Sunday, 4 October 2015

Easy Baby Blanket!

My tutorial this month for Fabric Yard is so easy, even a complete novice quilter will enjoy making this!

Baby Quilted panel for Fabric Yard
28.5" x 42"
This cute crib blanket is made from a printed panel called Saltwater by Riley Blake. (The backing is also from Saltwater).

This fabric has the cutest mermaids, fishies and even cute turtles!

Some simple quilting and binding and you'll have a sweet gift in no time!

Baby Quilted panel for Fabric Yard

You'll find the full tutorial here on the Fabric Yard blog.

Jude xo

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Blocks and Bear Paws!

This month in Bee Blessed we are making Friendship Stars:

Friendship Star blocks for Bee Blessed

Super easy and quick to make! These will make a lovely 'friendship' quilt.

In Siblings Together Bee (2), Jenny has asked us to make the blocks from Cloud 9's Field Crossing Quilt. 

STB2 Blocks for Jenny

Another fab boy quilt in the making for Siblings Together camps next year. 

A few months back I made a few 'girly' blocks to go into a collaborative quilt for a very special little lady!

Photo from Sarah's blog
My special friend, Sarah, had a baby girl in July, and this quilt has been made with love from several of Sarah's quilting bloggy friends!  

Isn't it gorgeous!  Here are my blocks (sorry about the washed out light - it was a very grey summer!)

Blocks for special baby quilt
You can read more about it (& see the cutest baby girl EVER) on Sarah's blog!

And finally, October issue of Popular Patchwork is in the shops now! (I might have a wee project in it! Just sayin'!)

My BearPaw quilt in Oct issue Popular Patchwork

Bye for now!

Jude xo

Friday, 2 October 2015

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder!

Apologies for the blogging absence!

Not intentional, and certainly not because no sewing has been happening in the Hollies' Household!

I've been beavering away on more magazine commissions and gifts. I was so busy I barely noticed we had moved seamlessly into a new month!

Here is my September Roundup.  (I'm using artistic license to include some magazine items revealed, as opposed to made, in the same month.)

Sept15 Roundup

The weather here this week has been so beautiful, a reminder of summer.  It got me thinking back to fun times in August!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, 24 September 2015

In Other News!

As you know, Bee Blessed is up and running again, under the capable hands of the Bee Blessed ladies.

As always, the group relies on help from others to make quilts for those in need. If you feel you can help by making a block (or two) why not hop on over to the Bee Blessed blog and check out the block for October - Friendship Star.

My Brit Bee buddy, Katy, is launching a brand new sewing retreat next year!

Sew Brit Bag Camp is a weekend bag making retreat, 18th - 21st March, co-hosted by Katy and Samantha from Patterns By Mrs H. 

Katy is a 'bag making' queen, and an excellent teacher.  You can find out more about the beautiful retreat location and further details here on their website.

Finally, most of you will have heard that the Stitch and Creative Craft Show, due to be held at Titanic Exhibition Centre 15th - 17th October, has been cancelled. 

Apparently, Trident, the company running the show have gone bust.  Sadly there is no information yet on their website about this, or how to get your money back if you have already purchased a ticket. This is disappointing news for Belfast, and the bi-annual show.

So that's you up-do-date for now!

Have a great end to the week!

Jude xo 

Monday, 21 September 2015

Doing The Double!

At the risk of boring you all rigid, I'm pleased to show you my latest magazine submissions!

I didn't realise I would be twice featured in the October issue of Quilt Now (out in UK this week). The theme this issue is 'Single Block' designs.

First up, Dissected blocks:

My Projects in Quilt Now Oct15

I thought, 'what would happen if you take a traditional block and pull it apart!' (sad, the places my mind goes!).

'Dissected block' wallhanging

First I created a mini quilt (30" x 30") based on a dissected 'churn dash' block.

The old grey matter kept smokin' and out came 2 more blocks which I turned into cushions.

L-R: Courthouse Steps, Grandmother's Cross
Keeping to a Kona Snow background with a limited colour palette helps achieve the effect of the dissected blocks.

Next up, Moroccan Mix Table Runner and Trivet:


I actually made this first, back in May.

Inspired by the 'Antique Tile' block I started pulling fabrics that I thought would represent the depth of colour in Moroccan Tiles. The trivet was simply an after-thought, using up the leftovers!!

Moroccan Mix Table Runner & Trivet

I hope you don't mind me sharing my publications here!  I'm not trying to blow my own trumpet - it's just so nice to finally be able to show you stuff I've made which I've had to keep under wraps for a bit!

And just to give you some warning - there are lots more publications in the pipeline!!

Jude xo

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Blackberries and Maples!

You may be surprised to know that I was quite the domestic goddess today! (even I'm surprised!)

I made soup from homegrown tomatoes, basil, tarragon & celery; YUM

Made a fruit crumble from homegrown apples, white currants & 2 raspberries (and no shop bought crumble mix either! Oh no!  I made my own cinnamon crumble!); DOUBLE YUM

And .... (hold on to your hats) made a Victoria sponge, from scratch, with homemade plum jam (made by my friend!)!

I even took my youngest blackberry picking!!

Blackberry picking!

I'm in danger of growing my hair long, dying it black, and considerably upsizing my hips!!

And there was some sewing too!

Brit Bee Block R4
Pears & Mini Maple leaf blocks from Farm Girl Vintage
This is my block in Brit Bee Round 4.

This year we are each designing a block to make up 1 quilt design. At the end of our year(ish) we will all have the same quilt design, but made with a block from each of the other 11 members to go with our own block.  Clear as mud?!

Brit Bee Block R4

We also make a 15" centre block to get started.  Because of the Farm Girl Vintage vibe going on round here, I thought I'd use the baby chick block I'd previously made from the book, bringing it up to size with Low Volume borders.

Farm Girl Vintage blocks

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments about being Cover Girl for Sewing World this month!

Sewing World Oct15

I heard today I made a double entry in October issue of Quilt Now!  Woohoo!  When I get to see a copy I'll post some pics here of what I made!

Have a fab weekend!

Jude xo

Friday, 18 September 2015


It was a gorgeous sunny day today!  The hint of an Indian summer perhaps!!

AND it's Friday!  2 good reasons to pick the winner of the Fabric Yard giveaway!

Drumroll please.........

Congrats Benta! I've emailed you for your details.

I've been secret sewing and pattern writing like a demon this week.  But I did manage a little bit of Brit Bee sewing too! Too dark for photos now, but I promise some tomorrow!

Sweet dreams!

Jude xo