Saturday, 16 August 2014

Kicked the Bucket!

My ladies were making fabric buckets in class today!

Fabric Buckets Workshop Aug14

Aren't they so cute!  2 styles were on offer, one of which included piping!

There was great craic in this class, and a huge well done to all the ladies, especially those learning new skills for the first time!

And if you're looking for some stylish storage for yourself, or a gift idea for a friend, you can grab the pattern here.

Piped Fabric Buckets

Jude xo

Thursday, 14 August 2014

A UFO has landed!

I've been in hexie mode recently. Big ones and small ones!

I remembered a UFO (unfinished object) I've had knocking about rather embarrassingly since May'13.

Marmalade Half Hexie table runner May13
Bonnie & Camille 'Marmalade' Charm pack
Medium sized hexies this time, using the 5" Missouri Star Half Hexie ruler.

I already had the table runner basted, but it has been left hanging on the back of a door all this time!

Shocking I know!  Especially as it only took an afternoon to quilt and bind!

Half Hexie Table Runner (Marmalade)

Half Hexie Table Runner (Marmalade)

I'll be bringing this along to my upcoming Hexie Quilts class.  Places are still available if you are feeling inspired!

Hexie Quilts Class samples

Hexie Quilts Class (6 weeks):
Starting Monday 1st September, 7pm-9.30pm

Jude xo

Monday, 11 August 2014

Pluses Aplenty!

A few ladies in my summer class have been having a go at some Plus Quilts:

Plus Quilt Class

The cot quilts above are based on this tutorial.

Plus Quilt Class
And these large quilts are based on this tutorial.

I think they are so dramatic, and the different fabrics chosen make each plus quilt look unique!

And Shannon made this one as a 'man gift'!

Well done ladies on your beautiful creations!

And how about getting your Christmas presents started early with these cute flex frame pouches?

Pop on over to Fabric Yard where you can find my tutorial and the fabrics these pouches are made in!

Happy sewing!

Jude xo

Sunday, 10 August 2014

2 Halves!

Well it was a weekend of 2 halves here!

Saturday: 20 degrees, sunny, Pedalo-ing with my girls in Bangor!

Bangor 8Aug14

Sunday: 14 degrees, wet, windy, cold, only going out to collect soggy daughter from footie training!

You get the picture!

At least rainy days means sewing time!

Zippy pouch

Soggy daughter's friend picked out some fabrics for a long overdue pencil case!

Zippy pouch

There's a sneaky open pocket in the lining for sharpeners and erasers, and a matching key fob just for the fun of it! 

Zippy pouch

And there's also been a little paper piecing, but I'll save that for another day!

Bye bye Bertha!

Jude xo

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Table Runners!

I promised you pics of my Table Runner workshop last Saturday, and I'm not a girl who breaks her promise!

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Aren't they fab!!!

It was so lovely seeing some variations and creativity being unleashed too!

Well done ladies!  Enjoy all the compliments you will be getting at your next dinner party!

And if you fancy having a go yourself at one of these runners, you can get the pattern here in my Etsy shop.

Jude xo

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

A Little Liberty!

So the weather has been in sympathy recently with my pattern writing workload!  Dull!

I've been feeling an itch to do some EPP (English paper piecing) recently, so I finally got scratching!

I used my 1.25" Sizzix die to cut the papers, unearthed my few precious Liberty scraps and spent a relaxing Sunday afternoon doing this!

EPP Liberty hexies

I'm mixing in some of this denim blue chambray stuff (not exactly sure what it is!!) and will eventually turn this into a cushion. 

I can credit 2 sources of inspiration for this idea!  1. Rita's lovely Liberty and chambray combo and my daughter, who made this gorgeous EPP cushion recently!

At the moment this is a non-work project, something for me to do 'away from the office'!  But you never know, it might make it's way into a class one day!

And I picked up M&D's anniversary quilt from the Long Armer this week!  Oh my!  I went weak at the knees.  As usual I can only give you a glimpse at the moment! 

M&D's Anniversary quilt

Can't wait to show you the full quilt!  It's pretty cool!

Jude xo

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Take it Easy!

Today I can show you one of the secret projects I was working on this week!

Applique picture gift

A good friend had a '0' birthday last weekend and tonight we ate, laughed and drank pink champagne to celebrate!

As a 'stitchy lady' herself, she loved her picture and the other handmade goodies and pressies she received.

Applique picture gift

The text is part of a verse from the Bible: "Be still and know that I am God."

And earlier today was my table runner workshop.  I will have some pics for you next week on the lovelies that were made so watch this space.

Jude xo