Friday, 14 November 2014

Friday catch up!

So just what have I been doing this past week?  Well life is pretty busy as usual but I have managed to get some sewing done.

 I have been hand quilting feathers onto my French General Christmas tree skirt.  I am using a red Aurifil for hand quilting these and am aiming for a traditional look.  I just love how it is looking!

I also finally got Catherine's Bee blocks done for her month in charge of Bee a Brit Stingy.  Some bright and dark log cabins which were fun to make!

Part of the reason I haven't managed what I would like is because of this.........
This is our new washing machine.  Our old one of 7 years finally gave up and groaned it's way into retirement.  It had been repaired several times over the last year and we weren't spending anymore  money on it!  So catching up on washing has been fun but at least I now have a nice, tidy laundry area!

Last Wednesday one of my patchwork students showed me her beautiful version of the Flower Garden section of my Full Bloom wall hanging.
Isn't it brill?  I love her background fabric and stem fabric and she loved the needle turn applique I taught them! 
Here is a reminder of my original hanging.
Join me on Sunday when I link up with Molli Sparkles to share what is new in my stash!  Hoping it brightens up a bit for some half decent photos!

Collette x

Monday, 3 November 2014

just like that!.....

My sewjo returned!  Thankfully!  I made this cute little Dresden plate as part of an experiment.  I wanted to see how small I could comfortably go.  I love all the blades on this.  I then made a very simple pouch and used a fab zipper tutorial by Kelly which worked a treat!  I now want to make all the things into little zippy pouches!  ( I am not the most confident with zips but this tutorial made me feel a whole lot better about them).

This pouch is literally all I have made though.  As my time has been taken up by everyday life and chaos.

The kids needed their costumes for all the various Halloween social events they attended.  So Emma chose a ladybird and Jacob reluctantly chose a "Mad Scientist".  He took the fake glasses off when he got to school though! Boo Hiss!

The roof has decided to spring a tiny leak and the washing machine has been literally groaning on a spin so I fear the time has come to replace it :( You know that way it all happens at once??? Well this is my time for that!

I am trying to deal with these things rationally and remember these are just first world problems really.  I am thankful for a roof over my head, a cosy bed to sleep in and food in my cupboards.  Plus two happy, healthy children. 

What are you thankful for today?

Collette   x

Monday, 27 October 2014

sewjo where you go?

Happy Monday everyone!  I know Monday sucks but at least it was lighter this morning.  That made getting out of bed a little ( just a bit) easier.

Ever lost your sewjo?  I have many a time but lately it is more of my sewjo doesn't know what she wants to be doing.

I flit from hand quilting to standing staring at my cutting mat and then putting it all away! (is it just me?).  I just can't seem to pin (lol) myself down on anything at the moment.  My classes are great for keeping me focused but when it comes to outwith that I draw a blank just now.

I have ideas floating around but that is all at the moment.  I keep telling myself that it is all part of the creative process and things will formulate and become concrete soon.  I am just impatient! 

So at the moment I have been swapping between these two hand quilting projects.  The red French General favourites fabrics are for a Christmas Tree Skirt.  My kids keep laughing at me when I tell them what is for as they can't imagine a tree wearing a skirt just now but soon they will see!

I am using an Aurifil 28wt thread to hand quilt this.  My aim to achieve an heirloom, vintage look so I am going for fine hand quilting and traditional designs.

I have also been working on my Hipbees quilt.  The lovely ladies from this bee made a block or two each from my chosen fabrics in my chosen block ( off centre log cabin - tutorial on my blog) and I added sashing.  With this I am using navy Perle cotton and three strands of Aurifloss for the logs.  This is so different to the Tree Skirt and much more of a contemporary look.
I have also been doodling feathers.  I am planning on adding hand quilted feathers to the red border on the tree skirt.  I love feathers whether machine or hand quilted and they are fun to practise drawing too! I don't have a feather stencil so I will need to work out how to get them onto the fabric for quilting - any ideas other than just free handing it???? !!
Feel free to share about your creative funks and what you do to get your mojo rising (hehe) again! #keeping it real
Collette x

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Sunday Stash!

Hello!  Today I am linking up with the Sunday Stash hosted by Molli Sparkles.
This is my first time linking up so please be gentle with me!  I have had a little bit of a fabric drought lately.  So I splurged last week and purchased these gorgeous Anna Maria Horner prints, Tula Pink vintage stars and Alison Glass fabric.  The colours are so delicious together and I am planning on getting some of the blues in the Anna Maria Horner prints ( the middle three).

