Betty Bag Finishes


By Judith on September 7, 2020
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I love seeing the same pattern being made in a wide range of fabrics and styles!

 

My Betty Bag is growing in popularity and I want to show you some stunning finishes!

 

Betty Bag class finishes

Betty Bag class finishes

 

Aren’t they fabulous!

I just love how stylishly practical they are, ready for some serious use about town!

 

And 3 more to show you.

 

Betty Bag class finishes

 

These are Betty Bags made by my #threadsacrossthesea buddies, Trudi, Sarah and Di.

 

Because we weren’t able to have our annual meet up this year, we had ourselves a secret swap, making Betty, and had an exciting reveal over zoom at the weekend.  I received the first one pictured, which was from the super talented Trudi (@Trudi_wood), made in stunning Art Gallery Fabrics, received together with this package of cuteness!

 

 

This is a free motion sketched picture by Stitched Up by Samantha!  Isn’t it gorgeous!  Totally my kind of art!

 

Thank you everyone for taking part in my Betty Bag class, and to Trudi for my very own Betty!

The Betty Bag pre-recorded YouTube course is available here.

 

Happy sewing!

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Kindred Spirits Quilt-Along


By Judith on September 3, 2020
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I’m super excited to let you know about my latest teaching project:

 

Kindred Spirits Quilt (Coastal) 64″ x 76″

 

This is the Kindred Spirits Sampler Quilt and I will be teaching this as a weekly quilt-along, starting 14th September through to end January ’21.

 

Each week there will be a new block to make and a new technique focus (some blocks have 2 weeks allocated).

 

This was a project I already had in mind for my actual classes at Conway Mill.  But as I’m not back to running my classes yet (thanks to Coronavirus!) I thought I would go ahead and teach it online!  And that means anyone can join in!

 

This quilt-along is all about building skills, building confidence and building community.  Here are a few more thoughts on what this quilt-along represents:

 

 

So what do you get?

 

All the teaching will come in the form of

 

  • pre-recorded videos emailed each week into your inbox. These videos will include accurately cuttin fabric and using templates.  The videos mean you have complete control -press pause, replay and sew at your own pace
  • PDF documents (colouring sheets & cutting instructions)
  • Professionally art-worked templates (as needed)

 

and you will be supported every step of the way through our interactive social media groups where you can ask questions, share tips and ideas, access bonus features, make new friends and create community!

 

And here are a few other colourways you could consider:

 

Kindred Spirits Quilt (Cool Christmas)
Kindred Spirits Quilt (Scrappy)

 

The full list of materials and equipment needed is available here, as well as the schedule of our block making throughout the 4 months.

 

And finally, by taking part in this Quilt-Along, you will also be supporting a charity close to my heart.

£5 from every registration will be donated to Shared Threads, who make reuseable sanitary pads and hygiene packs for women and girls who are struggling with period poverty at home and abroad.

 

Here’s Kirsty to tell you more:

 

 

If you’d like more information about the work of Shared Threads or how you can get involved, check out their website here.

 

And so the countdown begins!

 

I do hope you will consider joining us for an Autumn term of fun, learning and connecting!

 

(Booking will be available from 14th September here)

 

Happy sewing!

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New Online Class: The Betty Bag


By Judith on August 2, 2020
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We are delighted to announce our next online class:

 

 

The Betty Bag is a slimline purse designed for holding your essentials without creating a bulky bag!

 

The Betty Bag

 

Whether you are travelling, out for the evening or just want a hands free shopping experience, the Betty Bag will perfectly meet your needs.

 

The Betty Bag

 

The zippered compartments are great for coins and notes (maybe even a second currency!).  In behind those there is space for a passport and phone, and in behind that is a credit card slot.

 

The Betty Bag

 

The strap can be made in 2 lengths, a shoulder strap or a crossbody strap.

 

The Betty Bag

 

And it is removeable too, so you can easily convert your bag into a stylish clutch purse!

 

The Betty Bag

 

The class will take the form of videos via YouTube, so you can stop or pause the steps to suit your pace and replay sections if you need to watch steps again.

 

The Betty Bag

 

Initially the class will be released on Monday 10th August in 3 weekly parts to my existing class ladies before being released for general sale as 1 complete video on Monday 31st August.

 

The Betty Bag

 

In this class you will learn:

  • How to use metal or plastic zippers
  • How to insert zippers 2 ways
  • How to quilt panels using a quilting bar
  • Bag construction using interfacing
  • How to make a removeable strap
  • How to insert a magnetic clasp
  • Single-fold Binding

 

The Betty Bag

 

I hope you will join us for some bag making fun!

 

Happy sewing!

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Applique Hearts Boxy Bag Online Class


By Judith on July 7, 2020
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I’m delighted to announce that our Applique Hearts Boxy Bag online class is now available for general sale.

 

 

25 of my regular ladies have had lots of fun making the bag the past 4 weeks, and the results are amazing!!  Here are a few of their photos.

 

Applique Hearts Boxy Bag Class

Applique Hearts Boxy Bag Class

 

Aren’t they beautiful!

 

I love seeing all the different fabrics used, which totally change the personality of the bag!

 

Well done ladies!  I hope you (& your recipients) get lots of enjoyment out of your fabulous bags!

