Feb’20 Retreat Workshops

By Judith on January 12, 2020
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It’s only 6 weeks until our next Quilting Retreat at the tranquil Murlough House, Co. Down.



It will be another fun filled weekend, chilling out, sewing, eating, games and lots more!


There will also be 2 workshops to choose from:



Foundation Pieced Spools:

On Saturday afternoon we will be trying our hand at foundation paper piecing, making these cute spool blocks, which can be turned into a sweet wallhanging.


Spools Wallhanging


Foundation paper piecing is a lovely technique for achieving accuracy  and clean, crisp lines and points!



I used cork fabric for my spool ends, which I think adds a lovely bit of texture.  And the fun doesn’t stop there – you get to decorate your spools with ribbons, lace, trim or even selvedges!



This is a great workshop for using up those favourite ‘wee’ bits!




On Sunday morning we will be using a weaving method to create ‘rosette’ brooches.



I experimented with different textiles here, tweed, quilting cotton, Liberty Lawn, satin ribbon, hessian, crocheted and antique lace.


I even used a fluffy Essex Linen selvedge for one of the centres!



I love how diverse and vintagey they look, and again, you don’t need big pieces of fabric for this project.   I also love an excuse to use vintage buttons, but equally you could use beads to decorate.



The brooches are completely hand sewn, a lovely relaxing way to spend a Sunday morning!



So if you want to learn a new technique or present idea, or get using up some of your scraps, one of our retreat workshops might just hit the spot!


There are still a few places available on the retreat.  Just drop us an email at justjudedesigns@hotmail.co.uk to get more info and a booking form.


Happy sewing!


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Chevron Heaven Quilt

By Judith on April 7, 2017
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I love Chevron quilts! They are simple to make and are so versatile in providing many different designs.


One of the simplest ways to make chevrons is using half square triangles, and with clever fabric placement, or mixing up your fabric ‘values’ (low volume, high volume) you can achieve all sorts of wonderful patterns.



When the editor of Popular Patchwork sent me her mood board for the April issue, the colours were earthy and saturated and I saw a glimpse of a chevron pattern in there.


So I pulled out all my Kona solids that fit the brief and went to work designing a chevron inspired quilt.


Chevron Heaven Quilt (April17 Popular Patchwork Magazine)
12 shades of Kona made it into the final quilt!


For me these colours represent transition – moving out of a long dark winter and into the new life of spring. Little hits of prints mixed in with the solids are like those glimpses of colour and growth you see coming out in the garden at this time of year.


Chevron Heaven Quilt (April17 Popular Patchwork Magazine)
I wanted to break up the continuity of the half square triangle chevrons with narrower rows, and so designed a simple foundation pieced template for these.  If you’ve never tried foundation piecing before, this would be a great, non-threatening project to start with!



Foundation piecing is a little more time consuming than normal piecing, but it’s definitely worth it to get those crisp, sharp points!


Chevron Heaven Quilt (Popular Patchwork April17)


The organic wavy quilting lines create a sense of movement through the angular peaks and troughs of the chevrons.  And I backed it with trusty Ikea Numbers cotton.



Chevron Heaven Quilt (Popular Patchwork April17)


The magazine also includes a double page feature on how to style a room around Chevron Heaven!  What a neat idea!


Chevron Heaven Quilt (Popular Patchwork April17)


The April issue of Popular Patchwork is in the shops now!

And Chevron Heaven is now listed in my shop for sale!

Happy sewing!


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