Friday, 23 December 2011

Merry Christmas!

Hello and sorry to all my readers for my lack of posts lately.  As I am sure is the case with us all, I have been flat out lately.  Finishing orders for friends and family.  Attending various school/nursery events for Christmas.  Being ill with the cold then tending to kids with it.  Then getting it again!  Round and round it goes.

At the moment, under my chin, I have managed to acquire some delightful light facial hair (????), no idea why or how and also a jowelly??? neck.  I am unsure if this is due to a permanent sore throat or just fat?  or hormonal?  Anyway this is making me feel a bit old and ugly.

Thank goodness for sewing projects to keep me busy.  I recently finished this for a friend.   I really hope she likes it, her husband won't let her see it until Christmas day as it is her Christmas pressie from him!

 excuse the abandoned animals on the floor!  I hadn't tidied up.  The runner is 2m long!

My daughter before her nursery concert at the local church hall.


Anyway after the New Year it shall be business with blogging as usual!  A merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone.  Have a wonderful time and talk soon. xxxxx

Sunday, 4 December 2011

nice and cosy!


Finally got these pics uploaded!  I made these cute tea cosies for a dear friend at church.  She needed a small one and one for her larger teapot.  The small white is quite a standard cosy but made to size for her teapot.

The larger red one is based on her old tea cosy.  It is such a cool design.  The sides are open for the handle and the spout and the top comes together with an elastic fabric covered band.  At the bottom is a circular wooden base.  It is fab as it takes any size teapot almost and can be adjusted to size with the band at the top!

I think this may become my future tea cosy design!  One size fits all!

Hope you like these cosies.

Friday, 2 December 2011

too long!

I am so sorry I haven't posted in ages.  This week the weather has been whacky here with gales, torrential rain and hail which I think has caused Three some network problems here.  Hence my reason for not getting online as I use my mobile as a modem for my PC.  

I have been busy making a few tea cosies and almost finishing the table runner, placemat set I have been working on.  Etsy has been awfully slow but I have had plenty to keep me going with custom orders and my own projects!  

Hoping to get caught up on all your lovely blogs tomorrow morning ( no school rush etc) and get some photos posted of those tea cosies and such like!  Oh and I just realised I have missed Lily's quilts small blog meet!!!!! Argh maybe tomorrow. :(( 
Lots of love
Collette xxxx

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

not enough hours!

Do you ever feel like there just aren't enough hours in the day?  To sleep, eat, sew, look after small children, chase pesky cats(mine!),  clean, launder clothes, and then do it all again the next day!

I have quite a bit going on just now.  The kids have been full of colds which is hindering my sewing action but they are the priority so I don't mind too much.

The main thing I am working on is a custom order for a friend for a table runner with 8 placemats and coasters.  This is a very sneaky peek of what I have been doing so far. Can't share it all at the moment.  She chose the fabrics and I suggested aqua but I want the rest to be a surprise.


These are corners of the blocks that make up the table runner.  They are derived from a nine patch/disappearing nine patch block which my friend likes the random effect of.  The runner is a whopping 2 metres long. Large table!  I am adding 2 inch borders all round in the plain ruby red Stof cotton.

I am very pleased with how it is looking.  It is a bit wrinkly here, needing ironed again!

I also received my fabric for my biblical block wall sampler quilt.  I am planning to crack on with this after the New Year.  Judith from Rags to Bags wants to make some too and a friend of hers.  So I was thinking of making it a wee quilt along with a flickr group.  Nothing too hard or fancy so let me know if you would want to do this.

I love these fabrics!  They will be great colours in my living room.  They are quite grannyish but I like old fashioned fabrics as well as all the gorgeous modern prints.  They are classic and hope they won't date.  A lot of the biblical blocks I have come across use small squares and triangles so the prints will be quite broken up which I think will be nice.   What you think?

Sorry if I haven't been keeping up to date with all your lovely blogs.  I am trying but time is slipping away from me just now!
Love Collette xxx

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

The best laid plans!

Well what a day I had yesterday!  Planned on doing a whole lot of cutting and sewing with the wee one at nursery.  Only to be informed nursery was cancelled due to no heating in the building.  Booo.