 

 

Here’s another little resume of what the YouTube class covers:

*hand applique (Needleturn)

*machine applique (Satin and blanket stitch)

*suitable materials for the bag

*quilting

*reinforced divider pocket

*snap fasteners for divider pocket & alternatives

*making handles

*handbag construction

 

The class consists of 1 YouTube video and 2 PDF files. You can purchase the class here.

In your order confirmation email you will receive links to 2 PDFs – one is the full list of materials needed.  The other is the heart template which also includes the link to the YouTube video. Copy and paste this link into your internet browser to access the video.

When printing the heart template, either select ‘Actual Size’ or deselect ‘Fit To Page’ printer settings.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of our class finishes (always my favourite part!).

 

Happy sewing!

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Causeway Hexie Cushion Finishes


By Judith on June 7, 2020
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I promised I would show you the finishes from my first online class – The Causeway Hexie Cushion class.

 

Here are some of the finishes!

 

Causeway Hexie Cushion class
Top Row L-R: Wendy, Valerie, Rosemary, Marion, Lois Bottom Row L-R: Janet, Deirdre, Anja, Debbie, Alison

 

Janet made 2 of the same cushion, so extra kudos to you Janet!!

 

Aren’t they gorgeous! And I know there are a few more still in the making!

 

Well done ladies for your amazing results and bearing with the imperfections in my first online class and being patient with our Zoom sessions!

 

I’m so looking forward to our next class starting tomorrow! Nothing beats actual ‘in person’ classes, but for lockdown, this is definitely the next best thing!

 

Happy sewing!

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New Online Class


By Judith on May 31, 2020
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We are still very much in lockdown here, so ‘teaching’ has had to look very different for me.

 

Aside from my free video tutorials on YouTube, I trialled an online class last month with my ladies – the Causeway Hexie Cushion.

 

Feedback from the ladies was really positive and I’m looking forward to showing you their results!

 

Spurred on by their brilliant results and encouragement, I’m making another class available – the Applique Hearts Boxy Bag.

 

Applique Hearts Boxy Bag (online class)This class will be available first to my ladies from 8th June, and then to the general public from 6th July.

 

Applique Hearts Boxy Bag (online class)

 

As before, the class will consist of 4 weekly YouTube videos, with an optional zoom session at the end of each session (existing class members only).  This is when we check in with each other, talk about any issues, swoon over our progress and fabric choices etc.  and generally stay connected (as best we can!).

 

Applique Hearts Boxy Bag (online class)

 

This boxy bag design is a variation on my original Boxy Bag class I designed and taught way back in 2011!

 

Applique Hearts Boxy Bag (online class)

 

I often call it my book bag, because the short handles and sturdy body really lend themselves to carrying heavy books and files, to work, college, church or the library!

 

Applique Hearts Boxy Bag (online class)

 

However, I also think it would be a great project bag.  There is a handy divider pocket which could keep a pattern book with lots of room in the main bag for a knitting or crafting project.

 

Applique Hearts Boxy Bag (online class)

 

I chose to needleturn my hearts onto the bag, but as you will see in the ‘what we cover’ section below, I also show you how to machine applique too!

 

Applique Hearts Boxy Bag (online class)

 

So here’s what we will cover in this class:

 

*hand applique (Needleturn)

*machine applique (Satin and blanket stitch)

*suitable materials for the bag

*quilting

*reinforced divider pocket

*snap fasteners for divider pocket

*making handles

*handbag construction

 

Many of the materials I have used in this bag are available in my shop.

 

Applique Hearts Boxy Bag (online class)

 

So if you need another practical and sturdy bag in your life, or can think of someone who would love one, why not join us on either 8th June or 6th July for some step by step handbag making fun!

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Textile Art Class Finishes!


By Judith on April 29, 2020
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It seems like an age since we were last in class creating a holy mess with strips of fabric, wool fibres, thread and hospital bandages (don’t ask!!)!

 

We were well in the throws of making Textile Art Pictures, using a water soluble fabric technique for the background, and then building up a picture on top.

 

I’ve had a few finished photos sent to me of completed pictures, and they are pretty amazing!

 

Class Finishes: Textile Art

Class Finishes: Textile Art

 

Aren’t they fab!  I love how each one is uniquely different, expressing favourite thoughts, colours, flowers and words.

 

I know this particular project was a real hit with some of my ladies, who had ideas and plans for several more pictures!

 

If you’d like to have a go at a similar technique, check out my free tutorial here on how to turn little scraps into applique shapes using water soluble fabric (available to purchase here).

 

And it’s soo lovely to see your scrappy pouches, made using my first YouTube tutorial.

 

Scrappy pouches video tutorial

 

Thank you everyone for sending me your pics!  They bring a smile to my face!

 

Happy sewing!

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Tucks & Pleats Class Finishes


By Judith on February 27, 2020
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You may remember the first block of classes this year was all about Tucks & Pleats.

We manipulated fabric a few different ways in 3 projects:

 

A pouch with twisted tucks:

 

 

A cushion with open tucks:

 

 

A pleated bag:

(free pattern by U-Handbag.com)

 

 

It’s fair to say that these projects went down a treat!  Check out some of the awesome finishes:

 

Tucks & Pleats Class finishes
Tucks & Pleats Class finishes
Tucks & Pleats Class finishes

 

Aren’t they amazing!  And there are a few more still being finished off (take it from me, they are equally as stunning!).

