Aprons (3) Workshop Finishes


By Judith on August 18, 2019
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Yesterday was our 3rd and final Aprons Workshop of 2019.

 

 

Once again, most of the ladies were making the Cross Back (Japanese) Apron (free pattern available here).

 

Aprons (3) Workshop

 

This is a brilliant pattern with beautifully finished french seams on the inside.

Just look at these gorgeous examples!

 

Aprons (3) Workshop

 

And one of my lovely ladies was making my Tie Back Apron (pattern available here).

 

Aprons (3) Workshop

 

Doesn’t she look wonderful (and the apron’s not bad either!).

 

I adore the fabrics Anja has used, combining Essex Yarn Dyed Linen (Denim) with some pretty geometric flowers.

 

I hope you all enjoy your aprons ladies, and being the dometic goddesses I know you are!

 

Happy sewing!

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‘Quilt Top In A Day’ Workshop Finishes


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

 

 

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

 

Quilt Top in a Day workshop

 

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

 

Look at these dramatic Mama Boho Quilts …..

 

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

 

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

 

Quilt Top in a Day workshop

 

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

 

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

 

Aren’t they adorable!

Well done ladies on a productive day sewing your flimsies!

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

Happy sewing!

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Beach Bag Workshop Finishes


By Judith on June 26, 2019
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Hello everyone!

 

This is my last week of classes before the summer break.  The sun is finally shining and I will have a few more photos to show you from this term’s project focus.

 

 

In the meantime, I can show you some stunning bags from our Beach Bag Workshop last Saturday.

 

Beach Bag Workshop

 

It was a warm and clammy day in the studio, perfect weather for thinking about holidays by the beach!

 

All the ladies beavered away on their bags, and just look at their results!

 

Beach Bag Workshop

 

Such classy and colourful bags!  The webbing handles are sewn onto the exterior and base of the bag, making them nice and strong for all your beach or picnic gear.

 

The bags are lined with Rip Stop Nylon, a water resistant and washable fabric, which is really easy to sew with too!

 

And you can see a few examples of the additional ‘wet bag’ above, which is included in the pattern.  This is also lined with Rip Stop Nyon, the perfect place for wet swimwear or drippy sun lotion bottles!

 

Well done ladies on your hard work.  I hope you get many opportunities to use your bag this summer!

 

And if you would like to make your own roomy beach bag, you can get the pattern here.

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Autumn ’19 Quilting Retreat


By Judith on June 14, 2019
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(Edit: retreat is now fully booked)

I’m ridiculously excited to tell you all about a new Just Jude Designs venture!

 

 

Retreat from the stresses of life for a weekend of relaxation, creativity and great food in the spacious and comfortable Murlough House, surrounded by the beautiful Murlough Bay Nature Reserve!

 

Let me tell you all about it!

 

Your weekend retreat experience will include:

  • Time away to indulge your stitching passion, progress your projects or start something new
  • Fun meeting and connecting with other like-minded quilting enthusiasts
  • Support from your friendly, experienced tutor
  • Two optional project workshops (Sashiko Cushion / Selvedge Projects)
  • Light-hearted sewing games
  • Pop-up shop for fabric and haberdashery supplies
  • Comfortable accommodation in single, twin, shared and en-suite rooms
  • Ground floor ‘Less Abled’ accommodation available
  • All meals provided – no cooking means more time to sew!  Special dietary requirements catered for.
  • Beautiful, extensive gardens and grounds within walking distance of stunning golden beach to enjoy some fresh air and stretch your legs

Retreat Itinerary:

5 large cutting mats, rotary cutters, irons/boards & rulers will be available

Free Tea & Coffee available throughout the day

 

Friday

5pm:                           Arrive, settle in

6pm:                           Dinner

7pm – bedtime:      Free sewing time / Sewing Games

 Saturday

9am:                           Breakfast

10am- 1pm:              Free Sewing time

1pm – 2pm:              Lunch

2pm – 5pm:              Free sewing time      or     Sashiko Cushion Workshop

6pm:                           Dinner

7pm – bedtime:      Free sewing time / Sewing Games

 Sunday

9am:                            Breakfast

10am – 1pm:            Free sewing time        or    Selvedge Pouch Workshop

1pm – 2pm:              Lunch

2pm – 4pm:              Free sewing time & pack up

 

The prices for full board accommodation at our Retreat range from Single En Suite (£160) through to a Shared Room for 5 (£120 pp).  (A full list of rooms and prices available on request to justjudedesigns@hotmail.co.uk.)