We returned home and about half an hour later my little Emma comes screaming through from the kitchen shouting; "is it gonna bleed, is it gonna bleed?". She hates blood.  She whacked her head on the table and had a cut eyelid and big bruise and lump forming on the other side of her forehead!  Of course I panicked and was all set to head for A + E at 100mph but thankfully hubby kept me sane and we got it sorted!  Thanks to the lovely nurse at the local surgery.

Anyway wee one is fine and dandy now thankfully.  I am just super cautious at every run and jump just now in case another messy accident occurs!!  You would think I hadn't dealt with this sort of thing before. :(

So sewing ......... never happened understandably.  However, I managed a little cutting of my own last night with them safely tucked up in bed.

I am making a table runner for a friend from all of this gorgeous fabric.  Cutting loads and loads of 5 inch squares.  Around 40 done so far!

Ruby Red – Plain CottonScandinavian Birds & Trees – RedScandinavian Birds & Trees – Red On WhiteJust Wing It – Stripe TomatoEssential Spots RedAqua Pure Organic Cotton
There will be plain white in the mix too.  These are just lovely aren't they? Looking forward to seeing it come together.  Heading off to catch up on all your lovely blogs now!
Collette x

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Full of plans!

Hello everyone!

Sorry I haven't posted since last week but things have got pretty busy round here!  I finished a Christmas stocking order last week and am just about finished another.  I have also been busy making some placemats which I will share once completed.

Oh and it was my birthday on Friday!  36 years young and as Colin, my other half, helpfully informed me, I am closer again to 40 than I am to 30!! Got to love husbands eh?

So I was very fortunate to get some money for my birthday.  And guess what I didn't blow it all on fabric!  I was sorely tempted to look into buying an Accuquilt Go baby thingy but decided I wouldn't use it enough.  So I bought some clothes AND ordered some fabric and bits and bobs I needed.

I have great plans with the fabric.  I have never made a sampler quilt so I am going to make a small one for my living room wall. I thought it would be nice to try some Biblical inspired blocks so I am going to try some of these out - I will be using different colours to these but they just give you an idea of the blocks I am planning;
Crown of Thorns Block
crown of thorns
Jacob's Ladder quilt block Garden of Eden quilt block Walls of Jericho quilt block
These are some of the easier ones I plan on trying out first.  I may alternate them with something simpler, I am undecided yet.

And the fabrics I have chosen are classic prints -

Sara's Stash 11 (per 1/4 metre)  Sara's Stash 12 (per 1/4 metre)  Sara's Stash 13 (per 1/4 metre)  Sara's Stash 14 (per 1/4 metre)

Sara's Stash 15 (per 1/4 metre)  Sara's Stash 16 (per 1/4 metre)  Sara's Stash 17 (per 1/4 metre)  Sara's Stash 18 (per 1/4 metre)
Sara's Stash 20 (per 1/4 metre)


So what do you think?  I am really looking forward to getting my teeth stuck into this one I must admit!  Photos of fabric as soon as it arrives!
Collette x

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Fresh Sewing Day October gone!

Ok this is the first time I have linked up with Lynne and the gang at Lily's quilts for fresh sewing day.  I have to share what I have achieved over the month of October!  Unusually for me, quite a lot.  I set up my etsy shop and started making for other people.


 Embroidering names for the first time for Christmas stockings!  I love the look of them.










I finished this table runner.  I love the colours, the prints and the hand quilting and the binding!
 More embroidery practise.  Little snowflakes.
 A Christmas stocking for my shop.  I love the pinwheel
block and I would just love to put a pair of these
on my feet! So cosy.

 A few quilt blocks for Judith and her lovely friends for the Bee Blessed bee.
 A sneak peek at an order for a friend I received. I just love the gingerbread fabric and the dots! I am loving making these too.
A small fabric order to add to my stash and get making some more lovely items.

I am NEVER this busy with sewing normally so it is nice to have some items to share with you.  Going to look at what all you other lovely people have been up to!
Bye for now and we will see what November holds.
Collette x

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

eye candy!

Don't you just love it when you get a fabric delivery?  I got this in the post yesterday from Prints to Polka dots as recommended by Lucy at Charm about you ( thanks mrs!). You asked what I got Lucy so here is my first delivery from them!



from left to right -

Riley Blake's Christmas candy for an order for 4 christmas stockings for a friend.