 

Well done ladies on all your tucking and pleating!  Enjoy your beautiful projects.

 

Happy sewing!

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Textile Art – New Class Project


By Judith on February 16, 2020
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At the end of February we will be having a half term break from classes.

Which means, a new block of classes kicks off in March up until Easter.

And a new block of classes means a new (optional) class project.

 

 

We’re going to dip our creative toes into some textile art this term, having unadulterated play-time with mixed textiles and medium.

 

I’ve 2 class samples to showcase several fun techniques.

 

Picture 1:

 

Textile Art Pictures - Class samples

 

This is a 12″ picture in a box frame.

The background can be made with strips of torn linens, cottons, lace, voile, broderie anglaise and anything else light weight which is textured or can fray well.  I even included fine strands of felting wool!

We then use a water-soluble fabric to matchstick quilt the background before adding our composition on top.

 

Textile Art Pictures - Class samples

 

I’ve chosen some flowers and seed heads, but you could quite easily go with a bird, meadow or beach theme.  Let your creativity run wild!

In the making of my picture I used the following techniques:

couching

free motion embroidery

paper aging

embellishing

I also included some cut out some embroidered yellow flowers from an old duvet cover!!

 

Textile Art Pictures - Class samples

 

What a lot of fun!  You’ll never look at textured fabrics, bedding and apparel in the same way again!

 

Picture 2:

 

Textile Art Pictures - Class samples

 

I love word art!  There’s nothing quite like the perfectly spoken word at exactly the right time to create profound impact and legacy.

 

If you enjoy poetry and literature you can have so much fun with your composition here.  Or how about the name and meaning of a loved one?  What a special gift.

 

The background is made in the same way as picture 1.  I’ve also included free motion sketching and printed text here.  This time though, I’ve embellished my picture with text printed onto fabric.  You need an inket jet printer and freezer paper do to this.

 

Textile Art Pictures - Class samples

 

I’m so looking forward to seeing what artistic impressions are released when this class starts in March!

 

If you would like to join us for some textile creativity, check out all the classes and vacancies here.

 

Happy sewing!

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Pleated Bag – Class Project


By Judith on February 2, 2020
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In our current block of classes we are looking at tucks and pleats.

 

You may remember I had made 2 examples of tucks for our classes, but at the time was still working on a pleats sample.

 

And here it is:

 

For Pleats Sake Bag (class sample)

 

The pattern for this pleated bag is by Lisa Lam (U-handbag.com) and is called ‘For Pleats Sake!’.  You can find the free tutorial here.

 

For Pleats Sake Bag (class sample)

 

The tutorial doesn’t include quantities for the exterior and interior fabrics.

 

If you are using non-directional fabric you will need 0.5 metre of both.  However, if you have a direction to your pattern which follows the width of the bolt, you will need 0.75 metres.

 

And a further note on the fabrics.  I used ‘deco’ (decorating) weight fabric (or lightweight curtaining) from Ikea.  This fabric gives body to the bag, pleats beautifully and negates the need for interfacing or fusible fleece.

 

For Pleats Sake Bag (class sample)

 

I used the same weight for the lining (a vintage curtain) which also gets pleated. However if you wanted to use quilting weight cotton I recommend using a heavy weight sew-in stabiliser (rather than fusible fleece) on both the exterior and lining.  Spray baste the sew-in stabiliser rather than using a fusible heavy weight stabiliser as this could resist the light weight cotton and cause it to bubble.

 

For Pleats Sake Bag (class sample)

 

Sewing the faux leather handles through the exterior layers only can be tricky (the handles can’t be held in place with pins and the needle comes  out awkwardly between the exterior and lining!). So try sewing through both layers and covering the visible back stitching with glued on fabric or leather scraps.

P.s. you want to use really strong thread to sew on your handles, like linen, perle cotton or 6 strand embroidery floss.

 

For Pleats Sake Bag (class sample)

 

The bags currently being made in class are gorgeous! I can’t wait to show you them at half term, with the equally beautiful pleated pouches and cushions!  It’s a hive of wondrous activity!

(Want to know the difference between pleats and tucks?  See here)

 

Happy pleating!

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Folded Wreath Class Finishes


By Judith on December 17, 2019
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After classes finished last week I whisked off to England for a fabulous weekend with my girls!

 

 

All 3 of my girls currently live in England and it’s so precious when we all get to be together.

 

That’s the reason I’m only now getting around to posting about our class project finishes.

 

You may remember our class project this term was all about the Folded Wreath.  Well check out these fine examples of Single and Double Folded Wreaths:

 

folded wreath mosaic

 

The photos really don’t do justice to these amazing works of art!

 

If only you could see the beautiful details in each wreath, decorative stitching and sweet beads!

 

And here are a few plaited wreaths I managed to snap along the way too!

 

Plaited Wreaths

 

There were of course many other projects and Christmas gifts worked on this term!

 

Well done to all my hard working ladies!

 

I hope you all enjoy a creative and well deserved peaceful Christmas!

Happy sewing!

