Blue Lagoon Quilt

By Judith on July 28, 2017
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Hi everyone!


How is your summer going so far?


We have had some decent summer weather here in Belfast recently, but alas I’m still surrounded in plaster dust and paint in my new house. So time out to enjoy the sunshine is rare!


In the meantime I’ll have to make do with dreaming of lazy days by the beach and paddling in refreshing tides.


So how about we transport ourselves to an exotic, pacific island and dream of soft white sands and azure blue lagoons!!


Blue Lagoon Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Aug17)


This is where my creative inspiration came from for my Blue Lagoon ombre quilt, in the August issue of British Patchwork and Quilting magazine.


This quilt is made almost completely from Kaufman Kona solids – always a dream to work with!  There are 6 shades of aqua blues set against a crisp white background.


Blue Lagoon Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Aug17)


The block is an ‘easy to piece’ snowball or bow-tie block, and I used a coastal themed blue and white stripe from my stash for the binding.


Blue Lagoon Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Aug17)


There are so many Kona solids to choose from (their colour card is pure eye candy!) it was relatively easy choosing colours that would graduate from dark to light.


Blue Lagoon Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Aug17)


As always, I’m photographing my quilts out of season.  Oh how I wish I could take my quilt to the clear blue ocean, squish my toes in the sand and take photos of my quilt against a more appropriate backdrop!


Blue Lagoon Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Magazine Aug17)


Perhaps when the quilt is sent back to me and sunny blue skies return, I will escape to my nearest beach (only 10 minutes away!) for a quilty photo shoot!


Well, a girl can dream!





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Lullaby Bricks Quilt

By Judith on May 23, 2017
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Hi everyone, are you getting some wonderful sunshine in your part of the world?


It’s exam season in my house at the moment, so of course the sun will be shining!!


Two days a week I teach in a local Quilting shop.  Despite being surrounded by tempting fabric and patterns every week, I usually manage to restrain myself!!


However one day, my eye caught the sweetest Jelly roll and I caved!



This is ‘Lullaby’ by Kate and Birdie.  It has the softest palette of coral, aqua and taupe and the sweetest prints of cute animals, birds, sprigs and stars.


I decided to design a quilt around the jelly roll and pitch it to British Patchwork and Quilting magazine.  They loved the idea, and ‘Lullaby Bricks Quilt’ it is now in print in the June issue.



There was just the right amount of graduating ‘bricks’ from the palest neutrals through taupe and aqua to the coral centre.


Lullaby Cot Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting June17)


I went for a crisp ‘white on white’ for the skinny sashing, making sure the low volume prints could still hold their own in the design.


Lullaby Cot Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting June17)


I quilted in organic wavy lines running across the width of the quilt and through the bricks, just to give some gentle movement and contrast to the structured, geometric design.


And for the back, I kept the pale theme using ‘Tiny Houndstooth’ by Michael Miller and bound with one of the pale ‘Lullaby’ prints.



This generous single bed quilt finishes at 63″ x 68″, perfect for lulling you into the land of nod!


Lullaby Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting June17)
Photo courtesy of British Patchwork & Quilting Magazine


Happy snoozing!



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Home Sweet Home Wallhanging

By Judith on March 20, 2017
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Hello everyone, we are well into Spring here, and the April issues of quilting magazines are hitting the shops!


Home Sweet Home Spring Wallhanging (British Patchwork & Quilting magazine April17)


In keeping with the Spring theme, I designed a birdhouse wallhanging for British Patchwork & Quilting (April issue).



One of the things I love about Spring is the sound of chirping birds in my garden. I had this cute birdhouse fabric in my stash, (Sugar Hill ‘Birdy in Pink’ by Tanya Whelan) and I drew inspiration from there.  Can you see little birdhouses in the fabric?  That got me thinking about the little birdhouses in my Woodland Friends quilt.


So a few template alterations later, and I had the basis of a spring-time wallhanging.


Home Sweet Home Spring Wallhanging (British Patchwork & Quilting magazine April17)


Before fusing any of the shapes to the Essex linen background, I quilted the background in a grid pattern, with calico behind the wadding. (The finished wallhanging is double backed, which means after all the other applique is complete, a pretty back of more cute ‘Sugar Hill’ fabric is attached.)



Satin stitch applique is one of my favourite ways to applique, and luckily I had a fat quarter of fabric with love birds printed on it.  I simply cut these out, bondawebbed them to the birdhouses and stitched round them.


Home Sweet Home Spring Wallhanging (British Patchwork & Quilting magazine April17)


The lettering required a little more thought.  I enlarged a cursive font of the word ‘sweet’, transferred it to fabric and got it satin stitched in place. I knew I wanted a contrast in the lettering of ‘home’ so I drew the words on with a water soluble pen and free motion sketched over them.


Home Sweet Home Spring Wallhanging (British Patchwork & Quilting magazine April17)


I’m really digging curvy corners at the moment, and shaping the top corners on this wallhanging removed some excess negative space which better balanced out the proportions of the design.



Some standard quilt binding and a few hanging tabs later and voila!  A Birdhouse wallhanging to welcome Spring into your home!


The wallhanging measures 19.75″ x 16.5″ and it made front cover of British Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  Woohoo!


Home Sweet Home Spring Wallhanging (British Patchwork & Quilting magazine April17)


Happy chirping!


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Pinwheel Fun Baby Quilt!

By Judith on January 18, 2017
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Hi everyone, how is your week going so far?

Isn’t January zooming in so quickly – half way through already!  Yikes!

I’d better get my skates on then to tell you about my other magazine entry this month!.


Fun with Pinwheels Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Jan17)
Photo courtesy of British Patchwork & Quilting Magazine


This is my Pinwheel Fun baby quilt.


I’ve wanted to make a baby quilt with a more modern feel, so I used Moda’s Dottie in grey for the background, to unify the bright colours of the pinwheels.

Fun with Pinwheels baby quilt for British Patchwork & Quilting (Jan17)

At 50″ x 50″ this wee quilt could easily double up as a playmat.


Fun with Pinwheels baby quilt for British Patchwork & Quilting (Jan17)


Currently in the January issue of British Patchwork & Quilting.


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Hexie Stars Quilt

By Judith on November 10, 2016
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I’m one of hundreds of quilters who love hexies!

I’ve even got a Pinterest board dedicated to them!

And machine sewing hexies isn’t as tricky as you might think (and no, I’m not talking about Y seams!).

One way to make machine sewing hexies easier is to use pre-cut fabric like a layer cake, and create star points in the spaces between the hexies.


The hexies and their star points are then sewn together in rows – Simples!




And there are great templates out there that make cutting the hexies super quick and easy.  I particularly like these ones from Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Here are 2 Hexie Star Quilts I’ve made in the last 2 years ….


Autumn Hexie Stars Quilt
Autumn Hexies with Essex Yarn Dyed Linen (Flax)


Hexie Stars Quilt class sample
Sweetwater’s ‘Noteworthy’ with Navy solid

… and here is the one in the current issue of British Patchwork & Quilting:




I made this one as a ‘man quilt’ with Sweetwater’s ‘Elementary’ and Essex Yard Dyed Linen. And they put it on the front cover!!


Hexie Stars Quilt (BPQ Nov16)


So if you like hexies as much as me, why not have a go!
And if you are looking for a gift, both my Essex Linen Hexie Stars Quilts will soon be for sale (watch this space!).
Happy Hexing!


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