Spring into Summer ’19: Part 4

By Judith on May 13, 2019
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Happy Monday to you all!


Welcome to the final part in our Spring into Summer ’19 series, looking at the items on display in our classroom (part 1 available here; part 2 available here; part 3 available here).


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


11 Vinyl Pouches:

(pattern available here)

This is the final item on my table to tell you about and will be a Saturday workshop in June.

Vinyl Pouches Workshop


These cute and practical zippy pouches are great for summer holidays, or just keeping your bits and bobs organised. The handy see-through vinyl means you know exactly which pouch to reach for, and sewing with vinyl isn’t as tricky as you might think.


Vinyl Pouches


At the workshop I will be showing some clever ways to sew with vinyl (vinyl available to purchase in class).


Vinyl Pouches


There are a few places still available so why not join us for some vinyl fun!


Autumn Boho Quilt:

(pattern available here)


Autumn Boho Quilt
70″ x 88″



I know it’s not Autumn here, but it almost will be by the time I’m running this workshop!


Autumn Boho Quilt


With speedy half square triangle construction, this ‘Quilt Top In A Day’ is such a satisfying make. And there are 2 sizes to choose from.


There’s mama boho ……


Autumn Boho Quilt


And baby boho …….


Baby Boho Quilt
38″ x 48″


This is a great project for using up large scale prints (Mama Boho) or charm squares (Baby Boho).


So why not join us for some quick and satisfying piecing (booking available here).


Sun, Sea & Sky Quilt:

(pattern available here)


Sun, Sea and Sky Quilt (Quilt Now Aug17)
60″ x 72″


This quilt originally featured in Quilt Now magazine.  The repeating blocks allow you to mix up the colours and fabrics without losing the overall design.


Sun, Sea and Sky Quilt (Quilt Now Magazine August17)


I worked from my aqua blue and teal green scraps for this quilt, representing the sea and sky.  The little hits of yellow complete the summer feel of this quilt.


The final quilt on display is our current class project.


Monsoon/Frost Quilt:

(pattern available here)

Monsoon Quilt
Monsoon: 60″ x 60″
Frost (Quilt Now Jan18)
Frost: 60″ x 72″

While these look like 2 very different quilts, the construction of the blocks in both quilts are exactly the same.


Clever fabric placement in Monsoon provides the secondary patterns, while Frost facilitates a more scrappy feel.


Monsoon Quilt


Both designs are available in the same pattern, and I’m already seeing wonderful results in class (can’t wait to show you at the end of term!).



Thank you for staying with our Spring into Summer ’19 series.


I hope you feel inspired to try something new, summery or even to get some existing projects to the finish line!


Happy sewing!


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Spring into Summer ’19: Part 3

By Judith on May 10, 2019
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Hi there,


Welcome to part 3 of my Spring into Summer ’19 series, looking at the items on display in our classroom (part 1 available here; part 2 available here).


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


Part 3 continues the Lori Holt theme, this time looking at her book ‘Quilty Fun’.


7 Lori Holt’s Quilty Fun Book:



I adore ‘row by row’ quilts and Lori’s quilt design is full of cute and adaptable blocks.  Here is my version of her quilt, hanging up in class.


Quilty Fun Quilt


I’ve used lots of scraps in this quilt, but for the bigger pieces I used Lori’s Bee Basics range of fabrics, which co-ordinate with all her other fabric collections.


There’s so much to look at in this quilt, and as always the book includes many more ideas on how to use the motifs in different ways for a whole range of projects.



All bar 1 of the books have now sold in class, which I’ll be listing soon in my shop (watch this space!).


8 Quilty Fun Mugs (Tea Cups) Cushion


Mugs Cushion


One of the additional projects in the book is a Mugs (Tea Cups) Cushion (I omitted the border included in the pattern).  Isn’t this fun! The piecing is really easy and I had a ball picking the colours I wanted all my mugs to be!


Mugs Cushion


I went for my favourite zippered cushion back to finish off this 20″ cushion.


9 Quilty Fun Leaf Mat:


Quilty Fun Leaf Mat


This is a smaller version of a table topper project in Quilty Fun.  The leaves are the same size as those in the original quilt, and I thought this would make a pretty addition to my kitchen table.


Quilty Fun Leaf Mat


And finally, a Lori Holt inspired cushion, which is on our display shelf:


Crossroads Cushion:


Crossroads Cushion


I made this cushion from Lori’s free ‘Scrappy Cross Roads Block’ tutorial, available here.


Crossroads Cushion


Using a small pack of ‘Something Blue’ by Makower, I followed Lori’s tutorial to make the block, and then brought it up to a 20″ cushion size with borders.


I had a lot of fun quilting this one!


Crossroads Cushion


The back was pieced with leftovers and my trademark ‘feature zipper’ closure.


Crossroads Cushion


And that brings part 3 of my Spring into Summer ’19 series to a close.


Just 3 more quilts and some holiday style pouches to show you in our final post.


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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Spring into Summer ’19: Part 1

By Judith on May 4, 2019
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Welcome to my Spring into Summer ’19 series, looking at the items on display in our studio for this new term.


First up is our display table (I’ll be mixing up the order as shown but stay with me!).


Spring into Summer 19 Table Display


I try to theme (or semi-theme) the table each term.  Apart from an obvious summery feel, I think you’ll see another theme emerging as we look at the items.


Spring into Summer '19


1 Aprons:

(Tie Back Apron pattern available here)


Apron Workshop Aug19


You may remember seeing my aprons on display last term.  I decided to leave my dressed mannequin again this term because we are running our 3rd Apron workshop in August (booking available here).  In this workshop you can choose from either a tie back apron (pictured) or the Japanese style cross back apron (see here).


2 Kids Tote Bags:


Kids Workshop May19


These simple and fun makes are samples for my upcoming children’s workshop.



I have 4 girls and 2 boys registered to learn how to use a sewing machine and let their textile creativity loose!




Children are a joy to teach because they don’t overthink it and are so creatively uninhibited!  We adults could learn alot from them!


10 Beach Bag:

 (pattern available here)

Beach Bag Workshop


This is my big and roomy beach bag (first featured in Pretty Patches magazine).  It features water resistant Rip-Stop Nylon lining, mesh or cotton exterior pockets and a detachable ‘wet bag’ for your soggy bikini, or drippy sun lotion bottles!


Beach Bag (Pretty Patches Aug16)


I’ve made a few of these practical bags over the years, and they’ve even been road tested by my girls on their holiday!


Bethany's Beach Bag


If you’d like to join us at our Beach Bag workshop, you can book in here.


12 Flex Frame Glasses Case:

(free tutorial available here)


Flex Frame Sunnies Pouch


If you need a secure glasses or sunglasses case, how about my flex frame glasses case.


Sunglasses flex frame pouch


The tutorial covers 2 sizes (the bigger size is for wrap around sunglasses which don’t fold flat) and the applique glasses template is also available.  You can purchase flex frames from here.


So that wraps up part 1 of Spring into Summer ’19.


Tune in again when we look at the inspiring creativity of one of my favourite quilt designers!


Happy sewing!


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