Log Cabin Hearts Tutorial

By Judith on January 20, 2021
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February is the month of love, and no better way to celebrate than with a free patchwork heart tutorial!

I first created a placemat size Log Cabin Heart a few years ago for Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, when they asked their contributors to design a mini quilt that represented 3 favourite things.

For me it was Log Cabins (my first love in quilt blocks!), scraps (of course!) and the colour purple (my favourite colour since childhood!).

But now I can add a 4th favourite element – piecing!

I love piecing much more than quilting, and the thought of downsizing my Heart block (while dialing up the cuteness!) thrilled me no end!

So my free YouTube tutorial means you can choose from the large (original) size – which makes a 14″ square unfinished block, the medium size – which makes a 10″ square unfinished block and the baby of the family – which makes a 6.5″ square unfinished block.

Perfect for using even the smallest of prettiest scraps!

But of course, why stick with squares!!

You can turn your blocks into anything you like. How do you like my trio of mats, made with my favourite Tilda scraps and Essex Yarn Dyed Linen (Denim)?

The large size would be perfect as a table centre.

Or how about the medium one as a candle or potholder mat.

And the mini mat is the perfect coaster size for your co-ordinating mug!

At the risk of sounding like Goldilocks and her 3 bears, there’s a size perfect for everyone!!

I love cross-hatch quilting, and it’s the perfect design for ditching through the ‘logs’ of these hearts.

And despite having a drawer full of pretty pre-made bias bindings, I didn’t have just the right colour for my trio, so I made my own!!

I also made a little gift bag with the small size heart pieced into the front and another one on the back.

This is filled with goodies for my friend’s birthday!

So if you love piecing, log cabins or cute hearts as much as me, why not check out my free YouTube tutorial. A link to the accompanying PDF Cutting and Measurements chart is in the description.

Happy sewing!


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Kindred Spirits Quilt-Along: Update

By Judith on January 11, 2021
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I’ve been very neglectful in keeping you up-to-date here on our Kindred Spirits Quilt-Along! Apologies! I think perhaps Christmas put paid to my QAL rhythm and blog routine!!

Since I last updated you on the QAL we have made….

1 Light of Life Lantern (18″ Drunkard’s Path) block:

2 Flying Geese borders:

2 Spools blocks (9″ each):

And this week the ladies are making …

1 Circle of Hearts (9″ Applique) block:

2 Orange Peel (9″ Applique) blocks:

This week marks the end of all our block making! Wow! 17 weeks has gone by in a flash! The photos the ladies put up in the private Facebook Group are wonderful and it’s so exciting seeing the quilts growing week on week.

That just leaves 2 more weeks where we will be covering quilt top assembly and quilting and binding techniques bringing our QAL to an end on 31st January.

I’m very much looking forward to showing you some of the finished quilt tops in a few weeks time!

Stayed tuned!


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Crossed Paths

By Judith on December 3, 2020
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This week in the Kindred Spirits Quilt-Along we are making three 9″ Crossed Paths blocks.



This block column will add a dramatic geometric contrast to the softer curves and sharp points of its surrounding blocks.


The technique focus in making these blocks is how to successfully sew long strips together.


For these blocks we are sewing 3 Width of Fabric strips together (42″-44″) and then chopping them into smaller units to create the striped sections.



If you have ever worked with a Jelly Roll (precut 2.5″ strips) or narrow border strips you may have experienced some curving or bowing when sewing the long strips together.


Here are some helpful tips to avoid curving when sewing long strips together:


1 Pin/clip the strips right sides together, first at the top and bottom edges, then the middle and the quarter points.  This will prevent the top strip from ‘travelling’ further than the underneath strip.

2 (If sewing more than 2 strips together, place a pin marker at the top of the first 2 strips so you remember which end you started sewing at.)

3 Use a new 80/12 standard needle and attach a walking foot to your machine (or engage IDT). Sew 1/4″ seam down the length of the strips.

4 Remove the pins/clips and set the seams (press the seam as you have sewn it). Now press the seam either open or to the darkest fabric. This is best done on a large ironing board where you can easily keep the length of the strip straight as you press.

5 Pin and attach the next strip in the same way as before, this time sewing from the bottom end (remember your pin marker donotes the top end). Changing direction of the sewing will resist curving.

Now you should have straight sewn strips with no ruffles or curving along the seams!!


Happy sewing!


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EPP Spring Wallhanging

By Judith on November 23, 2020
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We have reached the half way point in our Kindred Spirits Quilt-Along!!


It’s so wonderful seeing the many blocks being made in our private Facebook group, and the many different colourways and fabric choices personalising them all!


In fact we are already half-way through our block making!!  This week is the 2nd week of an English Paper Pieced block called Unity Tile!



English Paper Piecing (EPP) is an ancient hand piecing technique where fabric is hand sewn around paper shapes. The shapes are then sewn together and the papers removed.


EPP is a historical quilting technique that traces back to the 1770s. The earliest hexagon template that quilt researchers have found was made in England in 1770. Hexagons and English Paper Piecing became one of the most popular patterns and styles in England by during the early 1800’s.
Godey’s Ladies Book published the first hexagon pattern in 1835.

In the 1800’s paper was a luxury, so women reused what paper that was available, newspaper, old letters, poems, shopping lists, catalogues etc. This has enabled quilt historians to accurately date some of the earliest English Paper Pieced quilts, as the paper was often left in the quilts.  Many EPP quilts maintained their papers, either as a way of providing an additional layer of insulation or because the quilt top remained unfinished and they had yet to be removed.

