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July 18, 2021
Dahlia Hexie Bag

Another handmade birthday gift handed over this week was my take on Art Gallery Fabrics free Dahlia Bag pattern. I made a few changes to the original pattern, firstly by English Paper Piecing the hexagons together by hand, rather than machine piecing them using the Y seam method. These turquoise prints are my friend's favourite […]

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July 17, 2021
Porthole Book Bag

A very special girl turned 6 this week! She is a book worm and excellent at reading. So I made her a monogrammed book bag, which included a few books and another little surprise! I created the 'C' by using the porthole patchwork technique (there's a free tutorial here). Once the porthole 'C' was created […]

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June 28, 2021
Video: Mixed Textile Messenger Bag

The Crafty Monkies VIP Member Club delivers exclusive video content featuring techniques, projects, interviews and webinars with a different craft expert each month. I will be the featured crafter for July, and you will receive over 2 hours of pre-recorded video content on how to repurpose textiles to make my Messenger Bag. Denim is a […]

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June 23, 2021
UFO Sightings!

I was recently inspired by my friend @sewmesarah to make some clear vinyl project pouches, like the ones she keeps her WIPs (works in progress) and UFOs (unfinished objects) in. It has been quite some time since I looked in my box of UFOs and thought if I got them organised into pouches I might […]

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June 6, 2021
Kantha Cushion

A friend recently gave me a pile of Indian sari squares, leftovers from a previous project. I thought I would make her something with them, but they were very thin cotton/linen and irregular sizes. So I chose 50 squares, interfaced them and trimmed them to 4.5" square and pieced 2 panels to make a double […]

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June 3, 2021
Sample Swatch Bag

Hi everyone! I hope you are getting some beautiful sunny weather in your corner of the world. I haven't been doing much sewing lately as I'm trying to sell my house and find somewhere to live closer to my parents. But I did enjoy a lovely afternoon sewing with a friend recently (now that we're […]

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May 10, 2021
Piped Baskets Workshop

Have you ever made a patchwork panel, maybe trying out a new technique, and then promptly fell out of love with it, trimmed it wrong or just discarded it?! Or maybe you've got stumped on the maths when it came to calculating the correct size base to fit your basket! Well here is a way […]

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May 7, 2021
New Pattern: Woven Basket

Last week I ran my Triaxial Weaving Crafty Monkies workshop. I demonstrated how to create the simple 'over 1 under 1' basket weave and the Houndstooth Basket weave variation. Both of these techniques involve weaving strips on 2 axis (vertical and horizontal). Here are some examples: Then we moved on to making a Triaxial Woven […]

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May 4, 2021
Brit Bee R4 Quilt Finish

Back in 2011 a group of 12 quilters from across the UK came together to form a quilting bee called 'Brit Bee'. Each year we would make quilts for each other, and in 2015 (Round 4) we decided to try something a little different. We each designed a 15" x 30" block and set about […]

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May 1, 2021
Classroom Closure

Who could have imagined 1 year ago that life would still be as it is today!!  Many folks have had significant (and some permanent) changes to their work, family and circumstances in the past year.  My heart is very much with those who have lost loved ones and financial security. I too have been significantly […]

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April 9, 2021
Scrappy Notebook Cover Tutorial

After making a bright and scrappy Notebook Cover a while back for my friend's birthday ....... I got a few requests for a tutorial! So here is my Scrappy (Quarter Log Cabin) Notebook Cover Tutorial. The tutorial will take you step by step through the 'quarter log cabin' piecing on the front, echo quilting, installing […]

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April 1, 2021
Triaxial Weaving Workshop

At the end of this month I will be teaching my Triaxial Weaving workshop for Crafty Monkies. I first taught weaving as part of my Studio 'in-person' classes 2 years ago. We looked at the simple basket weave ... Houndstooth weave (intermediate) ..... and the more advanced Triaxial weaving ... (you can see the amazing […]

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March 30, 2021
Free Easter Tutorials

Can you believe it's Easter day this Sunday (our 2nd in lockdown!). Over on Instagram (@justjudebelfast) I've been showcasing our free Easter tutorials - quick and simple projects to help you decorate your table and get gift ready! There are projects here for all ages, from baby's first Easter bib to the teenager who would […]

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March 28, 2021
Just Jude & Friends: Bird Bundle 2

We have had the final week of our Instagram Pattern Designers Collaboration for March. This week we were showcasing Jo's Bird Bundle 2, a collection of adorable applique UK garden birds. If you are a lover of applique or birds (or both!) you will love both of Jo's applique Bird Bundles (available via her website). […]

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March 22, 2021
Resist

verb withstand the action or effect of The verb resist comes from the Latin word resistere, meaning “to take a stand,” or “withstand.” Resistance is all about putting up walls or creating boundaries be they mental, physical, philosophical, emotional, or otherwise — a means of defending ourselves against a threat. Even in crafts such as silk painting, resists are used to […]

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March 21, 2021
Just Jude & Friends: Travel Toiletry Bag

This week in our Instagram Pattern Designer's collaboration for March we have been making one of my patterns. I first designed this bag several years ago for a summer issue of Quilt Now magazine. It is a carry-all type bag for the many toiletries and sun creams you take away on holiday (Holiday? What's that?!) […]

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March 19, 2021
'Tucked Away' Pouch Pattern

I'm excited to announce that my new 'Tucked Away' Pouch Pattern is now available for general sale! I first designed and taught the large size of this pouch over a year ago as part of my 'Tucks and Pleats' class, fully intending to write up a full pattern!! Well it's only taken me 13 months! […]

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March 13, 2021
Just Jude & Friends: Retreat Pattern Pack

The end of the 2nd week of our Instagram Designer's Collaboration has produced some inspiring 'retreat ready' projects! Katy had very kindly made available to us her bumper Retreat Pattern Pack, a collection of 6 patterns for items to get you organised and equipped for going on a sewing retreat!! And what do you know, […]

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March 8, 2021
Kindred Spirits Sampler Quilt Class

I'm delighted to annouce that our Kindred Spirits Sampler Quilt class (previously run as a quilt-along) is now available for general sale! We had so much fun in the quilt-along. Here are a few of the finished quilts! I love how different they all look made in different fabrics! This stand-alone, skill-builder class is made […]

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March 7, 2021
Just Jude & Friends: Automatica Projects

We've just finished the first week of our Instagram Designers Collaboration for March. This week we were making our own interpretations of Sonia's (@fabricandflowers) fabulous Automatica Quilt Pattern (currently available with 15% discount). Here's what each of us made: Katy: Jo: Sonia: Me: I decided to go with bright Amy Butler fabrics teamed with Essex […]

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