Friday, 28 February 2014

winner!!

We have a winner chosen by my youngest Emma !


The lovely Hadley who blogs here.  Well done lady!!! Xx Thank you all so much for taking part.  Love you all! Xx

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Friday, 21 February 2014

my first ever giveaway!

Well yes this is my first time doing a giveaway so be gentle with me please!  I am not really obsessed with how many followers my blog has and am always so glad to know that even one person reads what I ramble on about!  I would rather have one person following who actually reads my blog than 1000 who just put their name there.   But I did have the number 100 in my head for the total of followers before I ran a giveaway.

But I just can't wait any longer.  I wanted to give something special away.  Something that is my style and useful too. Something that is me!  I am truly honoured to be part of this wonderful online quilting community.  I value every comment I receive.
*******giveaway now closed! Results this evening*********

So here are the giveaway items!

First up is a 14.5 x 14.5 inch handquilted patchwork cushion/pillow cover made by me!  The insert won't be posted, just the cover.  The fabrics are all from the Happy Go Lucky line by Bonnie and Camille for Moda fabrics.  I handquilted a cross hatch design in cotton perle orange and yellow threads.   The cushion has an envelope closure at the back.


Next up is a little needlecase book which is very useful for your needles and pins.  It is made with gorgeous fabric by Heather Bailey and lined with her fabric too.  There are little felt pages for your pins etc.  I adore the colours in this case.  

And finally there is some fabric too!  I have chosen some of my faves and they are all very useable size pieces.  The smallest is 5 x 5 and largest is a fat eighth ( 9 x 18 inches or thereabouts).  There is a little bit of everything and I hope that it can be useful to someone.  (The little trains are an Echino linen mix).


So how do I enter you ask?

Well you need to be a follower of my blog ( or become one)  and leave a comment - that is all!

Nice and simple!  I don't like giveaways with lots of crazy conditions. ;)

The giveaway is open until Friday 28th February 12 noon and I will use the random number thingy to pick a lovely winner.  One winner will win all three prizes!Now closed.

Open to all and if you are a no reply blogger thingy then you must leave an e-mail address so I can contact you!

I think those are all the rules and I hope you have had as much fun following my blog as I have writing it!
Collette x


Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Feeling like a proud mama!

Those of you who read my blog regularly will know that I recently started teaching patchwork and quilting in my local sewing shop.

I have a morning and afternoon class one day a week currently and the ladies are doing so well.  I feel like a proud mum!

The afternoon class is newer and I will be showing off their beautiful hand quilting next week.  The morning class are a little further along in their quilting journey and are making stunning table runners.

It is so wonderful to see the ladies coming on and trying out their own projects at home too.  I love how their confidence is developing and their ability too.  It is such fun and each Wednesday flies in! 

This is Elizabeth's runner so far.  The border and sashing is more of a coral colour with some gorgeous oriental fabrics mixed into the blocks.  Basted and ready for quilting!

Jenny in this photo is adding sashing strips and a border.  I love the colours and mix of fabrics she has chosen.  Oh and she made us all tablet too which was a bonus!!

So next week look in for a glance around the afternoon class and what those ladies have been creating!

I have been working on some quilting this week too.  It is a secret project which will be revealed around the end of March but here is a sneaky peeky.
I am doing all over quilting using the Serpentine stitch setting on my sewing machine.  I am loving the look of it so far!

Oh and also I am having a giveaway very, very soon.  I really want to do it once I get to 100 followers but I may just go ahead and run it before.  All will be revealed on Friday!  Watch this space!

Collette x



Friday, 14 February 2014

tissues and trimmings

Happy Valentine's day to everyone!  We really don't go in for it much here in this household.  My other half says that every day is Valentine's day with him ( snigger).

So Jacob and Emma have been off for the Scottish February break and I have spent most of my time entertaining them.

We visited friends, my folks and had a lovely Carvery lunch out too.  A few quilt dens were made on the days when the weather was truly awful.

I have been doing some secret sewing which has been fun and is almost done. 






I also bagged a bargain from the lovely Katy ( I'm a Ginger Monkey).  Gorgeous Tula Pink fabric!  This is being hoarded for something very special ( I just need to think of what first - ha!).

Oh and some knitting.  I am almost finished this neck cowl and can't wait to wear it.  I am very proud of my first piece of ribbed knitting.  This is the woman who said she would never knit! It is a lovely chunky, tweedy wool and so soft. I think it is Connemara by Sirdar.



Have you been trying anything new out?? Do tell.  Oh and I am plotting a little giveaway for when I reach 100 followers so watch out for that!  (only five away).  
Collette x

Monday, 3 February 2014

some finishes from me at last!

Hello all!  Well I missed the first of the month round up at Lily's Quilts at the weekend but I do have some finishes to show you all.

First up is my Hexplosion cushion cover.  There are instructions over at the Fat Quarterly scraps issue e-zine.

My cushion cover is a great way to use up all those little precious scraps that are too small to fit anywhere particular.  You know the ones that you just can't part with yet.

Hexplosion is also a really fun project as you get a suprise as you cut open each hexie!



I also completed my first ever foundation paper pieced project.  This block is from Carol Doak's class over at Craftsy (which I am loving).

I handquilted the block using DMC embroidery floss ( three strands) in matching colours.  I echoed the shapes and love the texture my handquilting adds.

I have yet to find a permanent hanging space so temporarily stuck it to the wall.  Lol!




This week is looking busy with classes to teach on Wednesday and a baby quilt to work on also. 

Speak soon
Collette x