Sketchbook Mini!

By Judith on May 31, 2016
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Popular Patchwork are currently running a mini quilt competition.

You design and make a 10.5″ x 15″ mini quilt based around your favourite colour, send it to PP and they will display the entries at their Festival of Quilts stand in August.

Liz (editor) has asked some of the magazine’s regular contributors to make a Sketchbook Mini to inspire others to enter.

So here is mine:

Popular Patchwork Sketchbook Mini (Log Cabin Love)

This mini quilt tells the story of 3 of my favourites in quilting:

Purple! My favourite colour, perhaps something to do with growing up in a 1970’s purple bedroom!!

Scraps! I love working with scraps, and yes I keep even 1.5″ wide pieces!

Log Cabins! The first patchwork block I ever made and I fell in love. This is a log cabin heart, but there are so many wonderful variations to the humble log cabin block (see my pinterest board here).

Log Cabin Love (Popular Patchwork June16)

There are some amazing prizes to be won (check them out here) and the closing date is 11th July.

So, what’s your favourite colour?

Jude xo


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Home Sweet Home Wallhanging

By Judith on March 20, 2017
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Hello everyone, we are well into Spring here, and the April issues of quilting magazines are hitting the shops!


Home Sweet Home Spring Wallhanging (British Patchwork & Quilting magazine April17)


In keeping with the Spring theme, I designed a birdhouse wallhanging for British Patchwork & Quilting (April issue).



One of the things I love about Spring is the sound of chirping birds in my garden. I had this cute birdhouse fabric in my stash, (Sugar Hill ‘Birdy in Pink’ by Tanya Whelan) and I drew inspiration from there.  Can you see little birdhouses in the fabric?  That got me thinking about the little birdhouses in my Woodland Friends quilt.


So a few template alterations later, and I had the basis of a spring-time wallhanging.


Home Sweet Home Spring Wallhanging (British Patchwork & Quilting magazine April17)


Before fusing any of the shapes to the Essex linen background, I quilted the background in a grid pattern, with calico behind the wadding. (The finished wallhanging is double backed, which means after all the other applique is complete, a pretty back of more cute ‘Sugar Hill’ fabric is attached.)



Satin stitch applique is one of my favourite ways to applique, and luckily I had a fat quarter of fabric with love birds printed on it.  I simply cut these out, bondawebbed them to the birdhouses and stitched round them.


Home Sweet Home Spring Wallhanging (British Patchwork & Quilting magazine April17)


The lettering required a little more thought.  I enlarged a cursive font of the word ‘sweet’, transferred it to fabric and got it satin stitched in place. I knew I wanted a contrast in the lettering of ‘home’ so I drew the words on with a water soluble pen and free motion sketched over them.


Home Sweet Home Spring Wallhanging (British Patchwork & Quilting magazine April17)


I’m really digging curvy corners at the moment, and shaping the top corners on this wallhanging removed some excess negative space which better balanced out the proportions of the design.



Some standard quilt binding and a few hanging tabs later and voila!  A Birdhouse wallhanging to welcome Spring into your home!


The wallhanging measures 19.75″ x 16.5″ and it made front cover of British Patchwork & Quilting magazine.  Woohoo!


Home Sweet Home Spring Wallhanging (British Patchwork & Quilting magazine April17)


Happy chirping!


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Tilda ‘Lemon Tree’ Blog Hop: QST Mini Quilt

By Judith on March 2, 2018
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Hi there to all my regular readers!


And a special welcome if you are visiting as part of the Tilda ‘Lemon Tree’ blog hop.


There have been so many gorgeous projects made in this blog hop, I hope you’ve enjoyed them as much as I have.  Here’s a little reminder:


Monday 19th February – SewandSo

Tuesday 20th February – Little Black Duck

Wednesday 21st February – Vicky Myers Creations

Thursday 22nd February – Tea and a Sewing Machine

Monday 26th February – Helen Philipps

Tuesday 27th February – Strawberry Patch Ramblings

Wednesday 28th February – Dinki Dots

Friday 2nd March – Just Jude Designs


Tilda Lemon Tree Blog Hop: QST Mini Quilt


These are the adorable, fresh Tilda fabrics I was sent.  I’m totally swooning over those 60’s style florals!  You can read more  here about Tilda’s inspiration behind these prints.


As you can see, I’m the last ‘stop on the hop’ and this is what I made:


Tilda Lemon Tree Blog Hop: QST Mini Quilt


The 6 fat quarters have made this cutesy quilt, measuring at 35″ x 53″.


I wanted to stretch the fabrics out as far as they would go, so I kept the piecing to a minimum.  Here’s what I did:


  • trimmed the fat quarters to 18.5″ square
  • paired them to make double sets of half square triangles (HSTs)
  • paired them again to make double sets of quarter square triangles (QSTs)
  • sewed the QSTs together, free motion quilted it and bound it.


Tilda Lemon Tree Blog Hop: QST Mini Quilt


I used more Tilda (from other collections) for the backing and binding.


Tilda Lemon Tree Blog Hop: QST Mini Quilt


Isn’t it clever how the QSTs technique distributes all the fabrics evenly throughout the quilt!


And if you’d like to have a go at making your own QSTs and HSTs, check out my tutorial here.


This little quilt is now the perfect addition to my recycled church pew!


Tilda Lemon Tree Blog Hop: QST Mini Quilt


I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what I’ve made in this blog hop.


And I also hope we have inspired you to try something new using these delicious fabrics!


Happy sewing!



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