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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Just Jude & Friends: Melody Mini Cushion

By Judith on July 10, 2020
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We are now in week 2 of our Instagram Designers Collaboration with Sotak Handmade, Charm About You, Stuart Hillard Sews, Penny Dog & myself.



Last week we made Svetlana’s Lola Pouches (you can see mine here).


This week we are making Lucy’s Melody Mini Quilt/Cushion.



This is a foundation paper pieced pattern which makes either a 20″ cushion or wallhanging.  I love foundation paper piecing for the accuracy and pointy points you can achieve!


I decided to make another pillow for my sofa and of course, I chose Tilda Fabrics!!


Melody Mini (Cushion)


I wanted to create a secondary pattern that became the centre feature of the cushion so I vered slightly from Lucy’s original colour placement.


Melody Mini (Cushion)


The cushion is actually made in 4 quadrants – you could keep the colourway in each quadrant the same colour/fabrics (like Lucy’s original pattern).  Alternatively, by changing the fabric in one point in each quadrant you get a new secondary pattern when each of the those points face towards the centre.


Melody Mini (Cushion)


When it came to the quilting, I decided to quilt in the ditches first, to bed down a few of those lumpier seams.


Melody Mini (Cushion)


I knew the Kona Snow would look too stark by itself so a little running stitch brings interest to these plainer sections and a little more quilted texture.


Melody Mini (Cushion)


My points were pretty well matched in the middle, despite the bulk of the intersecting seam, but it just didn’t feel right not to highlight the centre with a vintage button!


Melody Mini (Cushion)


The back of the cushion has my ‘go to’ feature zip, and a stripey Tilda binding frames the finished cushion.


Melody Mini (Cushion)


I’m really pleased with how this cushion has turned out and love how it looks with my other handmade cushions.


Melody Mini (Cushion)


Fabrics used:

Kona Snow

Tilda Old Rose (Lucy Teal Wisp)*

Tilda Classic Basics (Paint Dot Pink)*

Tilda Bon Voyage (Lilit Red)*

Tilda Tea Towel Basics (Apple Cake Stripe Red)*

*available to purchase here

Melody Mini Quilt/Cushion pattern available here


And don’t forget to check out the other Melody Minis on Instagram by searching #melodyminiquilt or #justjudecollaborates


Happy sewing!


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IG Designer Collaboration

By Judith on July 1, 2020
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I’m so excited to annouce a new  designer collaboration during the month of July, which will be running on Instagram!



I’m teaming up with 4 talented quilting designers to make 1 pattern from each designers shop or book.  Each week we will showcase a designers pattern and let you see 4 different takes on it!


In addition to myself, the 4 other designers are:


Svetlana Sotak:



Svetlana is a contemporary quilter, bag maker & blogger based in The Netherlands.  She has the most beautiful calming style and has an amazing range of pouch and bag patterns available in her shop.


Svetlana has recently authored a book entitled That Handmade Touch.


We will be kicking off our first week by making Svetlana’s Lola Pouch.


Lucy Brennan:



Lucy is a British quilter and blogger who designs & sells her own patterns and regularly teaches quilting classes. Lucy worked for two years as a designer and demonstrator on TV and often has projects featured in magazines.


Lucy describes her style as ‘miscellaneous’, enjoying mixing modern and traditional elements in her designs. She also co-hosts #saturdaynightcraftalong on Instagram, a weekly global crafting initiative.


In week 2 we will be making Lucy’s Melody Mini Quilt.


Kerry Foster:



Kerry is a British blogger, quilter and dressmaker living in Canada.  She designs most of what she makes and is mostly known for making animal portrait quilts with turned edge applique.
Kerry is a regular contributor to British quilting magazines and also teaches quilting classes.  Her pointer ‘Hank’ is as famous as Kerry on Instagram!


Kerry sells her patterns online and has published a book entitled Paint by Number Quilts. 


In week 4 we will be making Kerry’s Horseplay Cushion.


Stuart Hillard:



Stuart first appeared on our screens in the first episode of The Great British Sewing Bee!  He is a self-confessed fabricaholic and designs his own fabrics.


In addition to presenting programmes on TV and his YouTube channel, Stuart is a regular contributor to quilting magazines and has authored 3 quilting and sewing books.


In the final week of our sew-along we will be making something from Stuart’s latest book Simple Shapes Stunning Quilts.


