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Just Jude Designs – Quilting, Patchwork & Sewing patterns and classes https://justjude-designs.com creating modern quilting patterns you will love to sew Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:46:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.1 111333735 Resiliencehttps://justjude-designs.com/uncategorized/resilience/ https://justjude-designs.com/uncategorized/resilience/#respond Thu, 17 Sep 2020 20:46:59 +0000 https://justjude-designs.com/?p=67359 During the earlier months of lockdown I was able to get back into running, after a year of not running due to injury. It feels great to be running again! I run twice a week, 3 laps (5k) each time around the most beautiful park that is right on my doorstep.     But it’s … Continue reading "Resilience"

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During the earlier months of lockdown I was able to get back into running, after a year of not running due to injury.

It feels great to be running again! I run twice a week, 3 laps (5k) each time around the most beautiful park that is right on my doorstep.

 

 

But it’s hard!

It’s hard getting up and out before breakfast, sleep still in my eyes, stretching out muscles that don’t want stretched, getting out that front door to run in the rain, or worse, the wind!

Now of all the laps that I run, which do think is the hardest?  No, not the last lap.

The first lap is the hardest.  Everything in my body is yelling “What are you doing?  Are you crazy?  This hurts! It’s way too hard! There’s no way you’ll make 3 laps! You may as well give up now!”

This is the first of 2 voices that join me in my run – let’s call her Debbie Down-er (apologies to all Debbies out there!).  My Debbie Down-er voice loves to remind me just how hard running is for me, she’s a real whinge, a nay-sayer who doesn’t like being pushed to do anything hard or out of her comfort zone! She’s the voice of my body reminding me that I used to have M.E., that I’ve fractured my back twice, that I’ve busted my ankle 3 times, that I’m nearly 50 (oooh she’s close to the bone on that one!), not to mention how ridiculous I must look running like a deranged tortoise! What on earth do I think I’m doing!

 

 

Cue the 2nd voice in my head – let’s call her Determined Deirdre!

Determined Deirdre is the only reason I make it through that first lap, because she starts chirping “we can make 3 laps because we’ve done it before!”  I can’t tell you the profound impact that statement of truth can have on a body and mind that is screaming the complete opposite!

 

And so ensues the argument of my (unusual) internal dialogue, the voice of my body trying to shout louder than the voice of my mind, each one vying for attention over the other!  Over time I got better at choosing the right voice to listen to, and so long as Determined Deirdre’s voice is louder, I make it round lap 1 into lap 2. Victory no.1.

 

 

Lap 2 is where I settle into a rhythm and focus on my breathing. It’s still hard, and a niggly voice pops up again nearing the end of lap 2 “sure you’ve done 2 laps, that’s enough, quit now, the car’s right there”.

 

But I’ve come to learn about myself that if I even take 1 step over the threshold between laps 2 and 3, I’ve made it! There’s absolutely no way I’m quitting now that I’ve committed to lap 3, even if I have to drag myself across the finish line (glad to say that has only happened once!). Victory no.2.

 

 

And from the start of lap 3 it’s in the bag! I’ve still 1 mile to go, but I may as well be running on air! Why?

Hope!

You see, the finish line is in sight, the hardest work (the mental battle) is done and behind me, and the expectancy of victory no.3 (crossing the finishing line) energises my brain and fuels my tired body.

 

 

I’m also energised by the wildlife as I run round the lake in this beautiful park, imagining that they’ve come out specially to cheer me on!  Running in isolation is a completely different experience to running in a group, it’s much tougher mentally to be your own motivator, coach and cheerleader!

 

 

So as I run past them, I thank the amazingly tame squirrels, the shy little birds that jump back into the hedges, Bob and Bertha, the swans who sit at exactly the same spot at the edge of the path, for cheering me on.

 

I translate Bob’s protective hisses (!!) as ‘you’re doing great, keep going’, the regal stares and nods of the parliamentary island herons as ‘on course for a PB this week’, the many ducks toasting my efforts with their ‘bottoms up’ and the multi-talented seaguls performing their bread catching aerobatics and screaming for delight as I turn the corner into their view!

