrants are made separately, papers removed then pieced around the central square using (2) a partial seam (tutorial on partial seams coming soon!).

 

 

 

However, close attention must be paid to the cutting instructions and fabric placement, to achieve the gradation of background from dark to light and the reverse gradation of the ‘crossed paths’.

 

This is a quilt where lots of labels and plastic bags are recommended to keep yourself organised!

 

Crossed Paths Quilt (Quilt Now Jan18)

 

So if you like making quilts with a little more ‘bite’ then this one’s for you!

 

Crossed Paths Quilt (Quilt Now Jan18)

 

Crossed Paths Quilt (Quilt Now Jan18)

Happy sewing!

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New Class Project: Feb-March ’18


By Judith on February 4, 2018
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Hello everyone!

 

I hope you’ve had a healthy and creative week!

 

My first (half) term of classes are almost through (this is week 5 of 6) so it’s time to announce next (half) term’s class project!

 

 

This is a project for those who not only enjoy a spot of ‘re-purposing’ but also bag construction.  The exterior and lining are reinforced with heavy weight vilene, and the exterior is quilted.

 

 

 

What’s involved?

  • Upcycling your unwanted denim jeans, skirts and shirts (I have a large stash you can avail of!)
  • English Paper Piecing (EPP) – hand sewing the hexies into 2 panels
  • Eyelet Ring handle opening
  • Zippered pocket in the lining
  • Reinforced base

 

And to make it even easier to make this great shopper, I will have part-kits made up of the following:

 

    • 37 hexie papers Sizzix cut and hole punched
    • 37 varied pieces of denim for the hexies
    • 4 sets of eyelet rings
    • 1 metre heavy sew-in vilene
    • comprehensive Just Jude Designs pattern with step by step photos

 

The part-kits are discounted at £13 for those attending the classes.

 

So the only materials you need to bring with you are:

 

    • 0.5 metre cotton for the bag lining
    • 1 fat quarter cotton for zippered pocket lining
    • 8″ plastic zipper

 

Easy peasy!

 

As always, the class project is optional, and I will be announcing class vacancies at the end of this week!  So stay tuned!

 

Happy re-purposing!

 

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HSTs, QSTs and HRTs


By Judith on February 2, 2018
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Hi everyone!

In class this week, our ‘5 minute lesson’ was all about HSTs (Half Square Triangles), QSTs (Quarter Square Triangles) and HRTs (no not that type of HRT! Half Rectangle Triangles!).

 

 

These versatile and clever units form the many building blocks of quilt and quilt block design!

 

They are component parts that follow the same construction principles but with their many design possibilities, they just keep on giving!

 

Sewing with triangles can be tricky, especially as those naughty bias edges can flex and stretch!  But despite the word ‘triangle’ being mentioned in the names of all of these techniques, at no point are individual triangles sewn together! How cool is that!

 

Let’s start with the humble Half Square Triangle.

 

Half Square Triangles (HSTs):

 

Method 1 (yields 2 identical hsts):

 

Start off by putting 2 squares right sides together.

 

 

Draw a pencil line corner to corner on the wrong side of one of the squares and sew 1/4″ either side of the line.

 

 

Cut along the line to create 2 identical half square triangle units.  Press the seams open (always press bias seams open where possible).

 

 

How easy was that!

Method 2 (yields 4 identical hsts):

Place 2 squares right sides together and sew 1/4″ around all four sides.

 

 

Cut in half from corner to corner, and then into quarters through the opposite corners.

 

 

As before, press the seams open.

 

 

And now that you have cracked hsts, the design possibilities are endless!  Here are a couple of my own HST quilts, but for lots more variations, including sizing charts, check out my HST Pinterest Board!

 

Autumn Boho Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Sept17)
Autumn Boho Quilt made with giant hsts!

Chevron Heaven Quilt (April17 Popular Patchwork Magazine)
Chevron Heaven!

 

Houndstooth Quilt for LPQ (Nov16)
Modern Houndstooth – hsts and squares
Rainbow Geese (photo courtesy of Sewing World magazine)

 

 

Quarter Square Triangles (QSTs):

This time you need 2 lots of half square triangles.  You can work with 2 fabrics, or like I’m doing here, 4 different fabrics.

 

 

Now take 1 hst from each pair and place them right sides together so that their seams are lying on top of each other.

 

 

Draw a line corner to corner perpendicular to the existing seam. Sew 1/4″ either side of the line.

 

 

Cut along the line to separate and press the seams open.  Now you have 2 identical QST blocks, with each of the 4 fabrics in each unit.

 

 

See if you can spot the QSTs in my friend Susan’s gorgeous ‘Blue Moon’ quilt.

 

 

I have a little QST quilt in the works, but I can only show you this sneaky peak  for now ……..

 

 

….. but check out my QST Pinterest board for lots more clever ideas & sizing charts!

 

Half Rectangle Triangles (HRTs):

As with HSTs and QSTs we will be sewing either side of a diagonal pencil line, but this time, because we are working with rectangles, the layering is different.

 

 

Placing the fabrics right sides together, make sure the pencil line runs to the opposite corners of the other rectangle.

When these have been sewn, separated and pressed, you will need to trim off the excess fabric at the corners before using them.

 

 

And if you change the direction of the pencil line in other units, you can achieve lots of different effects.  Here’s a little Twizzler block I made for the class lesson.

 

 

I haven’t made an HRT quilt yet, but it is most definitely on my bucket list!

But please check out my HRT Pinterest board for inspiration overload! Oh my! I want to make them all!

If you’ve always wanted to design your own quilts but have been unsure of where to start, then why not give HSTs, QSTs or HRTs a try!

I hope you feel inspired!  Thank you for tuning in!

Happy sewing!

 

 

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Log Cabin Bouquet Quilt


By Judith on January 26, 2018
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Hi there!

 

How has your week been?  Isn’t it crazy how fast the weeks are flying in!  But I’m glad we’re almost out the other side of January, aren’t you?

 

When I first started learning patchwork, one of the first blocks I tried was the humble log cabin! And it was love at first …… stitch!

 

My first Log Cabin quilt made from recycled textiles!

 

Over the years I’ve stitched many log cabin variations, and even have a dedicated Log Cabin Pinterest Board!

 

So when Popular Patchwork said they were going for a colourful and cheery February issue, I had an idea!

 

Log Cabin Bouquet Quilt (Popular Patchwork Feb18)
62″ x 62″

 

This is Log Cabin Bouquet!

 

With a few adjustments, the log cabin block can be turned into a heart shape.  And when you put the hearts together, you get a flower shape!  Neat!

 

Log Cabin Bouquet Quilt (Popular Patchwork Feb18)

 

If, like me, you have a ‘Fabric Bucket List’ it’s always a joy when you finally get the opportunity to work with some long desired collection or fabric line.

