Friday, 29 June 2012

time for a break!

Hello!  Well I won't be here for a week as we head down to St Annes for a coastal family holiday.  We will be staying Saturday until Saturday.  The kids are super excited and have the week planned out already!

So have a lovely week.  I will still have my phone for Twitter updates and such like!




Collette x

Thursday, 28 June 2012

I am hip (apparently!)

The secret is out!


I am hip!  Apparently!  Honest!  So hip in fact that I have been invited to join an awesome group of ladies for my first ever quilting bee.  


hipBees


We are a UK Bee and our groovy members are -

Tanya - Second Chance Tan - http://sewasecondchance.blogspot.co.uk/
Rachel - Mamma Fairy Sews - http://mammafairysews.blogspot.co.uk/
Karen - Lisnaweary Quilts - http://lisnaweary-quilts.blogspot.co.uk/
Renee - Nellie's Niceties - http://nelliesniceties.blogspot.co.uk/
Lynz - Domestic Light and Magic - http://domesticlightandmagic.blogspot.co.uk/
Catherine - Sew Wonderful Life - http://sewonderfulife.blogspot.co.uk/


Our mama is -
Di - Willowbeck Designs - http://willowbeckdesigns.blogspot.co.uk/


I am super excited about being involved in this Bee of very talented ladies.  I am looking foward to getting to know everyone better and even possibly meeting some in real life.  

We officially begin in August when our first Queen Bee will be Renee at Nellie's Niceties!  How fun.

So my news is no longer a secret and the Hipbees are officially go!  

Collette x


Tuesday, 26 June 2012

lots of buzzing around!

Good morning!  Well the sunshine is still here but for how long???? I have one at school and one off nursery today with a suspected cold.  Croaky voice.  I said you sound like a frog when she joined us in bed and she replied, 'I'm not a frog, I am not even green and I don't eat flies!'.   Love it!! she is so funny!


Some photos today of another Rose Star block completed and some tentative fabric choices for my next.  While England where playing on Sunday ( sorry guys!)  I cut out over 200 paper pieces for piecing while on holiday next week.  You know for those quieter times in the evening when the kids are asleep.


I am really, really enjoying making these!  I love all the different steps to English paper piecing and the overall effect of these is just gorgeous! 

I also made a recent purchase from the lovely Village Haberdashery shop.  Great packaging and lovely fabrics.  

I was boring and just got some Quilter's Linen in grey but I love this for backgrounds and can't wait to try it out!   You may also see I have bought a zip!!  I have never tried inserting a zipper so I plan to try making a little pouch out after our break.  I will be using a great tutorial in the retreat issue of Fat Quartely ezine.  Click on the link for more info.  It is worth the pennies! 

Oh yes and more Aurifil because it rules and is excellent value!! 


On Thursday I shall have some exciting news to share with you all so stay posted for that!  I can't wait! 
Collette xxxx




Saturday, 23 June 2012

a busy few days

Morning! Isn't the weather yuck?  Yesterday Emma had her nursery day trip to, wait for it................ Girvan!   It is a coastal town about an hour from where we live and it was raining!  But we made the most of it and all the kids enjoyed the coach ride and the lifeboat centre.  It was too wet for the park but the guys at RNLI  

great and spent ages with the kids.  We went onto the lifeboat which was fun and had a demo of how their uniforms work and the kids loved it when one of the men donned his full suit and jumped in the water and set off his flares.  They demanded an encore and he did it again much to their delight!!  It was v interesting and the kids enjoyed.

I didn't do any sewing at all yesterday as I was pooped with the travelling.  On Thursday I managed to finish this prototype of a bag pattern I bought via etsy.  A great way to use scraps up and I will be taking this on holiday with me once I dethread it!!


I also got this cool little lunch box for my paper piecing projects.  I love it and it is perfect for mobile piecing or just in the home and keeps everything together as I tend to get quite messy and spread out everywhere.


Have a great Saturday and weekend and hope no one gets too affected by this terrible rain! 
Collette x

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

work in progress wednesday

Hello!  Today I link up with work in progress Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and Quiltsy.   Just a few photos of what has been going on in my house.


WIP Wednesday at Freshly PiecedQuiltsy WiP


Paper piecing ( more to come )



trying out a new bag pattern with scraps first before I use the precious stuff!


The table resembles my mind at the moment!

hand quilting!



Thanks for looking! 
Collette x

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

the sun is out!

Today it is sunny and yesterday it was sunny!  So we got the grass cut yesterday and some tidying up.  I have been getting back into paper piecing again in a big way the last week or so.

I found this excellent Rose Star tutorial and eagerly began at the weekend and completed one!  I already have the fabric cut out and ready to piece for no 2 in different fabrics.

My Emma has been finding a use for my fabric scraps as well!


I think the curtains were still drawn in this photo!


Off to get Jacob off the school bus!  Join me for work in progress Wednesday tomorrow at Freshly Pieced

Collette x



Saturday, 16 June 2012

handquilting

Happy Saturday!  It is wet and miserable here today and I have been trying to keep on top of the laundry to no avail :(  However, chores done, cup of tea and kids occupied so time to catch up on the computer.

I spent most of yesterday (while Emma played) hand quilting this little mini I have made for myself.




