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

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Today was ...

... beautiful!

“Keep your face to the sun and you will never see

 the shadows.” Helen Keller

Jude xo

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Liberty Love!

So did you all have a good Easter holiday?

We had wonderful weather here, and that drew me away from the sewing machine and into the garden.

But there has been some sewing this week.

A few more blocks for Siblings Together ...

Siblings Together Bee2 blocks April'15

Siblings Together Bee 2 blocks

... and progress on my Liberty Tunic.

Liberty Tunic

I'm using the same simple pattern than I used for my first tunic, except this time, a more summery version using the liberty fabric I picked up several years ago in a vintage shop in Whitney!

In essence it is finished, but my feeling is it needs a little more ......... finishing!!

Buttons, lace, trim, pockets?  I put the word out on IG and got great feedback (thank you peeps).  I love pockets on dresses so I might add 2 patch pockets, with crochet trim and take it from there!

I need to remember that less is more, right!

Well I have 1 more week off work, and with the kids back to school tomorrow, hopefully that will mean productive sewing time!

Jude xo

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Quarter Log Cabin Cushion Tutorial

I hope you've been enjoying some gorgeous sunny weather this Easter!

We have had an amazing 3 days of warm sunshine here, which has meant more outdoor pursuits than sitting inside sewing!

Tollymore April'15
My youngest (with lolly in mouth!) and I at Tollymore Forest Park, Newcastle
(yes, she is officially the same size as me now! Yikes)
However, if you aren't getting much sunshine, or just still want to sew, you may be interested in this easy cushion project!

Quarter Log Cabin cushion

This 16.5" cushion is based on the quarter log cabin block, simply quilted with a trusty envelope back!

This project allows you to show off gorgeous prints or fussy cuts, like the fabrics shown here (available from Fabric Yard).

If you fancy making one yourself, then check out the full tutorial here.

Have fun!

Jude xo

Friday, 3 April 2015

Quilt Topping!

I've been in the mood lately to make quilt tops!  It's my favourite part of the quilting process (no, not the quilting!).

I had a commission 'boy' quilt top to make for a friend (she will do the quilting & finishing):

Commission Child quilt

I had also acquired some Heather Bailey squares and just couldn't resist piecing them together!

'Nicey Jane' quilt top Then there was the (not so) small matter of some flying geese borders on a secret Brit Bee medallion!

Brit Bee Medallion

And with my latest Scrappy Rainbows quilt top and the Scrappy Stripping Quilt top made in recent weeks, I think that means I've a summer of quilting coming up!!

Wishing you all a great Easter weekend!

Jude xo

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

A New Month!

It's that time again when I look back over the last month's of makes, gasp and groan at how quickly the month has gone in, and tut and mumble about how much I did and didn't get done!!

It was a busy month working on Bee Blessed projects:

Some Siblings Together blocks and a commission cushion:

And a few quilt tops ticked off the list!

So a 'not-so-Mad-March' was fairly productive in the end.

I wonder what April will bring?

Linking up with Lily's Quilts Fresh Sewing Day.

Jude xo

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Bee Blessed Farewell!

Almost 4 years ago, Sarah and I were chatting one day about the joy and blessing that comes from making quilts together with friends, and gifting them to others.  We spread the word and very quickly Bee Blessed was born!

We put out a call for help to the blogging community and have been blown away and greatly blessed ourselves by the response, support and regular contributions from you all!

However both Sarah's and my personal circumstances have changed dramatically in the past year and we are no longer able to continue running Bee Blessed.  Over the next few months we will be winding down, finishing off quilts until our final meet-up at the end of June.

We are sad to be saying farewell to our monthly sew-ins, blogger block collections and copious cake eating!!  But we take great heart from the fact that by the time we get all finished in the summer, our donated quilt total will be over 125!!

And so there will be no further blocks of the month set, however we will continue to post about our winding down progress and quilt finishes. If you have donated fabrics that haven't yet been used, we will be using them to either finish our Bee Blessed quilts or donating them on to Siblings Together.

Thank you so much for being such an important part of making these quilts for others.  It is our prayer that the legacy of Bee Blessed will continue on as each quilt is snuggled, stroked and loved.

Jude xo