(only shared rooms remaining at time of writing)

 

I’ve attended several retreats in the past, and know first hand how relaxing and fun they are!  It’s so wonderful getting alongside other sewists, chatting, sharing and getting inspired by the plethora of creative projects being worked on.  Not to mention getting away from cooking and other family responsibilities for a few days!

 

So if you would like to join us for some serious sewing time and lots of craic, or to enquire more about room availability, drop us a line to justjudedesigns@hotmail.co.uk.

 

Happy sewing!

 

 

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Vinyl Pouches Workshop Finishes


By Judith on June 4, 2019
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Last Saturday we had a wonderfully productive day in the studio making Vinyl Pouches.

 

Vinyl Pouches Workshop

 

For most of the ladies it was their first time negotiating the petulant vinyl through their machines (after taming it on the cutting mat!).

 

Tissue paper was our secret weapon, placed under the vinyl when sewing.  This helps it to glide easily over the needleplate (a Teflon foot on your machine will also work well).

 

Vinyl Pouches Workshop

Vinyl Pouches Workshop

 

Just look at those happy faces and lots of beautifully made pouches!

 

Well done ladies on conquering the plastic fantastic!

 

Enjoy your holiday pouches!

 

Happy sewing

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Spring into Summer ’19: Part 4


By Judith on May 13, 2019
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Happy Monday to you all!

 

Welcome to the final part in our Spring into Summer ’19 series, looking at the items on display in our classroom (part 1 available here; part 2 available here; part 3 available here).

 

Spring into Summer 19 Table Display
Spring into Summer 19 Table Display

 

11 Vinyl Pouches:

(pattern available here)

This is the final item on my table to tell you about and will be a Saturday workshop in June.

Vinyl Pouches Workshop

 

These cute and practical zippy pouches are great for summer holidays, or just keeping your bits and bobs organised. The handy see-through vinyl means you know exactly which pouch to reach for, and sewing with vinyl isn’t as tricky as you might think.

 

Vinyl Pouches

 

At the workshop I will be showing some clever ways to sew with vinyl (vinyl available to purchase in class).

 

Vinyl Pouches

 

There are a few places still available so why not join us for some vinyl fun!

 

Autumn Boho Quilt:

(pattern available here)

 

Autumn Boho Quilt
70″ x 88″

 

 

I know it’s not Autumn here, but it almost will be by the time I’m running this workshop!

 

Autumn Boho Quilt

 

With speedy half square triangle construction, this ‘Quilt Top In A Day’ is such a satisfying make. And there are 2 sizes to choose from.

 

There’s mama boho ……

 

Autumn Boho Quilt

 

And baby boho …….

 

Baby Boho Quilt
38″ x 48″

 

This is a great project for using up large scale prints (Mama Boho) or charm squares (Baby Boho).

 

So why not join us for some quick and satisfying piecing (booking available here).

 

Sun, Sea & Sky Quilt:

(pattern available here)

 

Sun, Sea and Sky Quilt (Quilt Now Aug17)
60″ x 72″

 

This quilt originally featured in Quilt Now magazine.  The repeating blocks allow you to mix up the colours and fabrics without losing the overall design.

 

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

 

I worked from my aqua blue and teal green scraps for this quilt, representing the sea and sky.  The little hits of yellow complete the summer feel of this quilt.

 

The final quilt on display is our current class project.

 

Monsoon/Frost Quilt:

(pattern available here)

Monsoon Quilt
Monsoon: 60″ x 60″
Frost (Quilt Now Jan18)
Frost: 60″ x 72″


While these look like 2 very different quilts, the construction of the blocks in both quilts are exactly the same.