 

‘Bob’ happily distracted!

 

Well before you get really concerned about me (!!) let me explain why all this imagining is so important to me.

 

You see, in the 4 years I’ve been running I’ve learned something amazing!  The mind is stronger than the body! A strong and determined mind can make a body go much further than it wants to (just watch the triathalete Jonny Brownlee here for an extreme example of what this looks like)!

 

 

Running has given me mental resilience (fitness).

 

“When our minds are strong, we will be able to handle whatever life throws our way; we will go from just surviving to thriving!” Dr. Caroline Leaf

 

 

I believe our thought life & health is as important as our physical health, and yet it’s perhaps not something we choose to put much effort into.  Research shows that 75-98% of mental, physical & behavioural illness comes from one’s thought life (Dr. C Leaf ‘Switch on Your Brain’).

 

“Thoughts are real, physical things that occupy mental real estate. Moment by moment, every day, you are changing the structure of your brain through your thinking. When we hope, it is an activity of the mind that changes the structure of our brain in a positive and normal direction.” Dr. Caroline Leaf “Switch on Your Brain”

 

Toxic thinking and negative stress wears down the brain, but I’m happy to report that the damage caused is reversible! Neuroscientists have proven this and many inspiring testimonies and evidences are recorded in Dr. Caroline Leaf’s book ‘Switch on Your Brain’. We actually can ‘be transformed by the renewing of our minds’ Romans 12:2.

 

So if you would like an active and growing brain, increased intelligence & wisdom, peacefulness, increased immune and cardiovascular health, why not take stock of your thought life. Not everything that is hard is bad for us!

 

 

For you it might not be running, but maybe you could start with meditating, or praying, or practising gratitude, stepping a little out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Start the processes of strengthening your Mind (brain/spirit) over Matter (body)!

You can do way more than you think you can.

 

And if there’s no-one there to cheer you on, be your own cheerleader, set your imagination to work, record the many little victories that happen in a day, and you’ll soon start to grow mental resilience.

 

 

I’ve still got lots of work to do on my thought life, it will be a life-time committment. But I’m not the same person I was 6 years ago when I made a decision to get healthy inside and out. Life is rarely easy, but we have a power-pack of resources available to us every single day to help us through it.  We just need to learn how to use it!

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Friendship Reel Candle Mathttps://justjude-designs.com/applique/friendship-reel-candle-mat/ https://justjude-designs.com/applique/friendship-reel-candle-mat/#respond Wed, 16 Sep 2020 19:44:15 +0000 https://justjude-designs.com/?p=67428 Well our Kindred Spirits Quilt-Along got underway this week, and what a great response we’ve had!   Thank you to everyone for signing up and so far raising £200 for Shared Threads!   The first block in the quilt-along is a 9″ Applique block called Friendship Reel.     In the accompanying teaching video, you … Continue reading "Friendship Reel Candle Mat"

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Well our Kindred Spirits Quilt-Along got underway this week, and what a great response we’ve had!

 

Thank you to everyone for signing up and so far raising £200 for Shared Threads!

 

The first block in the quilt-along is a 9″ Applique block called Friendship Reel.

 

 

In the accompanying teaching video, you can learn both satin stitch applique (machine) and needleturn applique (hand).

 

We have a private Facebook group for the quilt-along and it’s so lovely seeing people’s fabric choices and prepped and finished Friendship Reel blocks appearing already!

 

Making both satin stitched and needleturned versions for the videos, I now have an orpha block which is surplus to requirements for the final Kindred Spirits Quilt.

 

Friendship Reel Candle Mat

 

So I thought I’d turn it into a little candle mat, to give folks an alternative use for their blocks and how to use up little orphan blocks.

 

Friendship Reel Candle Mat

 

This was my needleturned Friendship Reel, and with some textured matchstick quilting and black & white stripey binding, you’ve instantly got a handy little candle or vase mat or a useful trivet for your kitchen table.

