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

Friday, 1 May 2015


April was a busy and eventful month for me, and packed full of positives, which is probably why it has whizzed past so quickly!

I had my first proper Easter break in ages ...

Tollymore April'15

I played host to 2 very special quilty friends ....

Bee Blessed April'15

and was granted my Decree Nisi.

There was lots of warm sunny weather in April too, which meant a few extra hours pottering about in the garden!

On the sewing front, an average month, and few extra projects I can't show yet!

April '15 Roundup

So all in all, a month full of positives.

Happy 'first of the month' to you all!

Linking up to Lily's Quilts Fresh Sewing Day!

Jude xo

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

In Print!

If you get a copy of Sewing World Magazine (May issue) you might see me in there!

Sewing World May'15

My doorstop pattern is featured!

Doorstop 005

And in shop news, I only have 1 Quattro layer cake left at the bargain price of £20 (+p&p). See the full collection here.

My 2 lovely visitors (aka Lincoln Ladies on Tour!) went home today! It was so much fun having them to stay.  Thank you my friends for the sweet gifts too!

Lincoln Ladies presents Apr15

Jude xo

Sunday, 26 April 2015

Four Extra Hands!

At Bee Blessed yesterday we had 2 extra helpers!!

Bee Blessed April'15

Di and Trudi are visiting myself and Sarah this weekend, and causing no end of shockers, giggles and quilty chatter!!  So we put them to work!

Bee Blessed April'15

And here are a few BB progress shots and quilt finishes:

Bee Blessed April'15
Bee Blessed April'15
Bee Blessed April'15
Bee Blessed April'15
Bee Blessed April'15

Also, we hope to soon bring you some exciting news about the continuation of BB!

I'll leave you with a breakfast shot from our time together this morning!  (The fry was delicious btw!)

special Quilty friends April'15

Jude xo

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Little and Large!

This week I made 2 teeny pinwheel blocks (3" finished) for this pencil case present ...

Pencil case
Pencil case

And much larger 'disappearing 9 patch' units for a Siblings Together quilt....

Siblings Together Quilt - scrappy D9P

A lady in Southern Ireland very kindly donated some fabrics to Siblings Together so with a little added Kona Silver and a few more scraps of my own, I've made this so far!

Siblings Together Quilt - D9P

It's certainly bright and scrappy, but most definitely pink and girly!

It's been another gorgeous sunny day here today!

Hope you are enjoying some good weather wherever you are!

Jude xo

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Drawstring Tote!

I've had the pleasure of testing another of Svetlana's patterns:

Drawstring tote (pattern by Sotak Handmade)

This is what you can produce when you follow a well designed and written pattern!

Drawstring tote (pattern by Sotak Handmade)

Svetlana has designed this clever tote bag with drawstrings, which means it could have a multitude of uses!  Check out Svetlana's lovely tote and the bags made by all the other testers! They are fab!

And you can 'bag' yourself the pattern here, discounted for the next 2 days!

You won't be disappointed!

Jude xo

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Scraps in the Frame!

This week I'll be teaching Framed Purses at my classes.  Here are some variations I have made as class samples:


The rear purse is made from a free sample of deco weight fabric and a scrap of tweed!!  The front purse is made from the leftover triangles cut off flying geese blocks!!  I keep triangle leftovers in a jar!!

Framed Purses class samples

Next up, I drafted a paper pieced 'geese' template, and made the pouch using teeny scraps for the geese and Essex Yarn Dyed Linen for the rest.

Framed Purses class samples

You will see that I varied the shape slightly of this pouch, extending the corners further.

And finally, an EPP 1" hexie pouch, again using tiny scraps.

Framed Purses class samples

The templates for all of these pouches are for a 2.5" x 6" metal glue-in frame.

Framed Purses class samples

I hope my ladies enjoy making these pouches this week!

Framed Purses class samples

Linking up with Nicky and Leanne's Scraptastic Tuesday!

Jude xo