And week 3 will be yours truly!  I can’t wait to see how the others interpret my Dotti Denim Pouch!!



You can tune into my instagram account @justjudebelfast to follow our sew-along or any of the designers instagram accounts.


But don’t worry if you’re not on Instagram, I’ll also be posting my collaborative makes here too!


Happy sewing!


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Applique Leaf Workshop Finishes!

By Judith on April 22, 2018
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Hello everyone!  I hope you’ve been enjoying some glorious sunshine in your part of the world!


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


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


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



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


Applique Cushion/Wallhanging Workshop April'18


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


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



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



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


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


(The Autumn Tree Wallhanging pattern is available here.)



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Applique Leaf Workshop

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


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


Applique WH & Cushion workshop



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


Family Tree Wallhanging:




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


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


Autumn Tree Wallhanging (Pretty Patches Oct16 issues)


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


Applique Leaf Cushion:


Applique Leaf Cushion Workshop April 18
20″ x 20″


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


Applique Leaf Cushion Workshop April 18


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


Applique Leaf Cushion Workshop April 18


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


Applique Leaf Cushion Workshop April 18


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


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



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Tilda ‘Lemon Tree’ Blog Hop: QST Mini Quilt

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


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


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


Monday 19th February – SewandSo

Tuesday 20th February – Little Black Duck

Wednesday 21st February – Vicky Myers Creations

Thursday 22nd February – Tea and a Sewing Machine

Monday 26th February – Helen Philipps

Tuesday 27th February – Strawberry Patch Ramblings

Wednesday 28th February – Dinki Dots

Friday 2nd March – Just Jude Designs


Tilda Lemon Tree Blog Hop: QST Mini Quilt


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


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


Tilda Lemon Tree Blog Hop: QST Mini Quilt


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


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


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


Tilda Lemon Tree Blog Hop: QST Mini Quilt


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


Tilda Lemon Tree Blog Hop: QST Mini Quilt


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


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


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


Tilda Lemon Tree Blog Hop: QST Mini Quilt


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


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


Happy sewing!



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‘Take Wing’ Classes Roundup

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


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


And just look at some of the results!


Take Wing Butterfly Class Feb18


Aren’t they majestic!


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


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


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


Well done everyone!


Enjoy your amazing creations!




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A Year In Quilts!

By Judith on January 1, 2018
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I love new year, even more than Christmas. A fresh start, a clean page, renewed focus and motivation. And of course, a little stretch more light in the day!


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


This year my word is RHYTHM.


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


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


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



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

Happy new year!

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


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Take Wing Butterfly Wallhanging

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


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


Take Wing Butterfly wallhanging
24″ x 15″


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


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


Take Wing Butterfly wallhanging


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


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


Take Wing Butterfly wallhanging


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


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


Take Wing Butterfly wallhanging


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


Happy sewing!



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Home Sweet Home Wallhanging

By Judith on March 20, 2017
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Hello everyone, we are well into Spring here, and the April issues of quilting magazines are hitting the shops!


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


In keeping with the Spring theme, I designed a birdhouse wallhanging for British Patchwork & Quilting (April issue).



One of the things I love about Spring is the sound of chirping birds in my garden. I had this cute birdhouse fabric in my stash, (Sugar Hill ‘Birdy in Pink’ by Tanya Whelan) and I drew inspiration from there.  Can you see little birdhouses in the fabric?  That got me thinking about the little birdhouses in my Woodland Friends quilt.


So a few template alterations later, and I had the basis of a spring-time wallhanging.


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


Before fusing any of the shapes to the Essex linen background, I quilted the background in a grid pattern, with calico behind the wadding. (The finished wallhanging is double backed, which means after all the other applique is complete, a pretty back of more cute ‘Sugar Hill’ fabric is attached.)



Satin stitch applique is one of my favourite ways to applique, and luckily I had a fat quarter of fabric with love birds printed on it.  I simply cut these out, bondawebbed them to the birdhouses and stitched round them.


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


The lettering required a little more thought.  I enlarged a cursive font of the word ‘sweet’, transferred it to fabric and got it satin stitched in place. I knew I wanted a contrast in the lettering of ‘home’ so I drew the words on with a water soluble pen and free motion sketched over them.


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


I’m really digging curvy corners at the moment, and shaping the top corners on this wallhanging removed some excess negative space which better balanced out the proportions of the design.



Some standard quilt binding and a few hanging tabs later and voila!  A Birdhouse wallhanging to welcome Spring into your home!