 

Friendship Reel Candle Mat

 

And just imagine this lovely block made in Christmas Fabrics! Wouldn’t that make a sweet Christmas gift!

 

All fabrics available in our fabric shop

 

So no need for purposeless leftover blocks! Liberate them into functional items and gifts!

 

(If you’d like to join our Kindred Spirits Quilt-Along, booking is available here.)

 

Happy sewing!

 

 

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Betty Bag Finisheshttps://justjude-designs.com/bags/betty-bag-finishes/ https://justjude-designs.com/bags/betty-bag-finishes/#respond Mon, 07 Sep 2020 20:02:47 +0000 https://justjude-designs.com/?p=67331 I love seeing the same pattern being made in a wide range of fabrics and styles!   My Betty Bag is growing in popularity and I want to show you some stunning finishes!     Aren’t they fabulous! I just love how stylishly practical they are, ready for some serious use about town!   And … Continue reading "Betty Bag Finishes"

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I love seeing the same pattern being made in a wide range of fabrics and styles!

 

My Betty Bag is growing in popularity and I want to show you some stunning finishes!

 

Betty Bag class finishes

Betty Bag class finishes

 

Aren’t they fabulous!

I just love how stylishly practical they are, ready for some serious use about town!

 

And 3 more to show you.

 

Betty Bag class finishes

 

These are Betty Bags made by my #threadsacrossthesea buddies, Trudi, Sarah and Di.

 

Because we weren’t able to have our annual meet up this year, we had ourselves a secret swap, making Betty, and had an exciting reveal over zoom at the weekend.  I received the first one pictured, which was from the super talented Trudi (@Trudi_wood), made in stunning Art Gallery Fabrics, received together with this package of cuteness!

 

 

This is a free motion sketched picture by Stitched Up by Samantha!  Isn’t it gorgeous!  Totally my kind of art!

 

Thank you everyone for taking part in my Betty Bag class, and to Trudi for my very own Betty!

The Betty Bag pre-recorded YouTube course is available here.

 

Happy sewing!

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Kindred Spirits Quilt-Alonghttps://justjude-designs.com/classes/kindred-spirits-quilt-along/ https://justjude-designs.com/classes/kindred-spirits-quilt-along/#respond Thu, 03 Sep 2020 07:00:36 +0000 https://justjude-designs.com/?p=67297 I’m super excited to let you know about my latest teaching project:     This is the Kindred Spirits Sampler Quilt and I will be teaching this as a weekly quilt-along, starting 14th September through to end January ’21.   Each week there will be a new block to make and a new technique focus … Continue reading "Kindred Spirits Quilt-Along"

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I’m super excited to let you know about my latest teaching project:

 

Kindred Spirits Quilt (Coastal) 64″ x 76″

 

This is the Kindred Spirits Sampler Quilt and I will be teaching this as a weekly quilt-along, starting 14th September through to end January ’21.

 

Each week there will be a new block to make and a new technique focus (some blocks have 2 weeks allocated).

 

This was a project I already had in mind for my actual classes at Conway Mill.  But as I’m not back to running my classes yet (thanks to Coronavirus!) I thought I would go ahead and teach it online!  And that means anyone can join in!

 

This quilt-along is all about building skills, building confidence and building community.  Here are a few more thoughts on what this quilt-along represents:

 

 

So what do you get?

 

All the teaching will come in the form of

 

  • pre-recorded videos emailed each week into your inbox. These videos will include accurately cuttin fabric and using templates.  The videos mean you have complete control -press pause, replay and sew at your own pace
  • PDF documents (colouring sheets & cutting instructions)
  • Professionally art-worked templates (as needed)

 

and you will be supported every step of the way through our interactive social media groups where you can ask questions, share tips and ideas, access bonus features, make new friends and create community!

 

And here are a few other colourways you could consider:

 

Kindred Spirits Quilt (Cool Christmas)
Kindred Spirits Quilt (Scrappy)

 

The full list of materials and equipment needed is available here, as well as the schedule of our block making throughout the 4 months.

