Monday, 1 September 2014

Fresh Sewing Day

Fresh Sewing Day 

Hello!  Today my little boy turns 10 and I am also linking up with the beautiful Lynne for Fresh Sewing Day! 

Jings, 10 makes me feel old.  I mean a whole decade!!! Yikes! 

So here are some of the highlights of my August sewing.

I took part in the Big Stitch Swap and made this Dresden plate hand quilted cushion cover for my partner.

Made some bee blocks for Nicky (Bee a Brit Stingy)

 I done some hand quilting on a secret project.
And last but by no means least, my classes started again and my ladies are straight back into things!

What sewing have you been doing over the month of August? You can link up over at Lily's Quilts and read what others have been creating.
Collette x

Monday, 25 August 2014

10 Quilty Little Secrets

13 Spools 

While drinking my morning tea, I noticed my online chum, Jan (Isijem) had confessed to some sordid, little quilty secrets.  So I headed over to read Amy's (the original secret sharer) list and then Mr Sparkles at Molli Sparkles and grabbed the button there too.

So here is my list of quilty confessions -

  1. I love brown.   There I said it!  ( dodging the bullets)
  2. I am not Batik prejudiced.
  3. I can't sew a zipper to save my life!
  4. Once our puppy peed on a quilt block when I was doing a layout on the floor!
  5. I am completely self taught thanks to the wonderful wonders of youtube among other internet tools.  
  6. When I first started quilting I used the cheapest thread you can find and poly wadding - you know the super lofty, cheap as chips stuff!   Nasty!
  7. I will now only use Aurifil threads because they are excellent quality and love Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 batting. 
  8. I will often choose to hand quilt over machine quilting. I prefer the look (gasp!)
  9. I do not iron clothes but will happily press quilt seams ALL DAY!
  10. I cut my own EPP templates as I refuse to buy something when I can make them myself.

Feel free to share your list too! 
Collette x

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Summer holidays are over!

Well it has been a bit too long hasn't it?  I hope I am not talking to myself here in blogland! 

Finally the kids returned to school on Monday, which means more blogging time for me! So I now have a p3 and a p6 - yikes how did that happen?

So this week I return to my normal schedule of housework, sewing and class planning.  Tomorrow we start our new courses.  We are all quite excited and looking forward to more creating and, of course, tea and biccies!  I will be sure to share what the ladies are up to this time around with you all.

Here is some of what I have been up to!

Some secret sewing ( I could tell you but you know, I would have to kill you etc)

Some selfish sewing with these - Aurifloss

I received this gorgeous organiser and scraps from my Big Stitch Swap partner - Allegory who blogs here A Thousand Needles.

And last but not least some mini blocks for Nicky and her beautiful Nordik quilt.  This is going to be a stunner of a quilt!  Take a look at her blog for some progress shots and some the awesome blocks she is making.  She even has made some tutorials to share her great wisdom with us all!!
Off to rescue my washing from the incoming rain.
Collette x

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Coffee, cake and a catch up!

Well yesterday I managed to escape from my beloved children for a few hours.  Colin looked after them while I headed into town to meet up with four of the lovely ladies from my morning quilting class.

We met in a gorgeous little coffee shop called Mamita's and had a little show and tell session too!  Jenny and Elizabeth finished their Full Bloom quilts.  When the course I was teaching finished, they only had some quilting to finish and their binding.

Aren't they beautiful? (please excuse the grainy instagram photos but I didn't take my big girl camera).

This is Jenny's beautiful, fresh Full Bloom wall hanging.

This is Elizabeth's warm, richly coloured hanging.

Elizabeth even added a little ladybird on a leaf to personalise her wall hanging even more! 

I can't tell you how proud I am of these two ladies!  Well all of the people that come to my class.  I still can't believe at times that they want me to teach them! 

So we chatted a great deal about our next course.  The other two ladies are keen to start back again also and we will be learning strip piecing techniques to make a nine patch/Irish Chain quilt!

Watch this space!
Collette x

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Big Stitch Swap finish!