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New Class Project: Jan’ 2020


By Judith on December 6, 2019
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Well it’s hard to believe that we only have 1 more week of classes left for 2019!  Where on earth did that year go!!

 

I can’t wait to show you the beautiful wreaths folks have been making as part of our (optional) class project this term.  They’re stunning!

 

But before one term is out I always present to my classes what the next term’s (optional) class project will be.

 

Our technique focus next term will be Pleats & Tucks.

 

 

The main difference between pleats and tucks is that pleats are formed by folding the same length of fabric into folds which are only stitched down at the top and bottom ends, whereas tucks are constructed separately and then sewn into the project.

 

You will of course be more familiar with seeing pleats and tucks in clothing and apparel, but I love how different techniques in textiles can cross over into other disciplines, usually with a little creative tweaking!

 

So far I have 2 class samples made (both tucks!), but I hope to have one more pleated sample completed before the start of term!

 

 Cushion with Tucks:

There are many different effects you can achieve by manipulating tucks.

 

Cushion with Tucks (class sample)

 

I really like the ‘spread’ effect you get from this variation of the Wave Tuck.  You can see each of the feature fabrics standing out nicely against the black Essex Yarn Dyed Linen.

 

Cushion with Tucks (class sample)

 

Zippy Pouch with Tucks

 

Pouch with Tucks (class sample)

 

This is an example of Twisted Tucks. Before sewing along the bottom edge of the pouch, the tucks are twisted back, revealing the secondary colour. This effect adds a lovely decorative touch to bags and pouches.

 

Pouch with Tucks (class sample)

 

So that’s us (almost) ready for next term.  If you would like to join us for some creative sewing fun, you can see all the available classes here.

 

In the meantime I have a few Christmas presents to make, and the small matter of workshops for February’s Retreat to make too!

 

No rest for the wicked!!

 

Happy sewing!

 

 

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Soft Toys Finishes


By Judith on October 28, 2019
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Hi everyone, how are you all?

 

I have just had my first quilting retreat this past weekend, and what a weekend it was! I’ll be writing a post on what we got up too soon!

 

But before that, last week saw the end of our season of soft toys in class!

 

Are you ready for cuteness overload (and a little education)?

 

Class Projects - Toys
Francie Fox pattern by AngelLea Designs

Collective nouns for foxes: Leash, Skulk, Earth, Lead, Troop

(did you spot the giraffe?)

 

Class Projects - Toys
Trunk Show pattern by Jodie Carleton

Collective nouns for elephants: herd or memory

 

Class Projects - Toys
The Purl Bee Penguin by Purl Soho

Collective nouns for penguins: waddle, rookery, colony, huddle and raft (when in water)

 

Aren’t they adorable!

 

Half way through the block I demo-ed how to make sock monkeys using the free pattern by Craft Passion (read more here).

 

And in no time at all, a troop of monkeys started to appear!

 

Class Project - Soft Toys

 

These monkeys are so tactile and soft, and a few have already had some serious play time with enthusiastic grandchildren!

 

Well done to all my toy makers this term!  There are some seriously satisfied children (& adults) out there now!

Happy sewing!

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Folded Double Wreath


By Judith on October 18, 2019
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We have one week left of our current block of classes before the half term break.

Folks have been beavering away on their Soft Toys and Sock Monkeys – can’t wait to show you our amazing menagerie!

But looking ahead to our final block of classes of 2019, our optional class project will help to sharpen our focus on Christmas preparations!!

 

 

The original pattern for the Fold ‘n Stitch Wreath is by Poorhouse Quilt Designs, available here.

 

But then I saw this amazing triple version of the wreath and thought I’d have a go at making my own interpretation of it.

 

Folded Double Wreath Class Project

 

I have used 3 fabrics in my double wreath.  I like the versions which have a 3rd fabric peeping out at the edges of the folds.  I’m a bit fussy when it comes to Christmas fabrics so I chose 2 Tilda fabrics (a Christmas red and a non-Christmas pink) and a non-Christmas cream by Lewis & Irene.

 

While the construction of this wreath may look complicated, let me assure you that it isn’t (I love it when patchwork deceptively portrays complexity!).

 

Folded Double Wreath Class Project

 

Each row is made the same way. The repetitve nature of making square ‘coasters’ and cleverly joining them into a circle means you can stop at a single wreath (as a candle mat or door-hanging) or keep going and make additional rounds.

 

Folded Double Wreath Class Project

 

I stopped at 2 rounds and decorated the centre with a Scandi birdhouse.  But at the class you will have the option of making a single, double or triple wreath.

 

Folded Double Wreath Class Project

 

And if you like your bling, you’ll love decorating your wreath!  Metallic threads, beads, bells and baubles are all up for grabs!  Let your Christmas creativity go wild!

 

Folded Double Wreath Class Project

 

And of course, if you’re not a Christmas fan, why not make a beautiful autumnal or winter wreath!

 

Lots of options and variations are open to you with this optional class project.

 

The new block kicks of w/c 5th November and runs for 6 weeks. Booking available here.

 

Happy sewing!

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Denim Boro Bag Finishes


By Judith on September 19, 2019
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Our studio in August looked a little bit like a jeans factory, as many pairs of jeans were massacred in the honourable pursuit of making my Boro Denim Bag pattern.