 

And finally, by taking part in this Quilt-Along, you will also be supporting a charity close to my heart.

£5 from every registration will be donated to Shared Threads, who make reuseable sanitary pads and hygiene packs for women and girls who are struggling with period poverty at home and abroad.

 

Here’s Kirsty to tell you more:

 

 

If you’d like more information about the work of Shared Threads or how you can get involved, check out their website here.

 

And so the countdown begins!

 

I do hope you will consider joining us for an Autumn term of fun, learning and connecting!

 

(Booking will be available from 14th September here)

 

Happy sewing!

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Betty Bag Goes Live!https://justjude-designs.com/uncategorized/betty-bag-goes-live/ https://justjude-designs.com/uncategorized/betty-bag-goes-live/#comments Mon, 31 Aug 2020 13:27:22 +0000 https://justjude-designs.com/?p=67237 Happy Bank Holiday Monday to all in the UK!   I’m happy to report the sun is shining (for a change). Not been the best summer for warm sunny weather here this year, but today I am thankful for (a little) heat and light!   And that makes it the perfect day to tell you that … Continue reading "Betty Bag Goes Live!"

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Happy Bank Holiday Monday to all in the UK!

 

I’m happy to report the sun is shining (for a change). Not been the best summer for warm sunny weather here this year, but today I am thankful for (a little) heat and light!

 

And that makes it the perfect day to tell you that our Betty Bag class is now available for general release! Hooray! Click here to access.

 

 

The ladies from my regular classes have been beavering away on their Betty Bags these past 3 weeks, and it was so lovely to see some finished bags yesterday on our zoom call.

 

 

I’m just waiting on a few more photos to come in and then I can show you their amazing results!

 

 

So far I have made 5 Betty Bags, the most recent one as part of a secret swap between me and my ‘Threads Across the Sea’ quilting buddies! (tune in to the hashtag #justjudebettybag over on instagram this week to see the Betty Bags of my swap buddies!).

 

 

This class is made up of 1 pre-recorded YouTube video and a PDF document.

 

In your order confirmation email (& when you complete the order at checkout) you will receive a link to a PDF document.  This document lists the full list of materials needed, the cutting out instructions and the link to the YouTube video. To access the YouTube video, copy and paste this link into your internet browser to access the video.

 

In this class you will learn:

  • How to use metal or plastic zippers
  • How to insert zippers 2 ways
  • How to quilt panels using a quilting bar
  • Bag construction using interfacing
  • How to make a removeable strap
  • How to insert a magnetic clasp
  • Single-fold Binding

 

 

So if you would like a compact and slimline pouch to keep all your travel or night-out essentials safe and sound, then why not make your own!

 

And as my ladies have discovered, they also make for great gifts too!

 

To get a flavour of what my video classes  look like, checkout the free tutorials on my YouTube channel.

 

Happy sewing!

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Macrohttps://justjude-designs.com/judes-journal/macro/ https://justjude-designs.com/judes-journal/macro/#comments Sun, 16 Aug 2020 11:49:06 +0000 https://justjude-designs.com/?p=67185 I love visiting my Mum and Dad’s garden.  Dad has ‘green fingers’ and despite nearing 80 years, he still works hard to sustain the organic life and beauty of his acre plot.     I moved here when I was 12 years old, from town to country, and while I only spent 6 years here, … Continue reading "Macro"

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I love visiting my Mum and Dad’s garden.  Dad has ‘green fingers’ and despite nearing 80 years, he still works hard to sustain the organic life and beauty of his acre plot.

 

 

I moved here when I was 12 years old, from town to country, and while I only spent 6 years here, from the moment I arrived I felt connected, at home, released by the wide open spaces of my surroundings. I became a ‘country girl’ and it felt like the consummation of my very existence.  I feel it every time I visit and walk around the garden and honeysuckled lanes, like time gets suspended and nothing else exists or matters except colour, creation and the unadulterated country air.  Here you can literally stop and smell the roses!