 

Clever fabric placement in Monsoon provides the secondary patterns, while Frost facilitates a more scrappy feel.

 

Monsoon Quilt

 

Both designs are available in the same pattern, and I’m already seeing wonderful results in class (can’t wait to show you at the end of term!).

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Thank you for staying with our Spring into Summer ’19 series.

 

I hope you feel inspired to try something new, summery or even to get some existing projects to the finish line!

 

Happy sewing!

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Kids Tote Bag Workshop Finishes


By Judith on May 11, 2019
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Today was a return to my Kids’ Workshops, with young proteges having fun alongside their chosen grown-up!

 

Kids Tote Bag Workshop

 

The Kids happily took on the mantle of ‘Creative Directors’ for the day. They were in charge of creativity and design!

 

Kids Tote Bag Workshop

 

Under the watchful eye of our Health & Safety Officers (mums and nannys), the kids learned how to use rotary cutters, irons and sewing machines.

 

Kids Tote Bag Workshop

 

They completely rose to the challenge (kids are fearless!) and certainly let their creativity lose when it came to decorating their bags!

 

Kids Tote Bag Workshop

 

There was much Sizzix-ing, pompom making, fusing and buttoning – a flurry of design activity.

Going by these happy faces, I’d say that was a very successful day!

Well done to all my young sewists! You nailed it!

Keeeeeeeeep sewing!

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Spring into Summer ’19: Part 1


By Judith on May 4, 2019
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Welcome to my Spring into Summer ’19 series, looking at the items on display in our studio for this new term.

 

First up is our display table (I’ll be mixing up the order as shown but stay with me!).

 

Spring into Summer 19 Table Display

 

I try to theme (or semi-theme) the table each term.  Apart from an obvious summery feel, I think you’ll see another theme emerging as we look at the items.

 

Spring into Summer '19

 

1 Aprons:

(Tie Back Apron pattern available here)

 

Apron Workshop Aug19

 

You may remember seeing my aprons on display last term.  I decided to leave my dressed mannequin again this term because we are running our 3rd Apron workshop in August (booking available here).  In this workshop you can choose from either a tie back apron (pictured) or the Japanese style cross back apron (see here).

 

2 Kids Tote Bags:

 

Kids Workshop May19

 

These simple and fun makes are samples for my upcoming children’s workshop.

 

 

I have 4 girls and 2 boys registered to learn how to use a sewing machine and let their textile creativity loose!

 

 

 

Children are a joy to teach because they don’t overthink it and are so creatively uninhibited!  We adults could learn alot from them!

 

10 Beach Bag:

 (pattern available here)

Beach Bag Workshop

 

This is my big and roomy beach bag (first featured in Pretty Patches magazine).  It features water resistant Rip-Stop Nylon lining, mesh or cotton exterior pockets and a detachable ‘wet bag’ for your soggy bikini, or drippy sun lotion bottles!

 

Beach Bag (Pretty Patches Aug16)

 

I’ve made a few of these practical bags over the years, and they’ve even been road tested by my girls on their holiday!

 

Bethany's Beach Bag

 

If you’d like to join us at our Beach Bag workshop, you can book in here.

 

12 Flex Frame Glasses Case:

(free tutorial available here)

 

Flex Frame Sunnies Pouch

 

If you need a secure glasses or sunglasses case, how about my flex frame glasses case.

 

Sunglasses flex frame pouch

 

The tutorial covers 2 sizes (the bigger size is for wrap around sunglasses which don’t fold flat) and the applique glasses template is also available.  You can purchase flex frames from here.

 

So that wraps up part 1 of Spring into Summer ’19.

 

Tune in again when we look at the inspiring creativity of one of my favourite quilt designers!

 

Happy sewing!

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Folksy Tea Cosy Workshop Finishes


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

 

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

 

Folksy Tea Cosy Workshop

 

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

 

Folksy Tea Cosy Workshop

 

Aren’t they adorable!

 

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

 

Folksy Tea Cosy

 

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

 

Happy sewing!