The wallhanging measures 19.75″ x 16.5″ and it made front cover of British Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  Woohoo!


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


Happy chirping!


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A Family of Owls!

By Judith on February 19, 2017
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A lovely ‘owl loving’ friend of mine had her birthday this weekend!


Family of Owls Wallhanging


‘Olive Owl’ first made an appearance in my Woodland Friends quilt last year.  (And I’m currently teaching this quilt in my classes – it’s been so lovely watching a beautiful ‘Parliament of Owls’ appear!)


I adapted the pattern to create mummy owl, and her 3 babies on this Essex Linen wallhanging.


Family of Owls Wallhanging


I love satin stitch applique, scraps and mini quilts wallhangings! And I’m pleased to say that my friend (a talented quilter herself) does too!

I managed to source an Owl wire hanger too (no pics sorry!).


Family of Owls Wallhanging


So these cute birds are now too-wit too-woo-ing their way into their new home!


It’s a while since I’ve linked up to Nicky and Leanne’s Scraptastic Tuesday!  Great to be checking in again with the many other talented scrap-busters out there!


Happy tweeting!


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2016 in Quilts

By Judith on December 31, 2016
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Another year has flown by!

But what a busy one it has been!


2016 in Quilts


This is what my year in quilts looks like, 17 of which have been published in magazines.


2016 in cushions & bags


And of course there were many more makes in 2016 – bags, pouches, cushions, bee blocks and more!  This is just a sample – phew, I think I need a lie down!


One of my highlights this year has been getting my new website up and running!


And to celebrate a great creative year, I’m launching my New Year Sale today!



Get 20% off EVERYTHING in my web shop and Etsy shop using coupon code newyearsale17.



That’s 20% off patterns, fabric, pre-cuts, haberdashery, kits, including 20% off my new stock of Kaufman Indigo Denim.



This soft denim is 60″ wide, and perfect for dressmaking, bag making and soft furnishings.


So why not celebrate the new year with a bargain! The coupon is valid until Sunday 8th January.


Happy New Year to you all!



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Autumn Tree Wallhanging

By Judith on September 18, 2016
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Now that I am embracing Autumn, I can show you one of my favourite makes of this year!


Autumn Tree Wallhanging (Pretty Patches Oct16 issues)
This is ‘Autumn Tree’, an applique wallhanging measuring 27″ x 30″, which I will definitely be displaying in my home.
Autumn Tree Wallhanging (Pretty Patches Oct16 issues)


I adore the warm autumnal purples and pinks in Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee range, especially on a Kona Bone background.  In fact, the leaf shapes are the by-product of the Sizzix Drunkard’s Path Fan die!!  I always keep these shapely leftovers, and was so pleased to be able to turn some of them into a seasonal project.

Useful tip:  Quilt your background first before appliquing on the shapes.  This means you don’t have those head-scratching moments when trying to decide how to quilt around the shapes.



Satin stitch is my favourite applique technique, and I think it suits the clean lines of the leaves and trunk.

Autumn Tree Wallhanging (Pretty Patches Oct16 issue)

The pattern for this wallhanging is in the October issue of Pretty Patches Magazine.

And maybe one day I will make Spring, Summer & Winter/Christmas versions to hang up with each changing season!!

Hope you are off to a great Autumn!

Jude xo


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Sketchbook Mini!

By Judith on May 31, 2016
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Popular Patchwork are currently running a mini quilt competition.

You design and make a 10.5″ x 15″ mini quilt based around your favourite colour, send it to PP and they will display the entries at their Festival of Quilts stand in August.

Liz (editor) has asked some of the magazine’s regular contributors to make a Sketchbook Mini to inspire others to enter.

So here is mine:

Popular Patchwork Sketchbook Mini (Log Cabin Love)

This mini quilt tells the story of 3 of my favourites in quilting:

Purple! My favourite colour, perhaps something to do with growing up in a 1970’s purple bedroom!!

Scraps! I love working with scraps, and yes I keep even 1.5″ wide pieces!

Log Cabins! The first patchwork block I ever made and I fell in love. This is a log cabin heart, but there are so many wonderful variations to the humble log cabin block (see my pinterest board here).

Log Cabin Love (Popular Patchwork June16)

There are some amazing prizes to be won (check them out here) and the closing date is 11th July.

So, what’s your favourite colour?

Jude xo


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