 

 

As I’ve gotten better at photography (I’m still very much a novice!), I’ve discovered a love of capturing the beauty of nature, in particular flowers and flora!

 

 

Photographing sea and landscapes aren’t really my thing, mainly because I’m always dissatisfied that my photographs fall a long way short of capturing the intense beauty and spectacle laid out before me.

But the more I got into photography, the more I kept leaning in, wanting a closer look, discovering details I don’t usually see without focussed, deliberate seeking.

 

 

Last summer I attended a 2-day Macro Photography workshop.  And despite not having the right equipment (everyone else already had a macro lens, wince!), I learned so much, in particular how to get up close and connected to nature; how to really look and discover an entire other universe of life co-existing peacefully in our environment. I felt like Horton the Elephant in Dr. Seuss’ ‘Horton Hears a Who’ when he discovers an entire other planet of ‘Whos’ existing on a speck of dust.

 

 

When I think of the term ‘macro’ I think of large scale, big picture, long sighted, the opposite of micro. Paradoxically, macro photography is all about the tiny, the minutiae, what is hidden from the human lens.  But what this extreme close-up photography does is enlarge the subject to greater than life size, to make seen what was unseen, to unveil many realities and truths of nature that go seemingly unnoticed and undiscovered.

 

 

One of my favourite stories is The Secret Garden, by F.H.Burnett. The recently orphaned Mary tells her newly discovered cousin, Colin, a story from India of a boy rajah, and how when he opened his mouth, you could see the whole universe in his throat. 10-year-old Colin found this absurd as his closeted and literal mind failed to comprehend the metaphor.  Only later, as he learns to walk again in the magical garden that Mary nurtured back to life, does he understand, that within a person can exist a universe worth of life and possibility, potential and wonder, goodness and kindness.

Like an entire world existing on a speck of dust.

Like macro revealed in micro.

 

 

During this pandemic my world has become much more micro, particularly in a sociable and relational way as my classes stopped, church went online, and visits with family and friends became restricted to ‘outside’ only; the usual freedoms we take for granted paused and limited.

And yet, within this new micro world I have discovered a macro one, an opportunity to rediscover and refocus the important aspects of life, like rest (the proper creative, soul kind of rest), time (to read, and think and waste), contemplation and learning and self-discovery, my children (undistracted, quality conversations and memory making). It was always there, this secret world on a speck of dust, hidden by the distractions and overgrowth of demands, responsibilities, busyness.  I’ve been neglecting my garden of peace and balance, often without realising it, and am grateful for this moment to get up close and personal again with values and truths that really matter to me.

 

 

It will be some time before our ‘normal’ way of life resumes, if at all. My prayer is that we adjust and adapt, bend and flex, twist and turn until we are reconciled and familiar with a new ‘normal’, a normal where new balance and good priorities are synced, where the macro is always being discovered afresh in the micro, where we reach and release the universe that exists in our throats so we can walk forward enriched, inspired and empowered to live a life well lived.

If you look for beauty, you will find it.

If you seek peace, you will find it.

If you search for purpose to your day, you will find it.

Choose to discover the macro in your micro world today.

 

 

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.”

Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

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Ditsy Daisy Quilthttps://justjude-designs.com/uncategorized/ditsy-daisy-quilt-2/ https://justjude-designs.com/uncategorized/ditsy-daisy-quilt-2/#respond Tue, 04 Aug 2020 14:12:58 +0000 https://justjude-designs.com/?p=67100 In 2017 my Ditsy Daisy quilt pattern was published in Popular Patchwork Magazine.     My inspiration for this quilt was the bundle of fabrics the editor sent me, from Lewis & Irene, called Flo’s Little Flowers.     This collection was all about cute ditsy prints with a retro vibe in a contemporary colour … Continue reading "Ditsy Daisy Quilt"

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In 2017 my Ditsy Daisy quilt pattern was published in Popular Patchwork Magazine.

