Octosaurus Rex Quilt


By Judith on May 10, 2018
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Hello there!

 

We have just had a wonderful bank holiday weekend here in UK.  And what made it so wonderful?  The beautiful sunny weather!

 

I spent the bank holiday Monday in Florence Court, Enniskillen, with 2 of my girls, having lots of photo fun, and enjoying this wonderful National Trust house.

 

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Florence Court May18

 

It was a beautiful day, learning all about the women (upstairs and downstairs) in Florence Court’s history.

 

Also this week, the current issue of Quilt Now hit the shops, and in it you can find my Octosaurus Rex Quilt, designed for Makower using their Rex Collection of fabrics.

 

Octosaurus Rex (Quilt Now May18)

 

This quilt design is full of secondary patterns, and the larger Placement print is perfect for fussy cutting.

 

Octosaurus Rex (Quilt Now May18)

 

Here’s what I wrote as my source of inspiration:

 

“I live not far from the Giant’s Causeway, a 60 million year old formation of multi-sided volcanic stones. So I thought it would be fun to design Jurassic sized shapes around these cute dinosaur fussy cuts and fabrics. The Octagon blocks slot neatly side by side just like the stones at the Giant’s Causeway!”  

 

Octosaurus Rex (Quilt Now May18)

 

There is a lot of piecing in this quilt, and it is a decent size at 60″ x 72″.  However you could easily reduce the number of blocks and make a smaller quilt for a younger dinosaur lover!

 

Octosaurus Rex (Quilt Now May18)

 

So if you have a little one who is mad about all things Jurassic, then these fabrics are your perfect choice!

 

You can see the full collection here, and my Octosaurus Rex Quilt pattern is also available via the Makower UK website.

 

Happy sewing!

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Quilt Now Designer Feature


By Judith on April 13, 2018
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If you are a regular subscriber to Quilt Now magazine, you may recognise someone in the ‘Designer Spotlight’ this month.

 

Quilt Now Designer Spotlight

 

It was a privilege to be asked by Quilt Now to feature my new classroom and classes in the latest copy of their magazine (issue 48).

 

Quilt Now Designer Spotlight

 

I have very much enjoyed working with Katy and designing for Quilt Now in recent years, but now I’m giving almost all of my design attention to my classes.

 

Conway Mill/QN Designer Feature

 

I’m nearly 4 months into running Patchwork & Quilting classes here at Conway Mill, and I’m delighted with the response and feedback so far.

 

Conway Mill

 

My ladies are loving the wonderful light and space in the room, and I try to keep them inspired with themed quilts and project displays.

 

Conway Mill/QN Designer Feature

 

One of the things I love about working here is being surrounded by the wonderful story of what it used to be, a 19th Century Flax Mill.

 

Conway Mill/QN Designer Feature

 

Some of the original features of the Mill have survived, even through the Belfast blitz of 1941 and being set on fire during our political troubles here in the 1970’s.

 

Conway Mill/QN Designer Feature

 

How serendipitous to be bringing the art and love of textiles back into this beautiful Victorian Mill!

 

If you would like to know more about my classes, click here, or pop in to see us on the 2nd floor, grab a coffee (or lunch) in the Little Mill Bistro, or come see the many other businesses, trades, creatives and artists who work here!

 

Happy sewing!

 

 

 

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Katie Jane Quilt


By Judith on March 6, 2018
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Hello everyone!

 

Well I’m so glad the snow has gone from Belfast! I had to cancel 2 classes last week because of it!  It’s s(n)oooooooo(w) disrupting!

 

Classes were back to normal yesterday, and I’ve been enjoying showing my ladies a little ‘magic trick’ in this month’s 5 Minute Demo (more on that at the end of the week!).

 

What I can show you, is one of my quilts which is currently featured in the March issue of Pretty Patches magazine.

 

Katie Jane Quilt (Pretty Patches March18)
64″ x 64″

This is Kate Jane, named after the Makower fabric collection of the same name!

 

Katie Jane Quilt (Pretty Patches March18)

 

I love any ditsy, flowery prints, so I was in heaven working with these lovelies!  Wouldn’t some of these prints make the prettiest summer dresses!

 

Katie Jane Quilt (Pretty Patches March18)

 

You could loosely describe this quilt as a medallion quilt, or a giant one block quilt (with a border!).

 

Easy piecing and large scale half square triangles mean this quilt can be assembled quickly and without too much fuss.

 

Katie Jane Quilt (Pretty Patches March18)

 

And I’m happy to report the leftovers are being worked into my next class project (all in good time!).

 

Katie Jane Quilt (Pretty Patches March18)

 

So if you’re looking for a girly, slightly vintagey themed quilt, you should definitely consider Katie Jane!

 

Katie Jane Quilt (Pretty Patches March18)

 

 

Happy sewing!

 

 

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Hippy Blush Quilt


By Judith on February 28, 2018
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Hello there, well most of the nation is in white-out this week, with our worst snow fall in many years.

 

My little green patch of home however, is still ………. green, but it might not stay that way for long, with more snow in the forecast!

 

Definitely the weather for snuggling under cosy quilts!

 

Hippy Blush Quilt (Popular Patchwork March18)
72″ x 72″

 

 

This is Hippy Blush!

 

I had a lot of fun designing this one!  The editor of Popular Patchwork wanted me to work with one of Art Gallery’s recent collections, Blush by Dana Willard.

 

Hippy Blush Quilt (Popular Patchwork March18)

 

These bold, retro prints needed an equally bold, retro design.  So I got in touch with my inner hippy (she’s still waiting to ‘come out’!) and went with big statement circles and curves.

 

Hippy Blush Quilt (Popular Patchwork March18)

 

By now you will know I love ‘curvy’ quilts, and especially the versatility of the humble drunkard’s path!

 

And of course, the larger the curves, the easier they are to piece!

 

Hippy Blush Quilt (Popular Patchwork March18)

 

I will be teaching curved piecing after Easter in my classes, so stayed tuned for a project update on that.