 

Log Cabin Bouquet Quilt (Popular Patchwork Feb18)

 

When Art Gallery launched their Denim Studio, I swooned!  Already a long time lover of all things denim, my heart skipped a beat when I saw how creative Art Gallery got with this unassuming textile.  Oh boy! The different weights, patterns and textures – so many to choose from.

 

Log Cabin Bouquet Quilt (Popular Patchwork Feb18)
Photo courtesy of Popular Patchwork

 

 

Imagine my delight when the Editor of Popular Patchwork approved my design! I stuck to denims that were 4oz or 5oz and I thought I’d go braver with the background this time.

 

Log Cabin Bouquet Quilt (Popular Patchwork Feb18)
Photo courtesy of Popular Patchwork

The background is Painterly Wash and the backing Ragged Daisies.  Wouldn’t these make beautiful tunic dresses (that’ll be another addition to the bucket list then!).

 

Log Cabin Bouquet Quilt (Popular Patchwork Feb18)

 

If you are considering Denim Studio, I recommend using the 4-5 oz ones for quilting and the 10 oz ones for bag making and soft furnishings.

 

Log Cabin Bouquet Quilt (Popular Patchwork Feb18)

 

So that’s another fabric itch scratched!  I definitely see more Denim Studio in my future!

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Travel Sewing Pouch Tutorial


By Judith on January 20, 2018
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Happy weekend everyone!

 

I hope you’ve had a good week.

 

How would you fancy another Just Jude Designs tutorial!  It’s been a while so I thought it was time to share one of my handy pouch patterns!

 

 

If you attend regular sewing classes, a Quilting Guild or charity sewing groups, you will know there’s a lot of stuff to remember to bring with you each time!

 

7.5” x 17.5” (19cm x 44.5cm) opened;  7.5” x 9” (19cm x 23cm) closed

 

So a travel sewing pouch might be just the thing you need to keep your essentials compact and portable.

 

 

And there’s a handy little zippered pocket in the back!

 

So before we get started, here are a few essential points:

 

  • Use quarter inch seams throughout
  • Avoid directional prints for the main/outer fabric (it will be upside down when the flap folds over – ask me how I know!!)
  • All cutting instructions are shown width x height

 

Right, let’s go!

 

Materials/Cutting:

For main/outer/flap cut:  1 x (8”/20cm x 17”/43cm)

For front/small pocket cut:  1 x (8”/20cm x 10”/25.5cm)

For lining cut:  1 x (8”/20cm x 17”/43cm)

For medium pocket cut:  1 x (8”/20cm x 13”/33cm)

For large pocket cut:  1 x (8”/20cm x 16”/40.5cm)

For zippered pocket lining cut:  2 x (8”/20cm x 9”/23cm)

From sew-in vilene cut:   1 x (8”/20cm x 17”/43cm)

You will also need:

Elastic hair bobble

Button

Basting Spray (505)

5” plastic zipper

Zipper foot

Non-permanent marking pen/tool

 

Method:

1 Spray baste the vilene to the wrong side of the main/outer fabric.

 

2 Iron all 3 pockets in half widthways, wrong sides together. Top stitch along top/folded edges.

 

 

 

3 Place the small and medium pockets together (aligned at the bottom & side edges). Chalk & sew lines onto the small pocket to create dividers as required. Use a reverse stitch at the top/folded edge. Do not sew a central line through all layers as this will be sewn in the next step.

 

 

4 Place the small and medium pockets on top of the large pocket, again aligning bottom and side edges. Mark a line that runs vertically through the middle of the small and medium pockets only. Sew on this line, through all layers, again using a reverse stitch at the top edge.

 

 

5 Place the pocket section on top of the lining (right side facing) aligning the bottom and side edges. Machine tack together. Put to one side.

 

 

 

6 Make the back/zippered pocket: Hand or machine stitch the open end of the zipper closed to hold in place.

 

 

7 Place one of the zippered pocket linings right sides together with the outer fabric, aligning the bottom and side edges.

Draw a line on the pocket fabric, 2” (5cm) down from the top and 1.5” (4cm) in from each side.

 

 

8 Next draw a line ¼” (6mm) above and below the first line. Join up the sides and draw > shapes ¼” (6mm) in from each side.

 

 

9 Pin the layers together and sew on the outer lines only through both layers. Do not sew on the centre line.

 

 

10 Carefully cut along the centre line and > lines into the corners. You need to cut right into the corners without snipping the stitches.  A small pair of embroidery stitches are useful here.

 

 

11 Push the pocket fabric through the letterbox opening to the back. Press well so no pocket fabric is seen.

 

 

12 Place the zipper into the letterbox opening, so that the ‘teeth’ are showing on the right side. Pin and carefully sew around the opening using 1/8” (3mm) seam allowance.

 

 

13 Pin the remaining pocket lining piece right sides together with the first pocket lining piece. Do not pin through to the main/outer fabric.

 

 

14 Clip or pin the outer fabric back out of the way before sewing around all sides of the pocket linings.

 

 

15 Complete the pouch: Machine or hand tack an elastic hair bobble to the top edge of the outer fabric, centred and with the main loop pointing down.

 

 

16 Place the outer piece right sides together with the lining/pockets. Pin and sew around all edges, leaving a 3” (8cm) gap in the top of one of the sides. Carefully snip the corners at an angle to remove the bulk.

 

 

 

17 Turn the pouch right sides out, push the corners well out and press well.

18 Hand stitch the gap closed and sew on a button 2” (5cm) up from the bottom edge and centred.

 

 

Fill with all your sewing essentials!

 

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Handmade Spools Quilt & Classes Update


By Judith on January 17, 2018
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Hi there!

 

Are you still surrounded by snow?

 

Even a little of the white stuff causes so much disruption here! Someone in particular is reluctant to venture out in it!

 

Paw prints in the snow!

 

Thankfully most folks were still able to get to my classes.  We are into our 2nd week of the first 6 week block.

 

New Classes Jan18

 

 

And I’m happy to report that feedback about the new spacious and light-flooded classroom, stunning view and historical surroundings has been immensely positive.

 

I will soon be releasing information and dates about my Saturday workshops, starting in March.  Watch this space!

 

(You can find more information about the classes here.)

 

So onto a beginner friendly quilt I designed for British Patchwork & Quilting magazine (January issue).

 

Handmade Spools Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Jan18)
Photo courtesy of British Patchwork & Quilting

 

This is ‘Handmade Spools’, made using Makower’s sewing themed ‘Handmade’ fabrics (view all the fabrics here).

 

Handmade Spools Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Jan18)

 

The spool shapes are made using half square triangles, no tricky ‘Y’ seams here!  And the centre of each spool headlines the cute prints of pins, threads, buttons, scissors and notions.

 

Handmade Spools Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Jan18)

 

So if you want to dip your toe into patchwork and quilting without feeling overwhelmed, why not try your hand at Handmade!

 

Handmade Spools Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Jan18)

 

Happy sewing!