 

56.5” x 66” (155cm x 162.5cm) Photo courtesy of Popular Patchwork Magazine

 

My inspiration for this quilt was the bundle of fabrics the editor sent me, from Lewis & Irene, called Flo’s Little Flowers.

 

 

This collection was all about cute ditsy prints with a retro vibe in a contemporary colour palette.  So in keeping with the floral theme, I designed a hydrangea block and a daisy block to capture the soft, summery feel of these fabrics.

 

 

Hydrangeas are fascinating flowers because each ‘head’ is made up of lots of little flowers, each with 4 petals and a tiny centre.

That’s where the design for my Hydrangea block came from.

 

Ditsy Daisy Quilt (Popular Patchwork May17)

 

Just before lockdown we had reformatted and tested the pattern ready for general sale, and I’m delighted to announce that it is now available in digital format in our webshop.

 

Ditsy Daisy Quilt (Popular Patchwork May17)

 

The background fabric is Essex Yarn Dyed Linen (Flax) which you can purchase here.

 

This pattern will cover the piecing technique for the hydrangea block and how to machine applique the daisies with lots of photos to support you each step of the way.

 

Ditsy Daisy Quilt

 

You will also learn how to assemble the quilt top with borders, joining the backing & curving the corners of your quilt.  Additional free tutorials on spray basting and making and attaching binding are available here.

 

Ditsy Daisy Quilt

 

This quilt is definitely for all lovers of florals and summer!!  Just like me!

Happy quilting!

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New Online Class: The Betty Baghttps://justjude-designs.com/bags/new-online-class-the-betty-bag/ https://justjude-designs.com/bags/new-online-class-the-betty-bag/#comments Sun, 02 Aug 2020 11:54:01 +0000 https://justjude-designs.com/?p=67077 We are delighted to announce our next online class:     The Betty Bag is a slimline purse designed for holding your essentials without creating a bulky bag!     Whether you are travelling, out for the evening or just want a hands free shopping experience, the Betty Bag will perfectly meet your needs.   … Continue reading "New Online Class: The Betty Bag"

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We are delighted to announce our next online class:

 

 

The Betty Bag is a slimline purse designed for holding your essentials without creating a bulky bag!

 

The Betty Bag

 

Whether you are travelling, out for the evening or just want a hands free shopping experience, the Betty Bag will perfectly meet your needs.

 

The Betty Bag

 

The zippered compartments are great for coins and notes (maybe even a second currency!).  In behind those there is space for a passport and phone, and in behind that is a credit card slot.

 

The Betty Bag

 

The strap can be made in 2 lengths, a shoulder strap or a crossbody strap.

 

The Betty Bag

 

And it is removeable too, so you can easily convert your bag into a stylish clutch purse!

 

The Betty Bag

 

The class will take the form of videos via YouTube, so you can stop or pause the steps to suit your pace and replay sections if you need to watch steps again.

 

The Betty Bag

 

Initially the class will be released on Monday 10th August in 3 weekly parts to my existing class ladies before being released for general sale as 1 complete video on Monday 31st August.

 

The Betty Bag

 

In this class you will learn:

  • How to use metal or plastic zippers
  • How to insert zippers 2 ways
  • How to quilt panels using a quilting bar
  • Bag construction using interfacing
  • How to make a removeable strap
  • How to insert a magnetic clasp
  • Single-fold Binding

 

The Betty Bag

 

I hope you will join us for some bag making fun!

 

Happy sewing!

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Just Jude & Friends: Japanese Rice Baghttps://justjude-designs.com/bags/just-jude-friends-japanese-rice-bag/ https://justjude-designs.com/bags/just-jude-friends-japanese-rice-bag/#comments Fri, 31 Jul 2020 18:16:43 +0000 https://justjude-designs.com/?p=67070 It’s our final week of my Instagram Designers Collaboration and we are making Stuart’s Japanese Rice Bag.     Stuart has a YoutTube channel with lots of well explained and easy to make projects.     The project he chose for us to make is his sweet Japanese Rice Bag, and is one of his … Continue reading "Just Jude & Friends: Japanese Rice Bag"

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It’s our final week of my Instagram Designers Collaboration and we are making Stuart’s Japanese Rice Bag.

