Thursday, 2 October 2014

September Smalls!

I didn't get linking up yesterday with Lily's Quilts Fresh Sewing Day.  So I'll show you my mosaic of makes for September today instead!

Sept '14 roundup

Lots of smalls!  And there will be lots more smalls to come in October too!

I also got a couple of wee gifts made today!


QAYG Zippy pouch

I'm pleased I got anything done today, with poorly child still at home and the inevitable visits to the doctors and pharmacy!

I think she's finally on the mend now, which means I've got today to get packed and organised for the Brit Bee Retreat starting tomorrow!

Jude xo

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Dilly Bag Blog Hop!

I'm so excited to be part of the #dillybagalong Blog Hop!  Welcome! Welcome!

This is my first ever blog hop, so bear with me!

The lovely Angie asked me to join in the fun making Judy Newman's Dilly Bag, and after seeing Marie's gorgeous Dilly bag first hand I couldn't resist!

So here goes!

The main body of the bag is made from EPP hexies.  After changing my mind a few times, I settled on liberty and vintage prints, with a few embroidered fussy cuts thrown in for good measure!

Dilly bag-a-long

I enjoy basting hexies much more than sewing them together!  But I persevered and got my panel made over the weekend.

As liberty and vintage prints are quite thin I spray starched them before quilting the panel (going off pattern here!) and was glad to read that Sharon had also quilted hers!  I simply ditch quilted in the vertical columns.

To give you a sense of scale and size of the bag, here it is on my daughter's head (don't ask!).

After that, the bag came together really quickly.  The time consuming part was deciding what fabric to use in the lining and the gathered bit at the top!  I didn't put pockets in my lining and quilted some craft weight vilene into the base instead of making a base from templastic as stated in the pattern.

I'm not allowed to show you the finished bag yet, so you'll have to wait until the big reveal of all the finished Dilly bags on 17th October, when you can also vote for your favourite!

(I found the pattern easy to follow, but it assumes a certain level of knowledge. So if you are a beginner to EPP (English Paper Piecing) you may struggle a bit.)

And be sure to check out all the other gorgeous bags in the blog hop:

Wednesday 23 September: Sharon @ Simple Things
Friday 26 September: Sharon @ The Projects of My Life
Wednesday 1 October: Judith @ Just Jude
Wednesday 8 October: Kate @ Stitched with Love
Friday 10 October: Kathy @ iamacraftykat
Monday 13 October: Barbara @ Sunflower Stitcheries
Wednesday 15 October: Rachel @ Little White Dove
Friday 17 October: End link party here @
If you fancy having a go at making this bag yourself, you can get the pattern here.

I have someone in mind to gift my Dilly bag to, but I might just fill it up with goodies first!

Have a great week!
Jude xo

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Scrappy Stripey Triangles

I'm posting the Bee Blessed Block of the month a day early as I have another scheduled post for tomorrow!! (Like buses eh?)

In keeping with our love of all things scrappy, we are going for stripey triangles for October!

Bee Blessed BOM Oct'14

The inspiration for the blocks came from here, but there was no tutorial as such. So here it is:

Scrappy Stripey Triangles Block: 

12.5" unfinished (you will need to make 2)

1. Sew together a selection of strips of varying widths and at least 14" long.

2. Press the seams open or to one side and square off to 13".

3. Cut the blocks diagonally in half and swap one half with another.


4. Sew the 2 halves together using a 1/4" seam allowance.

5. Square the block to 12.5" if necessary.

These take no time at all to make, and another great scrap-buster block!

I've a feeling there will be some fun secondary patterns in this quilt!

Thanking you in advance!

Jude xo

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Where did I put my glasses?

My glasses are permanently on my face (!!) so I never lose them!

But I know quite a few people who only need to wear their glasses from time to time, and can never seem to find them!

So how about keeping them in a handy, cosy pouch!

Flex frame Glasses cases

These pouches have secure flex frame closures and the wadding inside makes them like snuggly mini sleeping bags!!

This is half of the batch that will be going into my sister's shop for Christmas!  I haven't sold these before, so I'm not sure how they will be received!

Flex frame Glasses cases

Nothing ventured nothing gained, right?

Hope you are having a creative weekend too!

Jude xo

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Advent Calendars!

I know, I know, it's not even October yet!

But if you want a quick and easy make in time for 1st December, that will go down well with the whole family, then how about an advent calendar panel!

Advent Calendar class sample

This Cool Yule Tree Panel is available from Fabric Yard (also available in navy), and if you hop on over to the Fabric Yard Blog, you can read my tutorial on how to make it!

Advent Calendar class sample

And remember, Fabric Yard only charge £1 P&P within UK, no matter how much you buy!

Jude xo

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Anyone for Tea?

I somehow got a bit of sneaky sewing time in this week, despite nursing a sick child, physio, teaching, GCSE prep, worrying about Uni daughter (caught up in a bomb scare at her Halls!) and all the other headless chicken stuff that makes up my week!

AND IT'S ONLY WEDNESDAY! (at the time of writing).

Tea Bag Wallets

This is the first lot of pre-Christmas stock that will eventually go into my sister's salon, 12 cute teabag wallets. 

Having everything pre-cut definitely makes it easier to sew these up in an evening.

Tea Bag Wallets

I also made a few of Ayumi's style teabag pouch, using Essex yarn died linen and scraps!  These are a little more time consuming to make (even with simplifying the pattern), and only hold 3 tea bags each.  But they fold up nicely and are compact enough to fit into a handbag (haven't quite got the hang of centering the elastic loop on these ones!).

So next on the list will be flex frame pouches! All cut out and ready to go!

I just need the hamster wheel to stop for a bit and let me get some sewing done!

Stiff drink anyone?

Jude xo

What Cancer Cannot Do!

This is for my Brit Bee mates and bloggers who know about our very special friend:

Jude xo