 

Hippy Blush Quilt (Popular Patchwork March18)

 

In the meantime, you can check out the full Hippy Blush pattern in the March issue of Popular Patchwork, out now!

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Crossed Paths Quilt


By Judith on February 6, 2018
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Hi there,

 

These weeks are rolling past so quickly I’m struggling to keep up with blog posts about my magazine commissions!

 

The February issue of Quilt Now is out this week, but I haven’t gotten around to telling you about my quilt in the January issue yet!

 

Crossed Paths Quilt (Quilt Now Jan18)
60″ x 60″

 

This is Crossed Paths, made completely from Spectrum Solids by Makower.

 

In quilt design, the terms ‘advanced’ or ‘technical’ can be quite subjective, depending on which part of the quilt the term refers to.

 

For example, a quilt can look ‘uncomplicated’ due to the fabrics used, but the piecing technique may require complete accuracy or many instructions.

 

Crossed Paths Quilt (Quilt Now Jan18)

 

At the other end of the spectrum, a quilt can look cleverly complicated with really straightforward piecing.

 

Crossed Paths falls somewhere in between!  The repeating 15″ blocks are based around 2 elements:  (1) Foundation pieced quadrants are made separately, papers removed then pieced around the central square using (2) a partial seam (tutorial on partial seams coming soon!).

 

 

 

However, close attention must be paid to the cutting instructions and fabric placement, to achieve the gradation of background from dark to light and the reverse gradation of the ‘crossed paths’.

 

This is a quilt where lots of labels and plastic bags are recommended to keep yourself organised!

 

Crossed Paths Quilt (Quilt Now Jan18)

 

So if you like making quilts with a little more ‘bite’ then this one’s for you!

 

Crossed Paths Quilt (Quilt Now Jan18)

 

Crossed Paths Quilt (Quilt Now Jan18)

Happy sewing!

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Log Cabin Bouquet Quilt


By Judith on January 26, 2018
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Hi there!

 

How has your week been?  Isn’t it crazy how fast the weeks are flying in!  But I’m glad we’re almost out the other side of January, aren’t you?

 

When I first started learning patchwork, one of the first blocks I tried was the humble log cabin! And it was love at first …… stitch!

 

My first Log Cabin quilt made from recycled textiles!

 

Over the years I’ve stitched many log cabin variations, and even have a dedicated Log Cabin Pinterest Board!

 

So when Popular Patchwork said they were going for a colourful and cheery February issue, I had an idea!

 

Log Cabin Bouquet Quilt (Popular Patchwork Feb18)
62″ x 62″

 

This is Log Cabin Bouquet!

 

With a few adjustments, the log cabin block can be turned into a heart shape.  And when you put the hearts together, you get a flower shape!  Neat!

 

Log Cabin Bouquet Quilt (Popular Patchwork Feb18)

 

If, like me, you have a ‘Fabric Bucket List’ it’s always a joy when you finally get the opportunity to work with some long desired collection or fabric line.

 

Log Cabin Bouquet Quilt (Popular Patchwork Feb18)

 

When Art Gallery launched their Denim Studio, I swooned!  Already a long time lover of all things denim, my heart skipped a beat when I saw how creative Art Gallery got with this unassuming textile.  Oh boy! The different weights, patterns and textures – so many to choose from.

 

Log Cabin Bouquet Quilt (Popular Patchwork Feb18)
Photo courtesy of Popular Patchwork

 

 

Imagine my delight when the Editor of Popular Patchwork approved my design! I stuck to denims that were 4oz or 5oz and I thought I’d go braver with the background this time.

 

Log Cabin Bouquet Quilt (Popular Patchwork Feb18)
Photo courtesy of Popular Patchwork

The background is Painterly Wash and the backing Ragged Daisies.  Wouldn’t these make beautiful tunic dresses (that’ll be another addition to the bucket list then!).

 

Log Cabin Bouquet Quilt (Popular Patchwork Feb18)

 

If you are considering Denim Studio, I recommend using the 4-5 oz ones for quilting and the 10 oz ones for bag making and soft furnishings.

 

Log Cabin Bouquet Quilt (Popular Patchwork Feb18)

 

So that’s another fabric itch scratched!  I definitely see more Denim Studio in my future!

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Handmade Spools Quilt & Classes Update


By Judith on January 17, 2018
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Hi there!

 

Are you still surrounded by snow?

 

Even a little of the white stuff causes so much disruption here! Someone in particular is reluctant to venture out in it!

 

Paw prints in the snow!

 

Thankfully most folks were still able to get to my classes.  We are into our 2nd week of the first 6 week block.

 

New Classes Jan18

 

 

And I’m happy to report that feedback about the new spacious and light-flooded classroom, stunning view and historical surroundings has been immensely positive.

 

I will soon be releasing information and dates about my Saturday workshops, starting in March.  Watch this space!

 

(You can find more information about the classes here.)

 

So onto a beginner friendly quilt I designed for British Patchwork & Quilting magazine (January issue).

 

Handmade Spools Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Jan18)
Photo courtesy of British Patchwork & Quilting

 

This is ‘Handmade Spools’, made using Makower’s sewing themed ‘Handmade’ fabrics (view all the fabrics here).

 

Handmade Spools Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Jan18)

 

The spool shapes are made using half square triangles, no tricky ‘Y’ seams here!  And the centre of each spool headlines the cute prints of pins, threads, buttons, scissors and notions.

 

Handmade Spools Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Jan18)

 

So if you want to dip your toe into patchwork and quilting without feeling overwhelmed, why not try your hand at Handmade!

 

Handmade Spools Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Jan18)

 

Happy sewing!

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Oriental Clamshells Quilt


By Judith on January 6, 2018
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Hello there!

 

How is your weekend going?

 

I spent a lovely afternoon sewing today, with my fellow Bee Blessed buddies.  The room was a hive of activity as we kicked off the new year getting more quilts ready to gift to those in need of comfort.