 

 

Stuart has a YoutTube channel with lots of well explained and easy to make projects.

 

 

The project he chose for us to make is his sweet Japanese Rice Bag, and is one of his free tutorials.

In his video Stuart uses 7.5″ squares for the bag, but approves of these sizes being varied to suit.

 

Japanese Rice Bag (Charlotte)

 

So I decided to make a smaller bag (using 5″ cut squares) to accompany a birthday gift I’ve been working on for a special little someone (more on that later!).

 

Japanese Rice Bag (Charlotte)

 

I used some Stoff Linen with Tilda to make a child-size bag, with cute applique hearts and mini pom-pom trim!

 

Japanese Rice Bag (Charlotte)

 

This is a super easy and well demonstrated tutorial by Stuart, and I had this wee bag run up in an afternoon!

 

Japanese Rice Bag (Charlotte)

 

I can’t wait to see what the other designers make with this tutorial.  You can check them out on Instagram by searching #justjudecollaborates

 

And who is this little bag for?

 

Charlotte's Bunting

 

A very special 5 year old who can already read and knew exactly whose name was on the birthday bunting I made for her.

 

Charlotte's Birthday bunting

 

The background fabric here is the same Stoff Linen in the rice bag and I used Tilda scraps in raspberry reds and teals to make up the satin stitched letters.

 

Charlotte's Bunting

 

I created the letters in Microsoft Word, enlarged to the right size and traced  from the ‘wrong’ side of the printout onto bondaweb.

 

I was so pleased I had just the right amount of mini pompom trim leftover from the bunting to accessorise the Rice Bag!

 

Charlotte's Bunting

 

I’m so pleased the birthday girl loved her pressies, which made me feel a little better for being late with the gifts in the first place! My bad!

 

Happy sewing!

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Just Jude & Friends: Horseplay Cushionhttps://justjude-designs.com/applique/just-jude-friends-horseplay-cushion/ https://justjude-designs.com/applique/just-jude-friends-horseplay-cushion/#respond Fri, 24 Jul 2020 13:16:25 +0000 https://justjude-designs.com/?p=67046 We are in week 4 of my Designers collaboration on Instagram.     This week is all about Kerry’s Horseplay Cushion pattern, a combination of piecing and applique.     I decided to pull some fabrics and try a few blocks to see where the creative juices would take me.     I wasn’t sure … Continue reading "Just Jude & Friends: Horseplay Cushion"

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We are in week 4 of my Designers collaboration on Instagram.

 

 

This week is all about Kerry’s Horseplay Cushion pattern, a combination of piecing and applique.

 

 

I decided to pull some fabrics and try a few blocks to see where the creative juices would take me.

 

 

I wasn’t sure if I wanted another cushion, so kept my options open about what I might end up with!

 

Horseplay Mat

 

And I ended up with a cute mat!

 

Horseplay Mat

 

I paired 2 contrasting Tilda prints with Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Denim and interchanged the placement in each little block.

 

I liked where this was going, made another 2 rows and got them all sewed together.

That’s when I knew this 12.5″ block would make a perfect mat or table topper.

 

Horseplay Mat

 

Then the big question – How to quilt it?

 

Horseplay Mat

 

After some deliberation I decided on simple organic matchstick quilting.  This condensed quilting technique made sure all those raw applique edges got well bedded down.

 

I love the texture and ‘solidity’ of the matchstick quilting on this mat.

 

Horseplay Mat

 

Some narrow black and white striped binding and a little leather loop completes the look!

 

Horseplay Mat

 

This is a sweet pattern by Kerry, with lots of creative possibilities!  You can purchase the pattern here.

 

Horseplay Mat

 

And do you like my vintage glass cake stand?  I found it in a skip I was walking past the other day!  Well, I couldn’t just leave it there, could I!!!!!

 

Happy sewing!

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