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

Friday, 14 October 2011

Free Motion Friday

Well on Wednesday night I thought I better brave the darning foot and try more free motion quilting. I am linking up with Cindy and friends over at Fluffy Sheep Quilting for these tutorials and practice sessions.   After my wave disaster I was keen to give drop art a go.  I learnt a few things.....................


  • I need lots of thread! 

  • I have a tendency to get carried away so need to try to go a little slower however, this is when my stitch size gets bad!
  • I enjoy curves!  I have a bad habit of making things kind of squint!

  • Practice, practice, practice little and often I think to save my shoulders and back!
So here are my efforts this week.  I can't remember which is front and back and the green is my first attempt and black my second attempt ( which I think is worse).  I used the contrasting colours so the quilting shows up. 



Now something beautiful to look at!
Unique TREE felt flower brooch with freeform hand embroidery
Gorgeous brooches in this lady's wonderful etsy shop! I fell in love with everything! x

Monday, 10 October 2011

Bee Blessed

http://judith-ragstobags.blogspot.com/p/bee-blessed.html

Happy Monday everyone!  I have had a quiet sewing weekend.  Not been doing much sewing at all but lots of thinking about it!  Last week I made 2 blocks to send off to Judith and her quilting bee above in Belfast.

I am so happy to be help out such a great cause.  If you click on the link all the info about how to get involved and the history of it is there.  Basically Judith and a group of her quilting friends ask quilty bloggers to help by making a certain type of block ( she usually provides a tutorial) and then donating one or two which are then combined into full size quilts and gifted to families and individuals in need.

I just love this idea and am so glad to be able to use my ability in quilting to share the love of Jesus in some way.  Love in action!

If you wish to be involved then hope on over to Judith's blog Rags to Bags and click on the Bee Blessed link at the top of the page.  If I can make these blocks then anyone can and I even matched the points!!!! I think I felt the pressure knowing what I was making them for!

Friday, 7 October 2011

Extreme quilting, free motion Friday week 1

Ok so last night I tried it!  What you may ask?  Free motion quilting!  My husband was baffled as I tried to explain that it is like drawing with your sewing machine (kind of).  He has called it EXTREME QUILTING!!! I love it.

I am linking up with some lovely people and Cindy over at Fluffy Sheep Quilting where we are all learning this technique together.  There are no ties just join in when you wish using the helpful video tutorials, lots of practice from Friday to Friday, then bravely blog your efforts and link up on the following Friday!!!

So here are mine .................
It was my one and only attempt I had time for so please be gentle with me!

FRONT


BACK!!!

Please ignore the brown thread at the back, it was a scrap piece of fabric I used.  Now I actually really enjoyed this! I didn't expect to but I loved the freedom.  It certainly looks nothing like it should but hey ho it was fun. 
A few things I noticed to point out -
  • My stitching looks better on the front than the back.  On the longer stitches on the front you can really see how off the tension appears at the back.  
  • It is hard to maintain consistent stitch length and speed!  
  • I kept forgetting this was FREE MOTION and not a set stitch.  I also kept forgetting to put my darning foot down! 
How did everyone else get on? I am linking up with Cindy's blog and off to have a look at some other efforts which will all be way better than mine, but at least I had fun!  Looking forward to trying the next tutorial.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

A productive morning!

What a horrible, miserable day it is here.  A day to be in the house!  I have been busy. At last found some energy to sew again.  So cut, ironed and attached the front of my binding to my table runner all with the wee one at nursery!   I am so pleased.



The back is by no means perfect but needs a little wash and quick tumble dry and should be fine I am hoping.

So tonight I hope to hand sew most of the back of that binding!

That is if I can stop myself from throwing myself into this ..............................

I knew what it was straight away of course!
Woohoo!  Arrived after only 2 days on super saver free delivery as well.  So I cannot wait to delve into this.  I will, of course, be reporting back on what I think of it.  Although I am sure I am going to love it.  I can feel it in my bones!

Does anyone else get a kind of nervous anticipation when they get a new craft book or the latest copy of British P & Q? Like I want to read it but can't bear to have read it and be done with it????? Or maybe I am just strange!

Monday, 3 October 2011

doodle do!


I came across this book via another blog (I can't remember which one) and thought the embroidery looked so cute.  I have ordered it and am very excited about receiving it!!!!!  I have a basic needlework book but to be honest the explanations for the stitches are not the clearest.  I used them to muck about with this - 










Some basic embroidery practice on cotton.  I used a snail trail stitch for the trunk and a not very good stem stitch.  Still loads to do and practice!  

Also I finished these blocks for my wee girl's 9 patch quilt -
A daisy stitch for the hat, red french knots for the flowers and a made up stitch for the shoes!  


Done and ready to be sewn into the other blocks eventually!

I have been mucking about with my old digital camera (and not getting annoyed, honest),  so hope these photos are a bit clearer.

Oh well, son is due in from school in 7 minutes so I best go and mentally prepare for the noise!
Love Collette xx