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Oriental Clamshells Quilt


By Judith on January 6, 2018
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Hello there!

 

How is your weekend going?

 

I spent a lovely afternoon sewing today, with my fellow Bee Blessed buddies.  The room was a hive of activity as we kicked off the new year getting more quilts ready to gift to those in need of comfort.

 

Oriental Clamshells Quilt (Popular Patchwork Jan18)

 

A few months back I made a quilt for Popular Patchwork. They sent me a lovely collection of fabrics called Japanese Garden by Makower.

 

Oriental Clamshell Quilt (Popular Patchwork Quilt)

 

When I first saw the fabrics I was a little unsure what to do with them.  There are many motifs and shapes in the fabrics to draw from, flowers, butterflies, dragonflies.

 

Oriental Clamshell Quilt (Popular Patchwork Jan18)

 

But I have a bit of a thing about curves (!!) and just had to scratch that itch!

 

As a patchwork and quilting tutor I often come across a fearful response to the mention of curved piecing!

 

Oriental Clamshell Quilt (Popular Patchwork Quilt)

 

But the bigger the curves, the easier the piecing!

 

So if you haven’t tried making a drunkard’s path block before, these large scale ones are a great place to start.  I use a ‘no pin’ method, which means you get quickly into a repetitive rhythm piecing the curves.

 

Oriental Clamshell Quilt (Popular Patchwork Quilt)

 

This quilt is currently in the January issue of Popular Patchwork …..

 

Oriental Clamshell Quilt (Popular Patchwork Quilt)
Photo courtesy of Popular Patchwork

 

…. and it is also hanging up in my new classroom.

 

 

So my new students had better beware!  I’m hatching a plan that involves ‘curves’! After all, real women have curves!

 

Keep sewing!

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Celebration Giveaway Winner!


By Judith on January 4, 2018
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Thank you to everyone for your lovely comments both here and on Instagram, celebrating my 7 years blogging and reaching 1000 IG followers with me.

 

 

And I’m delighted to annouce the winner is …………………….

 

SANDRA / SEW OF COURSE

 

Congratulations Sandra! A fellow FAL host and all round talented lady!

 

Thank you again to everyone for entering, and sorry you weren’t a winner this time!

 

But there will be more giveaways this year, and if you haven’t already, sign up for my newsletter to get discounts and free offers throughout the year.

 

Keeping sewing!

 

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Snow Stars Quilt


By Judith on January 3, 2018
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Last day to enter my celebration giveaway. Enter here.

 

Hello everyone!

 

How is your new year going so far?

 

I’m trying to get back into running (been soaked twice!) and eat healthier (took 4 days to get through a sweet potato & carrot salad…… yawn!).

 

I’m a little behind in blogging about my January magazine commissions, so I’d better get a shimmy on!

 

Snow Stars Quilt (Pretty Patches Jan18)

 

This is ‘Snow Stars’, my quilty ballad to the wintery wonder of snow!

 

We don’t often get significant snow here, and I have a paradoxical relationship with it when it does show up!  The romantic in me loves the peaceful stillness of a virginal snow fall, but the damp practicalities of travelling and trying to do life in it, well it’s ……. trying!

 

Snow Stars Quilt (Pretty Patches Jan18)

 

I’ve represented these stark contrasts in Snow Stars by using Essex Yarn Dyed Linen (Denim) as the background, allowing the low volume stars to pop out.

 

Snow Stars Quilt (Pretty Patches Jan18)

 

The half square triangle technique for making the blocks  means you get 2 identical star blocks at a time!

 

Snow Stars Quilt (Pretty Patches Jan18)

 

A friend of mine quilted Snow Stars on her frame, using the perfect snowflake pantograph.

 

Snow Stars Quilt (Pretty Patches Jan18)

 

Isn’t it perfect!  And trusty Ikea ‘Numbers’ on the back completes my ‘Ode to Snow’!

 

Snow Stars Quilt (Pretty Patches Jan18)

 

And it’s always nice to make front cover!

 

Snow Stars Quilt (Pretty Patches Jan18)

 

Keep warm!

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A Year In Quilts!


By Judith on January 1, 2018
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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

I love new year, even more than Christmas. A fresh start, a clean page, renewed focus and motivation. And of course, a little stretch more light in the day!

 

I don’t set new year resolutions, but I do choose a word for the year, a kind of  theme to keep me on track.

 

This year my word is RHYTHM.

 

After a momentous year of change in 2017, it’s time to start a new rhythm, in work, at home, in life. I love the organic nature of this word, and I think that’s how I’ll find my new rhythm, gradually, naturally, organically. I’m so looking forward to settling into all the new things that 2017 brought, like breaking in a fabulous new pair of shoes!

 

There may be more change, I may trip and wobble a little along the way, but each day that God grants me I will put on my new shoes and stride my best stride. I hope you’ll journey with me through 2018.

 

As is now tradition in blogland, I’ll leave you with my Year in Quilts and a selection of other projects.

 

 

I hope as you look back at all you’ve achieved in 2017, it fills you with hope, inspiration and dreams of even more creative pursuits in 2018!

Happy new year!

P.s. If you would like to enter my celebration giveaway go here (open until 4th January).

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FAL 2017: Quarter 4 Finishes – Linky Open


By Judith on December 31, 2017
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It might be hard to believe but we have made it to the end of the fourth quarter of the 2017 FAL and it’s time to link up your Q4 finishes!

 

The 2017 FAL has a community of bloggers across the world jointly hosting the FAL. Our hosts are:

  • Sarah – Sew me – Northern Ireland
  • Sandra – Sew of Course – Ireland (also Social Media Director)

 

Before you link up, let’s give a huge thank you to our fantastic sponsors:

 

 

 

 

The 2017 Q4 link for your finishes is now open below on my blog and on each of the hosting blogs – you only need to link on one blog for your finish to appear on each blog. Link-up “rules”:

 

 

 

  • Add one link for each finish. If you want to link a round up post of all your finishes, use that link to enter one of your finishes and then link the rest of your finishes separately. Please, only one link per finish, as your link is an entry into the randomly drawn prize draws.

 

  • Please ensure that the photo or blog post you link up contains a link or reference back to your original list so that we can verify your entry (make sure it is from the appropriate quarter). Feel free to tag your photos #2017FALQ4yourname (substitute your name), this makes it easier for us to match your finishes with your list.

 

  • Please become part of the FAL community. Please check out the links of others and comment. We all need encouragement so let’s applaud each other. The 2017 FAL Facebook page is here and follow us on Instagram @finishalong

 

  • Our hosts will also link their finishes to share in the community, but they are not eligible for any of the prizes.

 

The Q4 Finishes link will stay open from now thru January 6 at 11 pm EST – link up your finishes early and if you have a last minute one, add that one later so you don’t miss out. The prizes will be awarded as soon as we can verify all the entries and do the drawings. We will post the winners on each hosts’ blog.