 

 

Repurposing projects are among my favourites, and it was exciting to see the ladies’ bags grow in a very organic, non-prescriptive way.

 

While some of the techniques are the same e.g. ‘quilt as you go’ and measured bag construction, each bag looks uniquely different because of the different denim placements and features used.

 

Denim Boro Bag Class

 

Like an archeological dig, there was much excavating through the pile of jeans for pockets, loops, leather labels and interesting design features which were rescued and treasured for embellishing the bags!

 

Denim Boro Bag class

 

Doesn’t Glenda looked pleased with her finished bag!

 

There are a few more bags that are still in the making, but to all my ‘bag ladies’ I’d like to say a big well done on your repurposing and bag making skills!  The variety and creativity you showed in the hand and machine quilting of your bags was inspiring!

 

If you would like to have a go at your own Denim Boro bag, you can find the pattern here. 

 

(Newsletter subscribers will have received a 50% off coupon code for this pattern in the Autumn ’19 edition – expires 25th Sept.)

 

Happy sewing!

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‘Quilt Top In A Day’ Workshop Finishes


By Judith on August 14, 2019
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Last Saturday was sultry and wet, the perfect day for sewing!

 

 

We had our ‘Quilt Top In A Day’ Workshop at the studio, with 7 ladies making either my Mama Boho or Baby Boho Quilt pattern (see if you can spot my Mama Boho Quilt in the picture below!).

 

Quilt Top in a Day workshop

 

Mama Boho is a great quilt design for using large and bold prints, and the simple half square triangle construction means blocks are made in double quick time!

 

Look at these dramatic Mama Boho Quilts …..

 

Quilt Top in a Day workshop
70″ x 88″ finished

 

And while there is a little waste generated from the triangle corners that are cut away, even these can be repurposed into a co-ordinating cushion cover!

 

Quilt Top in a Day workshop

 

The Baby Boho quilt is ‘layer cake friendly’ – just look at these cuties!!!

 

Quilt Top in a Day workshop
38″ x 48″ finished

 

Aren’t they adorable!

Well done ladies on a productive day sewing your flimsies!

So if you need a quilt made up quickly why not try Mama or Baby Boho Quilt pattern, available here.

Happy sewing!

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Autumn Class Project: Soft Toys


By Judith on August 4, 2019
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It’s only 4 weeks until my Autumn term of classes starts back!

 

Autumn19 classes

 

Our classes are ‘open’, which means they are mixed ability and you can work on any Patchwork and Quilting project you like, getting all the help and support you need.

 

But I also provide an optional class project each term. These might focus on a new technique, one of my new patterns or a new challenge to keep growing those brain cells!

 

 

soft toys class project

 

In our new term we will be tackling soft toys!

I know these will be a hit with Grannies, Mummies and big kids alike!

 

I’ve curated 3 toy patterns from around the creative web to tempt my lovely ladies to try these cute 3d shapes!

 

Francie Fox:

Pattern available here (by Angela Lea Designs)

 

Francie Fox Class Project

 

This cute girl was a dream to make, following Angela Lea Designs’ fab pattern.

She finishes at 11.5″ tall and has moveable ‘arms’ and tail.

 

Francie Fox Class Project

 

I went a little less scrappy than the original pattern, but still had fun choosing from my Art Gallery scraps! Yum!

 

Ric Rac Trunk Show

Pattern available here (by Jodie Carleton)

 

Elephant Class Project

 

This little darling stands proud at 10″ and the pattern includes 3 trunk variations.

 

Elephant Class Project

 

It also includes an adorable ‘Elmer-esk’ patchwork version!

 

The Purl Bee Penguin

Free pattern available here (by Purl Soho)

 

Penguin Class Project

 

This cute little fella (I’m calling him Percy!) is the smallest of our curated toys, at only 9″ tall.

 

The free pattern and templates are really clear, and could be easily enlarged if you’re after a bigger penguin.

 

Penguin Class Project

 

So there you have it!

3 gorgeous soft toys to make, and 8 weeks in which to make them!

 

If you would like to enrol for a class, to make these soft toys or to work on your own project, you can get registered here (places are limited).

 

Happy sewing!

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New Pattern Release: Denim Boro Bag


By Judith on July 31, 2019
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I’m excited to share with you my latest bag pattern!

 

Denim Boro Bag

 

This is my Denim Boro Bag, created from some ‘denim playtime’ in my sewing room, and crafted into a 5 week class starting today.

 

Denim Boro Bag

 

I always love playing with denim on my sewing machine, but I was surprised at how much I also enjoyed the boro/sashiko style hand stitching! (You can read more about my joyful process here.)

 

And my pattern testers told me they also enjoyed making their bags!  Just check these out….

 

by Jennifer aka Patchwork Mummy


by Wendy aka Bothybird

by Nicola aka Nicola Foreman Quilts

by Mary aka Handmade by Mary Emmens

 

(no picture yet from Di aka Willowbeck Designs)

 

Aren’t they amazing!!  And it’s great to hear that the bags are being used and loved!

 

A big thank you to my 5 pattern testers for your constructive feedback, comments and support!

 

 

And if you would like to have a go at your own Denim Boro Bag, the pattern is available here.

 

Happy sewing!