There were also clues in the fabrics used; often velvets, upholstery fabrics, silks and dress cottons, taken from a fabric stash that may span years or even decades. This suggests that patchwork was a fashionable pursuit for the ladies of the gentry and upper middle classes in the eighteenth century. This is contrary to many beliefs that quilts were made purely for utility and practicality. Although this was often the case, EPP in particular was more of a leisure activity due to the time it took and the complexity of the geometric shapes.
Source: Modern Quilt Guild 


Our ladies have been beavering away on their hand sewing and we’re already seeing some finished blocks!


In addition to our Unity Tile, I asked a couple of ladies to consider getting creative with the Unity Tile templates and coming up with alternative projects!


Here is what Di (@willowbeckdesigns) made for us:



This is a sweet Spring Wallhanging, using 2 of the 3 EPP shapes in the Unity Tile block.



I just love how Di saw ‘flowers’ in these shapes and her interpretation reminds me of a fresh Spring Day when the garden is coming back to life and bursting with colour again!



A ray of sunshine on any dull day!


Thank you Di for making this lovely wallhanging to inspire us with ideas on how we can use our templates for other projects.


And soon I’ll show you 2 more fab ideas that Sarah (@sewmesarah) came up with!


Happy sewing!


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Diamond Mats

By Judith on October 16, 2020
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Hi everyone, I can’t believe it’s a week already since my last post!


The new week in our Kindred Spirits Quilt-Along has brought a new block and technique focus!



This week we are making two 9″ Garden Baskets, showcasing the Y Seam as our technique focus!


What is a Y Seam?  It’s where 3 seams converge to form a Y shape.



There are 3 Y seams to navigate in each Garden Basket block.


There seems to be an inherent fear of Y seams (a little like zippers!) in the quilting world, but with a few clever little tips they’re not as nearly as tricky as you might think!


While our basket block involves mostly piecing, we use a diamond template to cut out the ‘flowers’ in our baskets.


I like to get creative with the templates in our QAL, to see what other ways we can use them.  Here are a couple of ideas.


Variation 1:

LeMoyne Star Candle Mat




The LeMoyne Star is one of the most well known and historical quilt blocks to use Y seams!



Historians disagree over the origins of this 8 pointed star – either named after the LeMoyne Brothers who founded New Orleans in 1718 and used this star in their coat of arms or after Jean Louis LeMoyne who included the star into his designs for the tiles at King Louis XVI’s palace at Versailles in the early 1700!

Either way, it’s old!!



So here’s my more contemporary version, using Makower Scandi fabrics to piece our diamonds into a sweet Christmas candle mat!



There are a total of 8 Y seams in LeMoyne star! I quilted my little mat in the ditches of the diamonds and finished with pre-made bias binding trim.


Variation 2:

EPP Tray Mat



Using the English Paper Piecing (EPP) technique (wrapping fabric around paper templates) you can create a beautiful star shape which can then be appli-quilted* onto a contrasting background.


*Appli-quilting is a two in one step, where the stitching down of the applique shape is done through all the layers of the background quilt sandwich, which means it gets quilted at the same time as being appliqued!



Our diamond template is used here to create the EPP papers (the finished size of the diamonds), and the fabric is then cut 1/4″ bigger all the way round the shape.



This means the star in this variation finishes bigger than our LeMoyne Star variation.



A little rounding of the corners gives a softening contrast to the points of the star.



So there we have 2 simple ways to use the humble diamond template (and use up some pretty scraps in the process!).


I’m looking forward to seeing what the ladies produce this week in the QAL!


Happy sewing!


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HSTs, QSTs and HRTs

By Judith on October 9, 2020
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Hi everyone, I hope you’ve had a good week. It’s been a busy week of filming here at Just Jude Designs, as well as keeping tabs on the participants of our Kindred Spirits QAL!


This week’s block in the QAL is the Friendship Star block.



We are making two 9″ Friendship Star blocks with sweet pinwheels in the centre. Traditionally though there would be a square in the middle and as the name suggests, this little block had profund meaning to the early pioneer women making for friends who were often on the move.



“The quilts the homesteaders brought with them were a comfort to these women who traded their home, family and friends in the East, for the uncertainty of traveling through vast prairies in the West. A quilt that held special value to the pioneer women was the Friendship Quilt.


Often it was done in secret, and then given to the woman as a going away gift. It usually was a group effort, with each block being sewn by a friend or relative with their name embroidered in the center.


Putting a Friendship quilt on the bed, gave a woman a sense of connection with her former way of life. It kept alive the memory of family and friends, providing comfort and company during the difficult days of homesteading.”

Source: National Park Service Quilt Discovery Experience


Our main technique focus this week is the Half Square Triangle (HST), a fun little element which can behold a multitude of designs.


Here are just a few of our HST designs down through the years!




Patterns for many HST projects (including several of the quilts shown above) are available in our pattern shop.


But do you know the difference between HSTs, QSTs and HRTs (no, not that one!)?



Check out our free tutorial here to find out!!!!


Happy sewing!




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New Drunkard’s Path Patterns

By Judith on October 1, 2020
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This week in our Kindred Spirits Quilt-Along we are making the Sunflower block.



