Saturday, 1 August 2015

Goodbye July!

Well July is forgettable for lots of reasons. Mainly the weather (would you believe I've had my electric blanket on a few nights recently!!).

And having an injured ankle, blocked ears (& no hearing) for 2 weeks, followed by a cold just about finished off any chance of having a fun and productive sewing month!  (Not to mention having to miss my dear friend's thanksgiving service and Brit Bee meet up!)

July15 Roundup

While my 'Monthly Mosaic of Makes' for July looks a bit measly, there are a few other items I can't show you yet, at least not until they are published.

I've been making good progress on my Farm Girl Vintage Farmhouse Lane quilt.  All 9 houses & 6 trees are complete.

Farmgirl Vintage Farmhouse Lane

There are 16 x 6" 'Welcome' blocks to make, for the rows inbetween.  I've one made and all the pieces cut out for the rest.  But oh my, those 1.5" squares!! There are hundreds of 'em - in the 6" blocks, the tree blocks and the houses!!!  They're everywhere!  Oh how I wish I had a 1.5" Sizzix die!

Farmgirl Vintage Farmhouse Lane

So, I think little and often will be the order of the day for these wee blocks!

Linking up to Lily's Quilts Fresh Sewing Day!

Jude xo

Friday, 31 July 2015

Denim Hexie Bag!

In my series of denim bags I've been making this summer, here is bag no.2!

Repurposed denim (hexie) bag

Back in June, when my daughter was in hospital for a day, I had brought some epp hexies and denim scraps. I had 5 hours of sewing to fill, so needless to say, I got a lot of them basted and sewn together that day.

I unearthed them again recently, during my 'denim dalliance', and incorporated them into this patchworked bag!

Repurposed denim (hexie) bag
The back
Special features include a zippered pocket in the (bright) lining, and repurposed tabs and leather from the chopped up jeans used in the bag!


Denim Hexie Bag
I used a leather needle for the 'organic' tab

I also inserted some curtain eyelets (super easy) just to try out something different with the handles.

Denim Hexie bag

The bag is simply ditch quilted, and the fold up bottom meant no fiddly box corners or angled sides to contend with! As with all of these denim bags, I have reinforced the bases with handbag mesh plastic.

I love this bag, especially the many different shades of denim used (& I just stuck with blues!). They aren't as difficult to EPP as you might think, especially as most of the denim has been softened up through lots of wear!  Just use a bigger needle and seam allowance & glossy magazine papers.

Denim projects

So next time you rip or wear out your jeans, think 'handbags'!

Jude xo

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Denim & Selvedge Bag

So you know I was working (aka playing!) with some denim recently!  I'm working on a series of bags which I may teach in the Autumn term.

Well I got 2 bags completed today (you can thank the continuous rain since Sunday for that!).

Today I'll show you my Denim and Selvedges bag!

Repurposed denim & selvedge bag

Like most trends and fads, I was a latecomer to the selvedge craze, but I'm head over heels about them now! I think it appeals to my love of recycling textiles, especially when some designer selvedges are so adorably cute!

Denim projects

The front and back of this bag have the same design, just different selvedges used. The denim is all from recycled jeans, and the handle was a belt from another pair of jeans!

repurposed denim & selvedge bag

Bag linings are a great excuse to use loud and vibrant fabrics and I didn't hold back on this one!

Because of the pleat I couldn't insert my usual array of pockets, so I simply popped in a wee denim pocket (which was once on a child's dress) and a key fob to keep those keys handy!

The magnetic closure tab has been finished with a felt button given to me a while back by a lovely quilty friend.

Repurposed denim & selvedge bag

I really enjoyed many aspects of making this bag, especially using Coats Creative thread for the feature quilting. I haven't used this thread before, and just happened to have the right colour of 'jeans orange'. It's much thicker than standard thread, and you need a size 100 (jeans) needle, but the sewing was smooth and I will be on the lookout for more of this range (Gutterman Creative & Gutterman Jeans threads are not as thick as Coats Creative & I have still to try Aurifil 12wt).

My playtime continued with a little matching pouch to go with the bag.

Repurposed denim & selvedge bag

Clearly I couldn't stop sewing down those cute selvedges!

