Half Price Heart Patterns


By Judith on February 4, 2021
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Hi everyone, how is your February going so far?

It has been very wet and grey here all week, so I thought I’d cheer ourselves up during this ‘month of love’ with a sweet pattern offer!



During all of February, 2 of my Heart Patterns will be half price! Nice!

Chenille Heart Cushion

Pattern available here



I love the snuggly tactile effect you get when you chenille fabric! It’s such a simple technique but always makes a statement!



No special equipment is needed, just a really sharp pair of scissors, and several layers of cotton fabrics.

Included in this pattern is how to insert a zipper into your cushion!

‘Drunken’ Hearts Quilt

Pattern available here



Did you know you can create a heart shape using 4 drunkard’s path units and a square?

That’s exactly how we make the heart blocks in this pretty quilt.



And of course, you could make any size quilt you like once you know the block technique.

This pattern is also available in a Dyslexic Friendly version, also half price.


Seeing lots of heart projects online and in social media is definitely cheering me up! How about you?



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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