Our technique focus this time is curved piecing using the humble drunkard’s Path unit (Quarter Circle and Background Fan).



I love curved piecing and the endless variety this little quilt block offers.


With the templates my ladies received this week in the QAL, and the trimming technique they learned in the teaching video, they could not only make the pretty Sunflower Block but they could make all of these 13″ quilt blocks too ……



…. and all of these 19.5″ Cushion Panels!!



How cool is that!  There are endless curvy possibilities with a drunkard’s path block!


And here are two more!


1 Hippy Blush Quilt 

(pattern available here)



2 Oriental Clams Quilt

(Pattern available here)



These are two of my patterns which have previously been published in magazines, and are made completely from Drunkard’s Path blocks.


I’m pleased to finally be able to reformat them for general sale, including professionally art-worked Drunkard’s Path templates.


The patterns are available for immediate download in my Pattern shop, along with several other Drunkard’s Path project patterns!


Wishing you lots of curvy fun!!



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Log Cabin Family of Blocks: Part 3

By Judith on May 24, 2019
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Welcome to part 3 of my series on Log Cabin blocks (part 1 available here; part 2 available here).



So far we’ve looked at the variations within Log Cabin and Courthouse Steps blocks.


This post is all about the Pineapple Block.


Pineapple Block


Like me, you may be surprised that the Pineapple block is included in the Log Cabin family of blocks.


But there are definite similarities.  Fabric strips of equal width are added in rounds from the centre square outwards (just like Log Cabin or Courthouse Steps).


Pineapple Block construction


The main difference this time is each round is trimmed ‘on point’ to create a diamond shape, before the next round is added. By alternating the background and main fabrics each round, pineapple shapes start to emerge.


Photo Source: Pinterest


There are several ways to create the Pineapple Block:


1 Foundation Pieced:


For my block (above) I printed and enlarged a paper template and sewed directly onto the paper, only removing the paper on completion of the block.


While this is a time consuming method (especially for a full quilt!) it results in precision piecing and accurate points and edges.


(Tutorial and template available here)


2 No Foundation Papers:


Photo source: Crazy Mom Quilts


You don’t have to use foundation paper to make a Pineapple Block.  Click here for a great tutorial on the ‘trim as you go’ method by Crazy Mom Quilts.


3 Creative Grids Ruler



The clever peeps at Creative Grids have made the lives of Pineapple Block makers much easier with this fab trimming tool!


It looks complicated to use, but Jenny Doan makes light work of it in her video tutorial here.


Photo source: Missouri Star Quilt Co.


I love how cavalier the piecing can be with this method, and still end up with a beautifully accurate block!


This will definitely be my ‘go to’ method when I get around to making a Pineapple Quilt!


Photo source: The Work Room


I particularly love this pillow example of the Pineapple Block by The Work Room.


And you can see lots more wonderful Pineapple blocks and quilts to drool over on my Pinterest board here.


Thank you for tuning in!


Come back soon for my final (Mystery) part of the Log Cabin Family of Blocks.


Happy sewing!


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Log Cabin Family of Blocks: Part 2

By Judith on May 21, 2019
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Welcome back to my Log Cabin Blocks series (part 1 available here).

Log Cabin Family of Blocks


In part 1 we looked at a range of Log Cabin blocks, from Traditional to Wonky!


In part 2, we are going to look at the 2nd category in this family of blocks.

(All sample blocks are made using fabrics from ‘Handmade’ by Makower)


Part 2: Courthouse Steps


Courthouse Steps Variations


1.  Traditional:

Similar to the traditional Log Cabin Block, ‘steps’ are added in rounds to the centre square, this time attaching to two opposite edges first before adding steps to the remaining 2 edges.  The ‘steps’ are the same width.


Courthouse Steps Construction


Here is one of my traditional Courthouse Steps Quilts, this time starting with a background square (I’ve marked the block to make it easier for you to identify).



‘Garden Steps’ featured in British Patchwork & Quilting Magazine


I love how the secondary pattern from the Courthouse Steps blocks dominates in this design!

You can find a traditional Courthouse Steps block tutorial here.


2. Colour Rounds:

As with the Log Cabin Colour Rounds variation, the same fabric is used in each round, but sticking with the same traditional Courthouse Steps construction.


Courthouse Steps Blocks


3. Cornerstones:

By adding squares (cornerstones) to the ends of the ‘steps’ you will add an Irish Chain secondary pattern to your quilt.


Courthouse Steps Blocks


Photo source: http://serial-quilter.blogspot.com


4. Rectangle

You can change the starting shape of a Courthouse Steps Block to any 4 sided shape (like Log Cabin) but not a triangle.


Courthouse Steps Blocks


As I mentioned in my last post, there are lots more great Courthouse steps variations available.  Like this ‘sliced’ Courthouse Steps:


Courthouse Steps Blocks


In this version, you make two blocks in two fabrics, one positive, one negative.


Slice them in half diagonally, switch them over and sew back together!


Courthouse Steps Blocks


Now the point of doing this lies in the secondary patterns you can achieve from Sliced Courthouse Steps.


Photo source https://mypatchwork.wordpress.com


Aren’t they cool!

A video tutorial of Sliced Courthouse Steps is available here.


You can find more inspiring Courthouse Steps examples on my Pinterest board here.


And I’ll leave you with a picture of a Courthouse Steps block I’m currently working on, using vintage sheets.