Hooray I have a finish!  A while back I joined the Big Stitch Swap.  This swap was organised by Fairy Face Designs and Fluffy Sheep Quilting.  The objective was to make an item featuring some hand stitching; embroidery, cross stitch, hand quilting - you get the idea!

So after stalking my secret (ssshhh) partner I came up with this;

 A Hand Quilted Dresden plate cushion cover.  I don't want to reveal the back as it may give away who my partner is!  I loved making the Dresden and doing all the hand quilting in perle cotton thread.  It is one of those makes you would quite like to keep for yourself.  I view that as a positive though as it means I have invested my heart and soul in making the item! 

I can't wait to see what I receive from my partner, and will be sure to share it with you as soon as I receive it!  Oh so exciting!

I am mostly up to date with all my Quilting Bee blocks now.  I managed to get a quick Instagram photo of these lovely crosses for Amy at Amy's Crafty Shenanigans.  Amy very kindly posted little pre cut packages to all of the us Hipbee ladies.  This resulted in super speedy bee blocks using gorgeous low volume fabrics. 

I think you will agree that Amy shall have a lovely quilt once all her blocks are back with her!

Tomorrow I am off into town for coffee and cake and a little show and tell with my morning class ladies.  I am hoping they have finished off their Full Bloom wall hangings and I am very excited about sharing their finishes and any new projects with you all!
Collette x

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Feeling hot, hot, hot! and some bee blocks!

That song by the Merrymen (you tube it if you don't know it) has been going round in my little head for weeks!  The hot spell of weather has meant very little sewing but lots of outdoor fun for the kids.

Now that the Scottish Summer is nearly over and the kids are almost back at school, I managed to get a few bits and bobs sewn up.

The lovely Helen is July's Queen Bee in the Hipbees and posted some beautiful, vibrant, Amy Butler Lark fabric!

So using a great tutorial over at Fluffy Sheep Quilting, I got them sewn up yesterday.  They will make an awesome quilt of sparkly stars, won't they?

I managed to get my paws on some of the lovely arrows from the Cotton and Steel fabric everyone has been raving about.  Also some gorgeous thistles by Anna Maria Horner and another piece by her!  Currently I have no idea how I will use them but for now they can just be petted!

So the next few weeks are going to be pretty busy for me.  I have some new classes to plan for.  In the morning we will be making a scrappy Irish Chain quilt and learning about strip piecing.  In the afternoon we will be tackling patchwork tote bags! 

I have also been working on my Big Stitch Swap goody for my lovely partner.  Being me it involves hand quilting and a lovely big Dresden plate.  That is all I am telling for now!

Oh and Emma and I made our free gift from the first issue of Quilt Now.  She really enjoyed this and it was a quick, easy, fun make with everything you need in the little kit.  The magazine is pretty awesome too.  A really good read with so many gorgeous photos and great ideas!  I particularly enjoyed the first reader's review (wink, wink) and am looking forward to seeing who is up next and what they have been testing!  It is good to read reviews by people who have actually used the product and came to their own conclusions.

So now I must leave you for a much needed cup of tea and biccie.  I will leave you with a photo of Emma and her wacky sense of humour!
Collette x

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Are you a Star Wars fan?

If so then I recommend you head over to Quirky Granola Girl's blog for her awesome pattern for an English Paper Pieced Death Star.  Yes, you heard that right, a Patchwork Deathstar!!

I found out about this through the wonders of Instagram ( you can follow me @poppypoochie).  My boy ( like so many) adores all the Star Wars films and was super excited when I suggested I make him one. 

He is now the proud owner of his very own Patchwork DeathStar cushion!

I quilted the cover using my favourite grey (2605) Aurifil 50wt thread.  It is a great shade of grey and has lasted me for ages!  I think the colour works very well with grey background fabric.  This is a Painter's Canvas by Laura Gunn in Slate. 

Now my Emma has put in an order, but not for a DeathStar.  She wants a butterfly!

Collette x