Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Secret blocks!

Now that 2 of my lovely Brit Bee buddies have received their BIG birthday wallhangings, I can show you which bits were mine!

Mannequin mini block

Di's wallhanging was 'sewing' themed so I made my own mannequin paper pieced pattern to make this block.  

You can see it here in the quilt (for some bizzare reason I didn't get a photo of the front of the quilt, doh!)


Trudi loves the colour green so we went with a 'leafy' theme for hers.  Of course there was only ever going to be one block for me to make!

Clover mini block

And here it is in the quilt:


There's lots more secret sewing happening around the Hollies' household at the moment, but I'm delighted to have my very own personal assistant (uni daughter) back with me!!

Jude xo

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Loving Memories!

I spent the weekend across the water, in a beautiful part of the world!

Lincolnshire - View from my bedroom window!
A few of us Brit Bees got together to remember our beloved Terri ...

Brit Bee Meet Up May'15
Terri's Brit Bee quilts which we are finishing for her girls.
... pass on 'special birthday' gifts ...

Brit Bee Meet Up May'15

... and eat loads and laugh even  more!

Brit Bee Meet Up May'15 Brit Bee Meet Up May'15 Brit Bee Meet Up May'15

Our very own Ceri is running 10k for Cancer Research soon, in a patchwork dress no less, made up from donated quilt blocks!  If you would like to make a donation to this amazing organisation, you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/ceristokoe/

Thank you my lovelies for the happy memories!

And my weekend was made complete with a stop off in Derby to collect uni-daughter and whisk her back home for the summer! Yey!

I've got all my chicks around me again! Happy, happy!

Jude xo

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Scrappy Nines!

I finished a Disappearing 9 Patch quilt over the bank holiday weekend, but have been holding off showing you until today!

Siblings Together Quilt May'15

Many of the fabrics in this quilt were donated by a friend from Southern Ireland (thank you Kerry). As some of the scraps were already 4.5" squares, I started from there, threw in a few more of my scraps & some Kona Silver and made lots and lots of D9P units!

Siblings Together Quilt - D9P

Instead of sewing the D9P units back into blocks, I laid them all out on my design wall, shifted them around until I was happy with the distribution of colours and prints, and then sewed them together in rows!

Siblings Together Quilt May'15

The back was pieced from stash and the quilting is a simple free motion 'figure of 8'. There was only ever going to be one binding on this one (my fav!).

Siblings Together Quilt May'15

All that was left to do was wash, dry, affix label and post!  Tick, tick, tick, tick!

The current tally for making 100 quilts for Siblings Together this year is currently at 60.  There are still more being worked on, but we need 100 quilts completed by June, ready for the summer camps starting in July.

So if you could spare the time to make a quilt, blocks or donate fabric/wadding/binding I know there will be a camp full of reunited siblings this year delighted to receive your blessings!

Linking up with Leanne and Nicky's Scraptastic Tuesday!

Jude xo


Monday, 11 May 2015

New Fabrics!

I have listed some new fabrics in my Etsy shop today!

Discounted fabrics on Etsy, Just Jude Designs
L-R: Studio E Kyoto Blue; Farm Friends White Chicken Wire; Michael Miller Clown (B/W) Stripe

From £6 per metre, they are selling fast!  So if you want a Low Volume bargain, or some black and white stripey binding, get your skates on!!

(International shipping available)

Jude xo

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Farm Girl Vintage - Finally!

All good things come to those who wait!

Farm Girl Vintage book

I finally got my mitts on my long awaited (if slightly battered) copy of Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt, so that I can start sewing blocks each week, along with many others all over the world!

Completing the first 3 blocks in the book brings me back up to speed with the sewing schedule! Phew!

Farm Girl Vintage Blocks
Apron Strings
Farm Girl Vintage blocks
Autumn Star

Farm Girl Vintage blocks
Baby Chick
I had originally chosen a set of Denyse Schmidt Chicopee prints, teamed with Riley Blake pindots for the backgrounds.

Fabric pull for Farm Girl Vintage

But as I started sewing I just couldn't resist the urge to throw in a few other designer prints too! What can I say - I'm being true to my scrappy heart!

If you haven't already got hold of this book, I highly recommend it, even for individual block patterns. There are clearly laid out instructions for 2 sizes for each block (6" and 12" finished) and ideas and variations on how to use some of the blocks as quilts in their own right.

I have always wanted to make a medallion quilt (among 100 others too!) and the blocks in this book have given me the perfect inspiration & idea!

Watch this space!

Jude xo

Monday, 4 May 2015

Seeing Double (Hearts)!

This month in the Siblings Together Bee (2) Catrin has invented a beautiful double heart block.

My youngest and I had some Bank Holiday sewing time together today, and we rustled up these blocks!

STB2 Blocks for Catrin May'15
Tutorial is here if you fancy having a go yourself!
It seemed fitting that as these blocks are destined for a teenage girl quilt, my 13 year old chose all the fabrics for these blocks, and helped me to sew them together!


And I also got another Siblings Together Quilt finished last night.  Perfect photo timing for the sunny weather we've had today!

Siblings Together Quilt May'15

But this is all I'm going to show for now!  I'm saving the full reveal for Scraptastic Tuesday next week!

Jude xo

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Strawberry Patch!

I'm still patiently waiting for my 'Farm Girl Vintage' book to arrive so I can start making the delicious blocks in Lori's sew-a-long!

In the meantime I've had to make do with making up my own version of Lori's strawberry!

Strawberry Placemat for Trudi

A very good friend of mine always has the most scrummy looking breakfast trays on Sunday mornings on Instagram!

So I made her a non-slip tray mat!  Trudi also grows her own fruit and veg and makes her own jam too (what a gal!) so the strawberry tray mat seemed an appropriate 'special' birthday present.

Strawberry Placemat for Trudi

It was lovely being able to hand deliver this to Troods while she was staying with me last weekend.

Have a great weekend everyone!

(polka dot bias binding available from The Textile Studio)

Jude xo