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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