 

Oriental Clamshells Quilt (Popular Patchwork Jan18)

 

A few months back I made a quilt for Popular Patchwork. They sent me a lovely collection of fabrics called Japanese Garden by Makower.

 

Oriental Clamshell Quilt (Popular Patchwork Quilt)

 

When I first saw the fabrics I was a little unsure what to do with them.  There are many motifs and shapes in the fabrics to draw from, flowers, butterflies, dragonflies.

 

Oriental Clamshell Quilt (Popular Patchwork Jan18)

 

But I have a bit of a thing about curves (!!) and just had to scratch that itch!

 

As a patchwork and quilting tutor I often come across a fearful response to the mention of curved piecing!

 

Oriental Clamshell Quilt (Popular Patchwork Quilt)

 

But the bigger the curves, the easier the piecing!

 

So if you haven’t tried making a drunkard’s path block before, these large scale ones are a great place to start.  I use a ‘no pin’ method, which means you get quickly into a repetitive rhythm piecing the curves.

 

Oriental Clamshell Quilt (Popular Patchwork Quilt)

 

This quilt is currently in the January issue of Popular Patchwork …..

 

Oriental Clamshell Quilt (Popular Patchwork Quilt)
Photo courtesy of Popular Patchwork

 

…. and it is also hanging up in my new classroom.

 

 

So my new students had better beware!  I’m hatching a plan that involves ‘curves’! After all, real women have curves!

 

Keep sewing!

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Snow Stars Quilt


By Judith on January 3, 2018
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Last day to enter my celebration giveaway. Enter here.

 

Hello everyone!

 

How is your new year going so far?

 

I’m trying to get back into running (been soaked twice!) and eat healthier (took 4 days to get through a sweet potato & carrot salad…… yawn!).

 

I’m a little behind in blogging about my January magazine commissions, so I’d better get a shimmy on!

 

Snow Stars Quilt (Pretty Patches Jan18)

 

This is ‘Snow Stars’, my quilty ballad to the wintery wonder of snow!

 

We don’t often get significant snow here, and I have a paradoxical relationship with it when it does show up!  The romantic in me loves the peaceful stillness of a virginal snow fall, but the damp practicalities of travelling and trying to do life in it, well it’s ……. trying!

 

Snow Stars Quilt (Pretty Patches Jan18)

 

I’ve represented these stark contrasts in Snow Stars by using Essex Yarn Dyed Linen (Denim) as the background, allowing the low volume stars to pop out.

 

Snow Stars Quilt (Pretty Patches Jan18)

 

The half square triangle technique for making the blocks  means you get 2 identical star blocks at a time!

 

Snow Stars Quilt (Pretty Patches Jan18)

 

A friend of mine quilted Snow Stars on her frame, using the perfect snowflake pantograph.

 

Snow Stars Quilt (Pretty Patches Jan18)

 

Isn’t it perfect!  And trusty Ikea ‘Numbers’ on the back completes my ‘Ode to Snow’!

 

Snow Stars Quilt (Pretty Patches Jan18)

 

And it’s always nice to make front cover!

 

Snow Stars Quilt (Pretty Patches Jan18)

 

Keep warm!

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Frost


By Judith on December 18, 2017
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60″ x 72″

This is Frost!

 

I’m happy to see the actual frost (& snow) on the ground disappear this week!  And instead show you my scrappy quilt in icy blues, which is featured in the January issue of Quilt Now.

 

Frost (Quilt Now Jan18)

 

As you know, I LOVE using scraps.  Sticking to a particular colourway while just using scraps is a little more challenging than just using a random selection of colours.  Scraptastic challenge accepted!

 

I started with a spikey block (my trust Sizzix helped me out with the cutting), then dropped the pale aqua and soft blues into it.  I only needed to beg a small amount of blue from a willing friend!

 

Photo courtesy of Quilt Now

 

You can get a better idea of the block from the cushion above.  Katy the editor asked for a cushion of the same block, but in a different colourway.  I used Kona solids for the cushion, and went for a more masculine vibe. This is to give the readers an alternative way of seeing the versatility of the block.

 

Frost (Quilt Now Jan18)

 

My background & binding is Kiss Dot by Michael Miller, and the backing is Vintage Market by Lori Holt.

 

Frost (Quilt Now Jan18)

 

The weather never matches the quilts when I’m photographing them!

 

Frost (Quilt Now Jan18)

 

So that’s Frost.  I hope you like my scrappy quilt.

 

Frost (Quilt Now Jan18)

 

I’m in the process of making my very last quilt of 2017. Sadly you won’t get to see it until March ’18.

 

And with less than one week until the ‘big day’ I hope you are a lot more organised than me!

 

Happy sewing!

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Gingerbread Men Garland


By Judith on December 13, 2017
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Hello everyone!  How is your week going?  Brrrrrrrr what an icy week we’ve had here.

 

There’s a definite feel of Christmas in our house now.  The first Christmas in our new home, and I’m pleased to say, the tree fits!!! Phew!

 

And another Christmas addition this year will be my Gingerbread Men Garland, as seen in the December issue of Popular Patchwork.

 

Gingerbread Men Gardland (Popular Patchwork Dec17)

 

I first made this last year for my ‘Gingerbread loving’ daughter, while she was still at uni.

 

Gingerbread Men Garland

 

So now we each have a set!

 

Felt is great to work with, a really stable textile with secure raw edges. You can read more about the making process here.

 

Gingerbread Men Gardland (Popular Patchwork Dec17)

 

My Gingerbread Men garland was adorning the Christmas display in my new classroom, for the open day last Saturday.

 

Gingerbread Men Gardland (Popular Patchwork Dec17)

 

But they have found their way back home now and are decorating my mantle at home!

 

So are your decorations up yet?

 

At least that’s one tick off my Christmas list.  Just the small matter of some Christmas shopping to do now.

 

Happy decorating!

 

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Tomte Santas!


By Judith on November 22, 2017
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Hi there!

 

How is your week going so far?

 

The refurbishment of my new classroom is going well, though keeping me so busy!  The walls (which were royal blue and purple!!) are now clean and crisp white! It looks even bigger now!