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Monsoon/Frost Quilt Finishes


By Judith on July 1, 2019
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Each term we have an optional project or technique focus, where ladies can try their hand at something new!

 

 

Monsoon Quilt

 

In our Easter to Summer term some of my ladies decided to try their hand at my recent Monsoon/Frost Quilt Pattern.

 

This project was all about accuracy, both in cutting and piecing lots of triangles (with pesky bias edges).  Everyone found it a little tricky at one stage or another, learning how to create pointy points, correct fabric placement or bringing the blocks in on size.

 

But I’m so proud of my ladies for rising to the challenge and pushing through their comfort zones to accomplish a more advanced pattern.

 

Monsoon/Frost Quilt Class

 

Here are a few finishes and progress shots, but there are quite a few more still in the ‘Work In Progress’ category!

 

I’m hoping with the summer recess I’ll see a few more Monsoon and Frost finishes by September!

 

If you would like to make your own version of Monsoon or Frost, the pattern is available here.

 

Happy sewing!

 

 

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New Class: Denim Boro Bag


By Judith on June 9, 2019
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Following the immense fun I had making the patchwork denim pouch for my daughter’s friend, I just had to make a bag in the same boro style!

 

Denim Boro Bag

 

Oh I had a ball mixing one of my favourite textiles (denim) with one of my favourite pastimes (patchwork & quilting) while fulfilling one of my favourite values (recyling!).

 

Denim Boro Bag

 

This is a great project for using up all those torn and unwanted jeans, denim scraps and interesting bits!

 

Denim Boro Bag

 

If, like me, you love recycling and not adding to landfill, why not join us for some repurposing and patchwork fun at our Studio at Conway Mill, Belfast.

 

 

Over 5 Wednesday evenings I’ll show you how to reuse your old jeans to make a patchwork and quilted cross-body denim bag, with feature ‘boro’ stitching.

 

Denim Boro Bag

 

There’ll be lots of advice on the best threads and needles to use, how to quilt the denim, putting a zippered pocket into the lining, and how to make an adjustable shoulder strap.

 

Denim Boro Bag

 

If you too would like to have a ridiculous grin like mine (!!) come and join the repurposing fun!  Booking available here.

 

Happy recycling!

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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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Folksy Tea Cosy Workshop Finishes


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

 

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

 

Folksy Tea Cosy Workshop

 

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

 

Folksy Tea Cosy Workshop

 

Aren’t they adorable!

 

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

 

Folksy Tea Cosy

 

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

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Weaving Class Finishes


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

 

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

 

Wefty Weaving info

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Happy sewing!

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Aprons 2 Workshop: Finishes


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

 

Aprons 2 Workshop

 

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

 

Just look at the results!

 

Aprons 2 Workshop
Aprons 2 Workshop

 

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

 

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

 

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

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Harriet Hare Cushion Workshop Finishes


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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

Harriet Hare workshop finishes Feb19

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Happy sewing!

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Necessary Clutch Class Finishes


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

 

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

 

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

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

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

(you can purchase the Necessary Clutch Wallet here)

 

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

 

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

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Spring Class Project: Wefty Weaving


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

 

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

 

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

 

Wefty Weaving info

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Linen Basket Weave Cushion

 

Basket Weave Linen Cushion

 

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

 

Basket Weave Linen Cushion

 

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

 

Basket Weave Linen Cushion

 

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

 

Houndstooth Journal Cover

 

Wefty Woven Notebook Cover

 

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

 

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

 

Wefty Woven Notebook Cover

 

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

 

Wefty Woven Notebook Cover

 

 

Triaxial Woven Basket

 

Triaxial Woven Basket

 

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

 

Triaxial Woven Basket

 

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

 

Triaxial Woven Basket

 

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

 

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

 

Happy weaving!

 

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Another Necessary Clutch Wallet


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

 

 

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

 

Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project)

 

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

 

Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project)

 

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

 

Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project)

 

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

 

Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project)

 

I think is my new favourite Necessary Clutch!

 

Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project)

 

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

 

Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project)

 

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

 

Happy sewing!

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2018 Roundup & Happy New Year!


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

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

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

 

5 Class Projects:

(taught at 6 weekly classes, over 38 weeks)

2018 class projects

 

12 Saturday Workshops:

 

2018 Saturday workshops

 

11 Free Tutorials:

(available here)

2018 Tutorials

 

23 New Pattern Releases:

(available here)

2018 New Patterns

 

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

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14

 

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

 

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

 

Shirleys Friendship Birthday Quilt

 

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

 

Shared Threads
Shared Threads Drawstring Bags

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

In the meantime ……

 

Happy New Year!

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A Flurry of Finishes!


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

 

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

 

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

 

Christmas 18

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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Saturday Workshops 2019


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

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

 

2019 Sat workshops jan-apr

 

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

 

FMQ Workshop

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Harriet cushion workshop

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Apron workshop

 

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

 

 

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

 

Folksy Tea Cosy Workshop

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Happy sewing!

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2019 Class Project: The Necessary Clutch Wallet


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

 

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

 

Necessary Clutch Wallet (Class Project Jan19)

 

This is the Necessary Clutch Wallet, by Emmaline Bags.