I hope you’ll come back soon for part 3 of our Log Cabin Family series.


Happy sewing!


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Log Cabin Family of Blocks: Part 1

By Judith on May 20, 2019
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Last week in classes I taught a short lesson on the Log Cabin Family of blocks!


Log Cabin Family of Blocks


I’m going to take you through the 3 main categories in a series of posts, with a mystery post to finish the series!


Part 1: Log Cabin

Part 2: Courthouse Steps

Part 3: Pineapple

Part 4: Watch this space!


I demonstrated a few variations within each category, but there are many more than what I can show you here (follow the Pinterest links for lots more inspiration!).


(All the sample blocks have been made using Handmade by Makower)


Part 1: Log Cabin


Log Cabin Variations


1 Traditional:

The standard log cabin block starts with a square centre (traditionally this would have been red) adding ‘logs’ around the centre square (either clockwise or anti-clockwise) in rounds.  All the logs are the same width.

Log Cabin Construction

The traditional log cabin block was the first block I learned, and made a little quilt for my young daughter using chopped up clothes and linens!


Shannon's Log Cabin Quilt


You can find a tutorial on how to make a 12″ traditional block here.


2 Colour Rounds:


This variation of Log Cabin follows exactly the same construction as the traditional version, but keeping the fabric choice of each round the same.


Log Cabin Colour Rounds


Just a change of fabric placement dramatically changes the look of this block.  Here’s another similar example, the back of quilt I made several years ago.


Brit Bee Log Cabin Quilt (Back)


3 Wonky:


If you enjoy a little ‘improv’ piecing then how about a Wonky Log Cabin!


Wonky Log Cabin


Again the logs are added in rounds, but this time, the sides are sliced at irregular angles before adding the next log.



While strips are useful to start with here, the width of the finished logs will be varied.  No two blocks will be the same!


This can be a really fun block to make if you like a little more ‘freedom’ in your piecing.  Just keep adding rounds until your block is a little bigger than you need, then square it off to the required size.



Here’s an example of a Wonky Log Cabin Quilt I made for Quilt Now Magazine several years ago.


Wonky Log Cabin Quilt (Quilt Now October17)


4 Curved:

To achieve a curved effect in a Log Cabin block, the background logs must be thinner than the coloured logs.


Curved Log Cabin


The curved effect becomes more obvious when you put 4 blocks together to create a ‘circle’:


Log Cabin Circles 006 (2)


The bigger the difference between the widths of the background and coloured logs, the greater the curve!


There are lots more variations of Log Cabin, like the Quarter Log Cabin (adding logs to the same two adjacent sides each round, rather than to all four sides) ….


Quarter Log Cabin cushion Tutorial

(Quarter Log Cabin Cushion tutorial available here.)


….. or how about starting your Log Cabin block with a different shape!!


Log Cabin Variations


These are definitely on my Quilts Bucket List!


And as if that’s not enough, check out my Log Cabin Pinterest board for lots more inspiration from around the Quilty Web!


Come back soon for part 2 of The Log Cabin Family of Blocks!



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Spring into Summer ’19: Part 3

By Judith on May 10, 2019
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Hi there,


Welcome to part 3 of my Spring into Summer ’19 series, looking at the items on display in our classroom (part 1 available here; part 2 available here).


Spring into Summer 19 Table Display
Spring into Summer 19 Table Display


Part 3 continues the Lori Holt theme, this time looking at her book ‘Quilty Fun’.


7 Lori Holt’s Quilty Fun Book:



I adore ‘row by row’ quilts and Lori’s quilt design is full of cute and adaptable blocks.  Here is my version of her quilt, hanging up in class.


Quilty Fun Quilt


I’ve used lots of scraps in this quilt, but for the bigger pieces I used Lori’s Bee Basics range of fabrics, which co-ordinate with all her other fabric collections.


There’s so much to look at in this quilt, and as always the book includes many more ideas on how to use the motifs in different ways for a whole range of projects.



All bar 1 of the books have now sold in class, which I’ll be listing soon in my shop (watch this space!).


8 Quilty Fun Mugs (Tea Cups) Cushion


Mugs Cushion


One of the additional projects in the book is a Mugs (Tea Cups) Cushion (I omitted the border included in the pattern).  Isn’t this fun! The piecing is really easy and I had a ball picking the colours I wanted all my mugs to be!


Mugs Cushion


I went for my favourite zippered cushion back to finish off this 20″ cushion.


9 Quilty Fun Leaf Mat:


Quilty Fun Leaf Mat


This is a smaller version of a table topper project in Quilty Fun.  The leaves are the same size as those in the original quilt, and I thought this would make a pretty addition to my kitchen table.


Quilty Fun Leaf Mat


And finally, a Lori Holt inspired cushion, which is on our display shelf:


Crossroads Cushion:


Crossroads Cushion


I made this cushion from Lori’s free ‘Scrappy Cross Roads Block’ tutorial, available here.


Crossroads Cushion


Using a small pack of ‘Something Blue’ by Makower, I followed Lori’s tutorial to make the block, and then brought it up to a 20″ cushion size with borders.


I had a lot of fun quilting this one!


Crossroads Cushion


The back was pieced with leftovers and my trademark ‘feature zipper’ closure.


Crossroads Cushion


And that brings part 3 of my Spring into Summer ’19 series to a close.