 

For my open day on 9th December I’m hoping to have a Christmas display.  And I knew exactly what to make to help decorate it.

 

Tomte Santas

 

I made so many of these last year, that they became affectionately known as my ‘tipsy tomtes’ because of a few ‘bottom issues’ I had with them.

 

Tomte Santas

 

This time, I bought round curtain weights as per the original pattern, and all bottom issues were resolved!!

 

So despite a slight tilt (and the usual glue fight!), my tomtes are not so tipsy anymore!

 

Tomte Santas

 

The pattern was originally in a Pretty Patches supplement last December, and you can read more about it here.

 

Tomte Santas

 

So this festive trio will be set out this weekend as I start dressing the classroom, and I promise to take some pics this time!

 

Happy sewing!

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Starry Christmas Night Quilt


By Judith on November 16, 2017
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Hello everyone!

 

I’ve been overwhelmed by the wonderful response to my new venture! It’s been so lovely to be ‘cheered on’ from all my friends here, on FB and Instagram.  Thank you, it means a lot!

 

I’ve barely had time to think about other projects lately, but I can show you a Christmas quilt I made back in the summer!

 

The Night Before Christmas Quilt (Popular Patchwork Nov17)
50″ x 60″

 

This is called ‘Starry Christmas Night’ using the evocative ‘Countryside Christmas’ collection from Lewis & Irene.

 

The Night Before Christmas Quilt (Popular Patchwork Nov17)
Perfect ‘fussy cut’ fabrics!

 

When Popular Patchwork sent me the fabrics, I immediately thought of cosy winter evenings snuggled up by the fire!

 

The Night Before Christmas Quilt (Popular Patchwork Nov17)
Applique Stars

The night before Christmas in the Hollies Household involves a carol service at my church, followed by a Baileys on ice, warm mince pies and wrapping presents!

 

I don’t have an open fire yet in my new house (I’m saving up for a rustic cast iron stove!) but I can just visualise me one Christmas eve sitting next to the stove, drinking my Baileys and snuggling under this lap quilt watching a cheesy Christmas movie!

 

The Night Before Christmas Quilt (Popular Patchwork Nov17)
Background: Kona Shadow

The Countryside Christmas fabrics have beautiful motifs of cute robins, night owls, foxes, deer and winter scenes.

 

The Night Before Christmas Quilt (Popular Patchwork Nov17)

 

And of course, when there’s a stripe, there will be stripey binding!

 

The Night Before Christmas Quilt (Popular Patchwork Nov17)

 

The astute among you will notice an imposter in this quilt!  I didn’t quite have enough of Countryside Christmas for the design I was after, so I added some Tilda Candy Bloom (skinny border and backing).  It goes quite well with Lewis and Irene, don’t you think!

 

The Night Before Christmas Quilt (Popular Patchwork Nov17)
Ah, the blue skies of summer!

This quilt came together really quickly.  So if you like a little bit of piecing, and a little bit of applique, then why not pick up the November issue of Popular Patchwork.

 

It’s really easy to spot because I’m cover girl!

 

The Night Before Christmas Quilt (Popular Patchwork Nov17)

 

Happy sewing!

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Tilda Garden Steps Quilt


By Judith on November 10, 2017
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Well hello there!

 

Didn’t that week go quickly? My feet have hardly touched the ground it’s been so busy here!  I’m getting ready to make an important announcement next Tuesday, so it’s full steam ahead here.

 

In the meantime I can show you a quilt I made for British Patchwork & Quilting, using Tilda’s beautiful Cabbage Rose collection:

 

Garden Steps Quilt (British P&Q magazine Nov17)

 

The Tilda Cabbage Rose collection is one of my favourites so far.  In fact, I’ve thrown in a couple of greens from their Memory Lane collection too!

 

Cabbage Rose (photo courtesy of Tilda Fabrics)

I’ve called this quilt ‘Garden Steps’, because of the combination of pretty floral prints and the Courthouse Steps quilt block.

 

Garden Steps Quilt (British P&Q magazine Nov17)

 

The Courthouse Steps block works a little like a Log Cabin block.  Cleverly, it’s the main block design which becomes the secondary pattern here.

 

 

Can you spot the blocks?

 

Garden Steps Quilt (British P&Q magazine Nov17)

 

The backing and binding are more Tilda prints from other collections.

 

Garden Steps Quilt (British P&Q magazine Nov17)

 

This was the first quilt I made in my new Sewing Room.  It’s been an interesting journey re-orientating myself to a much smaller space.  For example, learning the best way to photograph items and discovering where the light is best.

 

Garden Steps Quilt (British P&Q magazine Nov17)

 

It was lovely working with pretty, colourful fabrics on a dull day!

 

Garden Steps Quilt (British P&Q magazine Nov17)

 

I hope this has brightened up your day!

 

Happy sewing!

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Sunburst Diamonds Quilt


By Judith on September 29, 2017
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Hello everyone!

 

How has your week been?

 

I’ve had a great week, especially as my builder finished all his amazing work in my house on Monday.  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed putting out treasured trinkets, favourite cushions, putting up pictures, and finally making this new space feel more like home.

 

It seems like an age since I made my first magazine commission in this house, back in July!

 

Sunburst Diamonds Quilt (Pretty Patches Sept17)

 

The lovely Editor of Pretty Patches magazine sent me some Alison Glass Sun Print fabrics (you can see the full collection here).

 

What a wonderful explosion of colour! I kept the design simple with half square triangle diamonds in the wonderful rainbow rounds of the prints.

 

Sadly I wasn’t able to take any pictures of the quilt on completion (due to the building site that surrounded me!) but I promise I will when it is returned to me.

 

In the meantime, I will leave you with the wonderful pictures in Pretty Patches magazine.

 

Sunburst Diamonds Quilt (Pretty Patches Sept17)

 

Happy quilting!

 

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Wonky Log Cabin Quilt


By Judith on September 20, 2017
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I’ve been hearing the christmas ‘C’ word a lot round here lately!