 

And don’t forget to start making your 2018 Q1 lists as the Q1 list link opens on January 7, 2018.

More details about next year’s Finish A Long will be announced soon.  Hope you will join us.

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Giveaway!


By Judith on December 28, 2017
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Invitation to Celebrate!

To: all my lovely blog readers and IG followers

 

 

 

 

To celebrate my 7 years blogging anniversary and reaching (& passing) 1000 followers on Instagram, I’m giving away not one, not two, but 3 great prizes!

 

 

The wonderful Alice at Fabric Yard is sponsoring this giveaway with a £25 voucher to spend!  How fabulous is that!

 

 

You will also win my Robin Cushion kit, which contains everything you need to make this applique cushion, including 0.5 metre of Essex Yarn Dyed linen for the back.

 

And finally, 2 spools of Aurifil 50wt thread in neutral shades, perfect for piecing and quilting.

 

So here’s how to enter:

  • Leave me a comment either here or on IG, telling me what project you are most looking forward to making in 2018!
  • I will combine the entries here and on IG and draw the winner on Thursday 4th January 2018.
  • International entries welcome
  • Only one entry per person

 

Good luck everyone!

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Lola Pouch Gifts


By Judith on December 27, 2017
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Hello everyone!

 

How did your Christmas go over?  Mine was a peaceful and relaxing time spent with family…. the best kind (though eating my body weight in mince pieces and festive fayre is perhaps overdoing it, a tad!).

 

In all the pre-Christmas madness busyness I past my 7th year blogiversary (20th) and on 10th December I reached 1000 followers on Instagram! Quite the milestone!

 

Now that is call for celebration!  I’m hatching a giveaway plan, so watch this space – details will be coming soon.

 

But for today I’ll show you 2 more gifts I managed to squeeze in before the big day!

 

Small Lola Pouch Gifts Dec17

 

These are Lola pouches, designed by my very talented friend Svetlana.

I had the privilege of testing the Lola Pouch for Svetlana a couple of years ago, when I made the larger size (which I use to store all my EPP papers and templates).

 

Small Lola Pouch Gifts Dec17

 

This time, I needed a small zippy pouch to ‘carry’ some little gifts, and I immediately thought of the small Lola pouch.

 

Small Lola Pouch Gifts Dec17

 

Because of Svetlana’s brilliantly written pattern, I had these two run up in no time at all (it took longer choosing fabrics!).

 

Small Lola Pouch Gifts Dec17

 

I love how Svetlana puts fabrics together.  Going for black and white binding may seem like a brave option given the floral Amy Butler fabrics, but I love how Svetlana has used it in the past and I just knew it would work (any excuse to use stripey binding!).

 

Small Lola Pouch Gifts Dec17

 

I can think of a million uses for these cute little pouches! And so quick and easy to make too!

 

Small Lola Pouch Gift Dec17

 

If you fancy having a go yourself, you can get both sizes in the one pattern here.

 

Small Lola Pouch Gifts Dec17

 

Happy gifting!

 

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Recycled Denim Pouches


By Judith on December 21, 2017
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Hi everyone!

 

Well with only a few more days to go, I hope you are not too stressed!

 

I have only one more commission to complete (tomorrow) and then I am officially off work! Yay!

 

Recycled Denim Pouches

 

Despite the busyness this week, I did manage to get 2 presents made.  One is a secret santa (which has already been gifted) and one is a thank you gift.

 

Recycled Denim Pouches

 

It’s always ‘playtime’ for me when it comes to re-purposing my denim hoard stash!  But this was my first time trying denim half square triangles.

 

Recycled Denim Pouches

 

I kept the half square triangles fairly big (by patchwork standards) and they worked like a dream. The bags are approximately 11.5″ wide by 9″ tall, lots of room for all the accessories us ladies seem to accumulate!

 

Recycled Denim Pouches

 

I love the finish of Aurifil 12wt wool thread on denim.

 

Recycled Denim Pouches

 

And some tabs saved from a beloved denim shirt add the perfect finishing touches.

 

Recycled Denim Pouches

 

And remember, never throw away those broken or unwanted pendants or charms!  You never know when they’ll come in handy!

 

Recycled Denim Pouches

 

Happy recycling!

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Frost


By Judith on December 18, 2017
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60″ x 72″

This is Frost!

 

I’m happy to see the actual frost (& snow) on the ground disappear this week!  And instead show you my scrappy quilt in icy blues, which is featured in the January issue of Quilt Now.

 

Frost (Quilt Now Jan18)

 

As you know, I LOVE using scraps.  Sticking to a particular colourway while just using scraps is a little more challenging than just using a random selection of colours.  Scraptastic challenge accepted!

 

I started with a spikey block (my trust Sizzix helped me out with the cutting), then dropped the pale aqua and soft blues into it.  I only needed to beg a small amount of blue from a willing friend!

 

Photo courtesy of Quilt Now

 

You can get a better idea of the block from the cushion above.  Katy the editor asked for a cushion of the same block, but in a different colourway.  I used Kona solids for the cushion, and went for a more masculine vibe. This is to give the readers an alternative way of seeing the versatility of the block.

 

Frost (Quilt Now Jan18)

 

My background & binding is Kiss Dot by Michael Miller, and the backing is Vintage Market by Lori Holt.

 

Frost (Quilt Now Jan18)

 

The weather never matches the quilts when I’m photographing them!

 

Frost (Quilt Now Jan18)

 

So that’s Frost.  I hope you like my scrappy quilt.

 

Frost (Quilt Now Jan18)

 

I’m in the process of making my very last quilt of 2017. Sadly you won’t get to see it until March ’18.

 

And with less than one week until the ‘big day’ I hope you are a lot more organised than me!

 

Happy sewing!

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FAL 2017: Q3 Winners


By Judith on December 15, 2017
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Today is the day we are privileged to announce the winners for Q3 of the 2017 Finish-Along.

If you are low on inspiration or maybe your sewing mojo has been missing lately, we highly recommend you visit some of the finishes from the third quarter of the year.  There are a lot of beauties linked up and ready to inspire you!

Thank you again to our generous sponsors. Without further ado, the winners – each picked by the random number generator – of the Q3 FAL prizes are:

The Q3 Winner of the 2 PDF patterns from Just Jude Designs goes to Jennie who blogs at Jennie’s Threads and she made this colorful and cheery quilt.

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The Q3 Winner of the $25 gift certificate from Sew Sisters Quilt Shop goes to Marisa via IG @mmckee_10 and she made these creative patchwork curtains.


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The Q3 Winner of the 2 PDF patterns from Charm About You goes to Brenda who blogs at The Quilting Nook and she made this stunning dress.

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The Q3 Winner of the $50 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop goes to Angela via IG @heartofcharnwood and she made this great quilt back! (The quilt is a surprise so she couldn’t share the front.)

