Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Essex Linen & Kona Snow

I have restocked my Etsy shop with the ever popular Essex Linen and Kona Snow, all at great prices!

Fabric for Sale

I have also listed 2 Kate Spain (12 Days of Christmas) panels and a Stocking panel for sale.

Fabric for Sale

And there are still some discounted designer fabrics & Kona solids listed.  

So hop on over and grab yourself a bargain, while stocks last!

(I'm still waiting on more black and white stripe and a few other bolts.  I'll keep you posted!)

Jude xo

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

End of Summer!

"Tis the last rose of summer,
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone."
Thomas Moore, 1830

Autumn has officially begun here in the UK!  It is the only season where I feel joy and grief all at the same time!

My hanging baskets are still flowering and beautiful, but there is a definite shift happening in my garden.

Daughters 2 and 3 returned to full-time school today, and some semblance of routine is  creeping in again!

Looking back on August, I am content with what I managed to make.

Aug15 Roundup

As usual, not quite everything is shown here.  There are the obligatory 'secret' projects happening behind the scenes too. All in good time!

And before I sign off, I'm delighted to tell you that Bee Blessed will be continuing from this month, and a lovely new blog page has been set up, just for Bee Blessed!  Hop on over to check out this term's dates and how you can get involved again. 

Jude xo

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Boho Dresden Cushion

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed I've been playing around with dresdens lately!

Today I can show you this....

Boho Dresden Cushion

This boho-style pieced dresden cushion is Jo's pattern, found in issue 10 of Love Patchwork & Quilting (pg77).

It's a really easy pattern to follow and I loved the addition of the 'on-trend' pom-poms!

Boho Dresden Cushion

I teamed some Amy Butler Soul Blossoms with Essex yarn dyed linen (black). The only change I made from the original pattern was to quilt the front and back. 

Boho Dresden Cushion

I didn't have a round cushion filler, so it is temporarily (& poorly) stuffed with toy stuffing!

I really like how it has turned out, and so does no.1 daughter, who says it matches her other cushions perfectly (hint, hint)!!

Boho Dresden Cushion

Jude xo

Friday, 28 August 2015

Farm House Lane

This summer I've been working on a quilt from the Farm Girl Vintage book by Lori Holt.

Farmhouse blocks - Farm Girl Vintage

If you haven't already got this book, I highly recommend it.  All the blocks, quilts and projects in it are adorable and super easy to follow.

I particularly love 'house' quilts and so decided to make 'Farm House Lane' (pg128) using mainly Denyse Schmidt fabrics.

Farmhouse Lane Quilt top
Approx. 67" x 71"
If you are familiar with this pattern, you will notice that I haven't stuck completely to the brief (not like me at all!!!).

From previous posts you will know that I had started making the 16 x 6" Welcome blocks which go in between the rows. But they are a little time consuming so I made an executive decision and went for rows of 2.5" squares instead.

The 4 Welcome blocks became corner stones!

So now to make a back and think about how to quilt this baby!

Jude xo

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Denim Applique Bag

Denim applique bag

So this is denim bag no.3!

I took inspiration for this bag from here, and it was actually the first one I made of the set of 3!

Special features include twin needling (on pre-made fusible bias) and satin stitch applique .....

Denim applique bag

.... a zippered pocket in the back .....

Denim applique bag

..... inner pocket and detachable project pouch.

Denim applique bag

Instead of making my handles, I used these gorgeous sew on 'leather' handles (available soon from Fabric Yard).  I love how perfectly they finish the bag off.

Denim Applique bag

So that completes my trio of Denim bags!

Denim bags

It was so much fun making these and getting back to my first love of recycling textiles! There may be a couple more still to come, if I get more time to play!

Happy Tuesday!

Jude xo

Sunday, 23 August 2015

In Print!

This weekend has been full of friends, fun and flowers!

Yesterday was a 'sewing day' with great friends, great food, and great post too...

My Peg Bag pattern in Popular Patchwork/Sept15

So lovely to be published in Popular Patchwork for the first time, and more projects to come!  The September issue of PP is out now and packed full of wonderful quilty projects!

Today, my girls and I had the most relaxing walk around one of our most favourite places on earth!

Mount Stewart, Co. Down

The restored house and Italian gardens are open again to the public, and it was so lovely seeing new wonders in this familiar haunt!

And we rounded off a perfect day by celebrating daughter no.2's brilliant GCSE results with the help of huge American burgers!

Hope you had a great weekend too!

Jude xo

Friday, 21 August 2015

Nesting Boxes Tutorial

Girls love stuff!

Trust me, I know!  In a house of 4 females, there is lots and lots of stuff!

So here's an idea on how to keep some of that stuff organised and tidy!

Nesting Boxes

These cute nesting boxes are so easy to make, and are stiffened with sew-in vilene.

Nesting Boxes

They will house lots of girly trinkets and would look good on a dressing table too!

Nesting Boxes

Or how about some desk tidies for a guy gift!

Desk Tidies/Change Trays

However you choose to use these boxes, you will have them made in no time at all, and can add another gift idea to your list!

The fabrics for the girly boxes are available at Fabric Yard, where you can get the full tutorial.

And while you're there, check out Alice's great summer sale!  There are bargains to be had, and only £1 flat rate shipping within UK!

Have fun!

(I have now fixed the links to all other Fabric Yard tutorials on my tutorials page - thank you for your patience!)

Jude xo