Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Fobbed Off!

I was having a little play today making some key fobs!

Key fob class samples

These will be class samples for part of my Gifts course later this term.  They are so easy and addictive to make! 

Key fob class samples

At the moment I've only blue, pink and brown webbing, which limits my colours a little (though the brown makes great 'man' key fobs!).  And you can see I was playing with different sizes too.

I've other colours on order so I'm looking forward to playing with more scraps. 

These will make great stocking filler ideas, for all ages, don't you think!!

Jude xo

Monday, 1 September 2014

Let Autumn Begin!

Despite unseasonably warmer temperatures this week, I feel like Autumn has begun.  Getting the kids back to school & into routine again certainly helps!

I made up my mosaic of makes for August, not expecting there to be much in it!  I was pleasantly surprised!

Sept14 Roundup

Mostly finishes, but there are a few wips in there! I'm also working on a couple of secret projects which I can reveal later this month!

Wishing you all a wonderfully creative September!

Linking up with Lily's Quilts Fresh Sewing Day!

Jude xo

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Schoolhouse Cushions!

Today was my Schoolhouse Cushion workshop.

Schoolhouse cushion workshop Aug14

Some folks were learning paper (foundation) piecing for the first time, and what a brilliant job they made of this advanced patchwork technique.

These will be gorgeous cushions ladies!  Well done!

And you can find the pattern here in my Etsy shop, if you fancy having a go yourself!  Maybe get a head start on those Christmas makes?

Foundation Pieced Schoolhouse Cushion Class Sample

Jude xo

Friday, 29 August 2014

That Time Again!

We had our last fun day out yesterday, before the official 'start back to school' today.

Mountstewart Aug14
Mountstewart Aug14

The sun shone on this most beautiful of National Trust sites, Mountstewart, Co.Down.

Mountstewart Aug14
Mountstewart Aug14

A lovely way to end a great summer of fun with my 3 brilliant girls!

And so back to business!

September is just around the corner, and Bee Blessed gets up and running again on 6/9.  So here is the block we will be making to kick start the new term:

Bee Blessed BOM Sept'14

I think these cute boat blocks will make great children's quilts.  You can find the tutorial for the 12.5" unfinished block here. (You may find it easier to cut 4" squares for the hsts, instead of 3 7/8", and trim them down to size.)

Please keep to solid white for the background and blue for the sea! The rest of the boat can be in any colours you choose!

We hope the break over the summer has allowed you some creative space, and that you are ready and willing to get stuck in again to supporting children and families here in Belfast and beyond through the special gifting of comforting quilts.

And if you live locally, and love quilting, please come and join us once a month!  Get in touch if you'd like more information or check out the Bee Blessed page here

Jude xo

Monday, 25 August 2014

Oval Pouch!

It was a bank holiday here today!  And what a freezing cold wash out it was! 

I hope you had better weather where you were today!

Anyway, a good day for sewing. I wanted to make my friend a little something, and have had pinned for ages Aneela's oval pouch tutorial.  Here is my version.

Oval zippy pouch

It's not perfect, especially as I made a few changes along the way (patchworking the outside and including sew in Vilene & wadding). 

Oval zippy pouch

Because it is so small (which makes it uber cute!) it's a really fiddly project.  But it's the perfect size for filling with crafty goodies!

Tomorrow is back to school stationary shopping, in readiness for the inevitable return on Friday yippee!

Have a great week!

Jude xo

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Birds Of A Feather!

Paper (foundation) piecing is one of my favourite patchwork techniques.

Paper pieced birdy cushion

And who can't resist cute little birdies? (You may remember seeing another one of these here!)

Paper pieced birdy cushion

This is a thank-you gift for a generous and talented lady. I've no idea what her colour preferences are, or even if she likes birds!!!!!

So fingers crossed this will be to her taste!

Hope you've had a lovely weekend.

Jude xo

Saturday, 23 August 2014

Celtic Twists

It's been a really busy week, sorry I haven't blogged in a while.

But I'm so excited to finally be able to show you the quilt I made for Mum and Dad's Golden wedding anniversary!

Mum & Dad's Golden Wedding Anniversary Quilt 22/8/14

It's a biggy, at nearly 90" x 80".  The fabric line is Seascapes, by Deb Strain.  Mum and dad have a holiday house by the sea, hence the seaside theme.

Mum & Dad's 50th wedding anniversary quilt
And just like the sea, this quilt seems to change colour when photographed in different light!
(My original intention was to make a double wedding ring quilt, but the labour intensive technique and a shortage of time put paid to that!)

Celtic Twist Quilt for M&D Aug14

 I got the quilt professionally quilted, in a beautiful shells/corals/conches repeating pattern.  This shows up even more on the white panel in the back.

Celtic Twist Quilt for M&D Aug14

And never one to waste the leftovers, they got a matching cushion too!

Seascapes cushion for M&D
Seascapes cushion for M&D

A fab night was had celebrating the happy couple, with nearly 40 of our family and friends, in the same place where mum and dad had their wedding reception 50 years ago!

Here's to many more happy years together!

Jude xo