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The Q3 Winner of the 3 PDF patterns from Elven Garden Quilts goes to Katie who blogs at Karma Willow Designs and she made an absolutely beautiful Swoon quilt (and isn’t this photo great!)

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The Q3 Winner of the $25 gift certificate from Tartankiwi goes to Heather who blogs at Quilting and Beyond and she made these fantastic quilted banners.

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The Q3 Winner of the 3 PDF patterns from Blossom Heart Quilts goes to Jenny via IG @silverbellsandcockleshells and she made this great BW Sailors Top.

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The Q3 Winner of the $50 gift certificate from Mad About Patchwork goes to Mercedes who blogs at LadyFriend Designs who made this lovely quilt.

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The Q3 Winner of the 3 PDF Patterns from During Quiet Time goes to Celine who blogs at Espritpatch and she made this perfect Ogden Cami.

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The Q3 Winner of your choice of 3 individual patterns from Happy Quilting goes to Sarah who blogs at Cedar Fork Stitches and she made this fantastic quilt.

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The Q3 Winner of the 2 PDF patterns from Cooking Up Quilts goes to Cathy via IG @cathyewbank and she made this super cute clamshell drawstring bag.

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The Q3 Winner of the 3 PDF patterns from Sew Sweetness goes to Joelle via IG @joellemaude and she made this fun and colorful quilt.

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The Q3 Winner of the $30 gift certificate from Knotted Thread goes to Kathy who blogs at Life in Pieces and she made this super cute quilt (love the butterflies!)

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The Q3 Winner of the Camp Bag Pattern Pack from The Littlest Thistle goes to Debbie who blogs at A Quilter’s Table and she made this gorgeous improv quilt.

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The Q3 Winner of the $15 gift certificate from Green Fairy Quilts goes to Teresa who blogs at Aurea’s Kitchen and she made this adorable dress and bloomer set.

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The Q3 Winner of the 2 PDF patterns from Quilting Jet Girl goes to Corinne at CorinneLouise via Flickr and she quilted this stunning pillow.

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The Q3 Winner of the $30 gift certificate from Sunny Day Supply goes to Linda who blogs at The Pieceful Kingdom and she made this gorgeous low volume quilt.

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The Q3 Winners (3) of a six month subscription each to Make Modern Magazine goes to


1. Jennifer via IG @CrimsonConfection and she made this pretty quilt.



2.  Kathy who blogs at Kathy’s Kwilts and More and she made this great Dr. Who quilt.



3.  Helen via IG @archiewonderdog and she knitted these pretty (and I’m sure snuggly) socks.

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The Q3 Winner of the $30 gift certificate from Clover & Violet goes to Kate who blogs at Katie Mae Quilts who made this bold and very pretty quilt.

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The Q3 Winner of the $20 gift certificate from Sew Me A Song goes to Mary who blogs at Pondering It All and she made these super handy zipper bags.

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The Q3 Winner of the $40 gift certificate from Imagine Gnats goes to Pippa via IG @Pippaspatch and she made this sweet and scrappy quilt.

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The Q3 Winner of the $25 gift certificate from Studio 39 Fabrics goes to Andree who blogs at Quilting & Learning and she made this beautiful quilt.

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Congratulations to the winners and thank you to the sponsors!!  I hope you are having a successful Q4, be prepared to start linking up those finishes starting December 31, 2017.

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Gingerbread Men Garland


By Judith on December 13, 2017
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Hello everyone!  How is your week going?  Brrrrrrrr what an icy week we’ve had here.

 

There’s a definite feel of Christmas in our house now.  The first Christmas in our new home, and I’m pleased to say, the tree fits!!! Phew!

 

And another Christmas addition this year will be my Gingerbread Men Garland, as seen in the December issue of Popular Patchwork.

 

Gingerbread Men Gardland (Popular Patchwork Dec17)

 

I first made this last year for my ‘Gingerbread loving’ daughter, while she was still at uni.

 

Gingerbread Men Garland

 

So now we each have a set!

 

Felt is great to work with, a really stable textile with secure raw edges. You can read more about the making process here.

 

Gingerbread Men Gardland (Popular Patchwork Dec17)

 

My Gingerbread Men garland was adorning the Christmas display in my new classroom, for the open day last Saturday.

 

Gingerbread Men Gardland (Popular Patchwork Dec17)

 

But they have found their way back home now and are decorating my mantle at home!

 

So are your decorations up yet?

 

At least that’s one tick off my Christmas list.  Just the small matter of some Christmas shopping to do now.

 

Happy decorating!

 

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New Classroom Open Day!


By Judith on December 12, 2017
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Hello everyone!

 

Well despite the snow, I had a wonderful day celebrating the opening of my new classroom on Saturday.

 

 

Thank you to everyone who braved the weather to come and join in the fun!  It was lovely catching up with friends old and new, and getting lots of positive feedback about the new space.

 

 

Of course I couldn’t have pulled any of this off without lots of wonderful support from friends and family!

 

 

Don’t worry if you weren’t able to make it to the Mill on Saturday.  I’ve included a little video here of the ‘quiet before the storm’!

New Classroom Video

I’m so looking forward to getting started with my new classes in January. There aren’t many places left, so if you would like to join us for some creative craic, then please drop me an email to justjudedesigns@hotmail.co.uk.

 

Happy viewing!

 

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Take Wing Butterfly Wallhanging


By Judith on November 29, 2017
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It’s getting much colder here!  Brrrrr! Winter has most definitely arrived!

 

And it’s getting harder to photograph my projects outside – icy showers are never too far away!

 

Take Wing Butterfly wallhanging
24″ x 15″

 

For a while now I have been wanting to make Lillyella’s Take Wing Butterfly pattern. 

 

Butterflies hold symbolic meaning for me, and when I first saw Nicole’s Take Wing Butterfly, it took my breath away!

 

Take Wing Butterfly wallhanging

 

The butterfly is foundation paper pieced in 5 sections.  I LOVE foundation piecing because of the crisp, sharp points and lines you get from this technique.

 

And Nicole includes a really helpful colouring sheet, so you can colour in the sections of your butterfly first to get an idea of colour and fabric placement.

 

Take Wing Butterfly wallhanging

 

The fabrics I used were mostly Sunprints by Alison Glass, leftovers from a rainbow quilt I made in the summer.

 

Most of the pieced sections are small, so this would also be a great scrap-buster project.  And if you don’t fancy a wallhanging, it can easily be transformed into a beautiful cushion.

 

Take Wing Butterfly wallhanging

 

I will be teaching this next term as part of my new program of classes. I do hope you can join us for some foundation piecing fun!

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Tomte Santas!


By Judith on November 22, 2017
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Hi there!

 

How is your week going so far?

 

The refurbishment of my new classroom is going well, though keeping me so busy!  The walls (which were royal blue and purple!!) are now clean and crisp white! It looks even bigger now!