 

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

 

The Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project Jan19)

 

During this class project you will learn:

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

 

The Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project Jan19)

 

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

 

The Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project Jan19)

 

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

 

The Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project Jan19)

 

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

 

The Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project Jan19)

 

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

 

The Necessary Clutch Wallet (class project Jan19)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Happy sewing!

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Happy 1st Birthday!


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

 

Conway Mill

 

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

 

Scrap busting Saturday Aug18

 

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

 

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

 

Toiletry Travel Bag Workshop June18

 

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

 

Conway Mill/QN Designer Feature

 

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

 

Take Wing Butterfly Class Feb18

 

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

 

Phew!  What a brilliant year!

 

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

 

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

 

Happy sewing!

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Christmas Table Display: Part 1


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

 

The first surprise is the change to my table display.

 

Christmas Table Display 18

 

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

 

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

 

So let’s get started!

 

1 Scandi Stocking

(pattern available here)

(Dyslexic friendly pattern available here)

 

Scandi Stocking Dec Issue Sewing World Magazine

 

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

 

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

 

Scandi applique

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

2 Mini Christmas Stockings

(free tutorial available here)

 

Christmas Stocking Workshop Dec12

 

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

 

Stockings for Fabric Yard

 

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

 

3 Dresden Coasters

(pattern available here)

 

EPP Dresden Christmas Coasters

 

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

 

EPP Dresden Christmas Coasters

 

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

 

EPP Dresden Christmas Coasters

 

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

 

4 Robin Cushion

(Pattern available here)

 

Christmas Robin Cushion pattern

 

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

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

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

 

Christmas Robin Cushion for Pretty Patches (Dec16)

 

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

 

5 Christmas Baubles Cushions

(pattern to come)

 

Christmas Baubles Cushions

 

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

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

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

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

 

So that’s the end of part 1!

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

Happy sewing!

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Class Project: Christmas Tree Skirt


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

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

 

xmas tree skirts (class project)

 

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

 

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

 

Christmas Cracker Tree Skirt (class project)

 

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

 

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

 

Christmas Cracker Tree Skirt (class project)

 

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

 

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

 

Christmas Cracker Tree Skirt (class project)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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Twin Needling Roundup


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

 

 

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

 

Just check out these amazing results!

 

Mosaic Cushion

(pattern available here):

 

Twin Needling (Mosaic cushion) class

 

 

Mackintosh Flower Cushion

(pattern available here):

 

Twin Needling (Mackintosh Flower Cushion) class

 

 

Applique Denim Bag

(pattern available here):

 

Twin Needling (Denim Applique Bag) class

 

 

Mackintosh Rose Wallhanging

(pattern to come):

 

Twin Needling (Mackintosh Rose Wallhanging) class

 

 

Aren’t they fabulous!

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Happy sewing!

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Rope Bowl Workshop 2


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

 

 

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

 

Rope Bowl Workshop2

Rope Bowl Workshop2

 

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

 

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

 

Rope Bowl Workshop2

 

Well done ladies!

 

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

 

Happy sewing!

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Autumn Table Projects Part 1


By Judith on September 6, 2018
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Hello there!

And hello September!

 

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

 

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

 

Autumn18 Table Display

 

1: French Braid Handbag

(Pattern available here)

 

Scrappy French Braid Bag (workshop)

 

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

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

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

2: Denim Messenger Bag

(pattern coming soon)

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

 

Messenger Bag (Pretty Patches June16)

 

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

 

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

 

Bethany's Messenger Bag 009

messenger bag 007

Messenger bag commission

 

3: ‘Quilt As You Go’ Shopping Bag

(Pattern available here)

 

 

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

 

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

 

4: Rope Bowls

Rope Bowls Workshop

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

 

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

 

Rope Bowls Workshop Aug18

 

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

 

5: Chenille (Cushion or Bath mat)

(Cushion pattern available here)

 

Chenille

 

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

 

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

 

Chenille class sample

 

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

Chenille quilted bath mat

 

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

 

Tune in later this week for more project inspiration!

 

Happy sewing!

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Saturday Workshops: Sept-Dec’18


By Judith on August 26, 2018
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Hello everyone!

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

 

sept-dec18 workshops

 

Saturday 8th September: Rope Bowls II

(fully booked – waiting list available)

 

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

 

 

 

15th September: Free Motion Quilting/Sketching

(fully booked – waiting list available)

 

FMQ workshop

 

Yesterday was the first of 2 FMQ workshops.

 

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

 

FMQ

 

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

 

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

 

13th October: Chenille (Bath Mat or Cushion)

(places available)

 

 

Chenille Workshop Oct18

 

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

 

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

 

17th November: Scandi Christmas Stocking

(places available)

 

Scandi xmas stocking workshop

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

8th December: Gingerbread Men Garland

(places available)

 

Gingerbread Men Garland workshop

 

 

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

 

Gingerbread Men Gardland (Popular Patchwork Dec17)

 

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

 

A great gift for gingerbread men lovers everywhere!

 

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

 

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

 

Happy sewing!

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Rope Bowl Workshop 1


By Judith on August 19, 2018
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Hi there!

Yesterday was my first of 2 Rope Bowl Workshops.

 

 

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

 

Rope Bowls Workshop Aug18

 

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

 

Rope Bowls Workshop Aug18

 

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

 

Rope Bowls Workshop Aug18

 

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

 

Rope Bowls Workshop Aug18

 

Aren’t they fabulous!

