Just Jude & Friends: Japanese Rice Bag


By Judith on July 31, 2020
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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 Cushion


By Judith on July 24, 2020
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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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Just Jude & Friends: Dotti Denim Pouches


By Judith on July 21, 2020
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Firstly, apologies for forgetting to announce here the winner of my last giveaway (my bad)!  The lucky winner was Michelle Green @elsie_and_alice and was announced on Instagram & Facebook. Thank you to everyone here who entered.  Fingers crossed you will be luckier with my next giveaway.

 

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Today is the end of week 3 of my Just Jude Designers Collaboration on Instagram.

 

 

This time the designers were making my Dotti Denim Pouch and I’m blown away by their makes.

 

Svetlana:

 

Kerry:

 

Stuart:

 

Lucy:

 

Aren’t they fab!

 

I love how each pouch reflects the creative personalities of the makers!!  You can read/see more about each pouch by searching the hashtag #justjudecollaborates  on Instagram.

 

 

And if you’d like to make your own Dotti Denim Pouch, you can purchase it here.

 

And I’ve already pulled my fabrics for Week 4’s collaborative project, Kerry’s Horseplay Cushion. 

 

Watch this space!

 

Happy sewing!

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Just Jude & Friends: Melody Mini Cushion


By Judith on July 10, 2020
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We are now in week 2 of our Instagram Designers Collaboration with Sotak Handmade, Charm About You, Stuart Hillard Sews, Penny Dog & myself.

 

 

Last week we made Svetlana’s Lola Pouches (you can see mine here).

 

This week we are making Lucy’s Melody Mini Quilt/Cushion.

 

 

This is a foundation paper pieced pattern which makes either a 20″ cushion or wallhanging.  I love foundation paper piecing for the accuracy and pointy points you can achieve!

 

I decided to make another pillow for my sofa and of course, I chose Tilda Fabrics!!

 

Melody Mini (Cushion)

 

I wanted to create a secondary pattern that became the centre feature of the cushion so I vered slightly from Lucy’s original colour placement.

 

Melody Mini (Cushion)

 

The cushion is actually made in 4 quadrants – you could keep the colourway in each quadrant the same colour/fabrics (like Lucy’s original pattern).  Alternatively, by changing the fabric in one point in each quadrant you get a new secondary pattern when each of the those points face towards the centre.

 

Melody Mini (Cushion)

 

When it came to the quilting, I decided to quilt in the ditches first, to bed down a few of those lumpier seams.

 

Melody Mini (Cushion)

 

I knew the Kona Snow would look too stark by itself so a little running stitch brings interest to these plainer sections and a little more quilted texture.

 

Melody Mini (Cushion)

 

My points were pretty well matched in the middle, despite the bulk of the intersecting seam, but it just didn’t feel right not to highlight the centre with a vintage button!

 

Melody Mini (Cushion)

 

The back of the cushion has my ‘go to’ feature zip, and a stripey Tilda binding frames the finished cushion.

 

Melody Mini (Cushion)

 

I’m really pleased with how this cushion has turned out and love how it looks with my other handmade cushions.

 

Melody Mini (Cushion)

 

Fabrics used:

Kona Snow

Tilda Old Rose (Lucy Teal Wisp)*

Tilda Classic Basics (Paint Dot Pink)*

Tilda Bon Voyage (Lilit Red)*

Tilda Tea Towel Basics (Apple Cake Stripe Red)*

*available to purchase here

Melody Mini Quilt/Cushion pattern available here

 

And don’t forget to check out the other Melody Minis on Instagram by searching #melodyminiquilt or #justjudecollaborates

 

Happy sewing!

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Just Jude & Friends: Lola Pouches


By Judith on July 5, 2020
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Our Just Jude designer collaboration is well underway! (You can read all about this new initiative here.)

 

 

For our first week we have been making Svetlana’s Lola Pouch (there are 2 sizes to choose from).

 

Lola Pouches (sml)

 

I had the privilege of pattern testing the Lola Pouch for Svetlana so I’m familiar with this gorgeous pattern and have enjoyed making several more pouches since.

 

Lola Pouches (sml)

 

I decided to make 3 small Lola pouches as gifts for 3 sewing friends.

This time I teamed up some medium grain cork with sumptuous ‘Roads to Flowerhouse’ by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics. I just love the rich colours in this print.

 

Lola Pouches (sml)

 

Svetlana is a fellow stripey binding fan, so the Michael Miller narrow black and white stripe was the perfect choice here.

 

Lola Pouches (sml)

 

When I first made the Lola pouch, I feel in love with Svetlana’s cool technique for recessing the zipper underneath the binding, with the option of tucking in or leaving out the zipper tab!  Genuis!

 

Lola Pouches (sml)

 

I couldn’t resist finishing these cuties with a little leather detail.

 

Lola Pouches (sml)

 

So all that’s left to do is fill up these little pouches with sewing treats and get them posted off!

 

(All materials used in these pouches are available in our shop.)

(You can find Svetlana’s Lola Pouch here.)

 

And if you are following along with our collaboration on Instagram, you can check out the other Lola Pouches (& future collaborative projects) by searching #justjudecollaborates

 

Happy sewing!

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