 

For my open day on 9th December I’m hoping to have a Christmas display.  And I knew exactly what to make to help decorate it.

 

Tomte Santas

 

I made so many of these last year, that they became affectionately known as my ‘tipsy tomtes’ because of a few ‘bottom issues’ I had with them.

 

Tomte Santas

 

This time, I bought round curtain weights as per the original pattern, and all bottom issues were resolved!!

 

So despite a slight tilt (and the usual glue fight!), my tomtes are not so tipsy anymore!

 

Tomte Santas

 

The pattern was originally in a Pretty Patches supplement last December, and you can read more about it here.

 

Tomte Santas

 

So this festive trio will be set out this weekend as I start dressing the classroom, and I promise to take some pics this time!

 

Happy sewing!

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Starry Christmas Night Quilt


By Judith on November 16, 2017
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Hello everyone!

 

I’ve been overwhelmed by the wonderful response to my new venture! It’s been so lovely to be ‘cheered on’ from all my friends here, on FB and Instagram.  Thank you, it means a lot!

 

I’ve barely had time to think about other projects lately, but I can show you a Christmas quilt I made back in the summer!

 

The Night Before Christmas Quilt (Popular Patchwork Nov17)
50″ x 60″

 

This is called ‘Starry Christmas Night’ using the evocative ‘Countryside Christmas’ collection from Lewis & Irene.

 

The Night Before Christmas Quilt (Popular Patchwork Nov17)
Perfect ‘fussy cut’ fabrics!

 

When Popular Patchwork sent me the fabrics, I immediately thought of cosy winter evenings snuggled up by the fire!

 

The Night Before Christmas Quilt (Popular Patchwork Nov17)
Applique Stars

The night before Christmas in the Hollies Household involves a carol service at my church, followed by a Baileys on ice, warm mince pies and wrapping presents!

 

I don’t have an open fire yet in my new house (I’m saving up for a rustic cast iron stove!) but I can just visualise me one Christmas eve sitting next to the stove, drinking my Baileys and snuggling under this lap quilt watching a cheesy Christmas movie!

 

The Night Before Christmas Quilt (Popular Patchwork Nov17)
Background: Kona Shadow

The Countryside Christmas fabrics have beautiful motifs of cute robins, night owls, foxes, deer and winter scenes.

 

The Night Before Christmas Quilt (Popular Patchwork Nov17)

 

And of course, when there’s a stripe, there will be stripey binding!

 

The Night Before Christmas Quilt (Popular Patchwork Nov17)

 

The astute among you will notice an imposter in this quilt!  I didn’t quite have enough of Countryside Christmas for the design I was after, so I added some Tilda Candy Bloom (skinny border and backing).  It goes quite well with Lewis and Irene, don’t you think!

 

The Night Before Christmas Quilt (Popular Patchwork Nov17)
Ah, the blue skies of summer!

This quilt came together really quickly.  So if you like a little bit of piecing, and a little bit of applique, then why not pick up the November issue of Popular Patchwork.

 

It’s really easy to spot because I’m cover girl!

 

The Night Before Christmas Quilt (Popular Patchwork Nov17)

 

Happy sewing!

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FAL 2017: Meet the Host – Capitola Quilter


By Judith on November 15, 2017
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Hi there!  I’m Karen and blog at CapitolaQuilter .  I’ve been participating since the beginning of Finish-A-Long and am honored to have joined in as one of the International Hosts this year.   It’s hard to believe we are already wrapping up 2017.

 

Pre-QCon Selfie 2017

 

Have you enjoyed reading the FAL Meet the Host monthly guest blogger posts?  Well, now it’s my turn to to be featured in the series!  Here goes a picture filled post starting with most importantly, my beautiful family.

Family

Summer 2016

I am married to a wonderful guy and we have two grown boys.  We are incredibly proud of the men they have become and adore the women they have chosen to spend their lives with.  Enjoying time with our granddaughter and watching her reach milestones that we remember when our kids were young like it was yesterday and yet a lifetime ago is quite the mind game.

Look how cute and little they were!!!  My oversized glasses and shoulder pads date our family portrait and the “Big Hair-Skinny Tie” picture was the perfect share for my first ever swap called I heart the 80’s a Flickr group.  I wish I still had that hand-dyed silk dress although in reality, we prefer jeans and a t-shirt.  This summer marks our 35th anniversary.

 

Flashback Family Photos
In 2002 we adopted two German Shorthair pointers. Always underfoot,  Dottie’s trick was to step on my foot pedal (until I upgraded my sewing machine with a start/stop button) and innocently walk in the way of photos.  Chase perfected the skill of lying on a quilt if I glanced away – for a minute – while basting.
Sadly, we recently lost them both to sudden illness after long full lives and have no animals at the moment.   Pets are considered family members to us and Hubby wants a puppy but I am not ready.

Capitola Quilter

Frequently mistaken for “Capitol, a Quilter” or “capital A quilter” , my blog name is easily misunderstood if you don’t happen to be familiar with the small town on the coast of California USA where I live, Capitola.   Spanning less than 2 square mile with a population of about 10K, it isn’t a big city but is rich in history and a constant source of inspiration.
BeeSewcial “Reflections” Capitola Photoshoot
Although our house is not one of the big beautiful oceanfront ones you see in the picturesque backdrops when I take my quilts on a photoshoot,  we’re still pretty lucky to be able to walk to the beach and enjoy mild weather.
Santa Cruz quilt photoshoot by Anne Sullivan

Thanks for indulging me – now on to the QUILTS!

The Early Years – Quilts from Patterns

Among the first quilts I made was a gift for my mother-in-law that included a picture of her seven grandkids.   It is sweet with coordinating prints, fussy cornerstones, sashing and a border.  Image transfer was high-tech at the time but peeling their faces off to iron down was totally creepy. Thank goodness Spoonflower came along!

1998-1999 one of my first quilts
My Scrappy Maximalist style had a kickstart when my friends brought fabric to a surprise Quilt-themed birthday party in my honor.  The assortment received did NOT go together so I used black and white with uniform shapes to bring order and incorporated quote blocks.  It is one of my most sentimental quilts and the beginning of my desire to create original works.
My Birthday Quilt-themed party Quilt
Following patterns from books, I made these wedding quilts out of batiks, traditional and modern stash.  I had the chance to meet Anita Grossman Solomon at Quilt Festival Houston 2014 and see her Old Italian Block quilt in the exhibit.  I subtitled my blog SecondHandScraps because I eagerly accept leftovers from friends who know my reputation for scrappiness.
Old Italian Block 2012 and Split Nine-Patch 2011

In 2013 local quilt store SueDee’s featured my quilts on display in a solo show.  Using the MoStash and Friends+Fabric =AMSB bee blocks that I received and adding my own enlarged blocks, the Giant xPlus was a hit and is what I keep on our bed.