Just 3 more quilts and some holiday style pouches to show you in our final post.


Happy sewing!


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50th Birthday Quilt

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


50th Birthday Sew-In at the Mill


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


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


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


Shirley's Friendship Birthday Quilt


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


Shirleys Friendship Birthday Quilt



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


Shirleys Friendship Quilt blocks


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


Shirley and me


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


And here it is….


Shirley's Friendship Birthday quilt


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


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


Happy sewing!


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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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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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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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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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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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Sun, Sea & Sky Quilt

By Judith on August 15, 2017
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Hello there!


I’m getting a little behind schedule in showing you my recent magazine commissions.


The September issue of Quilt Now will be released very soon, but first I need to show you what made front cover of their August issue.


Sun, Sea and Sky Quilt (Quilt Now Aug17)


This is my Sun, Sea and Sky scrap buster quilt.  I had so much fun making this, and rummaging through scraps and fat quarters to get a colour scheme that evoked the warm aquas and teals of the summer sea and sky, with little hits of bright sunshiney yellow!


Sun, Sea and Sky Quilt (Quilt Now Aug17)


I designed a pieced block, which would give me a connecting secondary pattern (not unlike my daughter’s Around the World quilt).


Sun, Sea and Sky Quilt (Quilt Now Magazine August17)


If you look closely, you will see an alternating colour pattern, between the placement of the aqua and teal fabrics in each block, rather like the way the sea reflects the sky and vice versa.


Sun, Sea and Sky Quilt (Quilt Now Magazine August17)


Small scale prints or tone-on-tone fabrics will work best here. That meant I had to discount one or two of my scraps and ‘borrow’ a couple from a fellow fabric addict quilter!


Sun, Sea and Sky Quilt (Quilt Now Magazine August17)


I decided on organic wavy lines for the quilting, to create some movement through the blocks and maintain a fluid theme.


Sun, Sea and Sky Quilt (Quilt Now Magazine August17)


The quilt finishes at 61″ x 73″ and is backed with a fresh aqua polka dot. A blue and white striped binding finished off the coastal feel.


Sun, Sea and Sky Quilt (Quilt Now Aug17)
Photo courtesy of Quilt Now


So that finishes my July round up of magazine commissions.  The September issues are being released in the next week or so and I will have 3 more exciting quilts to show you!


In the meantime, my sewing room is almost finished, so I might actually be able to show you some photos soon!


Happy sewing!



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Siblings Together Wonky Star Quilt

By Judith on April 18, 2017
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In the Siblings Together Quilting Bee (2) I took a 2nd turn at Queen Bee for February.


STB2 February '17 Block


Spurred on by Sue’s donated wonky star blocks, we all embraced our inner ‘wonk’ and made lots more bright and beautiful star blocks.


And here is the finished quilt:


STB2 Wonky Star Quilt


What a blast of colour!


I’ve a few thank you’s to mention with regards to this quilt.


STB2 Wonky Star Quilt


Firstly a big thank you goes out to Sue and my bee mates for contributing lots of blocks to make this colourful quilt a possibility.


And also thanks to a good friend for quilting it so beautifully too!


STB2 Wonky Star Quilt


Finally, thank you to Sarah (Narcoleptic in a Cupboard) for contributing the Ikea backing.  It was the perfect backing for the scrappy mix of colours in the front!


STB2 Wonky Star Quilt


Measuring 60″ x 72″, this quilt will be going in the post this week well in time for this year’s summer camps.  It is sent with our love and blessings, knowing that it will bring comfort to a young person separated from her siblings by the care system.


You can read more about Siblings Together here.


And if you’d like to have a go at making your own wonky star blocks, you can get the tutorial here.


Happy sewing!


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Brit Bee Retreat 2017

By Judith on February 27, 2017
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It has been my absolute joy and privilege to be part of an amazingly talented, caring and funny group of quilters called ‘Brit Bee’.


We formed in 2011 from the ‘Brit Quilt’ Flickr Group, and despite 3 member changes, we haven’t stopped sewing for each other since!


Our very first ‘meet up’ at Fat Quarterly Retreat, London, 2012. (I’m on top of a table, just in case you thought I was freakishly tall!) 


Although we are spread across the UK, we try to meet up at least once a year (more if we can!).  I have missed out on the last 2 retreats, and so was determined to make it to Bedfordshire for our 2017 retreat.



This year, 9 Brit Bee-ers and Cindy (a special friend of Brit Bee) spent the last weekend eating, chatting, sewing, eating, more sewing, considerably more eating, minimal sleeping and lots more sewing!


Brit Bee Retreat Feb17


We may not see each other more than once or twice a year, but we fit so easily together again, like a well worn pair of much loved slippers!



It was such an easy atmosphere, we could wake up, grab a cuppa, and head straight to the sewing machines in our pjs, bleary eyes and dishevelled hair!



We also inspired and ‘nutured’ each other’s creativity, getting caught up on bee blocks, consulting on quilt design, helping out with tricky paper piecing.  All the while getting caught up on life, our hopes, dreams, struggles and triumphs.


Fiona’s R4 blocks so far

Susan’s R4 blocks so far

Trudi’s R4 blocks so far


As always, the weekend goes too quickly, but the inspiration and refreshment from our time together lasts much longer.


I got lots of sewing done too, and will blog about these projects separately.


In the meantime, I will leave you with a picture of the Brit Bee R4 blocks I have received so far.