 

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Aprons 2 Workshop: Finishes


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

 

Aprons 2 Workshop

 

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

 

Just look at the results!

 

Aprons 2 Workshop
Aprons 2 Workshop

 

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

 

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

 

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

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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.

 

EPP

 

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)

 

Lunchbags

 

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

 

Lunchbags

 

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!).

 

Lunchbags

 

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!).

 

Lunchbags

 

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!

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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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2018 Roundup & Happy New Year!


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

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

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

 

5 Class Projects:

(taught at 6 weekly classes, over 38 weeks)

2018 class projects

 

12 Saturday Workshops:

 

2018 Saturday workshops

 

11 Free Tutorials:

(available here)

2018 Tutorials

 

23 New Pattern Releases:

(available here)

2018 New Patterns

 

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

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14

 

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

 

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

 

Shirleys Friendship Birthday Quilt

 

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

 

Shared Threads
Shared Threads Drawstring Bags

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

In the meantime ……

 

Happy New Year!

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Saturday Workshops 2019


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

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

 

2019 Sat workshops jan-apr

 

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

 

FMQ Workshop

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

Harriet cushion workshop

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Apron workshop

 

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

 

 

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

 

Folksy Tea Cosy Workshop

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Happy sewing!

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Scandi Christmas Stocking Workshop


By Judith on November 17, 2018
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Today we had the most festive fun making Scandi Christmas Stockings.

 

Scandi Stocking Workshop Nov18

 

At one stage the classroom looked like a massacre in a fabric factory, but boy what results!

 

Scandi Stocking Workshop Nov18

(Apologies to one of my ladies whose stocking I forgot to photograph!)

 

Aren’t they fabulous!

And everyone went home with a completely finished stocking! Win, win!

 

Well done everyone!

 

If you fancy making your own Scandi Stocking, you can find the pattern here.  (A dyslexic friendly version of the pattern is available here.)

 

 

I also have a few kits left from today, listed here. Each kit includes everything you need to make the stocking (pattern incl).

 

Happy sewing!

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Happy 1st Birthday!


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

 

Conway Mill

 

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

 

Scrap busting Saturday Aug18

 

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

 

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

 

Toiletry Travel Bag Workshop June18

 

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

 

Conway Mill/QN Designer Feature

 

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

 

Take Wing Butterfly Class Feb18

 

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

 

Phew!  What a brilliant year!

 

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

 

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

 

Happy sewing!

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Chenille Workshop


By Judith on October 14, 2018
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Yesterday was my Chenille Workshop, and I’ve been beavering away this past week getting samples ready.

 

Chenille Workshop

 

My ladies learned how to make a fluffy, tactile texture in their fabrics, and turn it into a snuggly cushion or a soft and useful bathmat.

 

Chenille quilted bath mat

 

We learned about how cutting across the bias can create a very different effect from cutting in line with the warp and weft (straight grain).

 

Denim Chenille Pouch (class sample)

 

And how some fabrics will fray better than others, and where some will reveal little surprises after washing and drying (a frayed selvage will give a clue to secondary coloured threads).

 

Chenille Waves Pouch (class sample)

 

The best way to chenille fabric is to cut across the bias, but that in no way limits the different effects you can achieve.

 

Check out some of these examples:

 

Grids:

 

Chenille Class samples

 

Curves:

 

Chenille Waves Pouch (class sample)

 

Pintucks:

 

Chenille Tucks Pouch (class sample)

 

Layered Shapes:

 

Chenille class sample

 

Applique Bias Strips:

 

Chenille Class samples
Chenille Class samples

 

You don’t need any special equipment for this technique.  The clever peeps at Olfa have made the Chenille cutter, but you can get the same results from sharp scissors (recommended for smaller projects).

 

 

And if you don’t have a Chenille brush to help with the fluffing-up, just use a regular hairbrush (the washing and tumble drying are usually sufficient, but brushing the chenille can help with those fabrics that are a little more fray resistant!).

 

So huge well done to my ladies for a great day’s work sewing and chenilling (& chatting too!).

 

And if you haven’t tried chenilling yet, why not give it a whirl! You’ll be pleasantly surprised!

