Saturday, 6 February 2016

Cushion Love!

Continuing the 'Love' theme this month, here are the 2 cushions I submitted for publication:

Quilt Now (Feb issue):

My DP Heart Cushion in Feb16 Quilt Now

Similar to my 'Drunken Hearts' quilt, this cushion is made using drunken path units to form the curved tops of the heart (Katy the editor named it 'Dunk Your Heart' because it reminded her of Jammie Dodger biscuits!).

I chose the sweetest red Lecien 30's Fabric Collection with Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Flax for the background.

DP Heart Cushion in Feb16 Quilt Now

Frumble sell a wonderful range of pom pom trim and I couldn't resist going for giant red pom poms to finish off this round cushion.

Sewing World (Feb issue):

Chenille Heart Cushion Feb16 Sewing World

This is my Chenille Heart Cushion, with a positive and negative front and back.

Chenille

Chenille is a 'layering and slashing' technique, creating raw edges which turn fluffy when washed. It's a wonderfully tactile finish, perfect for a snuggly cushion don't you think!

Chenille class sample

So if you are looking for a valentines gift idea for that someone special, grab yourself one of these magazines and get cracking!  You've still got time!

Jude xo

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Feeling the Love!

February is the month of Luuuurrrrrvvvv! (so I'm told!)

So I submitted a few 'heart related' projects to magazines!

Drunken Hearts Quilt - Sewing World Feb16

This is my 'Drunken Hearts' quilt in British Patchwork & Quilting (Feb), so called because I used 'drunkards path' units to make the heart blocks. 


I have to say I 'fell in love' with this quilt as I was making it, and can't wait to get it back from the magazine. 

I used Art Gallery's 'Bijou' and 'Dreaming in French' for the hearts and Essex Yarn Dyed Linen in Black for the background.

My sweet Trudi did a beautiful job quilting this for me on her long arm machine (you can just about see the hearts quilting pattern).


Tune in again for another 'Luuuuurrrrrvvvvv' installment!

Jude xo

Monday, 1 February 2016

Leaping Into February!

How wonderful to leave January!

Storm 'Henry' decided to usher in February here, very kindly sending the contents of my recycling bin up and down the length of my street!!

On a happier note, it's nice to see at a glance my makes & bee blocks for January.

Jan16 Roundup

Technically, not everything here was made in January, but if they are published in January then I've decided to include them! The usual clues are in there for future reveals.

Bee Blocks Jan16
L-R: Brit Bee; Siblings Together Bee 2; Bee Blessed
It was a good month for bee blocks too.

So what will February bring?  2 family birthdays, a trip to prison (!!), guests and lots more running and sewing!

Another regular month then!!

Stay safe!

Jude xo




Friday, 29 January 2016

Giveaway Winner!

Thank you to everyone who entered my blogiversary giveaway!

(If you didn't receive a reply to your entry comment, it means you are a 'no reply comment' blogger & therefore I had no way of getting in contact with you.)

Somewhere along the line I lost a year!  I've actually been blogging for 5 years and not 4!!!  Talk about feeling old!!

Anyway, onto the winner!

Mr Random Number Generator picked no. 27, who is my amazingly talented bloggy friend Josie!!

Congrats J!  I hope you enjoy your winnings!

So tomorrow I'm doing another round of Couch to 5K training, even though snow is forecast!  Let's hope I don't resemble an out of breath Yeti by the end of it!!

Have a great weekend!

Jude xo

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

12 Hens-A-Laying!

To enter my giveaway until Friday 29th January, click here.

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Don't worry!  I'm not regressing back to Christmas, or stuck in the wrong season!

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It's definitely the end of January, and spring has just about sprung!


It's so nice to still have daylight well after 4pm!

Up on my design board today are these lovely ladies!

Mama Hens (Siblings Together Bee 2)

Aren't they a happy bunch!

When I was bee mama in Siblings Together Bee 2 last year, I asked everyone to make me a Mama Hen from Lori Holt's book 'Farm Girl Vintage'.

Mama Hens (Siblings Together Bee 2)

With 12 different makers, scrappy works best, so I kept the scrappy theme going in the Low Volume sashing and cornerstones.

I'm still debating whether or not to add a border, probably more scrappy LV, just to make it a bit bigger.

So nice to see the brood altogether at last!

Cluck! Cluck!

Jude xo



Sunday, 24 January 2016

Total Cuteness (and a giveaway)!

Last night I got to hang out with some of my favourite people!

Special Times
Special Times

It's always lovely hanging with one of my besties, but it was especially good to catch up with Di and Tina too!

And of course there was this little bundle of cuteness to melt our hearts!

Special Times

Shame she's not handbag size or she would have been making a trip home with me!!

And talking of handbags, how would you like to win this bundle of goodness to make your own!

Blogiversary Giveaway

It was my 4 year blogiversary back in December, but life (& Christmas) got a bit in the way!

I'm not one to break my promises and thanks to the generosity of Fabric Yard, you can win a half metre each of Kokka Pink Polka Dot and Premier Prints Trail (both in Deco weight cotton) and 2 sets of faux leather handbag handles.

Blogiversary Giveaway

I'm also throwing in a set of fimo row markers (made by my super clever daughter) and some quilting magazines.

Blogiversary Giveaway

Just leave me a comment by Friday 29th January, when I'll draw the winner (sorry to my international friends, but due to the weight of the package this is open to UK & Ireland peeps only).

If you are a 'no reply comment' blogger you will not be entered unless you leave your email address in the comment box.

Best of luck everyone!

Jude xo

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Ahead of Schedule!

What with all the secret sewing going on around here, I'll show you what I did at the weekend!


No, not that!  (though I am particularly chuffed that my 'Couch to 5K' training is up to 2.6k after only 3 weeks!).

Brit Bee R4 block for Ange

This is the next block installment in Brit Bee R4.  Designed by Di and made for Ange!

The block isn't due until next month, but I knew AMH feathers can be a bit challenging.  I decided to foundation piece mine, and it worked a treat!

Churn Dash blocks for Bee Blessed

I also got a couple of Churn Dash blocks made for Bee Blessed.  They are collecting these in until 14th February, so still plenty of time if you fancy making one or two!

Happy Thursday!

Jude xo