‘Giant’s Causeway’ Pillow Gift

By Judith on August 22, 2019
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The 2nd of my gifts being handed out this week is this English Paper Pieced (EPP) Hexie Pillow.


Giants Causeway Hexie Pillow Gift


This gift is actually a ‘thank you’ from my daughter to a family who’ve been like a 2nd family to her for many years, and have faithfully supported her missionary training!


The family in question love the North Coast of Ireland, and holiday there every year (with my daughter included!).



They have a particular affection for The Giants Causeway, a geological phenomenon of mostly hexagonal shaped basalt stones, created from volcanic movement 50-60 million years ago.


But despite what Wikipedia and National Heritage say, we all know it was in fact built by the Irish Giant, Finn MacCool! Of course!


Giants Causeway Hexie Pillow Gift


So this coastal coloured pillow with it’s columns of ombre hexies is my textile ode to The Giant’s Causeway and our legendary and affectionate giant, Finn MacCool!


Giants Causeway Hexie Pillow Gift


This is my first time appliquing EPP hexies in this way.  It’s important to draw your placement grid first onto the background (Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in this instance), before bondawebbing the starched hexies in place.


Giants Causeway Hexie Pillow Gift


I’m delighted to say the pillow was very well received and the recipients immediately got the inferences to their favourite little corner of the world.


Giants Causeway Hexie Pillow Gift


I love making cushions (well they’re just mini quilts really aren’t they!) and trying out new things.  I’ll definitely chalk this one up as a success (especially as I would like to have one in my own home!)!


Happy sewing!


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New Year Table Display: Part1

By Judith on January 14, 2019
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We are well into our stride again with the new term of classes.

So it’s time to show you my New Year Display Table!


New Year 19 Display Table


I’ve gone for a ‘kitchen’ theme this term, getting you inspired to pretty up your table and domestic space, as well as lots of gift ideas for those friends who love being in their kitchen!


So let’s get started!


1  Trivet Mats


EPP Trivet Mats


Over the years I have gathered up lots of free EPP (English Paper Piecing) packs and templates, most of which came free with quilting magazines.




Often there is a useful little book or pattern ideas that come with them, and I spent my free time over Christmas doing some relaxing hand sewing, and having fun with my Tilda scraps.


Trivet Mats


I used some Essex Yarn Dyed linen (Flax and Denim) for the backgrounds, appliqued and quilted them onto Polyester Insulating Wadding (available here) and made my own bias binding to finish.


Trivet Mats


I purposely used the thicker poly wadding (also used in oven gloves) to give my mats some durability when being used as trivets.  I also love the lush texture you get from the denser batting.


Trivet Mats


You could easily replace this wadding with Insul Bright heat resistant wadding and turn them into placemats (all materials mentioned are machine washable).


2  Aprons


I have 2 types of Aprons on display, and I will be teaching them both as a Saturday workshop on 9th March.


Apron workshop


The popular Cross Back apron is available here.

The pattern for my Tie Back apron will be coming soon (adult and child sizes will be available).


apron in a jar 005


This apron is designed to fit into a decorative mason jar so it can be gifted!

Cute or what!


3  Lunchbags (2 styles)


 (Pattern coming soon)




I had a lot of fun designing these lunchbags several years ago for Popular Patchwork magazine.




The raw edge applique designs can be child or adult friendly (or you could even made a patchwork version – that’s next on my list!).




Both bags are insulated with Insul Bright heat resistant wadding, and the linings are made from wipeable Rip-stop nylon (or you could re-purpose a machine washable shower curtain!).




The pattern (includes both styles) is currently being tested and will be available soon.


4  Teabag Wallet


(free tutorial available here)


Teabag wallet


I’m not a tea drinker, but I have family and friends who not only love their tea, but like something a little more ‘individual’.


Teabag Wallet Tutorial


These portable (and uber cute!) little wallets will hold 4 individually wrapped teabags, in all your favourite flavours.


Teabag Wallet Tutorial


They are ridiculously easy to make (all the pieces are cut the same size!) and would make great little gifts for tea lovers everywhere!


5  Oven Gloves

(free tutorial available here)


Oven Gloves


For a long time now, I’ve badly needed to replace my tatty old oven gloves.

Like my trivet mats, I have used Polyester Insulating wadding in these oven gloves (also known as ‘oven glove wadding’!!).


Oven Gloves


The quilting and assembly of the gloves is straightforward, and I used pre-made bias binding to finish.