I am never very sure of my hand quilting to be honest.  I see a lot of modern quilters do quite chunky stitching which I love the look of but I also really enjoy getting small stitches like in the little stars on the border.  I taught myself via some online tutorials and use the rocking method which is traditional.  I love the look of it and, yes, time consuming but worth it for the cute look! 

I have also pieced the start of my wonky stars table runner but think I may need a border.  I was thinking maybe pieced squares of all the fabric featured or plain I am not sure.  Any thoughts???

I love the dramatic look of this and reckon I will be machine quilting to echo the stars maybe! 


Have a lovely weekend everyone!
Collette x

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

work in progress Wednesday

       Quiltsy WiP



Today I link up with Lee over at her Freshly Pieced blog for work in progress Wednesday and the Quiltsy blog.

For a change I actually have some works in progress!  I have been busy making a cute little wall hanging for above my sewing desk and machine.  These are spool blocks made from this tutorial which simplifies the process.  I am adding a brown border then planning on hand quilting.  I love how cute this looks and it uses up scraps well too!








I have also been working on a new table runner and opted for a wonky star block which goes together really quickly!  I love them so much.  Mrs Sylvania approves! 

I must be having my brown phase or something as I seem to be using lots of it at the moment! 

The last thing I want to share is not strictly in progress but will be turned into something soon I reckon if I can bear to cut into it. 

Love this ! 





Tuesday, 12 June 2012

some lovely things

Hello! I hope everyone of you had a lovely weekend.  For once I actually got out somewhere without the kids on Saturday.  My mum in law took me to a craft fair in Troon and then for a coffee and cake afterwards.  It was great and I felt like I had been let out for the day!

I got this gorgeous felt pincushion from the fair for a bargain price.  V underpriced in my opinion but I love it!



I have been making a little wall hanging mini quilt for above my sewing machine.  The fabulously talented VeryKerryBerry has been making spool blocks and inspired me to make these. 


Tonight I hope to add a border, baste and quilt then bind!  Each block is around 6 x 6 inches so it is small but cute! 

Finally I received this fab package from the lovely Alice at Backstitch today.  I only ordered yesterday!! 

My first ever Flea Market Fancy fabric by Denyse Schmidt and half a metre of Klona plain white cotton.  

I LOVE the flea market! 


Thanks for reading! 
Collette x





Thursday, 7 June 2012

topsy turvy

What a morning!  I am the queen of being harassed!  The kids were up a little later this morning so that threw me off my routine!  I have only had one cup of tea and just had a shower now that Emma is at nursery.  I feel topsy turvy!

On the plus side last night I got out the AMH (Anna Maria Horner) and decided to go for a wonky star.  I will make my next one a little wonkier but I love how this turned out.  It shows off the fabric but not overkill.



I also got more of these little camera cases finished and in my Etsy shop.  I adore these fabrics so much.  Especially the Quilt Blocks!  Love the American Jane School days too though.  

excuse my cooker hood in the background :)



Off for some hot tea and a jammie wagon wheel!! 
Collette x


Tuesday, 5 June 2012

A lovely weekend!

Good morning and welcome back to all the Fat Quarterly retreaters!  I am loving reading all your updates and would love to go next year if there is another!

We had a busy weekend here in sunny Ayrshire.  We had nice weather and a bbq at Church on Sunday to celebrate the Jubilee.  There was much fun had by all and yummy burgers!

I visited my parents yesterday and had the joy of a very travel sick Jacob.  Sick on the way there and yes, sick on the return too.  That was with travel sick wrist bands on and the tablets don't seem to work for my two.  Or maybe I just haven't found the right ones yet :(

Lots of cutting done last night under the watchful eye of this little piggy!



I have discovered PicMonkey so have been mucking about with my photos.   I cut four lots of camera cases last night from my awesome Keyka Lou camera case pattern.   I love the new quilt blocks range of fabric from Moda.  Gorgeous prints and colours. 

The bottom pic is my Anna Maria Horner fabric I have been pondering for a while.  I am stuck to be honest.  The plan when I purchased the fabric was to make a disappearing nine patch table runner.  Now I don't know.  The fabrics are very busy and I have cut them all in preparation for the nine patch so have lots of 5 inch squares. 

I don't know whether I just go for it or break it up with this mellow yellow solid as the prints are busy????? Any advice greatly appreciated! 



Friday, 1 June 2012

Fresh sewing day

Fresh sewing day by Poppy&Poochie
Fresh sewing day, a photo by Poppy&Poochie on Flickr.




Lily's Quilts


Hello everyone and today I am linking up with all the lovely folk at Lily's quilts for fresh sewing day.  We show what we have been working on over the last month or so on the first of each month. 


I just completed and posted off my pinwheel mini quilt secret partner swap item last Friday!  The little pincushion was an extra I sent along with some fabric. 


I have been experimenting with some patterns by Keyka Lou.  These are awesome and easy to follow and you can sell your creations too!  I made this cute Washi fabric mini grocery tote with pomegranate Klona lining.  


The camera cases are something I am really enjoying creating at the moment.  The colour combos are endless!  The blue chevron has sold already and I have a lovely order for the green chevron fabric.  The new fabrics feature some of the Quilt blocks lines from Moda. 


I made a jubilee t shirt for Jacob for his party at school yesterday too. I have been thinking of what to make for my next table runner.  So got out the graph paper and am obsessed with chevrons!!! Half square triangles may be in order! 


Thanks for looking! x