 

It seems the madness of the ‘silly season’ starts earlier and earlier (or am I just getting older and more ‘Scrooge-like’?).

 

Anyway, when it comes to quilting magazines there’s no such thing as too early for Christmas!

 

Wonky Log Cabin Quilt (Quilt Now October17)

 

This is my Wonky Log Cabin Christmas quilt in the October issue of Quilt Now magazine.

 

 

These wonky blocks are so much fun to make.  There’s really no accurate measuring, just improv slicing and dicing!  So liberating!

 

Sometimes inspiration for quilt design comes quick and easy, and sometimes it’s more like the slow, patient percolation of a good coffee!

 

Wonky Log Cabin Quilt (Quilt Now Magazine Sept17)

 

Initially I had pulled some Kona greens and scrappy greens, a little sprinkle of Kona Pomegranate (an all time favourite) and a sharp black and white stripe to contrast.

 

Wonky Log Cabin Quilt (Quilt Now Magazine Sept17)

 

I liked where this was going, but still nothing came to mind.  A few days later, I grabbed some low volume prints and soft Kona greys and I had the balance I needed.

 

Log cabin blocks are some of my favourites, so I started to play and thought I’d push the boundaries a little.  I usually reserve my supply of black and white stripe for binding quilts. This time I let the black and white stripe take more of a starring role, connecting the blocks in each quadrant.

 

Wonky Log Cabin Quilt (Quilt Now Magazine Sept17)

 

I had so much fun playing, I just kept going, and that’s how this quilt came to be! A very organic design process this time!

 

I have the best job!

 

Happy quilting!

 

 

 

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Autumn Boho Quilt


By Judith on September 1, 2017
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Happy first of September!

 

I’m always a little conflicted when we enter a new season and a new term.  I love the colours and smells of Autumn, a feast for the senses, but I always grieve a little for the ending of another brief summer.

 

So continuing the Autumnal theme, I can show you my Autumn Boho Quilt.

 

Autumn Boho Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Sept17)

 

This is a bigger quilt than I usually make, at 72″ x 89.5″.

 

For a while now I’ve been wanting to use my stash of large scale prints. I have a number of fat quarters and half metres from wonderful designers like Sandi Henderson, Anna-Maria Horner, Heather Bailey, Amy Butler to name a few.

 

Autumn Boho Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Sept17)

 

What these designers have in common is their courage to use colour and pattern, even when it ‘clashes’.

 

Autumn Boho Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Sept17)

 

So I kept the design large and simple – 17″ half square triangles with navy feature diamonds.

 

Autumn Boho Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Sept17)

 

This is a great beginner friendly project.  You can work from 20 fat quarters and a little yardage for the contrasting diamonds.  The diamonds are important as it gives the eye somewhere to land among the busyness of the prints.

 

Autumn Boho Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Sept17)

 

Autumn Boho Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Sept17)

 

If you are a regular visitor to my blog then you will know how much I love scrappy quilts.  I appreciate they are not to everyone’s taste, but if you like using up fabric, then why not have a go!

 

Autumn Boho Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Sept17)
The back, pieced using more fat quarters and leftovers

 

My advice is to be brave.  Don’t worry when you look at a couple of fabrics together and think ‘they don’t go’.  If you can push pass the ‘over-thinking’ & ‘trying to match fabrics’ stage you won’t be disappointed – the magic happens when you step back and look at the finished quilt.  I even use fabrics that I’ve fallen out of love with!

 

Autumn Boho Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Sept17)

 

I totally love the ‘boho vibe’ these loud and crazy fabrics give the quilt!

 

And you can find it in the September issue of British Patchwork & Quilting.

 

Autumn Boho Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Sept17)
Photo courtesy of BPQ magazine

Happy quilting!

 

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Irish Chain Reversed


By Judith on August 26, 2017
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Hello everyone!

 

Firstly a big THANK YOU to the brilliant response I’ve had to my shout out for help in my last post.  I knew this amazing community of sewers wouldn’t let me down!

 

 

Thank you for offering to make Syringe Driver Bags for Macmillan Cancer Support.  If you missed the post and would like to be involved in this worthy cause, you can read more about it here.

 

If you are noticing the evenings getting shorter, you’re not alone!  Sadly, summer seems to be waning and the first signs of Autumn are sneaking in.

 

Especially when the ‘Autumn’ issues of quilting magazines are already hitting the shops!

 

Autumn Irish Chain (Pretty Patches Sept17)

 

 

This is my ‘reverse’ Autumn Irish Chain quilt on the front cover of the September issue of Pretty Patches.

 

 

Autumn Irish Chain (Pretty Patches Sept17)
62″ x 74″

 

 

Scrappy quilts are my favourite kind to make.  I wanted to stick to autumnal shades but thought I could switch things up a little.  So I flipped a traditional Irish chain around, making the large negative spaces the colourful feature of the design.

 

Autumn Irish Chain (Pretty Patches Sept17)
The quilt back

 

Deep purples and aubergine tones are my favourite autumnal colours. They remind me of blackberry picking and harvest time! In fact I’ve got blackberry bushes in my new house producing fruit right now!

 

I went with a soft grey dotty background, and of course we can’t have autumn without the warm yellows and oranges of crisp falling leaves.

 

Autumn Irish Chain (Pretty Patches Sept17)

 

This pattern is perfect for beginner quilters, basically you are just sewing squares together in a particular order, or for folks like me with a overflowing healthy scrap stash!

 

Autumn Irish Chain (Pretty Patches Sept17)

 

I hope you like my first quilty step into Autumn.  I love the season of Autumn, but I’m not quite ready to give up on summer just yet!

 

Happy sewing!

 

 

 

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Sun, Sea & Sky Quilt


By Judith on August 15, 2017
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Hello there!

 

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

 

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

 

Sun, Sea and Sky Quilt (Quilt Now Aug17)

 

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

 

Sun, Sea and Sky Quilt (Quilt Now Aug17)

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Happy sewing!

