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

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Fun times!

Yes the Scottish school Summer holidays have been here for several weeks now!  Guess what that means?  Fun times for all!  We have had our holiday away and now have been enjoying some glorious weather at home. 

I have not achieved much sewing at all.  I never do during the Summer hols.  The kids need fed, watered and occasional entertainment. So I tend to be too tired by the evening as well!

I have purchased some lovely fabric and a fantastic little magnetic pincushion.

 I honestly don't know why I have never got one of these before now!  It is a great size, price and super strong! Perfect for the job!

I have managed a little hand quilting the odd evening or so.  This is my hipbees quilt basted and marked for some quilting.  I am loving where this is going!

Anyway just a pop in for now.  Off to do some planning for something fun!
Collette x

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Summer sun and fun!

Hello everyone!  I was on holiday for a short break over the last few days, hence my lack of blog posts.

We rented a beautiful cottage in the Wigtownshire area of Dumfries and Galloway.  We were a five minute walk from a very special area called Luce Bay.  A beautiful beach and bay that has been declared a special area of conservation due to the marine life that resides.

We had stunning weather and the kids and the dog loved every min too!

And just before we left I managed to piece together my beautiful Hipbee quilt blocks!  I can't wait to start hand quilting this one!
Bye for now folks!
Collette x

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Feeling hot hot hot!

Hello!  Summer has arrived in Scotland!  We have had the most glorious spell of weather.  However, us Scots are just not used to such heat so we like to have a wee moan about it too! 
Yesterday I was teaching and the ladies are getting on soooo well.  Here are some pics of some of their work so far.
Next week is our last class and then we stop for our Summer break. We return at the end of August and will be starting an Irish chain quilt using strip piecing techniques!
I hope you are all enjoying this lovely spell of weather too.  Remember the sun cream! x

Friday, 13 June 2014

Geese and yoyos

Well the geese have been flying here and the suffolk puffs puffing!

Two of my ladies showed off their beautiful log cabin baskets filled with colourful yoyo flowers.

I have been working on some end of year teacher gifts involving geese.  These wee flying geese finish at 2 inches by 1 inch and are fun to do! 

They are addictive too. 
Wishing everyone a lovely weekend.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Blooming Summer!

Blooming in a good way of course!  I finally got my Full Bloom wall hanging bound.

This is a class sample for my morning ladies.  We are currently on the Log Cabin basket of Yoyos and they are having fun!

 I hand quilted some of the quilt but didn't want to go overboard as the Applique and piecing speaks for itself.  I used some pearl cotton and some Aurifloss for hand quilting too.  I am so pleased with how it turned out and very excited for my ladies to finish their own creations too.   The flowers and clam shells were influenced by the amazing Jen Kingwell but I added my own touches with the hexagons and diamonds. 

 While working on the EPP pattern by Quirky Granola girl, I had a constant medley of Star Wars music running through my head!  I saw the #patchworkdeathstar on Instagram ( my user name is Poppypoochie if you want to follow me there - you can also see lots of other brilliant deathstars and one using Liberty fabrics!). 

My 9 year old Jacob loves Star wars so I knew I had to make it for him. 

It was a little fiddly in parts due to the curves but I managed and just need to Applique it onto the background fabric. 

And last but not least a Spot approved work in progress.  I tried out some reverse Applique which I found very straight forward ( must be all that needle turn practise!) and added some quilting, then some embroidery and I still have more to go. 

This is one of those little experimental things that I am loving but just going with the flow.  At least the dog approves!
I am off to check the rain has stayed off as I have washing on the line!  Here's hoping!  Till next time.
Collette x

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Lots to share!

What is it about this time of year that seems to make blogging on a regular basis hard?  I think a combination of better weather and kids finishing for Summer soon definately contributes! 

So I have been busy over the last few weeks and just wanted to share some of what I have been making.

Emma has been doing some making all of her own.  You may have heard of these Loom Band things.  They are basically rubber bands which you kind of weave into cool wee bracelets and then wear.

She caught onto it really quickly and has had fun making a few.

I have been doing a fair bit of hand quilting too.  I love all types of hand quilting but for this feather I felt it really needed a fine thread and not perle to achieve the small curves and detail.  So I chose some Aurifil 28wt which is beautiful to work with and gives just enough definition to achieve the quilted look. 
I have also been quite inspired by some of the hand quilted wholecloth quilts of many moons ago and decided to draw my own very small motif to hand quilt.  Here is a pic of the work in progress -

Oh and I purchased a few more pieces of gorgeous Tula Pink fabric.  I am keeping this aside for a summer english paper pieced project.  As you know I love EPP and it is especially great for Summer as it is so portable and no machine is required!

So there you have it!  I think I am all up to date now.  

I am off to do some class preparation.  This will be our last course and then we break up for the Summer hols to return in September again.  

Collette x