Oven Gloves


Only problem is, with the way that I cook, these are just waaaaaay too nice to risk the kind of food mess that I’m particularly good at!!


6  Tea Cosy

(pattern available here)


Folksy Tea Cosy Workshop


I’ll be running my Folksy Tea cosy pattern as a Saturday workshop in April.


I originally designed this for Sewing World magazine, and it combines insulating wadding and fun felt applique.


Folksy Tea Cosy


The pattern takes you through how to measure your teapot and calculate your bespoke teacosy measurements.  It also includes the additional applique design ‘Sit Long Talk Much’.


Tea cosy class sample


7  Bottle Carrier


(free tutorial available here)



Bottle Holder


If you like to take a bottle of wine round to a friend’s house, or to your favourite ‘BYO’ restaurant, then you might find this reusable bottle carrier a handy addition to your kitchen cupboard.


Bottle Holder


One fat quarter will make the whole carrier, but why not jazz it up with a contrast fabric!



I hope you’ve enjoyed part 1 of my New Year Display Table roundup.

Do come back again for more kitchenalia tutorials and patterns in part 2.


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New Class Project: Feb-March ’18

By Judith on February 4, 2018
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Hello everyone!


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


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



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




What’s involved?

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


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


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


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


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


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


Easy peasy!


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


Happy re-purposing!



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By Judith on October 16, 2017
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Hello everyone!


I hope you are all safe after storm Ophelia made her presence known here today!  Perhaps you got to stay inside and sew!


Yesterday I had a little free time and got to play with some scraps.


Scrappy Tilda Mat


I define scraps as leftovers from another project.  These Tilda strips were the leftover cuts from a quilt I made recently.  Waaaaay to pretty to chuck!


I had no real plan, other than my need for a couple of mats for my new kitchen.


Scrappy Tilda Mat


There’s something so satisfying about sewing strips together and just seeing where they take you.


Scrappy Tilda Mat


A little addition of Essex Yarn Dyed Linen (Flax) and ‘Oven Glove’ wadding turned this mat into a trivet style hot pad.  I love the texture the extra thick wadding gives when quilted!


Scrappy Tilda Mat


With the leftover strips I had pieced, I just quilted them in the same way with standard wadding and voila!  I now have a handy mat for my Tea, Coffee and Sugar canisters to sit on.


Scrappy Tilda Mat

Scrappy Tilda Mat


Oh and there’s one more to show you!




I turned a little EPP (English Paper Piecing) class sample into another hot mat (there’s oven glove wadding inside this one too!).




A mixture of Tilda and non-Tilda scraps in this one, on a background of more Essex Yarn Dyed Linen (Flax).


So now I have a choice of pretty mats to choose from!


No better way to spend a relaxing few hours!


Happy quilting!



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Clamshells Handbag

By Judith on May 19, 2017
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Hello everyone!  How has your week been?

It’s been another busy week here in the Hollies’ household – lots more sewing to share with you in the coming weeks.


A wee while ago I was prepping for an English Paper Piecing class and brought in some of my sample projects.



I had diamonds, hexies, kites and coffins to show in a variety of projects, but there was one shape I was missing………. Clamshells (scallops).


Clamshells are a great example of curved EPP.  I often get free pre-cut EPP papers with quilting magazines.  Which is where I got these clamshells!



The little project book that came with the papers was helpful too!  It gave me an idea for a sample.


EPP Scallop Bag


I decided to make this little bag using some Tilda leftovers teamed with Essex Yarn Dyed Linen (Flax).


Joining curved EPP shapes is a little different from straight edge shapes. Shapes like hexies and diamonds can be sewn right sides together using a whip stitch along the straight edges.  Because there are no straight edges on curved shapes, the pieces are appliqued down onto a background instead.


EPP Scallop Bag


A little note on basting clamshells – snip into the fabric along the curves, approx. 1cm intervals before folding the fabric over the paper.  I’m a fan of hand tacking/basting the fabric to the papers, but I know some of you are big into the convenience of the glue basting pen.  However, the glue pen doesn’t work so well here because the papers have to be removed before they are appliqued down.


I sourced some vintage wooden handles on Etsy that were just the right size.


EPP Scallop Bag


So now I have a sweet little Clamshells Handbag to keep all my English Paper Piecing papers and wips in!  Great for sewing ‘on the go’!


EPP Scallop Bag


Have a wonderful weekend!



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