Butterflies on green Freespirit ( don't know yet!)

Joel Dewsberry Manzanita branch(tea cosy???)

Michael Miller Bite me apples on lime ( love the name of this fabric). Placemats???

French journal collection Michael Miller Posh Paisley celery and blue (teacosy and coaster sets for christmas gifts).

Love it all and can't wait to get started!

Monday, 24 October 2011

Do you floss?

Happy Monday everyone!! What a week I have had.  The kids have been off on their October break from school and nursery resulting in lots of mess, fights, and cuddle sessions on the couch with mum!

I haven't got much sewing done as a result.  No FMQ with Cindy and the gang this week for me :(( I just don't trust myself with two kids running around a crazy free motion quilting mum on the sewing machine!

So I got out the embroidery floss and opted for a gentler, more soothing way to stitch but watch the kiddos at the same time!

photo taken at night with flash hence mega brightness!



So I wanted to try a little Christmas decoration but didn't want to copy one straight from the Doodle stitching book.  So I designed my own little snowflake and opted for some bright floss.

I used a "split stitch" and straight stitch for this little piece and a blanket stitch round the edge( I need to practise those!).

I do have to say that I have fallen in love with embroidery and the book has totally demystified the process to me!  Last night I tried embroidering the names of some kids for some stockings I have a wee order for.  They are looking great and are not hard at all.  You just have to take your time and be patient and neat.

I am sure I will be using lots more embroidery in the quilts I produce from now on!
This little decoration has been claimed for our Christmas tree already by the kids!
Collette xxxxx

Thursday, 20 October 2011

my new table runner!

Evening! 

I have been on the PC waaaay too long tonight.  Today the kids and I spent the day indoors and while they played together (without much bloodshed!) I cracked on and hand stitched the back of the binding on this little beauty!



Isn't she lovely?? I adore this fabric and all the colours and put a great amount of work into this table runner.  I have added it to my etsy shop.  I am so tempted to keep it for myself though!  But I won't.  

So I have been working hard finishing it off and thinking about what to make next.  I must say I am having fun with the shop and meeting lots of new people.  Some of the work on there is absolutely amazing.  So many talented people!  

So tomorrow is Free motion Friday with Cindy at Fluffy sheep quilting!  I haven't practised yet :((( I think I have been putting it off because it is this; 
Not looking forward to trying it out I have to say but will try and cram a wee session in tomorrow!  

Anyway off for more tea.  
Bye for now. x
Collette 

Monday, 17 October 2011

doodle stitching book review

Hi there!  A few weeks ago I received this lovely book promptly after ordering it off Amazon.

I eagerly opened and anticipated reading this lovely book on the same night and the night after that!  I promised Rebecca @ Making Rebecca Lynne  that I would do a wee review of the book.

So here I am.  Now I am no book reviewer!  I am a quilter so bear with me.  But I have some photos and some things to say about it.

  • Firstly this is an absolutely beautiful book.  So pretty to look at.  The colours are gorgeous, the designs the photos.  Very pleasing to my eye!
  • At the start of the book is an excellent stitch library of the basics and lots of pages on the tools needed and basics for starting out.  I love how Aimee demystifies embroidery and makes it so accessible for those who have never done it before! 
Excuse the poor photo and kids animals!  The page flipped over!

There are many projects in this book and ones which I would actually try out!  You know what some of these books are like and some of the ideas you just would never try or have the required stuff.  

Well many of these are different and really interesting such as ; did you know you can embroider balsa wood??? Me neither but Aimee does!




Gorgeous!
After the projects come the 400 odd motifs.  These are clear and can be traced  or photocopied.  The best bit is a handy cd with motifs on it.  These can be modified on your computer and printed off etc.  It is a brilliant addition to the book and means you can resize the motifs easily and add embellishments and change things around!  Super!




Phew!  I may have rambled on so apologies but I highly recommend this book for anyone who would like to give embroidery a go but wants to have fun with it.  Aimee's work is stunningly beautiful.  I aspire to be as good as her one day!  

I have yet to get my bits and bobs organised but will be sure to share some of what I create with you asap! 
Hope you enjoyed Rebecca. 
Love Collette x