Tuesday, 18 August 2015

What a Summer!

Well the kids have returned to school today (hooray) which means that I can return to a somewhat normal blogging schedule!

This has been one of my busiest summer with the kids.  Our holiday at the start and lots of outings and bike rides in between.  Not much sewing has went on due to it being hot and just not getting the time.


My summer has been creative in a different way though!  I have found it much easier to sketch and paint with the kids around than sew. I have included a few photos of some of my work.  I also have designed a few free wallpapers for your smart phone and laptops and computers.  These are available in my payhip shop.

  Some are made with my original scanned artwork and others are completely digital. 

This has been a huge learning curve for me but very enjoyable and good for my brain!  It is always useful to be learning new skills and techniques.  It keeps my creative juices flowing and inspires me in ways I never knew!

I have also done just a tiny bit of sewing the last few evenings to try out a new technique.  This is called thread sketching.  There is a wealth of info online about this.  Suffice to say it is not as hard as it looks and is great fun and is very forgiving.  If you can free motion quilt or embroider then you can do this.  Even if you can't, a few evenings practicse can give lovely results.  I have been using Aurifil 50wt in a dark grey for this technique and am very pleased with the look it gives!

I plan to use this technique much more in my work and hope to use it as a way in which to incorporate my artwork into my quilts!

I hope you enjoy the photos and look forward to more regular posts from me now the hols are officially over!
Collette xx

Sunday, 12 July 2015

I am alive!!

So sorry for my blogging absence!  Things have been busy with the end of another school year and our holiday.

We visited Port William for 5 nights and stayed in a beautiful cottage.  We went to the same place last year for just 3 nights.
I haven't had much stitching time at all.  My mojo seems to have hidden but I know it will return!

Here are some holiday pics.





Friday, 22 May 2015

Lurking around....

Hello! I am still here folks.  I have been lurking all week and apologise for a lack of blog news.  Unfortunately my dear mum was taken into hospital last week and just got home yesterday.  She has a long term illness which creates many health problems and is pretty ill but at least she is at home now with my dad.

I have been trying to keep very busy to distract myself from worries in between hospital visits and phone calls. 

On Wednesday, the patchwork ladies I teach began to learn Foundation paper piecing.  They had a little practise to get to know the technique and by the end of the course should have made something like this.
I am going to add some more to this so it is very much a work in progress.





With all the hospital business I was way behind on a bee commitment.  Bee a Brit Stingy are fewer in number this year but we are steaming ahead with our travelling rows.  I made two bright rows of flying geese for Sheila (Bluepatch quilter).  I used an awesome pattern by Jeli Quilts, Queen of Geese.












And last but not least I made a tentative start on my Instagram Handpieced mini swap.  I have since done more than photographed and love it already! #handpiecedminiswap






Until next time...
Collette x

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Swap surprises, sun and sewing....

Hi all!  It is Saturday night, late and I have been updating some of this lovely blog for you all.  Over the next few weeks I will be adding lots of free patterns and tutorials for you to enjoy.  I hope they are useful and that you give something a go!

I have been pretty busy this last few weeks.  One of the most fun things was taking part in an Instagram swap.  If you don't already follow me there then use the link in the sidebar to connect with me.  I post there almost every day!

So my swap partner ( Stephanie from the fabulous My Calico Heart), sent me the most beautiful Tula Pink dresden plate mini quilt!  I was so delighted when I saw that this was mine.  Isn't it beautiful?  The extras are adorable too!  My little heart sang when I opened the package.  Swaps are so exciting aren't they?  They give you the chance to try out new things and blocks and experiment a little. 


I managed some outdoor sewing two weeks ago when the warmer weather visited us.  It was bliss and didn't feel like work at all!

I have also been working on some tiny teeny sewing for something secret!
 And last but by no means least, some fabric eye candy which I will be delving into soon for some magazine commissions!   Recollection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics and September Blue for UK based Dashwood Studios.

Keep an eye for those updates on my patterns and tutes page! 
Till we meet again,
Collette xx

Friday, 10 April 2015

What I have been up to.....

Well Spring has certainly sprung since I last blogged!!
The kids have been off on their Easter break for a week now and have another week to go.
Yesterday we headed to a local park for a cheap morning out.  Duck feeding and observing and park playing in the sun was just what we needed!

When the kids are not as much sewing seems to happen.  But that is ok.
I have managed a few things in the evenings when I haven't been too tired.
Quiet Play pattern


Medallion centre fpp for new course
I finally learnt how to foundation paper piece properly with Carol Doak's excellent Craftsy class.  Something finally clicked in my brain and I really enjoy it!  I never thought I would say that.  I don't like the fabric waste but I love the accuracy and amazing blocks you can make.  I am hoping to teach my patchwork classes this soon!

Hope you are all enjoying the lovely Spring weather.  Until next time!
Collette x

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

A Quilting day trip!

At the beginning of the month a few of the ladies in my patchwork classes and myself went on a visit to the Quilting and Stitching show in the SECC, Glasgow.

I clearly don't get out much.  I mean I spent the best part of almost 7 years studying and working in Glasgow.  But faced with a trip on the train and I began to stress!  Anyway I  made it, all in one piece and we arrived at Central Station and headed down below to catch the link to the SECC.

It was a wonderful exhibition.  I wasn't really there for the papercrafts but definitely was for the fabric stalls.  Best of all was that they have just added the quilting exhibition section to the show and I was thoroughly impressed!

Here are a few photos I managed and remembered to take.



Loved this take on the view of the Clyde.


I adored this too and metallic threads too!


This was stunning.  Embroidered and hand quilted!

 I had a fab time as did the ladies and we all left feeling knackered but inspired and encouraged.  It was lovely chatting to fellow quilters and I even got to meet the gorgeous Jo from My Bearpaw. 

my little haul from Donegal tweed and  My Bearpaw
This is now my little reminder of my lovely day out!


 Collette x



Tuesday, 17 March 2015

A finish!!!

I know! Pick yourself up off that floor.  I actually finished this mini quilt and am actually blogging it too!



This was for my lovely online friend Debs.  She is an amazing textile artist and quilter and sent me this beauty in a wee swap we decided to do.
So Debs thought a mini would be nice for her studio.  I picked out my yummy bundle of Handcrafted by Alison Glass and made this.


I chose to handquilt this gorgeous fabric inspired by the handcrafted nature of the fabric.  Kantha style quilting seemed appropriate to me.  I used Aurifloss divided into 3 strands for a chunky look.  I also sneaked in a few random lines of a bronze metallic by DMC.
So it is now winging it's way to the lovely Debs.  She has seen the photos and hopefully she will love it in the flesh too!  It was a joy to make!
Collette x