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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Spring into Summer ’19: Part 2

By Judith on May 7, 2019
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Hello again!


Welcome back to my Spring into Summer ’19 series of posts.


Spring into Summer 19 Table Display
Spring into Summer 19 Table Display


In part 1 (available here) we’ve covered items 1, 2, 10 & 12 on our display table.

Today it’s all about one of my favourite quilt and fabric designers, Lori Holt.


3 Farm Girl Vintage Book, by Lori Holt:


This is Lori’s first Farm Girl Vintage book of blocks which is no longer available in the UK (FGV2 is just about to hit the shops!).  I have sold quite a few in class already, and any that are left will be listed in our shop next week.


FGV shows you how to make all of the blocks shown on the front cover quilt, in both 6″ and 12″ size options.


The instructions and illustrations are really clear.  And at the back of the book there are several larger blocks & lots more patterns & ideas on how to use the blocks to make other projects like cushions and table runners.


4 Farm Girl Vintage inspired Table Runner:


Spring into Summer19 Display


I made a table runner using 5 x 12″ blocks from the FGV book. I chose blocks that followed a food/kitchen theme, and they were such fun to make.


Farm Girl Vintage 1 Table Runner


The pears are one of my favourite blocks in the book, and I’m working them into another bee quilt (a UFO Brit Bee quilt).


Brit Bee Block R4


5 Farm Girl Vintage Chick Cushion:


Easter Chick cushion


I first made this cushion for my Easter table display last year.  I turned a 12″ Chick block from the book into a quilted cushion.  Isn’t he cute!


6 Farm Girl Vintage Mama Hen Mat:


Mama Hen Kitchen mat

I fell in love with Mama Hen when I was helping to make a Siblings Together Quilt a few years ago.


It was a joy revisiting the block, this time turning it into a useful little kitchen mat.


Mama Hen Kitchen mat


And finally, the last item on display in my classroom from the Farm Girl Vintage book is my version of Lori’s Farmhouse Quilt pattern.



The Farmhouse block is one of the 14″ blocks in the book and all elements in my version of the quilt are included in the book.


FArm Girl Vintage1


So that brings part 2 to a close.


Next time, we continue the Lori Holt theme!  I hope you can call back again!




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