 

Happy chenilling!

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Patchwork in the Peaks 14: Part 1


By Judith on September 24, 2018
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So I’m back from my adventures abroad (eventually!), and what a fabulous few days it was!

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14

 

Of course the surroundings were completely spectacular, and my photos simply don’t do justice to the beautiful part of the world that is Morzine, France.

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14
Patchwork in the Peaks 14

 

But despite gloriously warm temperatures and the clear blue Alpine air, nothing would tempt 8 serious sewers from their missional weekend.

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14

Patchwork in the Peaks 14
Patchwork in the Peaks 14

 

As a guest tutor I was teaching my Denim Applique Bag, and you can see their fabulous results here (don’t get distracted by the awesome backdrop!).

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14

 

For most of the ladies, this was their first time using a twin needle and fusible bias as a decorative quilting technique.

 

The re-purposing fervour continued throughout the weekend, with more bags, baskets, pouches and cushions being produced.

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14

Patchwork in the Peaks 14

 

Of course there were many other projects being worked on too (yes we did sleep and eat during the retreat!).  Each finish was collectively celebrated with the special ‘gong’ of a bell!

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14

 

Elita and Gina work hard at making this bi-annual retreat a fun, productive and inspiring experience for all who attend.

 

Patchwork in the Peaks 14
L-R: Elita, me, Gina

Everyone was so warm, welcoming and sociable (not to mention hilariously funny!).

 

I would highly recommend Patchwork in the Peaks for anyone who enjoys getting away from it all for some dedicated time to quilt, sew, chat, laugh and relax (there’s even a hot tub!).

 

You can read more about Elita’s Alpine Retreats and the other services she provides here.

 

I did manage a few little makes myself – tune in again for a round-up on my Alpine finishes!

 

Happy sewing!

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Rope Bowl Workshop 2


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

 

 

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

 

Rope Bowl Workshop2

Rope Bowl Workshop2

 

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

 

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

 

Rope Bowl Workshop2

 

Well done ladies!

 

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

 

Happy sewing!

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Autumn Table Projects Part 1


By Judith on September 6, 2018
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Hello there!

And hello September!

 

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

 

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

 

Autumn18 Table Display

 

1: French Braid Handbag

(Pattern available here)

 

Scrappy French Braid Bag (workshop)

 

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

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

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

2: Denim Messenger Bag

(pattern coming soon)

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

 

Messenger Bag (Pretty Patches June16)

 

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

 

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

 

Bethany's Messenger Bag 009

messenger bag 007

Messenger bag commission

 

3: ‘Quilt As You Go’ Shopping Bag

(Pattern available here)

 

 

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

 

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

 

4: Rope Bowls

Rope Bowls Workshop

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

 

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

 

Rope Bowls Workshop Aug18

 

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

 

5: Chenille (Cushion or Bath mat)

(Cushion pattern available here)

 

Chenille

 

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

 

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

 

Chenille class sample

 

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

Chenille quilted bath mat

 

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

 

Tune in later this week for more project inspiration!

 

Happy sewing!

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Saturday Workshops: Sept-Dec’18


By Judith on August 26, 2018
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Hello everyone!

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

 

sept-dec18 workshops

 

Saturday 8th September: Rope Bowls II

(fully booked – waiting list available)

 

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

 

 

 

15th September: Free Motion Quilting/Sketching

(fully booked – waiting list available)

 

FMQ workshop

 

Yesterday was the first of 2 FMQ workshops.

 

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

 

FMQ

 

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

 

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

 

13th October: Chenille (Bath Mat or Cushion)

(places available)

 

 

Chenille Workshop Oct18

 

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

 

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

 

17th November: Scandi Christmas Stocking

(places available)

 

Scandi xmas stocking workshop

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

8th December: Gingerbread Men Garland

(places available)

 

Gingerbread Men Garland workshop

 

 

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

 

Gingerbread Men Gardland (Popular Patchwork Dec17)

 

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

 

A great gift for gingerbread men lovers everywhere!

 

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

 

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

 

Happy sewing!

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