Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Lots to share!

What is it about this time of year that seems to make blogging on a regular basis hard?  I think a combination of better weather and kids finishing for Summer soon definately contributes! 

So I have been busy over the last few weeks and just wanted to share some of what I have been making.

Emma has been doing some making all of her own.  You may have heard of these Loom Band things.  They are basically rubber bands which you kind of weave into cool wee bracelets and then wear.

She caught onto it really quickly and has had fun making a few.





I have been doing a fair bit of hand quilting too.  I love all types of hand quilting but for this feather I felt it really needed a fine thread and not perle to achieve the small curves and detail.  So I chose some Aurifil 28wt which is beautiful to work with and gives just enough definition to achieve the quilted look. 
I have also been quite inspired by some of the hand quilted wholecloth quilts of many moons ago and decided to draw my own very small motif to hand quilt.  Here is a pic of the work in progress -


Oh and I purchased a few more pieces of gorgeous Tula Pink fabric.  I am keeping this aside for a summer english paper pieced project.  As you know I love EPP and it is especially great for Summer as it is so portable and no machine is required!


So there you have it!  I think I am all up to date now.  

I am off to do some class preparation.  This will be our last course and then we break up for the Summer hols to return in September again.  

Collette x

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Class finishes!

Hello!  Well yesterday the lovely ladies in my classes produced some great finishes.

The morning class finished their tote bags.

And the afternoon class finished mini quilts. 

Next week we start our final course before we break for Summer! 

I am so proud of them all.  Two of the ladies in afternoon class just need to finish binding and then I can get some photos. 

I love how their tastes shine through and their confidence has grown!

I am so lucky to be able to teach them! xx

Friday, 2 May 2014

Happy mail thank you!

A post to say thank you to the lovely people at Aurifil for sending me this very practical colour card and sample threads. 


I will be using these in my classes to show the students the importance of good quality thread when doing any kind of sewing. 

I have used Aurifil 50wt Mako since I first discovered it being sold at The Cotton Patch around 6 years ago. 

The thread I used to begin with was cheap and nasty and I soon learnt that my machine hated that.  I then moved onto a recognised brand which was great quality but expensive for spools with more yardage.

So when I came across Aurifil and read more I decided to give it a try and was converted. 

  • I found it to be excellent value for money ( still is!).

  • Lasts extremely well.

  • My machine ( and any others I have used ) love it.

  • There is very little lint in my machine from it.

  • I have used it for hand sewing, applique work, English paper piecing and machine sewing with no problems at all.  

  • The choice of colours is awesome. 

  • It is a very beautiful thread to just look at!

So if you haven't tried it then please do give it a go.  You will be pleasantly surprised I am sure.  I certainly was 6 years ago and became a faithful customer from that point!

(p.s. This post is in no way sponsored by Aurifil or anything - these views are entirely my own honest reviews of a really great product which I wanted to share with my readers and by way of a thank you to Aurifil for the bits and bobs I received). 

Collette x

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Fresh Sewing Day!

The first of May and another month of sewing finished in April!  I didn't do as much sewing as I would have liked due to the Easter holidays but I am happy with what occurred in the last month.






I made a quilt for the pre - cuts issue of Fat Quarterly e-zine.  ( Out now).

I bought a Bernina 707 minimatic reconditioned and serviced machine which I adore and is so smooth and quiet!  She sews an awesome straight stitch too!

I worked on some more applique blocks for Green Tea and Sweet Beans and I am almost there with all the blocks.  Still a way to go though with fitting them all together to form the quilt top.  ( No rush - remember slow sewing).

I made a baby quilt ( baby churn dash) for a lovely lady in the U.S.  It is now with her and her family.

And of course bee blocks always feature.

So a good wee month all in all!

What have you been up to?  Join us at Lily's Quilts for Fresh Sewing Day to share.


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Collette x