Friday, 30 August 2013

How was your week?

Happy Friday everyone and what a quick week it has been here!  On Wednesday I taught my first ever EPP class at a local haberdashery/fabric/wool store.  It went really well!  I am so pleased and the ladies are lovely and very keen.  Phew!

This was our class sample.  We are making the EPP pattern and the cushion cover ( just an envelope closure so nothing too hard).  This week the ladies are choosing their fabrics they would like to use to make their cushion.  I can't wait to see what they all choose!



I hand quilted my cushion because this will eventually be in my house and I wanted to have at least one hand quilted cushion.   

I have also been doing a wee embroidery project in the evening just to relax and take my mind off things in the news and the lead up to my first wee class.  This pattern is from Urban Threads.  I am still unsure about Mr Bee's metallic eyes but the kids like them so they will probably stay!
A wee tip for metallic dmc embroidery floss -  use shorter lengths than normal as it does begin to wear quite quickly going in and out the fabric. 



I have two bee blocks to make for the Hipbees as soon as I can also.  The lovely Fiona sent this gorgeous Amy Butler fabric and has given us freedom of choice to make our own 12.5 inch block!  I love the greens in these fabrics so much!  It will make a beautiful quilt!


Sarah from Sew Me sent gorgeous fabric to make concentric square blocks.  Love the teapots and can't wait to get started on these! 



Time for my second cup of tea of the morning!  Have a great weekend everyone.
Collette x






Tuesday, 20 August 2013

bee blocks and back to school

Hello!  Well my two tikes returned to school last Friday ( weird day to go back I know) which means more sewing time for me!  Hooray!  Both of them seem to be settling in ok.  Just the usual moans and groans about early rises and hard work.

I have managed to finally get my bee blocks done for Nicky who has the month of August as Queenie of Bee a Brit Stingy.  



I have also been working on this cushion cover (for my wee epp class sample). 



And for the ladies coming to my class I have been making some scrappy drawstring bags to give them with some bits and bobs in.  I used Katy's tutorial on the Sizzix blog to make them and they come together so easily and are mega cute! 


That is all from me for now.  Catch up later in the week! 
Collette xx



Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Hello!! A blog post!

Oh my goodness it is not like me at all to not blog for so long.  Apologies to all but things have just been a bit mad around here lately.

The kids are going back to school on Friday ( hallelujah!) so we have been uniform buying, entertaining, visiting relatives and trying to remain sane! lol!

I haven't achieved a huge amount of sewing over the last few weeks.  Just little bits here and there.  I have a baby quilt commission using gorgeous fabrics such as these -


I enjoyed seeing all the photos of the lucky people who managed to get along to the Festival of Quilts.  I wasn't at all envious, honest!  Anyhoo I have a quilting friend who is v keen to go next year so I think we are going to plan a wee expedition!

Inspired by the lovely Lu Summers and her fabulous Improv work, I made a little imrpov block just for fun.  I am needing to replenish my supply of embroidery floss so will be doing that soon.


Oh and did I tell you that I will be teaching english paper piecing to a small group of students?? I asked on facebook if anyone would be interested in a patchwork and quilting class locally and a lovely shop owner in town asked would I like to run a class in her shop!!!  So I will be running a wee course starting at the end of August and am really looking forward to it!  I am understandably nervous as heck but can't wait! 

Collette 



Thursday, 1 August 2013

Fresh Sewing Day!

Hello!  Well it is August already and the first of the month which means it is time to share what I have been working on during the month of July.

I am linking up with the others at Lily's Quilts today.

Tanya's Hipbee block.

An epp block in the making for a custom order cushion cover.

My block for Sibling Together Quilting bee 

Some pouch making for my shop

My block for Jo for Siblings Together quilt bee (July)

Woven blocks for Sheila from Bee a Brit Stingy
Phew ! not a bad month! What have you been up to?
Collette x


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