L: Porthole Hexie; R: EPP hexie
I've put an eyelet in the pouch too, so that it can be clipped onto the keyfob inside the bag. This will keep a sewing/crochet project handy to throw into the handbag on trips out!

Apologies for the long post for this one! It feels like I've been birthing this bag for a while and it's so satisfying seeing it not only complete, but turning out just how I imagined it!

Stay tuned this week for bag no.2!

Jude xo

Saturday, 25 July 2015

A Little Dabble with Denim!

How has your week been?

There's been the usual flurry of activity here at the Hollies Household, with 2 extra lovely uni guests entertaining us!

I've managed to snatch some sewing time here and there, playing mostly with one of my favourite textiles - denim!

Denim projects
Satin stitch applique and twin needling
Denim projects
English Paper Pieced denim hexies


Denim projects
Selvedge strips & denim
These will hopefully become handbags of varying shapes and sizes, all to be revealed in good time!

Denim projects
Porthole selvedge hexie!
I've also been doing a little secret Christmas sewing, but I'm afraid you will have to wait until the Merry season to see the rest!

Scandi applique

I hope you are having a sewing summer!  

Apparently we are getting monsoon like conditions tomorrow (!!) Batten down the hatches!

Jude xo

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Holiday Coin Purse!

Need an extra little coin purse for your holiday currency?

Coin Purses - Fabric Yard Tutorial

Keep your Euro's, Dollars, Rupees or Krones safe & separate from your Stirling with these cute little coin purses!

They'll fit snuggly into your holiday bag and the key fob attachment means you can clip it securely to the inside of your bag.

Coin Purses - Fabric Yard Tutorial

If you want to have a go at making these easy peasy pouches, pop on over to Fabric yard for the full tutorial.

Coin Purses - Fabric Yard Tutorial

And while you're there, check out the stunning new fabrics, or grab yourself a summer bargain!

Happy Sewing!

Jude xo


Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Hexie Framed Purses

Due to enforced resting, and not being able to do my usual 'up on my feet' hours, EPP was required to keep this natural 'fidget pants' from going nuts!

I wanted to thank 2 very special friends for their help to me in recent days and knew just what to make!

Hexie Framed Purses

I like small EPP projects, and for 1" hexies, scraps are perfect.

One friend particularly likes Bonnie & Camille fabrics ....

Hexie Framed Purses

....... and the other plum shades with grey (Irish linen).

Hexie Framed Purses

These were the perfect little projects to test out my dodgy ankle on the sewing machine presser foot! Wee buns!!

I even managed a bit of driving today too!

Onwards and upwards!

Linking up to Nicky and Leanne's Scraptastic Tuesday!

Jude xo

Sunday, 12 July 2015

Brit Bee Medallion!

I can't tell you how excited I am to finally get to see, touch, stroke and drool over my Brit Bee Medallion!

My Brit Bee Medallion July'15

This Brit Bee 'round robin' type project started almost 2 years ago (Sept'13). We all worked to the same design (thank you Hadley), made our own centre block, and then waved goodbye to it as it got passed along 11 more ladies to add borders and work their magic.  This means we have all contributed to each others medallions at one stage or another.

My Brit Bee Medallion July'15

The medallions were exchanged in person among those who were able to attend Terri's Memorial Service yesterday.  For those of us not able to make the handover in person, we opened ours at the same appointed time!  A true bee event!

My Brit Bee Medallion July'15

I'm ridiculously pleased at how well my Brit Bee buddies have interpreted my tastes and fabric likes from just my centre block and a few scraps of fabric!


The original inspiration for my medallion was the new wallpaper in my front room and the medallion is TOTALLY PERFECT in that room, right down to the little birdies in the corner stars!  Crazy perfect!


I have no clue how I'm going to back or quilt this beauty, so I think I'll just gaze at it a while longer!

My Brit Bee Medallion July'15

And the other special post I received yesterday were THE BEST Millionaires Shortbread ever (thank you Trudi) and the sweetest ceramic medallion from Di!


I'll leave you with a glimpse at some of the other medallions (pic by Hadley).  Brit Bee forever!


Jude xo