 

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‘Around the World’ Birthday Quilt


By Judith on August 10, 2017
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Happy Thursday everyone!

 

It’s a happy day here at the Hollies Household because not only is the sun shining, we have just had gas installed in our new home! This means we now have long awaited hot water, cooking facilities and a little heat on chilly evenings!  #livinglikekings

 

The quilt I’d like to show you today is long overdue its reveal!

 

Around the World Quilt (Pretty Patches Magazine Aug17)

 

My middle daughter turned 18 last February, and I got her birthday quilt started at Brit Bee Retreat.

 

My daughter loves travel/world themes as well as old style items, images and graphics.  Also, she isn’t into pink or girly colours so much, so I knew I had to get the fabrics and colours just right.

 

Purchased from Lovely Jubbly Fabrics

 

I was browsing travel themed fabrics online and came across this Makower fabric called ‘Airmail Travel Stamp, Special Delivery!’  It was my perfect starting point and this became my ‘headline’ print.  I used the colours in this print to guide me through the rest of my stash and scrap boxes.

 

 

I didn’t want to chop the Airmail print up too small, so designed an ‘on point’ block where large sections of the headline print would appear in the secondary pattern, with scrappy pieced dividers.  A little white on white to separate the busyness and it all came together beautifully.

 

Around the World Quilt (Pretty Patches Magazine Aug17)

 

Keeping the scrappy prints to softer tones and small scale prints helped create an overall calm feel to the quilt.  My daughter’s bedroom is mostly neutral creams and greys so I didn’t want the overall look of the quilt to be too bright.

 

Around the World Quilt (Pretty Patches Magazine Aug17)

 

I managed to get the quilt almost completed by the end of February, just a few weeks late of the birth date.  And then a request came in from a magazine editor requesting a quilt for a summer edition!

 

Around the World Quilt (Pretty Patches Magazine Aug17)

 

This was the only quilt I had available in the tight timescale, so off it went to England, with an apology to my daughter for yet another delay on her quilt (she was most forgiving)!

 

The quilt was published in the August issue of Pretty Patches (still in the shops now) and it was returned to me yesterday!

 

Lucy's 18th Birthday Quilt (Around the World, Pretty Patches Aug17)

 

I could finally present it to my girl, who I’m pleased to say, loves it!

 

She travels to Norway in September for 6 months and only wishes she had room in her luggage to take it with her (she might well be needing it over there!).

 

So that is the story behind ‘Around the World’ Birthday Quilt.  Always a special make when it’s for a loved one, and only 6 months late!!

 

Happy travels!

 

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Lotus Flower Quilt


By Judith on August 3, 2017
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Hi there,

How is your week going so far?  I hope you are getting some creative summer sewing time!

 

The sewing space in my new house still resembles a building site at the moment.  I can’t wait to get all my fabric out on display again!

 

In the meantime, I can show you another of my summer magazine makes.

 

Boho Lotus Flower Quilt (Popular Patchwork Magazine August 17)

 

This is Lotus Flower Quilt, made using fabrics from the delicious Art Gallery Boho Fusions and Abloom ranges.

 

I instantly fell in love with these fabrics – they speak to my closet hippy/bohemian side!

 

Boho Lotus Flower Quilt (Popular Patchwork Magazine August 17)

 

The colours are saturated and intense, and the strong mix of floral and graphic patterns make this a vibrant collection.  In fact, it was a lotus flower shape in one of the prints that inspired my design.

 

Boho Lotus Flower Quilt (Popular Patchwork Magazine August 17)

 

The fabrics lent themselves to a bold, large scale design, so I drew a large lotus flower and created a positive/negative effect by switching up the prints.

 

Lotus Flower Quilt (Popular Patchwork Aug17)

 

 

The quilt finishes at 72″ x 91″, a great single bed size.  In fact, it is on my daughter’s bed in her new bedroom, serving as the design inspiration for the rest of her room!

 

Lotus Flower Quilt (Popular Patchwork Aug17)

 

Lotus Flower Quilt is in the August issue of Popular Patchwork, out now!

 

Happy sewing!

 

 

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Blue Lagoon Quilt


By Judith on July 28, 2017
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Hi everyone!

 

How is your summer going so far?

 

We have had some decent summer weather here in Belfast recently, but alas I’m still surrounded in plaster dust and paint in my new house. So time out to enjoy the sunshine is rare!

 

In the meantime I’ll have to make do with dreaming of lazy days by the beach and paddling in refreshing tides.

 

So how about we transport ourselves to an exotic, pacific island and dream of soft white sands and azure blue lagoons!!

 

Blue Lagoon Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Aug17)

 

This is where my creative inspiration came from for my Blue Lagoon ombre quilt, in the August issue of British Patchwork and Quilting magazine.

 

This quilt is made almost completely from Kaufman Kona solids – always a dream to work with!  There are 6 shades of aqua blues set against a crisp white background.

 

Blue Lagoon Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Aug17)

 

The block is an ‘easy to piece’ snowball or bow-tie block, and I used a coastal themed blue and white stripe from my stash for the binding.

 

Blue Lagoon Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Aug17)

 

There are so many Kona solids to choose from (their colour card is pure eye candy!) it was relatively easy choosing colours that would graduate from dark to light.

 

Blue Lagoon Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Aug17)

 

As always, I’m photographing my quilts out of season.  Oh how I wish I could take my quilt to the clear blue ocean, squish my toes in the sand and take photos of my quilt against a more appropriate backdrop!

 

Blue Lagoon Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Aug17)

 

Perhaps when the quilt is sent back to me and sunny blue skies return, I will escape to my nearest beach (only 10 minutes away!) for a quilty photo shoot!

 

Well, a girl can dream!

 

 

 

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Ebb and Flow Quilt


By Judith on June 21, 2017
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Happy Wednesday everyone!

 

The gorgeous weather continues here!  Such a treat!

 

When I make a quilt I always photograph it before I send it off to the magazine.   However, doing commission work at least one season ahead means the weather and season at time of photographing doesn’t match the theme of the quilt!

