Thursday, 30 October 2014

Playing with Rainbows!

A long while ago I took part in the Fluffy Sheep Rainbow Charm Swap, and received a yummy pack of rainbow coloured charm squares.

Today I finally got around to playing with them.

Rainbow charms quilt

Here they are up on my design board!  Isn't that just rainbow-licious!

Rainbow charms quilt

I may not be in a hurry to sew this 'thank-you' quilt together because they are brightening up my sewing room no end!  It's like having a real rainbow right there in the room!  I love it!

And I forgot to tell you about 2 new patterns up in my Etsy shop now:

Hot Water Bottle covers:

Hot Water Bottle Covers


and Tissue Box covers:


QAYG Tissue box cover

Perfect gifts for Christmas!

Jude xo


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

No Chance of a Lie In!

It is half term week here in N.Ireland, but there's no chance of a lie in!  Oh no!

The Roads Service have taken up camp outside my house, with their pneumatic drills and diggers, hammering right into my brain from 7.45am each morning!!  I can even feel their vibrations right through my house!!   Aagghh!

There's nothing else for it but to get up and get sewing!

I've been pattern testing for a friend using these ....

Pattern testing

... all will be revealed in good time!

Some Brit Bee Medallion sewing ....

Brit Bee Medallion for Sarah Sept14

.... again, can't show you the full picture, all top secret!

And a few hot water bottle covers, for New Year class samples (sorry, forgot to take a picture of the other one before it went into the shop where I'm teaching!).

Hot Water Bottle Cover

This is made with cosy flannel and I'm pleased to finally get to use one of my recycled duffle buttons!

Hot water bottle cover

I also got my Bee Blessed block for November made (go me!) but more of that at the end of the week!

So I guess I have the annoying workmen outside to thank for my productivity!

Jude xo

Monday, 27 October 2014

Giveaway!

The lovely Alice at Fabric Yard has put together a kit of the book bag tutorial I wrote for her blog, here.


The kit contains:

0.5m Essex cotton (natural)
Contrast feature fabric
Makower Jolly Heads fabric (for buttons)
pack of 20 self covered buttons


If you would like a chance to win this fun kit, please leave me a comment below (as always, 'no reply comment bloggers' will not qualify unless you include your email address in your comment). International entries welcome.

I will draw the winning entry on Friday 31st October!


And don't forget to check out the fab novelty fabrics over at Fabric Yard, with £1 flat rate P&P for UK customers, and a healthy clearance section too (for all you bargain hunters!).

Best of luck!

Jude xo

Friday, 24 October 2014

I Won! I Won!

I am unashamedly delighted to tell you that I am one of 3 winners of the Dilly-bag-a-long, hosted by Gnome Angel.

Dilly Bag-a-long

Thank you so much everyone for voting for me!  You are the best!

And my winnings?


I've been eyeing this book for a while and have it on my Christmas list!  How exciting that Santa will be coming early!!

And a big thank you to Angie for hosting and organising this lovely blog hop!

Wishing you all a fruitful day!

Jude xo

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

A Bailey's Kind of Day!

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

Lunchbags

... 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