Monday, 23 December 2013
Anyway I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a peaceful, Happy New Year. I am sure I will pop in between Christmas and New Year but thought I should be all official like and send a lovely message to all my lovely readers.
Love Collette x
Friday, 20 December 2013
Yesterday Emma turned 7 and had her school Christmas party. She was as high as a kite when she got home and slept like a log!
On Wednesday we had our last patchwork class of the year. I can't believe how well these ladies have done. They are doing so well, so motivated and produce beautiful things. I can't wait until the New Year when we get to move on to our next project! Here are a few of their Christmas cushions they produced. Aren't they lovely pinwheels?
I received these lovely gifts from my class too. I was so touched!
Lily's Quilts) and now have to design a quilt using this precut stack by the fabulous designer, Malka Dubrawsky to contribute to the awesome Fat Quartely precuts issue. This is seriously beautiful!
|For Siblings Together.|
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Thursday, 5 December 2013
First up are some flying geese called Migration for the lovely Charlotte at Displacement Activity. Charlotte is queenie for our Bee a Brit Stingy month and I can't wait to see all these blocks of geese together!
Meanwhile over at our Siblings Together Quilting Bee, Hannah has been thinking about butter and chose a giant (20 inch) churn dash block to make with some beautiful Moda fabric. I think this range is Pot Luck by American Jane.
Today has been crazy crazy weather here. Gales this morning, sunshine and calm, then hail and now snow/sleet! Fortunately my lovely in laws offered to pick the kids up so I don't need to do my 15 minute walk to school ( that is just one way!) today.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013
Friday, 22 November 2013
So last night I was happily drawing out applique templates for my Green Tea and Sweet Beans project. I drew them all out and planned to laminate them then use Sarah Fielke's great method of making great circles. ( Check out Craftsy for her class on this).
A word of advice - DO NOT USE THIS PEN TO DRAW TEMPLATES IF YOU ARE THEN GOING TO RUN THEM THROUGH A HOT LAMINATOR - guess what happened??? You are correctomundo! (vanished! yep).
My solution was to put the sheet in the freezer like a maniac willing the lines to come back and they did ( it tells you on the back of the pack about how this works). So I managed to save them. Not the end of the world but a funny story of yet more of my dorkiness!
Here is the rest of my week in pics -
|Hipbees block for Reene|
|Green Tea and Sweet Beans|
|essential fabric order (oh yes!)|
|Christmas colours for patchwork class next week|
Thursday, 14 November 2013
Wednesday, 13 November 2013
There is even one by me! My Winter Trees table runner using the most gorgeous Winter's Lane Christmas fabric.
Here is a sneak peek and the full instructions and requirements are in Fat Quarterly Issue 15.
It is an honour and exciting to have my wee runner featured among all the other fab projects.
This is my first Christmas make and I am sure it won't be my last one.
What have you been working on for Christmas?
Friday, 8 November 2013
Is it just me or are the weeks getting faster and faster????
Before we know it the C word will have arrived - again!
My class are almost finished their mini quilts and they are looking gorgeous.
I have been working on my green tea and sweet beans in the evening too. It is so relaxing and I now have two lozenger blocks!
So that is the latest from me. What have you been working on this week?
Friday, 1 November 2013
Wednesday, 30 October 2013
Here are some of my current works in progress. I have others but haven't made enough progress on them to warrant a photo.
The first pic is the front of a Christmas cushion cover. Some of the ladies in my current class has suggested that they may like to make a Christmas project next and I thought it would be a great chance to try out a quilt block such as a pinwheel. A great intro to half square triangles !
This will be a class sample when finished and is using Quilter's Linen and the remains of a Winter's Lane charm pack from Moda.
The light block is the Wedding chain block and the two littlies are propeller blocks. Cute aren't they?
Thursday is about Bee blocks. I hope to get caught up and have photos to share on Friday!
What are you currently working on at the moment?
Friday, 25 October 2013
|WALL HANGING CATEGORY|
This wall hanging is a tribute to all things hand pieced, hand quilted and embroidered. I used English Paper piecing to piece the dresden plate in bright Kona solids.
I then decided to fill the centre of the petals with a purple seed embroidery stitch. This was done during the summer in my garden! I then hand appliqued the dresden onto a crisp white cotton background.
This wall hanging just evolved as I went along and was asking for some perle cotton hand quilting next. I chose colours to blend with the petals and used a large Kantha style hand quilting stitch to add that wonderful textured look.
|18.5 x 18.5 inches|
The background again asked for hand quilting so I obliged by adding straight(ish!) lined Kantha style quilting which took a while but was so worth it. Anyone that knows me knows how much I love hand quilting and english paper piecing and how very relaxing I find it.
I bound with a delicate green floral print binding which echoes the dresden !
So there you have it! My tribute in wall hanging form to all the types of handwork I love and am passionate about. It will hang proudly in my living room wall.
I am really enjoying seeing all the inspirational work shared in Blogger's Quilt Festival. It is such fun to see what everyone has made and to share in this way too. Thank you to Amy for an awesome festival and for taking the trouble to host it and organise generous sponsors!
Please do take a look at all the categories as there is some amazing work there.
And if you are visiting from the Festival well hello and welcome!!! I am so pleased to meet you! x
Thursday, 24 October 2013
So thankfully the clocks change this weekend which I think means lighter mornings but evenings will be darker earlier, boooooooo. But the best thing??? An extra hour in bed. Sheer luxury! Can't wait! Can you?
I treated myself to a little gift today.
I am eagerly awaiting it's arrival in the next few days. I shall be postie stalking! So does anyone have this pattern? Has anyone made this quilt?? I would be very keen to hear from you and for you to share your experience.
As you know I love hand work so I think I am going to love this!
I have been working on a commission for a baby quilt this week in between teaching my class. The customer asked for a progress shot so here is a sneaky peek for you. The lady chose the colour schemes and fabrics with my assistance of course!
edited to add**** new fabric shop Lisnaweary Quilts is offering free UK shipping until midnight Monday 28th October.******
I am off to welcome the dog and OH back from their walk and make tea, but not green!
Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Le Challenge and there is more info about it here. This months challenge is stripes so I have got my thinking cap on for something stripey!
Hoping to share progress on what I make with you all as soon as I have an idea!!
Monday, 14 October 2013
BUT it may sound bizarre but I love the connection with the past that handwork brings. When I sit and do English paper piecing or hand quilting or embroidery I can't help but think of all the women and men in the past who have done the same. Those who had to out of necessity, who did so for a livelihood, for pleasure and practicality.
So think of it as a kind of tribute to all things hand stitched!
Thursday, 10 October 2013
I got to play with some Oakshott over the weekend. Isn't it lovely? So soft and unique and the colours are just stunning.
I ate a healthy breakfast on Monday..... a large iced apple turnover yummmmm
Thursday, 3 October 2013
My first mini quilt class was on Wednesday and went really well. We had one new lady and the previous group from my EPP class. This is the class sample of the size of quilt we will be making and charm sized squares. The ladies have chosen some gorgeous fabrics which I will reveal soon!