Ebb and Flow Quilt

By Judith on June 21, 2017
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Happy Wednesday everyone!


The gorgeous weather continues here!  Such a treat!


When I make a quilt I always photograph it before I send it off to the magazine.   However, doing commission work at least one season ahead means the weather and season at time of photographing doesn’t match the theme of the quilt!


Ebb & Flow quilt (Popular Patchwork July17)
Finished quilt 64″ x 76″


Take for example my Ebb and Flow quilt!  This is the photograph I took of it on completion in April.  Drab and dreary right?



And ironic too because the fabrics used in this quilt are called ‘Blue Sky’ by Laundry Basket Quilts (background is Linen Texture, both by Makower). Oh how I wish there were blue skies when I photographed this quilt!


Ebb & Flow Quilt (Popular Patchwork July17)


I went for simple mitred piecing in columns to give a contemporary twist to these classic prints.


Ebb & Flow quilt (Popular Patchwork July17)


I knew there had to be organic wavy quilting vertically through the columns to enhance the ‘ebb and flow’ movement in the quilt. Aurifil 50wt is my ‘go to’ thread for quilting.


Ebb & Flow quilt (Popular Patchwork July17)


So there you have my blue sky Ebb and Flow summer quilt, fulfilling the Editor’s brief of soft summer blues with an organic design. The pattern is in the July issue of Popular Patchwork, out now.


May the wonderful weather continue!


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Oriental Clamshells Quilt

By Judith on January 6, 2018
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Hello there!


How is your weekend going?


I spent a lovely afternoon sewing today, with my fellow Bee Blessed buddies.  The room was a hive of activity as we kicked off the new year getting more quilts ready to gift to those in need of comfort.


Oriental Clamshells Quilt (Popular Patchwork Jan18)


A few months back I made a quilt for Popular Patchwork. They sent me a lovely collection of fabrics called Japanese Garden by Makower.


Oriental Clamshell Quilt (Popular Patchwork Quilt)


When I first saw the fabrics I was a little unsure what to do with them.  There are many motifs and shapes in the fabrics to draw from, flowers, butterflies, dragonflies.


Oriental Clamshell Quilt (Popular Patchwork Jan18)


But I have a bit of a thing about curves (!!) and just had to scratch that itch!


As a patchwork and quilting tutor I often come across a fearful response to the mention of curved piecing!


Oriental Clamshell Quilt (Popular Patchwork Quilt)


But the bigger the curves, the easier the piecing!


So if you haven’t tried making a drunkard’s path block before, these large scale ones are a great place to start.  I use a ‘no pin’ method, which means you get quickly into a repetitive rhythm piecing the curves.


Oriental Clamshell Quilt (Popular Patchwork Quilt)


This quilt is currently in the January issue of Popular Patchwork …..


Oriental Clamshell Quilt (Popular Patchwork Quilt)
Photo courtesy of Popular Patchwork


…. and it is also hanging up in my new classroom.



So my new students had better beware!  I’m hatching a plan that involves ‘curves’! After all, real women have curves!


Keep sewing!


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Handmade Spools Quilt & Classes Update

By Judith on January 17, 2018
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Hi there!


Are you still surrounded by snow?


Even a little of the white stuff causes so much disruption here! Someone in particular is reluctant to venture out in it!


Paw prints in the snow!


Thankfully most folks were still able to get to my classes.  We are into our 2nd week of the first 6 week block.


New Classes Jan18



And I’m happy to report that feedback about the new spacious and light-flooded classroom, stunning view and historical surroundings has been immensely positive.


I will soon be releasing information and dates about my Saturday workshops, starting in March.  Watch this space!


(You can find more information about the classes here.)


So onto a beginner friendly quilt I designed for British Patchwork & Quilting magazine (January issue).


Handmade Spools Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Jan18)
Photo courtesy of British Patchwork & Quilting


This is ‘Handmade Spools’, made using Makower’s sewing themed ‘Handmade’ fabrics (view all the fabrics here).


Handmade Spools Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Jan18)


The spool shapes are made using half square triangles, no tricky ‘Y’ seams here!  And the centre of each spool headlines the cute prints of pins, threads, buttons, scissors and notions.


Handmade Spools Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Jan18)


So if you want to dip your toe into patchwork and quilting without feeling overwhelmed, why not try your hand at Handmade!


Handmade Spools Quilt (British Patchwork & Quilting Jan18)


Happy sewing!


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