 

I love the variety and creativity on display here!

 

Rope Bowls Workshop Aug18

 

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

 

Rope Bowls Workshop Aug18

 

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

 

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

 

Happy Zigzagging!

 

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Zippy Pouches Workshop


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

 

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

 

Zippy Pouches Workshop Aug18

 

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

 

And just look at what they achieved!

 

Zippy Pouches Workshop Aug18
Easy Peasy Pouches (2 sizes)

Zippy Pouches Workshop Aug18
Gracie Pouches (2 sizes)

 

Aren’t they beautiful!

 

Well done ladies! Your hard work totally paid off!

 

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

 

Happy sewing!

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Class Projects: September ’18


By Judith on August 6, 2018
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Hello everyone,

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

 

Twin Needling Sept18

 

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

 

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

 

Mosaic Cushion (Beginner Friendly):

 

Mosaic (Twin Needled) Cushion

 

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

 

Mosaic (Twin Needled) Cushion

 

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

 

Mosaic (Twin Needled) Cushion

 

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

 

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

 

Mackintosh Flower Cushion (Intermediate):

 

Mackintosh Flower Cushion (Twin Needled)

 

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

 

Mackintosh Flower Cushion (Twin Needled)

 

 

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

 

Mackintosh Flower Cushion (Twin Needled)

 

 

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

 

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

 

Applique Leaf Denim Bag (Advanced):

 

Denim applique bag

 

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

 

Denim applique bag

 

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

 

Mackintosh Rose Wallhanging (Advanced):

44332 Colour Template

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

 

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

 

Materials:

 

Each pattern lists the materials you will need.

 

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

black 6mm fusible bias

4mm twin needles

pattern transfer pens

wadding

basting spray

thread

bondaweb

zips

hinged faux leather handbag handles

full size templates

 

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

 

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

 

Happy twin-needling!

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A 60’s Revival Tunic!


By Judith on August 5, 2018
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Hi there!

 

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

 

Scrap busting Saturday Aug18

 

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

 

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

 

And speaking of fabric rejuvenating!

 

No 2 The ’60’s Revival’ Tunic!

 

60's Revival Tunic Aug18

 

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

Yes you heard right!

I LOVE CRIMPLENE!

 

60's Revival Tunic Aug18

 

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

 

60's Revival Tunic Aug18

 

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

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

 

60's Revival Tunic Aug18

 

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

 

Hippy mug

 

Happy sewing!

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Real Women Have Curves Part 2


By Judith on June 30, 2018
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It’s the end of June and classes are now finished for the summer recess.  What a wonderful first 6 months in my new classroom!

 

Our ongoing heatwave here meant the classroom was quite warm on occasion, but the ladies were smokin’ their creativity even more so!

 

You may remember Part 1 of our ‘Real Women Have Curves’ roundup, where I showed you the fabulous drunkard’s path cushions my ladies had made.

 

Well just take a look at these!

 

Butterfly Garden Class June18
Butterfly Garden Class June18

 

These beautiful ‘Butterfly Garden’ quilts are stunning on every level (my poor photos not doing them justice at all!).

 

I love how different fabrics or placement of colour value can completely change the look of the same quilt.  In this pattern, drunkard’s path units are combined with squares to make up these curvy blocks.

 

Aren’t they wonderful!  A huge well done to my ladies for ‘going large’ with their curvy project (especially as temperatures soared inside and out!).

 

If you like what you see here and want to have a go at your own ‘layer cake friendly’ Butterfly Garden quilt, you can get the pattern here.

 

Butterfly Garden DP Quilt (class project)

 

I won’t have any classes in July, but you can find out all about my summer programme of classes and workshops here.

 

Happy quilting!

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Toiletry Travel Bag Finishes


By Judith on June 24, 2018
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Two Saturdays ago I held my Toiletry Travel Bag workshop.

 

Travel Washbag

 

The classroom was buzzing as 11 ladies cut, quilted, piped and zippered their way through the workshop!

 

Toiletry Travel Bag Workshop June18

 

And despite a few new techniques to overcome, these are the amazing bags they produced!

 

Toiletry Travel Bag Workshop June18

 

Aren’t they brilliant!

 

Well done ladies on your fabulous bags!  Time to start dreaming of new places to visit!

 

Travel Washbag

 

And if you’d like to make your own sizeable toiletry bag, you can get the pattern here (includes instructions for the ‘wet bag’).

 

Travel Washbag

 

Happy travels!

 

 

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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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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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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 here)

 

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 cushion

 

French Braid Handbag: (pattern available here)

 

Scrappy French Braid Bag (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 Bag (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 at the workshop)

 

Strip Pieced Quilt: (free block tutorial here)

 

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 (block tutorial available here)

 

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.

 

‘Quilt As You Go’ Handbag: (pattern available here)

 

QAYG Shopping Bag class sample

 

Here’s another roomy handbag idea for all those colourful scraps!

 

This ‘quilt as you go’ method involves the quilting of each individual piece of fabric onto a larger piece of wadding.  There are no raw edges, and the condense quilting gives the bag lots of structure.

 

The pattern also includes this secure recessed zipper closure.

 

QAYG Handbag class sample 056

 

‘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