Brit Bee R4 blocks so far!


Happy sewing!



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Wonky Star Block Tutorial

By Judith on January 31, 2017
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I get to be ‘Queen Bee’ again for February in Siblings Together Bee 2.


And thanks to Sue (a fellow bee mate), I hit on the perfect idea for which block to set.



A while a go Sue offered up her UFO (unfinished objects) pile of wonky star blocks, some made and some still in pieces.


I happily relieved them from her as a potential Siblings Together quilt!



These are super quick and easy blocks to make.  And here is the tutorial for my ST peeps and anyone else who fancies making this scrappy block.


Makes 1 x 12.5″ unfinished block

Use 1/4″ seam allowance

Cut out:

4 x 4.5″ squares of dark fabrics

4 x 4.5″ squares of light fabrics (same colourway as dark fabrics)

1 x 4.5″ square of white fabric (centre square)

4 x 4.5″ squares of white fabric, cut in half diagonally (star points)


1. Put the 4 light squares to one side. These will become the 4 corners.

2. Take a dark square and position a white triangle on it as shown (doesn’t have to be exact positioning). Sew along the diagonal edge of the white triangle, taking care not to stretch the bias edge.



3. Cut away the excess dark fabric at the corner, level with the white fabric.



4. Press the seam towards the dark fabric.



5. Position the 2nd white triangle diagonally across the first white triangle as shown (make sure the lower tip of the 2nd triangle extends past the bottom edge of the dark square). Again sew along the diagonal edge of the 2nd triangle.



6. Cut away the excess of both dark and white fabrics at the corner, level with the 2nd triangle.



7. Press the seam towards the dark fabric.



8. Place the unit onto your cutting mat, with the white triangles positioned at the top. Place a small square ruler on top, aligning the bottom & right hand edges of the block with the 4.5″ lines on the ruler. Trim the top and right hand edges of the block.



9. Turn the unit 180 degrees and repeat the trimming for the ‘new’ right hand edge. The unit should now measure 4.5″ square.



10. Repeat steps 2 – 9 3 more times.

11. Layout the block units in 3 rows as shown. Sew the units right sides together in each row.



12. Press the seams of rows 1 and 3 AWAY from the centre. Press the seams of row 2 TOWARDS the centre.



13. Join the rows right sides together, taking care to butt/nest the intersecting seams. Press all new seams open.  The block should measure 12.5″ square.



Thanking my ST buddies in advance!  Looking forward to receiving these colourful scrappy blocks.

Happy sewing!


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Bee Blocks & Secret Santa!

By Judith on January 22, 2017
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After a wee break in December, we were back making bee blocks in January for Siblings Together (Bee 2).


STB2 Blocks for Sue


Sue was queen bee for January, and set this Tic Tac Toe block, with black on white backgrounds and colourful prints for the rest. (here is the tutorial if you fancy having a go at this easy block)


I was queen bee in September, and set the Canvas block.  Last week I managed to get them all sewn together into a sizeable flimsy!


Siblings Together Bee 2 (Canvas blocks) Quilt top Jan17


I’m taking a 2nd stint as Queen bee, so its my turn again in February!  Watch this space!


In September 2015, Brit Bee started our 4th round. If you’ve been keeping up with us, you will know we never stick to the annual schedule! But we are a forgiving and patient lot, forged by longevity and great friendships!


By some miracle I have managed to keep up with the schedule (ish!) and earlier this month I made the last block!  Woohoo!


Brit Bee R4 block for Katy Jan17


This one is for Katy, in her chosen solids, and the block was designed by Hadley.


As the first one finished, I’ll try hard not to capitalise on bragging rights at our Brit Bee retreat next month!


One of our traditions in Brit Bee is to exchange Secret Santa gifts at Christmas.  In previous years we’ve done things like, cushions, decorations, pin-cushions.


This year we went for zippy pouches – you can see what I made for Katy here.


And what did I get?


My Brit Bee Secret Santa gift!


Only this gorgeous package of cuteness from Ange!


My Brit Bee Secret Santa gift!


Isn’t it adorable!  And I have a feeling it will come in handy for travelling to our retreat!


Happy sewing!







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Rolling Stones Cot Quilt

By Judith on January 13, 2017
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A few months back when I was planning a commission for the January issue of Popular Patchwork, I knew I wanted to use cool, icey colours.


Rolling Stones Quilt (Popular Patchwork Jan17)
(And wouldn’t you know it, just when I post about this little quilt, it starts snowing outside!!  Brrrrr!)


This block is called The Rolling Stone block (or Broken Wheel).


Rolling Stones baby quilt (Popular Patchwork Jan17)


My icey colours of choice are ‘Littlest’ by Art Gallery, ‘Oh Boy’ Swirls in Aqua by Riley Blake & Kiss Dot Snow by Michael Miller (background), but despite their coolness, there’s also a cute warmth about them too.



Cot quilts should be rectangular in my opinion, so little 1″ square inserts top and bottom soon sorted that out.


Rolling Stones baby quilt (Popular Patchwork Jan17)



This little quilt comes in at 50″ x 56″ and is in the January issue of Popular Patchwork.



Keep warm!



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By Judith on November 18, 2016
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Hi everyone, I hope you are having a great November so far!

Outside of my normal teaching, sewing and pattern writing hours, I’ve been keeping up with my bee block commitments.