Opening Reception
It didn’t seem like an ambitious task when I set out to make each of my nieces, nephews and my own kids a 21st Birthday quilt.   I stayed on track until the final three and thankfully all twelve are finally delivered.  Among the tardy is this Full size quilt that rolled over from quarter to quarter on my FAL list frequently.  I included a jumbo delectable mountain for the backing and two matching shams.
a rare “Guy” quilt
Early on I only sewed for gifts and charity giving away all of my quilts.  I didn’t have a single one in my house!  Since then I’ve kept  a few – as evident by this adorable photo:

More than Quilts

Quilting came into my life as an adult but I grew up wearing handmade and learned to sew clothes in 4-H as a kid excelling in HomeEc in Jr. High and High School.   Somewhere along the way I misplaced the confidence and skills and have had little success making myself garments.  I’ve dabbled with clothes for my granddaughter since she’s much easier to please and fit than I am.

Hart’s Fabric, a family owned independent brick and mortar fabric store since 1969 (a rarity these days) is still the same place I go to shop.  My improv seagull, poppy field and mountains design was chosen for their 2016 Row by Row Experience pattern.

Bags are quick and rewarding makes.  I enjoy browsing thrift stores for handwork and feel compelled to rescue the abandoned treasures like the patchwork cat needlework used in The Wasted Swap tote (lower right).

Original Designs and Influences

Most of what I make now are original or modified designs rather than from patterns.  Perspective was designed using Play Crafts tool Equal, made in a whirlwind 10 days and displayed at Hart’s to show off the Loominous fabric line. An edgy improv butterfly seemed fitting use of the Sweet Rebellion fabric line for Ink & Arrow’s blog hop.Goats Askew  pushed a lot of technical boundaries.   I loved being one of the Score for Bias Strip Petals testers and part of Sherri Lynn Wood’s gallery here even though it was not published in her book.  I’ve taken two workshops with her and got to show and tell in person at the last one.

I didn’t make an All-Solids quilt until 2014 which seems crazy since that is the majority of what I work in now.  Capitola Crossing was directly inspired by an antique quilt, details blogged here.  It was displayed at Amish: the Modern Muse, a juried exhibit representing three Modern Guilds in the FiberSpace section of the San Jose Museum of Quilt and Textiles.

Perspective, Dare to Fly, Goats Askew and Capitola Crossing

My style has expanded to include Improvisation with Meaning in the Make since joining BeeSewcial.  The Graphic and Minimalistic focus also comes from Quilt Design A Day, QDAD a Facebook group that I am admin for.   Both encourage exploration and push me beyond boundaries more than I’d ever imagined.

The transformation of a design mock up to a finished quilt is a process I highly recommend trying.  Here are four samples: Two challenges for our local show,  “Resonate” for the AGF Heartland Tour Blog Hop, and Castle in The Sand a collaborative quilt with valued mentor Pam Rocco.   As you can see I’ve deviated from he original design but have captured the essence which is more my goal.

Examples of #QDAD2Reality
Contributing blocks for QuiltCon First Place group bee winners: 2016 Debbie Jeske’s Mod Mood and 2017 Stephanie Ruyle’s Direction Optional  was such an honor.  Fortunately I had the opportunity to be there to see the quilts up close in person and help celebrate.  Thanks to the QDAD Showcase and Quilt of the Month Special Exhibit,  my own quilts hung in Savannah at QuiltCon East.
Left: Me & my Quilts, Right: BeeSewcial at QuiltCon
QDADers being silly

This year I’m going to enter my absoulutely stunning Reflections BeeSewcial quilt and hope, hope, hope it is accepted.   Now that I’ve puzzled this one together I should have no trouble with the next two, right?

 

Reflections BeeSewcial Quilt

Here are just a few of my favorite BeeSewcial blocks that I’ve made and a mosaic from 2015:

I was diligent about documenting blocks back in the Flickr days and am sentimentally fond of them despite how different in style they are.

2012 Flickr Group Bee Blocks

 

Quilting with friends is really special to me.  Fortunately this happens on a regular basis with a small local group and annually with our guild.  I’ve also managed to crash a couple of sister guild retreats too!  My wish is to have a larger Multi-Chapter or Regional sewing meet up, a casual no frills opportunity to hang out with nearby peeps that I “know” from social media someday.

Local Friends, Sew and Stroll
SBAMQG Annual Fall Retreat 2012-2017

 

I’m also lucky to meet up with my sis who lives far away at quilty events like QuiltCon, Quilt Festival and Empty Spools.  For the 90’s themed party at Glamp Stitchalot we had fun dressing up and although my closet may still have authentic garments from the era,  I repurposed a plaid blazer into a skirt.

Sewing Sisters

 

We’ll be together at another QuiltCon in February – say “hi” if you see us. She’ll be the one perfecting her skills in back to back workshops and I’ll be the one striking up a conversation with a perfect stranger, embarrassing myself with fangirl selfies and sporting a blue volunteer t-shirt.

Looking Back and Moving Forward

Being part of our MQG guild chapter South Bay Area MQG from the beginning, serving as VP and chairing committees has made a huge impact.  Learning from one another and being part of something bigger holds a special place in my heart.

QuiltCon Charity blocks 2013

I never would have guessed the first tutorial as a brand new blogger, Polaroids Chain Pieced would generate the highest traffic to date and show up on tons of Pinterest boards.  A special shout out to my blog followers!

This summer I had the pleasure of teaching my first workshop, a technique and design rather than project based class.   Students did great playing with parts and possibilities and their enthusiasm made for a fun time.  I hope to have more opportunities in the future and am developing a spin off class that I’m excited about.

 

  Last but not least, My Workspace

Once upon a time, I had an organized sewing space in a small L-shaped room of our house as a legit place to create.  Yardage stored on comic boards in bookshelves and FQ-ish bundles kept in an antique cabinet with scrap tubs lining the perimeter of the ceiling on a shelf.  Some weekends I would rarely step away and loose all track of time.  It was all inclusive but a little lonely and cramped.
To be more centrally located I temporarily put up a portable design wall, sewing and cutting table in the living room only I have never moved back.  My old room is now a glorified closet,  piled high with projects in buckets and bags waiting to be put back where they belong – or better yet, finished.
Sewing in the Living Room
When I get in the productive zone, I just push aside what’s in my way or brush it to the floor and keep going.  I may be sewing fewer scrappy quilts these days but I am certainly not making less scraps!
Thanks for taking the time to learn more about me and the creative frenzy that has been my journey so far.  I wish you all the best of luck with your FAL goals and hope you continue to carve out a quilty path that brings you joy.
Happy Stitching, Karen aka CapitolaQuilter

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New Quilting Classes!


By Judith on November 14, 2017
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Hello everyone!

Thank you for your patience in waiting until today for my BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!

 

 

Well I can finally reveal that I will be starting up again my own programme of patchwork and quilting classes!  Woohoo!

