Thursday, 26 September 2013

proud as punch

Well yesterday my lovely ladies finished their EPP cushions and aren't they lovely?




I love how different they all are!  The bottom is very autumnal looking!  The ladies did so so well and for one it was her first time using a machine (when making the cushion!).  I really felt pleased when she got such satisfaction from using the machine for the first time.  

These ladies plus one more will be moving on to making a charm square mini quilt next.  I can't wait to get started!

I managed some sewing today and got on with Karen from Blueberry park's Bee a Brit Stingy blocks.  I have another to make but number one is done!  I really like it!  


Yesterday I felt I was struggling with my class bags from the car park to the shop, so I bought a shopping trolley or my "Hoppa"!!! My mum had a tartan one of these when we were wee and she had to bus it to the supermarket and back.  I remember it with affection!  Now I am officially old and have one but it will be for my class stuff.  Much easier than lugging big bags and I don't care what I look like so there! Lol!

Hope all my loyal readers are well and I promise to catch up on all your lovely blogs asap!
Collette x

Thursday, 19 September 2013

It's Friday??? No wait it's Thursday!

Hello!  I am a little mixed up today as you may have guessed.  It is the September weekend tomorrow up here and the kids are off Friday and Monday so I keep thinking today is Friday!

Yesterday I had the fourth week, yes fourth, of my English Paper Piecing class.  The ladies are doing wonderfully and really enjoying the social aspect as well as the creative process.  Here is a glimpse of what they have been making.



The class want to make a mini quilt next so we will be running another course!  So I shall be busy but having fun!

I have been working on a wee hand quilting project for myself over the last wee while too.

I have a feeling I may be going a bit overkill on the handquilting thing but I am carrying on regardless !  
So today I am off to play with some of this loveliness -

Isn't it lovely?  
Have a great Thursday everyone! 
Collette x


Monday, 16 September 2013

blog probs arghhh!

So last week I spent days trying to do a blog post to no avail!  Would blogger let me?  No and kept bugging me with a buggy password problem.  So I have tried this is a new browser and thankfully it seems to be working!

So apologies for those who have missed my usual updates.  I did try, honest!

Last week the lovely Lynne from Lily's Quilts allowed me to post (when my posts were working) about the Siblings Together Quilting Bee latest quilt.  If you want to find out more then read here.





I was asked by a lovely group of ladies to join a rubber stamp carving swap and last week got my swap item finished.  Here is a sneaky peek.  I quite like stamp carving and have never tried it before.  It isn't easy but with practise I am sure I could get a little better.


Oh and almost forgot, I got some new fabrics last week to play with.  The two blues are pieces of Liberty from Very Berry Fabrics.
I chose my fave prints from Petite Street, some bargain Denyse Schmidt (wallflower), and from Jessica Swift's line of fabric called Sardinia.  Love the soft muted colours of this.

I am hoping my logging in problems are over now and hope to post some more this week!
Thanks for hanging in there with me.
Collette  x

Friday, 6 September 2013

Getting there!

Hello and happy Friday!  This has been a busy old week for me.  I have quilted the Siblings Together quilt and am now in the process of hand stitching the back of the black and white binding.  I also pieced September's Siblings Together block.  Maria sent everyone packages of Smore Love by Moda and it is such a cute, fun fabric!




Over in our Hipbees group I managed to get Fiona's block done.  She sent some gorgeous Amy Butler fabric and gave us free reign!  I love stars so had to make a wonky star.


And last but by no means least, I treated myself to a new quilting book!  I resisted the urge to buy more fabric and thought this beauty by Lu Summers would be more of an investment!  I got my copy from the lovely Annabella who bought an extra one at the Festival of Quilts.  I love the look of it and can't wait to delve deeper!

Have a great weekend and back on Monday with a finished Siblings Together quilt to show you hopefully!
Collette x



Tuesday, 3 September 2013

A grey day

Hello everyone!  Today the weather is damp and very grey.  Not ideal weather for taking photos of items.  So the photos here aren't the best.  But you just have to go with it and hope that the light improves ( although Autumn is on it's way so I doubt it will!).

Over the last few days I have been piecing together the wonderful Siblings Together Quilting Bee blocks that I received from all the lovely members.  I plan to do an official post on this quilt with much better photos once I have finished the quilt.  However, here is my progress so far.



Last night I pin basted the quilt and marked it with a Hera Marker for quilting.  I am going for very easy simple quilting on this one as it is my domestic machine I will be using and this is a heavy quilt.

I will be adding a black and white border using the fat quarters that were left from the black and white fabrics.

Last week I purchased a Sarah Fielke class on Craftsy.  In this class she teaches needleturn applique.  I have tried this before but not really following any wonderful instructions.  Sarah's instructions and method is brilliant and very straightforward.  I would say that you still have to practise the actual needle turning technique but I certainly found this a great way to do it and looks fab!  It is also a great way to use up those little scraps that we all keep! ( just in case!) .


So today I am planning on tackling some of the quilting on the ST quilt and doing some last min class prep for my Epp class tomorrow.  Week 2 and we are choosing fabrics, learning how to use a rotary cutter safely, and fussy cutting.  Then EPPing our pattern together!  A busy lesson.

Take care
Collette x