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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