 

Ebb & Flow quilt (Popular Patchwork July17)
Finished quilt 64″ x 76″

 

Take for example my Ebb and Flow quilt!  This is the photograph I took of it on completion in April.  Drab and dreary right?

 

 

And ironic too because the fabrics used in this quilt are called ‘Blue Sky’ by Laundry Basket Quilts (background is Linen Texture, both by Makower). Oh how I wish there were blue skies when I photographed this quilt!

 

Ebb & Flow Quilt (Popular Patchwork July17)

 

I went for simple mitred piecing in columns to give a contemporary twist to these classic prints.

 

Ebb & Flow quilt (Popular Patchwork July17)

 

I knew there had to be organic wavy quilting vertically through the columns to enhance the ‘ebb and flow’ movement in the quilt. Aurifil 50wt is my ‘go to’ thread for quilting.

 

Ebb & Flow quilt (Popular Patchwork July17)

 

So there you have my blue sky Ebb and Flow summer quilt, fulfilling the Editor’s brief of soft summer blues with an organic design. The pattern is in the July issue of Popular Patchwork, out now.

 

May the wonderful weather continue!

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Spots ‘n Squares Quilt


By Judith on June 7, 2017
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Happy Wednesday to you all!

 

Question: Do you have a favourite fabric designer?

 

Most quilters who are engaged with an online community of sewers have designers or fabric lines that they just seem to fall in love with.

 

Perhaps it’s the preferred colour palette, story telling patterns, geometric patterns or ditsy themes that become as familiar in each designer’s collection as a favoured jumper!

 

If you are a regular visitor to my blog, you will know that fabrics with a ditsy or vintage vibe rank highly on my list of favourite fabrics.

 

Among these are Fig Tree Quilts and their ‘fresh vintage style’.

 

 

Last year I purchased a fat quarter bundle of Farmhouse Petite from Fat Quarter Shop (USA) and designed a beginner friendly ‘Spots and Squares’ quilt for the June issue of Popular Patchwork magazine.

 

Fig Tree Spots n Dots Quilt (Popular Patchwork June17)

 

The observant among you will notice that I didn’t include 2 of the prints from the original bundle, and in fact purchased a couple more Farmhouse prints from Pretty Fabrics and Trims (UK).

 

Fig Tree Spots n Dots Quilt (Popular Patchwork June17)

 

So for this pattern, you need 13 fat quarters in total and yardage of Kona Snow for the background.

 

Fig Tree Spots n Dots Quilt (Popular Patchwork June17)

 

Simple piecing and gentle applique bring this single bed quilt together in no time at all.

 

Fig Tree Spots n Dots Quilt (Popular Patchwork June17)

 

I happened to have the perfect fabric for the back (Momo Freebird) and a good friend kindly quilted it for me on her long-arm frame.

 

Fig Tree Spots n Dots Quilt (Popular Patchwork June17)

 

So that’s the last of my June issue magazine makes to show you.

 

Fig Tree Spots n Dots Quilt (Popular Patchwork June17)

 

Next week the July issues will be released!  Exciting!

 

Happy sewing!

 

 

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Garden Trellis Cushions


By Judith on June 3, 2017
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Hello everyone, how is your weekend going?

 

We are slowly getting outnumbered by cardboard boxes here, as we prepare to move house later this month!

 

So as a little distraction from all the packing, I thought I would tell you about 2 pretty little cushions I made for Pretty Patches magazine.

 

 

Back in 2013 I made my daughter these cushions for her birthday. I thought I would have another go using my design, but this time with the summery fabrics from Lewis and Irene, called Flo’s Little Garden.

 

Garden Trellis Cushions (Pretty Patches June17)

 

I’ve called them Garden Trellis.  The Kona Snow trellis in one cushion provides little windows to view the pretty flowers, while in the other cushion, the ditsy florals are climbing up the trellis.

 

 

Simple ‘echo’ quilting make this a beginner friendly project, with an easy envelope closure at the back.

 

 

I finished the cushions with a crochet trim.  To do this, hand sew a blanket stitch first with the crochet cotton (I used DMC Natura Just Cotton in Ivory).  You will need a sharp darning needle with a big enough eye to take the crochet cotton.

 

The blanket stitches act like a foundation row to start crocheting into. Work 3 double crochet into each blanket stitch, then 3 chain loops into every 3rd double crochet.  Finally, work 1 double crochet, 4 treble crochet, 1 double crochet into each chain loop.

 

Garden Trellis Cushions (Pretty Patches June17)

 

Don’t worry if you aren’t a crocheter.  The cushions are complete without adding a crochet trim.  Alternatively, sew a ready-made crochet trim into the seams between the front and back of the cushion before the final assembly.

 

 

So there we have it!  2 pretty, summery cushions, sadly ready for the packing boxes!

 

Enjoy your weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

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Tilda Table Cloth


By Judith on May 29, 2017
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Hello everyone! I hope you’ve had a wonderful weekend!

 

I had a fun few days with my best quilty buddies, up a mountain, with glorious sunshine and sheep for company (there may also have been lots of cake and buns)!

 

Threads Across the Sea Retreat May17
L-R: Me, Trudi, Sarah, Di aka ‘Threads Across the Sea’ 

 

Threads Across the Sea Retreat May17

Threads Across the Sea Retreat May17

Threads Across the Sea Retreat May17

 

There was lots of sewing done too, but alas I can’t show you that just yet.

 

What I can show you is a summery table cloth I made for the May issue of Pretty Patches magazine.

 

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The clever peeps at Tilda Fabrics came up with a beautiful collection earlier this year called Bumblebee.

 

 

If you are a regular visitor here, you will know how much I adore Tilda fabrics.  And this collection is no exception. Ditsy flowers and some of my all time favourite colours together – what’s not to love!

 

Tilda Table Cloth (Pretty Patches May17)

 

So when Pretty Patches offered me a bundle of Bumblebee to work with, I jumped at the chance!

 

I wanted to keep the design large scale to let the fabrics do all the talking.

