Saturday, 20 December 2014

4 Years!

4 years ago today I started blogging!!

I can't believe where the time has gone, and I have loved creating every post, making new friends, and being inspired by the hugely creative and generous community that is the Quilting blogland!

I've noticed a big change in the Quilting blogging community recently, especially since the arrival of Instagram!

Perhaps not so much chatter here as there used to be, but as my blog was originally created for my own pleasure and creative record, I will continue on with my sewing babblings!

And so, to say 'thank you' for popping by here, whether as a regular reader or as a 'once in a while-r', I'm giving away all these goodies!

Blogiversary 4 Giveaway

8 Kona fat quarters and ...

Blogiversary 4 Giveaway

an Ipad cover, Snowman pincushion kit & tape measure ribbon.  These kits make the cutest pinny's!

Snowball pin cushion

To enter the giveaway, leave me a comment telling me what you would like to see more of on quilting blogs!

Blogiversary 4 Giveaway

The giveaway is open to international readers, and I will choose the winner on Boxing Day (26/12).

Remember, if you are a 'no reply comment blogger' then please leave your email address in your comment, or you will not be entered for the giveaway.  If you don't get a reply from me to your comment, then that means you are a 'no reply comment blogger' and I have no way of making contact with you.

Best of luck my quilty friends!

Jude xo

Friday, 19 December 2014

Christmas Stocking Tutorial

Today you will find me over on the Fabric Yard blog, turning some of Alice's gorgeous Christmas fabrics into stockings.

Stockings for Fabric Yard

Check out the free tutorial for the large stocking with cuff!

Stockings for Fabric Yard

And while you're there, have a browse through the lovely new fabrics in stock!

Stockings for Fabric Yard

(and remember, tomorrow is giveaway day!)

Jude xo

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Hot Pot Mat!

I officially finished work today for the Christmas break! So I can settle my mind into 4 weeks of chilling with my family.

There's the small matter of Christmas in there of course!  But as of today, all presents are bought and the last make made!

Hot Pot Mat

This is a hot pot mat / trivet for big sis.  Those squares are 1" finished, scraps from some Marmalade leftovers.

Hot Pot Mat

I used both Insul Bright heat resistant wadding and 80/20 wadding, and I love the textured look it gives to the quilting.

And as a little gift to you all, I will be celebrating 4 years of blogging in 2 days time, so be sure to stop by and see what goodies you could win!

Jude xo

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

No Animals Were Harmed .....

.... in the making of this hot water bottle cover!

Hot water bottle cover

This is for my nephew ........ to match his bedroom!  What can I say, he's a guy with style!

And in keeping with the present theme, I got this mini Ipad cover made for youngest daughter's bestie....

Mini Ipad cover

... my final 2 in 1 pouch of the year (bringing the total to 6!)......

2 in 1 Pouch

...and a tablet case!

Hudl Cover

Still a few more makes to go, but now that the retail shopping is all done (bar the food) I'm feeling a lot calmer than in my last post!!

Hope your week is going to plan!

Jude xo

Tuesday, 16 December 2014


Yes, that is panic in my blog title!

The decorations went up at the weekend - check!

The present shopping is done - check!
The fabric lollies were handed out - check!

The stockings are made - check! (will show you these soon)

And my Brit Bee secret santa pinny is made - check (another future reveal!)

However, I still have some presents to make for mum, sister, daughter and nephew!

We also have the dentist this week (seriously bad timing) and then of course there is the food shopping (not too soon), present wrapping (paper cuts), school Christmas concert (icy cold church), work dinner (absolutely nothing to wear), carol service (ahhhh) & Christmas eve games night (Uno anyone!)!

Somewhere in there I would like to take a minute to remember what Christmas is really all about!

Hope you are 'enjoying' the festive preparations!

Jude xo

Friday, 12 December 2014


Last night saw the end of my classes!  I've been teaching and running my own business for 5 years, but it's time for a wee break and to explore some new things.

I was hoping for a regular night of supporting my ladies, selling fabric and then sneaking home quietly!

Boy, was I in for a shock!

A good friend had sneakily organised a surprise party for me half way through the evening, and invited many more friends and classmates to join in the fun!!!

Farewell party! Dec'14

There were gifts, cards, donuts & a fabulous cake!

Farewell party! Dec'14

I was completely over-whelmed and touched by the thoughtfulness and well wishes of all these lovely friends!  There really aren't the words!

Thank you, thank you my lovely friends for being so teachable, caring, funny and inspiring!  It has been a privilege and a pleasure to contribute in a small way to your unending talent and creativity!

I will miss you all.  Keep sewing & making wonderful things!

Today my dad and I cleared out the classroom, brought all the bolts, equipment and samples back home!  The end of an era!

And as if the past 24 hours wasn't emotional enough, look who got back home tonight!

Shannon home! Dec'14

So tomorrow the Christmas decorations will go up (& to quote my 2 younger daughters, 'fiiiiiiiinnnnaaaallllyyyyy!') and some serious family time and spoiling of children will begin!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Jude xo


Something very special happened to me tonight (Thursday), but I'm not going to tell you about it until tomorrow!  I'm waiting on a few more pics and then I will reveal all!

Suffice to say, my head is in a spin and I can't even think of a suitable blog title!

So I will leave you with pics of some pouches I made recently for Fabric Yard, using some sumptuous new fabrics they have in stock right now.

Pouches for Fabric Yard
Kindle Fire Cover made in Riley Blake, Trendsetter
Pouches for Fabric Yard
2 in 1 Pouch, made in Retro Geek, Sarah Johnson & Carolyn Friedlander, Architextures
Pouches for Fabric Yard
Pencil cases made in Riley Blake, Trendsetter and Essex Linen

The tutorial for the pencil case can be found here, and while you are visiting, why not check out the hot new fabrics Alice has!

Why not treat yourself to a fabric Christmas present! Go on, you know you want to!!

Jude xo