One of the things I love about quilting is that it is OK to not stick to one particular style or colour.  I have heard quilters talk about developing their own style and just by looking at a quilt, you would know it is by them.  Well that isn't for me.  I love the sheer variety of fabrics, enjoy some batiks(yes honestly), and have always been attracted to making things according to my mood.  So one day I may be in a pink, girly mood (rarely) and the next I may want to go very traditional and homely.

The French General (Moda) print below is for a Christmas(shhh) tree skirt for my home.  It has been a while since I have made something just for us.  I wanted it to be traditional and found this gorgeous red Aurifloss to go perfectly for hand quilting this project.

Molli Sparkles

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Slow Blog Meet Up


Hello and welcome to my blog if you haven't been here before!  The lovely Catherine is away just now and has kindly allowed me to host this month's slow blogger meet up!

Last night I got back to my roots after several pieces of deadline sewing (which I am not terribly keen on).  This was about re-discovering why I create and need to - reconnecting with history, enjoying the process, loving making half square triangles, slowing things down, using my pins with pride and remembering that the simplest of tools are sometimes the best, not getting caught up in the rat race of production or trends, making what I love pleases my heart and is true to myself.  

one of my slooooooooow projects!

I love to sew in a slow manner but sometimes I get caught up in that joy stealer called "comparison" and feel unhappy with my inability to "keep up" with the speed of production of other Quilters.

Silly I know.  So when I found Catherine's blog around a month ago and her Slow Blog Manifesto I felt like I had found my home!  My blogging pretty much works in tow with my production levels.  These can be sloooooow as I like to hand quilt and hand sew at times.  How about you?  What have you managed to work on over the past month?  What projects are you taking your time over and slowly enjoying?  Please do feel free to share and link up at the linky here and we can all catch up over a cuppa!
Collette x

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Fresh Sewing Day!

Oh my wonders will never cease!  I have remembered to link up to Lynne's Fresh Sewing Day for the second month in a row!  Oh and also Work in Progress Wednesday.  I deserve a gold star don't you think?
(Click here if you want to read my review of Carrie's dvd and to enter her giveaway for a copy!)
So what do I have to share with you all from the month of September?

First up there has been some super secret sewing going on using the most gorgeous Aurifil Variegated thread (50wt).  This is the first time I have actually used Variegated thread and I loved it!  It is excellent quality and the change in tone of colours is stunning!  I am sure it will not be the last time I use it!  Now I want to use all the colours!

The kids and I made some Rocky Road which helped with this work in progress ( see the wee half square triangles keeking out from under the plate!). 

And this lovely finished patchwork bag by my wonderful class member Mandy!  Isn't it adorable and so well made? 
Hope you enjoyed what I shared with you all.
Collette x

Monday, 29 September 2014

DVD giveaway!

Would you like a chance to win one of two copies of this fantastic and useful DVD?  I will share how to at the end of my little review.

When Carrie asked for bloggers on Instagram to take part in her dvd blog party I jumped at the chance!

Many of you will know of Carrie's fabulous Collage line of fabric.  Carrie is an artist at heart and this DVD is a very practical, insightful view into Carrie's mind as an artist and how to apply this to our quilt designs.  When I first heard about this DVD I was delighted as I have struggled with how to approach my quilt design at times. 

The DVD is extremely well structured and Carrie comes across as relaxed, friendly and speaking from an experienced position.  Her passion for Art clearly shines through as she speaks about practical techniques to try out so that we do not feel afraid to draw and design.  

Carrie shares her design process with her audience and I was suprised(and relieved) to find that I work in quite a similar way.  She speaks of not being a planner and working in a very creative, instinctual way.  This suits me to a tee.  It is all about finding your creative voice!   And not worrying about perfection.  I am sure many of us do that!

Practically speaking, Carrie takes you through her design process visually with how she created her bird nest quilt.  It is an awesome process to watch and learn from! 
Her love for her children clearly shines through when Carrie shares how her children's artwork inspires her textile works too.

I completely loved this DVD from start to finish.  It is all of these things;
  • Inspiring
  • Encouraging
  • Practical
  • Freeing
  • Reassuring
If you would love to win a copy then head over to Carrie's beautiful blog here at Suchity Such and comment on her Giveaway post for a chance to win!
Good luck and thanks for listening to my little review! (All views are totally my own ).
If you wish to purchase the DVD then head over to
Collette x