 

Tilda Table Cloth (Pretty Patches May17)

 

Also, to maintain some drape, I didn’t use wadding, but simply ‘bagged’ the top and backing together.

 

One of the reasons why I love Tilda fabrics so much is because of their vintage vibe (and I love all things vintagey!).  So a lacey trim around the edge seemed a fitting finish.

 

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All I need now is for the summer sunshine to return for a little al fresco dining on my new table cloth!

 

Tilda Table Cloth (Pretty Patches May17)

 

Happy sewing!

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Lullaby Bricks Quilt


By Judith on May 23, 2017
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Hi everyone, are you getting some wonderful sunshine in your part of the world?

 

It’s exam season in my house at the moment, so of course the sun will be shining!!

 

Two days a week I teach in a local Quilting shop.  Despite being surrounded by tempting fabric and patterns every week, I usually manage to restrain myself!!

 

However one day, my eye caught the sweetest Jelly roll and I caved!

 

 

This is ‘Lullaby’ by Kate and Birdie.  It has the softest palette of coral, aqua and taupe and the sweetest prints of cute animals, birds, sprigs and stars.

 

I decided to design a quilt around the jelly roll and pitch it to British Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  They loved the idea, and ‘Lullaby Bricks Quilt’ it is now in print in the June issue.

 

 

There was just the right amount of graduating ‘bricks’ from the palest neutrals through taupe and aqua to the coral centre.

 

Lullaby Cot Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting June17)

 

I went for a crisp ‘white on white’ for the skinny sashing, making sure the low volume prints could still hold their own in the design.

 

Lullaby Cot Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting June17)

 

I quilted in organic wavy lines running across the width of the quilt and through the bricks, just to give some gentle movement and contrast to the structured, geometric design.

 

And for the back, I kept the pale theme using ‘Tiny Houndstooth’ by Michael Miller and bound with one of the pale ‘Lullaby’ prints.

 

 

This generous single bed quilt finishes at 63″ x 68″, perfect for lulling you into the land of nod!

 

Lullaby Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting June17)
Photo courtesy of British Patchwork & Quilting Magazine

 

Happy snoozing!

 

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Ditsy Daisy Quilt


By Judith on May 6, 2017
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Hello everyone!  I hope you’ve had a wonderful Saturday!

 

I’d like to show you the first of 2 of my magazine commissions this month.

 

Ditsy Daisy Quilt (Popular Patchwork May17)

 

The lovely peeps at Popular Patchwork sent me the cutest fat quarter bundle of Flo’s Little Flowers, by Lewis and Irene.

 

Ditsy Daisy Quilt (Popular Patchwork May17)

 

The ditsy prints and soft colours are adorable (if a little tricky to photograph!), and I knew I had to design something floral for these fabrics.

 

Ditsy Daisy Quilt (Popular Patchwork May17)

 

Now daisies are one of my favourite flowers (as Meg Ryan would say ‘they’re so friendly!’ You’ve Got Mail).  I sketched a daisy and thought it might work as a stitched outline on some Essex Yarn Dyed Linen (Flax).

 

Ditsy Daisy Quilt (Popular Patchwork May17)

 

But I didn’t want anyone freaking out thinking they had to free motion stitch these, so I purposely top stitched all the petals and blanket stitched the centres.

 

 

While this technique may be a little slower than free motion stitching, I think it gives much smoother lines and makes it possible for people who haven’t yet tried free motion stitching.

 

So that was the first part of my idea working out.

 

But I needed another flower, this time as an alternating block with the daisies.

 

Source: Pinterest

 

A little Pinterest search revealed the seasonal hydrangea, a flower head made up of lots of little flowers!  When I saw a close up of the little flowers, I knew I had my 2nd block.

 

Ditsy Daisy Quilt (Popular Patchwork May17)

 

The piecing involved in the Hydrangea blocks is really easy. I like how big they are in contrast to the daisies and how they show off the Lewis and Irene fabrics so well.

 

Ditsy Daisy Quilt (Popular Patchwork May17)

 

I hope you like my Ditsy Daisy quilt, in the May issue of Popular Patchwork (out now!).

 

Happy sewing!

 

 

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Chevron Heaven Quilt


By Judith on April 7, 2017
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I love Chevron quilts! They are simple to make and are so versatile in providing many different designs.

 

One of the simplest ways to make chevrons is using half square triangles, and with clever fabric placement, or mixing up your fabric ‘values’ (low volume, high volume) you can achieve all sorts of wonderful patterns.

 

 

When the editor of Popular Patchwork sent me her mood board for the April issue, the colours were earthy and saturated and I saw a glimpse of a chevron pattern in there.

 

So I pulled out all my Kona solids that fit the brief and went to work designing a chevron inspired quilt.

 

Chevron Heaven Quilt (April17 Popular Patchwork Magazine)
12 shades of Kona made it into the final quilt!

 

For me these colours represent transition – moving out of a long dark winter and into the new life of spring. Little hits of prints mixed in with the solids are like those glimpses of colour and growth you see coming out in the garden at this time of year.

 

Chevron Heaven Quilt (April17 Popular Patchwork Magazine)
I wanted to break up the continuity of the half square triangle chevrons with narrower rows, and so designed a simple foundation pieced template for these.  If you’ve never tried foundation piecing before, this would be a great, non-threatening project to start with!

 

 

Foundation piecing is a little more time consuming than normal piecing, but it’s definitely worth it to get those crisp, sharp points!

 

Chevron Heaven Quilt (Popular Patchwork April17)

 

The organic wavy quilting lines create a sense of movement through the angular peaks and troughs of the chevrons.  And I backed it with trusty Ikea Numbers cotton.

 

 

Chevron Heaven Quilt (Popular Patchwork April17)

 

The magazine also includes a double page feature on how to style a room around Chevron Heaven!  What a neat idea!

 

Chevron Heaven Quilt (Popular Patchwork April17)

 

The April issue of Popular Patchwork is in the shops now!

And Chevron Heaven is now listed in my shop for sale!

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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