In Siblings Together this month, we have been making ‘boy’ blocks for Doti:


STB2 blocks for Dorfymid
Also for Siblings Together, I made 4 more canvas blocks.  It was my month in September, where I set the Canvas block. I was only 4 blcoks short and now that I have 30 blocks, I can get the quilt completed.
Canvas blocks for STB2
For Brit Bee this month, I had to make a block for Jo, which was designed by Angie!  These are the colours Jo has chosen for her quilt – I hope she likes it!
Brit Bee R4 block for Jo
So that’s my block round-up for November.
And I hope to have some really exciting news to announce here soon! Watch this space!
Happy sewing!


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Bee Block Bonanza!

By Judith on October 20, 2016
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I support 2 charity quilting groups – Bee Blessed and Siblings Together.

This means making different blocks for them each month, which is a non-demanding way of supporting these wonderful causes.

Here is a wee round up of my recent bee blocks.

In Bee Blessed, we were making Woven blocks in pastels for September …..

Bee Blessed Blocks (Sept16)

…. and Wonky Cross blocks in ‘male appropriate’ colours for October.

Bee Blessed blocks (Oct16)

In Siblings Together Bee 2 I got to set the block for September, and requested Canvas blocks, in any 2 colour-ways. Here are what I have received from the other ladies in the bee:

Canvas blocks for STB2 Sept16

I only need to make 5 more blocks, and after putting it out for consultation (asking a few sewing friends on FB!) it was decided that I should make the remaining blocks in purple, yellow, pink & green!

Oct16 STB2 blocks for Jenny/Lilac Cat

October’s blocks in STB2 are these fabulously scrappy 16″ blocks. These were so much fun to make, because they were scrappy (my fav) and the irregular improv angles meant they were super quick too!

So that’s me up-to-date with my bee commitments!

And it’s half-way through October already! So I’ll leave you with a few of my recent Autumn pics!

Autumn Oct16
Autumn Oct16
Autumn Oct16
Autumn Oct16

Happy scrunching!



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By Judith on May 29, 2016
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I knew summer was just around the corner!

Rowallane National Trust House & Gardens May16

The particular corner today was Rowallane House and Gardens, owned by National Trust.

Rowallane National Trust May16
Rowallane National Trust May16
Rowallane National Trust May16

A truly inspiring place with the ‘all time’ best climbing tree ever!

Not too many bees around yet, but here are some ‘bee’ blocks I’ve been making.

Quarter Log Cabin blocks for STB2

First up, Corner Log Cabin blocks for Siblings Together Bee 2. The special request from Charlo on these blocks were reds, blues and greys. Another boy quilt perhaps?

June blocks for Bee Blessed

And the Bee Blessed Blocks for May are Sarah’s Frame Box Blocks (try saying all of that after a glass of wine!).

Sarah has written a brill tutorial for these super quick and scrappy friendly blocks here.  And to see more about the wonderful ladies behind Bee Blessed, see some rare footage here.  They are doing an amazing job, and blessing so many people and families.  If you can support this great work by making a block or two I know they would love to hear from you.

Happy sewing!

Jude xo



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Beauty and The Beast!

By Judith on April 27, 2016
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A few weeks back I was offered an industrial Singer Sewing machine!

The Beast


She was originally a factory girl, retired long ago!

I call her ‘The Beast’!

She weighs an absolute tonne (it took 3 men to carry her upstairs!) and sounds like a jumbo jet taking off (I hope the neighbours don’t mind)!

The Beast

But boy can she sew, through super thick layers like denim!  And she’s fast too, so I’d better keep my fingers well out of the way!

And the latest Brit Bee block I’ve been working on, was a complete Beast to make (!) but turns out is a Beauty for who I was making it for.

Brit Bee R4 Block for Fiona
30″ x 15″


This block was designed by our Brit Bee Mama Laura Jane (who has just recently become a mama herself!!) and took a lot of patience, unpicking and even more patience! It is by far the most involved block we have made in Brit Bee so far and my attempt is perfectly imperfect!

Brit Bee R4 Block for Fiona
Love these wee doggies!

I was making for Fiona, in her choice of colours, and I’ve had the thumbs up from Fi (phew!).

So it looks like my ‘beasts’ have inner beauty after all!!

Jude xo


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Siblings Together Quilted Blocks

By Judith on April 15, 2016
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Since I started blogging over 5 years ago, I quickly became part of a wonderfully giving and generous community of quilters.

I have made friends with folks around the world, we have laughed and cried together, shared our achievements, disasters, tips and tricks!

And now and again I get to meet some of these wonderful people in the flesh!

This is an old pic of me and Marie, who comes to Belfast each year, all the way from Oz!
I’m so privileged to call Marie a friend, she is a talented quilter and a truly generous and inspirational person. Today we met again for coffee, and our short time together always goes too quickly!

And she ALWAYS has a gift for me!

Roses from Marie
Thank you Marie for my pretty roses, and your smiling and passionate heart!
Another way to be a part of this amazing online quilting community is to donate blocks.
QAYG Blocks for Siblings Together

Over on the Siblings Together blog, they have put out the call for quilted 20.5″ blocks, following this tutorial.
These are super quick and easy to make, and if you want to practise your patchwork and especially your quilting, then what better way than on these ‘mini quilts’.
QAYG Blocks for Siblings Together

The tutorial says you can either ‘quilt in the ditch’ (see my tips on ditch quilting here) or quilt them another way.
Here are some examples:
Echo quilting the seams (sewing at least 1/4″ either side of the seams) …
Diagonal lines (mark these out first with chalk or non-permanent fabric marker) …
Free motion squiggles (you need to drop your feed dogs and attach a darning foot to do this).
Whatever way you decide to make your blocks, have fun with them, and know they will be made up into a quilt for a sibling separated by the care system.
Happy quilting!
Jude xo


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Dog Gone Cute!

