Monday, 27 February 2012

dreich again here!

The weather is dreich again here in Scotland. bleugh! :(

I have been soaked already today after a quick nip to the haberdashery shop in Kilmarnock.  Purchased today - felt, small embroidery hoop 4 inch, self cover buttons, bias binding and some needles.

I have a new hand sewing project I think in the pipeline ..... Last week I was rummaging around my sewing desk (an old dressing table nothing fancy at all ) and found these -
My hubby received this patchwork paper piecing template from an older lady he was helping once when I had just begun my quilting journey!  I put it away thinking  I will never use that!!!!!

I get a free brochure from Martingale every so often after I downloaded a book from them.  On the front page of an old copy is this lovely little project using the same shape!
Of course I have to do something with it now.

I have been busy making more suffolk puffs/yo yos and embroidering Jacob's bunting.  Some finishes on these will be uploaded soon!

By the way is my blog working for you all ok? A lovely lady said she was having trouble loading mine the other day and I wondered if it is loading ok for everyone else?  Please let me know so I know I am not talking to myself here....
Collette x

Thursday, 23 February 2012

always learning!

Just a quick post tonight to share two new things I have tried today!  So pleased with myself and enjoyed so much.......

yo yo making (not got the plastic thingy yet so cut out from cardboard a circle used this tutorial by the lovely Heather Bailey.
The smallest was my third try and me beginning to get the hang of it! I love making them and have more planned.  You should have seen hubby's face when I told them they are called yo yos and people made bedspreads from them etc in the 1930s/40s.  Poor guy.  He has to listen to all my sewing madness :(



The second new thing I tried today was needleturn applique.  I have read lots about it but never tried it.  I am currently making this wee table topper but wanted to add more to it, hence the yo yos and applique.  

I really enjoyed the applique and love the way it enhances the wee topper even more! Need to add another small leaf to that flower I think.  


Off to think about hitting the sack now! Goodnight all x

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

bunting and a pink package!

I finished Emma's bunting last night .  I love it! And so does she.  Jacob's is next with the green fabric that I picked up from the post office today.  I got one of those lovely red cards through the door yesterday telling me I wasn't it! (I was) and I could collect it from the PO in 3 hours!  All I can say is sinister as that has happened before!

Anyway wasn't desperate for it thankfully and how prettily packed it was!  Thank you to Emma's Fabric studio - I will be back for sure!

excuse the poor photography, yet again it is dreich here in bonnie Scotland :( 



I think with Jacob's lettering on his bunting I will embroider cut out felt letters then stitch onto the bunting as it such a busy pattern but very cool!  Riley Blake of course.

I am really enjoying making something for the children at the moment but have a ton of other stuff to be doing.  Finishing my table topper for etsy and a custom order for an American lady.  Catching up on blogs.  Figuring out what to do next.  It is never ending! But all good!
Thanks for reading and have a good day! x

Monday, 20 February 2012

For the kids

Hello! Monday and raining again here in Ayrshire :(  This weekend I have been making something for my kids.  Some bunting with their names embroidered on it.


I can't believe how easy bunting is to make!  The time consuming part is the embroidering but I want to practise that anyway so it isn't a chore!

Photos are naff due to lack of sunlight here.  First up is Emma's bunting.  Not finished yet but getting there.  I need to do the embroidery first and then sew the triangles up and attach to my tape ( an old Moda fabrics tie they use on their layer cakes! ).

I haven't started poor Jacob's yet as I don't have very boyish fabric.  I have ordered this from Emma's fabric studio.  Another great UK shop!  I plan to embroider his name to but think I may need to the lettering on a solid square then stitch to the bunting due to the busyness of this fabric.  I love this fabric and it isn't typical boyish but has the stars etc.
FQ0066 Riley Blake Designs

I will post photos of completed bunting but I just wanted to share something I am doing for my kiddos for a change.  :)
Have a great day. x

Thursday, 16 February 2012

My first Jacob's Ladder!

lots of little squares and HST waiting to be sewn!




waiting to be sewn ! 

The finished article - My first Jacob's Ladder block for my wall sampler/hanging for my living room!  I am so chuffed with it!
And a photo of my boy Jacob and sis Emma at the bottom of ...... wait for it ......... Jacob's Ladder one minute from our house.  A very very steep short cut to the top of our town at our end!  We did climb it and excellent views. 



I found this block quite straightforward. I got a little confused with making sure I had the pointy bits of the triangles matched but I managed fine and found this quite, dare I say it, easy?

So thinking of my next block now!  I love the fabrics so far.  Not to everyone taste but I am deliberately going for a classic look for my living room this time.

Thanks for reading.
Collette x

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Valentines sewing.

Happy Valentines day to everyone!  I am a bit of a jaded cynic when it comes to this and my hubby helpfully tells me everyday is valentines day in our house!!!!

My weekend was a bit hectic but more about that another time (it involved a doctor, a puppy and me shaking a lot - don't ask!).

I did get some sewing finished.  A needlebook order for a lovely lady in Australia ( she has not seen it yet so will post photos later).  My table topper four patch chain top done.  Photos will follow!

My personal project is a wall sampler featuring bible inspired quilt blocks and some of the more traditional and perhaps modern one to try and hone my accurate cutting, point matching and accurate seam allowance skills.

The lovely Judith from Rags to Bags wanted to join me in making some of the more Bible inspired blocks.  Feel free to join in if you wish.


At the moment we are trying one a month due to time commitments.  If you manage fine , if not then that is fine too! I was thinking of making a linky thing on the 14th March to show off any of our blocks made?  If you are keen just let me know.

The first block we agreed to try is called Jacob's Ladder.  Based on the Bible story in the old testament of Jacob dreaming of a ladder to heaven.

I don't have a fancy quilt program but mine is v basic so here are the rotary cutting details and block assembly sewing instructions if you wish to give it a go!  I am trying mine out tonight!


These are the rotary cutting instructions for all the patches you need to complete this block.  My quilt program   doesn't allow copy and paste of images ( it's pants and v basic) so I had to take a photo then add text to make it clearer - hope you get the idea.

Next are the block assembly and sewing instructions for the block.  You can use whichever colours/prints you wish but I think the idea is the contrast between light and dark fabric to make the ladder stand out.  Lots of point matching and square cutting!





I know the photos are a bit naff but if you want to have a go I really hope these are straightforward for you! 1/4 inch seam allowance throughout.  I will share my attempt after tonight. x

Monday, 6 February 2012

keeping busy....

What a lovely sunny day it is here in my part of the country!  We did not have any snow at all (thankfully!) although the kids would say otherwise.

Last week was quite a busy sewing week for  me.  I wanted to get on with some things for my etsy shop to stock up again for Spring.  I also wanted to get on with some of my own projects too.

So here are a few pics of what I have been up to .........

Turned the star into a patchwork tea cosy.

Some embroidery floss in a running stitch to enhance the star. 

Little summery coasters for my shop.

more coasters love this fabric.
A four patch chain block ( my first one!) for maybe a table topper?? love this.

I really love my chain block and how it has turned out.  I think I am going to make a little table topper with this and am planning on adding 3 more blocks at the moment and will take it from there!

Hope you like what I have been up to.  The next project I am due to start is my wall sampler for my living room.  I am thinking Jacob's ladder for my first block?? Is this a good idea\?? My son is called Jacob so it will have special meaning for me and also it is based on Jacob's ladder from the Bible.  I will be using the classic fabrics I purchased with my birthday money for this.  Here they are again, still uncut, unfolded and fondled but not cut!

cut us up please!!!!!