 

For the past 3 years I have been teaching in Quilter’s Quest, Belfast.  But their announcement at the end of October to close gave me the push opportunity I needed to look elsewhere for premises.

 

Before I joined Quilter’s Quest, I had taught my own programme of classes for 5 years.  A sudden change in personal circumstances meant I had to stop, but it was always my dream to one day return to inspiring and motivating others into Quilting through my own programme.

 

And now that dream is coming true!

 

Conway Mill is a beautifully converted Linen and Flax Mill (you can read more about their history and ethos here).  It is jammed packed with lots of other creative enterprises, from artists, to architects, hairdressers, dressmakers, media tech, charities and much more!  It also has the most gorgeous coffee shop & bistro too (that’s lunchtimes sorted then!).  I’m on the 2nd floor, but don’t worry there are lifts and lots of convenient parking.

 

I acquired the last available unit, all 525 square feet of it!  No pictures just yet as it needs painted and fitted out.  But don’t worry, I’ll give you the obligatory before and after shots!

 

I will finish out the current term at Quilter’s Quest in December, and start my new programme w/c 8th January (get more details here).

 

 

But before that, I will be having an open day on Saturday 9th December, 10am -4pm.  This is your opportunity to come and see the newly fitted out premises, get more info on the classes, have a cuppa, chat and a traybake (or two!) and smooch around the room and the Mill.

 

I hope you can come and share this exciting new adventure with me!

 

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Tilda Garden Steps Quilt


By Judith on November 10, 2017
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Well hello there!

 

Didn’t that week go quickly? My feet have hardly touched the ground it’s been so busy here!  I’m getting ready to make an important announcement next Tuesday, so it’s full steam ahead here.

 

In the meantime I can show you a quilt I made for British Patchwork & Quilting, using Tilda’s beautiful Cabbage Rose collection:

 

Garden Steps Quilt (British P&Q magazine Nov17)

 

The Tilda Cabbage Rose collection is one of my favourites so far.  In fact, I’ve thrown in a couple of greens from their Memory Lane collection too!

 

Cabbage Rose (photo courtesy of Tilda Fabrics)

I’ve called this quilt ‘Garden Steps’, because of the combination of pretty floral prints and the Courthouse Steps quilt block.

 

Garden Steps Quilt (British P&Q magazine Nov17)

 

The Courthouse Steps block works a little like a Log Cabin block.  Cleverly, it’s the main block design which becomes the secondary pattern here.

 

 

Can you spot the blocks?

 

Garden Steps Quilt (British P&Q magazine Nov17)

 

The backing and binding are more Tilda prints from other collections.

 

Garden Steps Quilt (British P&Q magazine Nov17)

 

This was the first quilt I made in my new Sewing Room.  It’s been an interesting journey re-orientating myself to a much smaller space.  For example, learning the best way to photograph items and discovering where the light is best.

 

Garden Steps Quilt (British P&Q magazine Nov17)

 

It was lovely working with pretty, colourful fabrics on a dull day!

 

Garden Steps Quilt (British P&Q magazine Nov17)

 

I hope this has brightened up your day!

 

Happy sewing!

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Apples!


By Judith on November 5, 2017
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Happy Sunday to you all!

 

I had a lovely, relaxing day today. And that included some fun sewing time!

 

Apples

 

These cute little apples are from the genius creativity of Kim Kruzich aka Retro Mama.

She designs the cutest patterns, and her book is called ‘Scrap Happy Sewing’ – ahhhh, a girl after my own heart!

 

Apples

 

I’d seen these adorable apples (& pears) on Instagram, and found the pattern in Retro Mama’s Etsy shop.

 

Apples

 

There are 2 sizes included in the pattern.  I’ve made the ‘ornament’ size, finishing at only 3.75″ tall (including stem). The larger ‘pincushion’ apple finishes at 4.5″ tall (including stem).

 

Apples

 

I made these all from small scraps, and the smallest pieces of felt. It took longer to blanket stitch the stem and leaves than it did to sew up the apples!

 

Apples

 

It’s a really clever pattern – just look at those dimply bottoms!

As a pattern writer, I appreciate and enjoy using a well written pattern, especially when it produces the same results as the picture (wish I could say the same for my baking!!).

 

Apples

 

 

So if you need a new pincushion, teacher’s gift, or an adorable apple ornament, then this is the pattern for you!

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Vintage Improv Quilt


By Judith on November 3, 2017
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Hello my friends!

 

Happy November to you all!  Aren’t the weeks just flying in!

 

There have been a few exciting developments in the Hollies Household, which I will be able to tell you all about in 2 weeks time (can’t wait!!).

 

In the meantime, I can tell you about a quilt I made earlier in the year, which was featured in the September issue of Quilt Now (apologies for the late posting).

 

Vintage Improv Quilt (Quilt Now September17)

 

This is another scrap-busting project, using medium to low volume prints which have a ‘vintagey’ vibe (‘volume’ refers to the ‘loudness’ or brightness of the fabric).

 

I had a ball dipping in and out of my scraps drawers, using wee pieces, leftover jelly roll strips and scraps of vintage sheets.

 

Improv Vintage Quilt (Quilt Now Sept17)

 

And if you look closely, you’ll discover little snippets of vintage embroidery, lace and trim!

 

Improv Vintage Quilt (Quilt Now Sept17)

Improv Vintage Quilt (Quilt Now Sept17)

 

This improvisational style of piecing is quite addictive!  You just start with a few small pieces, keep adding and trimming as you go, and before you know it, your scraps have grown into a sizeable panel.

 

 

I got so carried away that I made too many sections!  Not wanting to waste them, I sewed them altogether and used them as a central panel in the back, pieced between 2 vintage sheets!

 

Improv Vintage Quilt (Quilt Now Sept17)

Improv Vintage Quilt (Quilt Now Sept17)

 

Even the binding is another vintage sheet!

 

Improv Vintage Quilt (Quilt Now Sept17)

 

I appreciate that maintaining a healthy ‘scrap stash’ takes organisation and space, but here are a few advantages you get from it:

  • You can make an entire quilt using just scraps!
  • Make your scraps go further using yardage for the background.
  • Enjoy the satisfaction & frugality of turning leftovers into many wonderful and new projects.
  • Put them to good use in charity bee blocks, like Bee Blessed.
  • Use scraps to ‘test’ blocks or measurements when resizing a block

I’m sure you can think of lots more advantages to keeping your fabric leftovers. And you can be even more creative thinking up genius ways to store them!

 

Improv Vintage Quilt (Quilt Now Sept17)

 

Despite this being a sizeable quilt (72″ x 82.5″) I wish I could tell you I made a significant dent in my scraps stash making it!!

 

But that just means I have lots of lovely gems waiting for another chance to be transformed!

 

I wonder what my next scrappy project will be?

 

Happy scrapping!

 

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