By Judith on April 10, 2016
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This month in Siblings Together Bee 2 we were making doggie blocks.

Dog Block for STB2/April16
18″ x 14″

This is the large block pattern by Sew Fresh Quilts, as chosen by Sally.
Sally gave us free reign regarding colour, as long as the background was bright! I really love how these blocks turn out, but be warned, they are stitch-ripper friendly!!
In other bee news, Bee Blessed are asking for Modified Bento Blocks this month, untrimmed and unquartered:
Bee Blessed blocks April16

At this stage the blocks are 16″ square, but the talented ladies at Bee Blessed will work their magic on them to turn them into something like this.
If you would like to make a small dent in your scraps box, and contribute to a very worthy charity group, Bee Blessed would love to receive a few blocks.  You can get all the details and tutorial here.
And before I go, I’ll leave you with a few pics of my own cute doggy, Poppy.
Happy sewing!
Jude xo


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Back In The Saddle!

By Judith on April 1, 2016
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(Message for Rosemary/Nellieduclos: I’m unable to reply to you directly as your email address doesn’t register with your comment.  The tutorial you are looking for is here on my Tutorials page.)

We’ve had some beautiful sunny days here this week!  And March seemed to go out like a lamb yesterday!  A perfect end to the Easter holidays.

But the Lion seemed to come back today! Boo!

Nevermind, it’s a new month, which means new seasons to come! Yay!

Here is my round up mosaic for March:

March16 Roundup


I also got these bee blocks done for Siblings Together Bee 2 …

Siblings Together Bee2 blocks for Theresa

…and some scrappy rail-fence blocks for Bee Blessed.

Bee Blessed Rail Fence blocks March16
Bee Blessed is back at the production wheel tomorrow!  You can keep up to date with all our progress and monthly block requests over on the Bee Blessed Blog!  And check out the 2 quilts Bee Blessed are donating to Siblings Together this year!
Happy sewing!
Jude xo


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Selvedges, Discounted Fabrics and More!

By Judith on March 5, 2016
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We had some beautiful sunny days recently!

Mama Hen Quilt Top for Siblings Together


Just look at that blue sky!

This is my Siblings Together Bee 2 quilt top – borders are on and all ready to be quilted.

Siblings Together Bee2 blocks for Theresa

And these 8″ Disappearing 4 Patch blocks are on their way to Theresa/Hilly Filly as Miss March in Siblings Together Bee 2.

I had a little sort through my selvedges the other day.  These are my selvedge jars AFTER I have sorted through them and eliminated those I can’t use!!

Sorting Selvedges!


As you can see, it’s quite a squeeze!!  I hope I get some play-time soon with these lovelies.

And speaking of lovelies, have a look at these!

Discounted Fabrics in my Etsy shop

These fabrics (& more) are now listed in my Etsy shop at silly prices!  Designers like Amy Butler, Valori Wells, Tanya Whelan, starting at £4 per metre.

So if you want to bag a bargain, be quick as stock is limited.

Happy shopping!

Jude xo


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Marvellous March!

By Judith on March 1, 2016
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Despite the rather damp and dull day today, it’s so lovely to officially start spring!

February may have been a shorter month, but it was a busy one for me!

Feb'16 Roundup

Mostly sneak peeks here again I’m afraid, and one or two of these not made (but published) in February.  But I will tell you about them all in time.

And here are my bee blocks for February:

Reverse Churn Dash blocks for Bee Blessed
Bee Blessed

L-R: Brit Bee R4 block for Ceri; Hedgehog blocks for Anne/Siblings Together Bee 2

So that’s my round-up for February!

And before I go, a wee shout out for donations of fat quarters for my bloggy friend Sheila, who is raising funds for Yorkhill Children’s Hospital in Glasgow, and a special little girl called Beth.  You can read more about Beth’s story and Sheila’s fund raiser here.

Jude xo


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By Judith on February 21, 2016
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The theme this month in the Siblings Together Bee 2 is Hedgehogs!

Hedgehogs for Ann/Siblings Together Bee 2
My blocks

These cute little fellas are the brain child of Melly and Me!

This is the original pattern by Melly and Me, which you can purchase here.
(As you can see, in Siblings Together we are going for a more ‘brights and scrappy’ look with our blocks!)
I know some people adore hedgehogs, so get ready for some cuteness overload!
Meet Hollie!  Isn’t she a cutie (and also made and designed by Melly and Me)!
To make your very own Hollie the Hedgehog go here to get the Melly and Me pattern.
Now if you know me well, you may know that I haven’t always had such positive encounters with said ‘hogs’!  Suffice to say, several early morning experiences involving my dog, a large mixing bowl, and airborne hogs into the local school grounds will just about cover it!  ‘Nuff said!
(No hedgehogs were injured in said relocation – I know because THEY KEPT COMING BACK INTO MY GARDEN!)
And breathe!
Jude xo


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