Wednesday, 27 November 2013

A baby quilt finish

Yesterday my customer received her completed baby quilt and I am now able to share it with everyone in all it's glory.


The customer and I chose the colour scheme and fabrics together and I suggested the pattern ( my own).  The colours are inspired by Scottish and Australian landscapes, the quilting by Scottish plaids.

I set to work months ago making flying geese, oh so many, and scrappy stars.   I love all of these fabrics but a special mention has to go to the Art Gallery  Fabrics ones.  They are oh so very soft and lovely to work with.  The backing is especially soft and gorgeous too.

I quilted this with a kind of plaid style diagonal pattern using a gorgeous grey Aurifil 50wt cotton thread.  I bought a 1300m spool and have over half left on it!  It is such a beautiful thread to work with and looks perfect on this quilt!

The sashing and border are a pigeon grey.

I am so pleased with how this quilt turned out and am looking forward to seeing a wee photo of the new bambino enjoying it (once the baby comes along!).



Quilt stats
size 51 x 50 inches
batting - hobbs heirloom 80/20
thread - Aurifil 50wt grey

Collette x


Friday, 22 November 2013

A freezer, a pen and a laminator.............

Oh yes today I have a tale to tell!  I am a dork as my husband will happily tell you.  I do silly things ALL the time!  I forget, I am clumsy and just a bit silly, even more so at a certain time of the month. 

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). 



Off I go to the laminator with my little templates lovingly prepared to coat in plastic.  The green light pops on, I feed sheet number 1 through.  It comes out the other side and my lovely templates are now coated in laminate ready to be cut out EXCEPT, wait a blooming minute there is nothing there.  They have disapperared!  Who stole my templates?  How can this be?????????

The pen! Yes it was the pen who stole my handdrawn templates.  A Frixion pen to be precise.  I bought it a few weeks ago as I have heard wonderful things about using them with fabric for marking. You can remove the lines with an iron.   I have used my wee pen many times on fabric with great results.  Just run the iron over the marks and hey presto off they go!

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

My first Le Challenge! - stripey!





I decided to play along with the latest challenge which was a stripey one as I needed a fun project and something to get my creative juices flowing.

All I could think about when I heard the word stripes was a zebra and a zebra crossing.  I tried to come up with something much cleverer but nope, kept going back to those black and white stripes.

So here we have it - a teeny tiny zebra striped pincushion with contrasting embroidery.  I love it!  Not my normal colour combo at all but isn't it great to work outwith your comfort zone?

Now head over to Le Challenge to see what the other clever people have been making and read more about how to join in the fun!

Can't wait to hear what the next theme is!

Collette x

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Do you have your copy yet?

Of Fat Quarterly that is?  The Christmas issue is out now and jam packed with Christmas inspired projects and fabrics.


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?
Collette x

Friday, 8 November 2013

Quickest week ever!

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? 
Collette x

Friday, 1 November 2013

Fresh Sewing Day!!

fresh sewing day November

 Wow I actually managed to link up this month for Fresh Sewing Day at Lily's Quilts!  As you can see October was a busy old month for me.  I was making and receiving goodies galore. 
Like the gorgeous scrappy trip around the world blocks made by my wonderful, fellow bee ladies in Bee a Brit Stingy.  It is going to be a splendidly colourful quilt!


I made some blocks from a great wee book you may have heard of.... 500 Quilt Blocks by some ladies you may have heard of ;).  

I also treated myself ( maybe a bit indulgently) to the amazing Jen Kingwell's Green Tea and Sweet Beans pattern booklet.  I am in love with this quilt and only hope I can do the pattern justice with my fabric choices!  I got my copy from a lovely shop here in the UK called The Running Chicken. 
So what have you been working on during the good old month of October??? If you want to share then link up to Lily's Quilts and have a look around at what everyone else has been doing!
Collette x
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