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November 18, 2021
Quilts For Me!

Back in the summer, I made the momentus decision to make myself a quilt! In the 15+ years I've been quilting I've never made a quilt just.for.me!! I know, right!! Now of course I have boxes and boxes of quilts that are class samples, made to demonstrate techniques or used in magazine publications. And I've […]

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October 29, 2021
Wild Honey Quilt

My eldest daughter LOVES Autumn! Over a year ago I had started on a free quilt pattern by Sharon Holland for Art Gallery Fabrics called Wild Honey. This quilt had a wonderfully Autumnal aesthetic, originally made in Sharon's collection called Autumn Vibes. I made a few blocks, then swiftly fell out of love with it! […]

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October 22, 2021
Denim Notelet Folio

A very talented friend of mine had the genius idea of downsizing my A5 notebook cover pattern into a Notelet Folio, the perfect little case for housing notelets and stamps! Here are 3 she made as gifts earlier this year (I'm happy to report I was one of the lucky recipients!!): I love having a […]

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October 9, 2021
Brit Bee Pillow Swap

In March this year Brit Bee celebrated 10 years! I have loved being part of this amazingly talented group of ladies. We have done a lot of life together, losing one of our original members to cancer, weddings, divorces and lots of new babies!! While we no longer make and swap blocks each month, we […]

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October 8, 2021
Splendid Fusion Gift Bag

A few weeks back a good friend had an operation on her foot as was going to be housebound for a while. I wanted to gather up some of her favourite vegan treats as a post-op gift, so of course I needed a gift bag to accommodate them! I've had a few sample packs of […]

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October 7, 2021
Quilts For Care Leavers

A few months back I was approached by 2 enthusiastic and local quilters who wondered if I'd like to get behind a new charity initiative here called Quilts For Care Leavers (Q4CL). Quilts for Care Leavers is a charity in mainland UK which has been running since 2018, making 'hug' sized quilts for girls and […]

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October 6, 2021
Update on being M.I.A!!

Hi everyone! It's been a while! Apologies for the long absence here on my blog! A lot has been happening in the past few months, and when I say a lot, I mean major life changes! But don't worry, they are all good changes which I am embracing 100% in this new chapter of my […]

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July 18, 2021
Dahlia Hexie Bag

Another handmade birthday gift handed over this week was my take on Art Gallery Fabrics free Dahlia Bag pattern. I made a few changes to the original pattern, firstly by English Paper Piecing the hexagons together by hand, rather than machine piecing them using the Y seam method. These turquoise prints are my friend's favourite […]

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July 17, 2021
Porthole Book Bag

A very special girl turned 6 this week! She is a book worm and excellent at reading. So I made her a monogrammed book bag, which included a few books and another little surprise! I created the 'C' by using the porthole patchwork technique (there's a free tutorial here). Once the porthole 'C' was created […]

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June 28, 2021
Video: Mixed Textile Messenger Bag

The Crafty Monkies VIP Member Club delivers exclusive video content featuring techniques, projects, interviews and webinars with a different craft expert each month. I will be the featured crafter for July, and you will receive over 2 hours of pre-recorded video content on how to repurpose textiles to make my Messenger Bag. Denim is a […]

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June 23, 2021
UFO Sightings!

I was recently inspired by my friend @sewmesarah to make some clear vinyl project pouches, like the ones she keeps her WIPs (works in progress) and UFOs (unfinished objects) in. It has been quite some time since I looked in my box of UFOs and thought if I got them organised into pouches I might […]

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June 6, 2021
Kantha Cushion

A friend recently gave me a pile of Indian sari squares, leftovers from a previous project. I thought I would make her something with them, but they were very thin cotton/linen and irregular sizes. So I chose 50 squares, interfaced them and trimmed them to 4.5" square and pieced 2 panels to make a double […]

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June 3, 2021
Sample Swatch Bag

Hi everyone! I hope you are getting some beautiful sunny weather in your corner of the world. I haven't been doing much sewing lately as I'm trying to sell my house and find somewhere to live closer to my parents. But I did enjoy a lovely afternoon sewing with a friend recently (now that we're […]

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May 10, 2021
Piped Baskets Workshop

Have you ever made a patchwork panel, maybe trying out a new technique, and then promptly fell out of love with it, trimmed it wrong or just discarded it?! Or maybe you've got stumped on the maths when it came to calculating the correct size base to fit your basket! Well here is a way […]

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May 7, 2021
New Pattern: Woven Basket

Last week I ran my Triaxial Weaving Crafty Monkies workshop. I demonstrated how to create the simple 'over 1 under 1' basket weave and the Houndstooth Basket weave variation. Both of these techniques involve weaving strips on 2 axis (vertical and horizontal). Here are some examples: Then we moved on to making a Triaxial Woven […]

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May 4, 2021
Brit Bee R4 Quilt Finish

Back in 2011 a group of 12 quilters from across the UK came together to form a quilting bee called 'Brit Bee'. Each year we would make quilts for each other, and in 2015 (Round 4) we decided to try something a little different. We each designed a 15" x 30" block and set about […]

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May 1, 2021
Classroom Closure

Who could have imagined 1 year ago that life would still be as it is today!!  Many folks have had significant (and some permanent) changes to their work, family and circumstances in the past year.  My heart is very much with those who have lost loved ones and financial security. I too have been significantly […]

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April 9, 2021
Scrappy Notebook Cover Tutorial

After making a bright and scrappy Notebook Cover a while back for my friend's birthday ....... I got a few requests for a tutorial! So here is my Scrappy (Quarter Log Cabin) Notebook Cover Tutorial. The tutorial will take you step by step through the 'quarter log cabin' piecing on the front, echo quilting, installing […]

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April 1, 2021
Triaxial Weaving Workshop

At the end of this month I will be teaching my Triaxial Weaving workshop for Crafty Monkies. I first taught weaving as part of my Studio 'in-person' classes 2 years ago. We looked at the simple basket weave ... Houndstooth weave (intermediate) ..... and the more advanced Triaxial weaving ... (you can see the amazing […]

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March 30, 2021
Free Easter Tutorials

Can you believe it's Easter day this Sunday (our 2nd in lockdown!). Over on Instagram (@justjudebelfast) I've been showcasing our free Easter tutorials - quick and simple projects to help you decorate your table and get gift ready! There are projects here for all ages, from baby's first Easter bib to the teenager who would […]

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