Tuesday, 21 October 2014

A Bailey's Kind of Day!

Last week I got the lunchbags finished for my sister's shop ...


... and yesterday I got a few more peg bags finished for the shop.

Peg Bags for sale

Today marked the last day of making stock.

Sadly, the day did not go well!

Firstly, I made a couple of hot water bottle covers, just to see how they would sell and to use up some snuggly leftover fleece.

Hot water bottle covers

What you can't see here is the perfect 'iron' print on the front of one of them!!!!!

I've no idea what I was thinking! I know you don't iron fleece! It was already finished and just needed placed in the bag along with the rest of the stock!  Why oh why did I think to iron it!!!  Talk about a numpty moment!  I've no more fleece to redo that section, so that's one less item being sold!

My mind has been having a lot of these 'outer body' experiences lately! My IG friends got to see the sticky state of my newly fleeced iron, and promptly prescribed Bailey's as the cure!  My kind of thinking!

Next up were a few more washbags.  

wash bags

I had some heat 'n bond to try laminating some of my own fabric. While it was easy enough to use, overall I'm not impressed for projects where you have to squish and pull the the fabric through gaps in linings and such. 

It crinkles terribly, as does oil cloth, and ironing this stuff is tricky. The finished results aren't as good as I was hoping (there were 2 oilcloth lunchbag casualties last week I didn't show you!).  

I'm going to do a bit more research on other self laminating products and see if I can improve on these.

The jury is out on whether I sell these or not.  I will consult big sis!

So despite the frustrating end, I'm glad I've finished making stock for my sister's shop! Over my Bailey's and ice tonight I'm celebrating the fact that 132 items will soon be on their way to big sis! 

And remember my Dilly Bag?  Well you can now vote for your favourite bag here! I'd love it if you could have a wee look at the gorgeous bags and then vote for mine!!! Hee hee!

Jude xo

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Pinwheels & Prairie Points!

Last week my Pinwheels & Prairies Quilt class finished! Wanna see?

Pinwheels & Prairies Quilt class
Single Bed size
Pinwheels & Prairies Quilt class
Cot Quilt size
Aren't they just the cutest!  I love how different they all look!  Well done ladies on your fabulous quilts!

You can find the pattern for both quilt sizes here.

Jude xo

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Linen Book Bag!

I remember with fondness taking my girls to the local library each week, talking too loudly as we browsed the different shelves, filling up our book bags with more bedtime stories!

Sadly they are too old for that now!  But I'm pleased to say they haven't lost their love of reading!

If you are looking for an easy Christmas make for your young 'book loving' person, how about this fun bag, made with Essex Linen!

Linen Book Bag for Fabric Yard

I had lots of fun with these self covered buttons from Fabric Yard!

Linen Book Bag for Fabric Yard

And if you'd like to know how to make up this bag, you can find the tutorial (and all materials) here on the Fabric Yard blog.

Linen Book Bag for Fabric Yard

(Stay tuned for news of a giveaway soon!)

Jude xo

Friday, 17 October 2014

Dilly Bag Complete!

You may remember I was involved in a wee blog hop a few weeks bag, hosted by Gnome Angel and using Judy Newman's Dilly Bag pattern.

Well I actually got the bag finished a few weeks ago too, but haven't been able to show you until now!

Dilly Bag-a-long

You can read about how I made the bag & the fabrics I chose here.

Dilly Bag-a-long

I love seeing this cute bag hanging up in my sewing room, but alas, it is destined to be given away!  I hope the recipient loves it as much as I do.

Dilly Bag-a-long

Thank you Angie for hosting this blog hop.  You can check out all the other gorgeous Dilly bags here and you, the lovely public, get to vote your favourite from Monday 20th.

Jude xo

Wednesday, 15 October 2014


In keeping with the change of weather here and the rife seasonal colds, I made some handy tissue pouches to sell!

Tissue pouches

I was also sent some vinyl covered fabrics from a lovely friend, and I turned these into simple wash bags, with wipeable linings.

Wash bags

I've had a wee go at making my own 'vinyl' covered fabric (using heat 'n bond) so I may have a few more washbags made before all the shop stock gets handed over!

Hope you are having a great week, despite the stormy weather!

Jude xo

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Scraptastic Tuesday!

I'm a bit of a 'scraps' nut!  I keep even tiny pieces, which come in handy for sketch applique projects:

Peg Bags

So when Nicky and Leanne kickstarted Scraptastic Tuesday (a monthly linky party) I thought 'that's right up my street!'

Now I could write a thousand blog posts on the scrappy projects I've been working on recently!! 

But I'll show you just a few samples instead (I can hear you sigh with relief from here!).

QAYG Zippy pouch

I had some tiny leftovers from a layer cake quilt, which I made into this QAYG zippy pouch.

Pouches for sale

And more tiny leftovers made the prettiest bunting on these linen pencil cases.

A sizzix cutting machine is great for turning odd sized scraps into useable shapes, which is how I made the circles on these (repurposed trousers) pouches.

And finally, our Bee Blessed block of the month is a tribute to all things scrappy!

Bee Blessed BOM Oct'14

So that's my (conservative!) link up to Scraptastic Tuesday!  

If scraps are your 'thing' too, then hop on over to Nicky's or Leanne's and check out the other inspiring projects!

Jude xo

Monday, 13 October 2014


My Hexie Quilts class finished this evening!

Just look at all this hexie goodness:

Hexie Quilts class
Half Hexie Quilts - Beginner
Hexie Quilts class
Hexie Stars Quilt - Advanced Beginner
Aren't they fabulous!

There are a couple more that I didn't get pictures of, but trust me, they are every bit a beautiful as these!

The pattern for both Hexie designs is available here in my Etsy shop!

Jude xo