Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Best mail ever!

Hello!  Well as promised here is the wonderful package I received through the mail last week.

Those of you who know me will probably realise I am in a quilting bee called Bee A Brit Stingy.  The 5 other ladies are wonderful and have been so kind and forgiving to me during my time in the bee.  I am so very grateful to each and everyone of them. Shout out time - Di , Nicky ,Sheila, Catherine and the lovely Lucy - much love to you all! xxxxx

Last year we each made our own row for a quilt and then posted it off to the next person to add a row, who then posted it on to the next and so on.

My theme was sewing/quilting related and these are the beautiful, thoughtful, amazing rows I received back from each lovely lady.

I plan to do an individual spotlight on each wondrous row but this quick photo will have to do you all for now!
My row is  the 3rd from the top.

I felt very emotional when I opened it all up but I am a bit like that at the moment.  I love every single row of it and am so very thankful for the work put in.  All the other ladies received their rows back too and are equally delighted with what they received. 

Collette x

Monday, 18 January 2016

I am back!

Hello lovely readers!  I am so sorry about my lengthy absence.  Sadly my lovely mum passed away late November just past and everything has been an uphill struggle since.
I won't go into details but suffice to say the grieving process continues but I continue to heal.
Art and sewing are helping me with that process and keeping me strong for my dad.  When my mum had not long passed I threw myself into drawing.  Most of my sewing was packed away for Christmas so drawing was more easily accessible.

Here are some of my efforts.

And of course sewing and quilting continued post New Year.

Thanks to everyone for bearing with me.  I have a rather special quilt top to reveal later in the week. Watch out for that!
Collette xxxx

Monday, 12 October 2015


Wow!  How quickly is this old year going?  I can't believe we are into October and Autumn and nights drawing in already.

I have been so busy with life that I have been really living up to my badge at the side of this blog - Slow Blogger!  I do however, post a photo and a snippet almost daily on Instagram so feel free to follow me over there if you want a more regular update.  My username is poppypoochie.

My days have been taken up with sewing, learning new skills, teaching my patchwork classes and looking after two strong willed children.  It seems the older they get the harder they become to manage, much as I love them.

A few of my sewing projects have been for the wonderful Quilt Now magazine. 

 The little pouch in the corner is by me!
 That Applique mini quilt is mine too!
 I have been working on some art postcards( professionally printed) and am selling these in sets of 7 for £8.  If you would like to purchase then feel free to e-mail me poppypoochie@gmail.com and we can arrange. 

And last but by no means least I finished my imperfect version of Green Tea and Sweet Beans.  I have chosen to tie this quilt as I think too much quilting would distract from all the pretty blocks.  This one is all for me and my bedroom!  It measures around 54 " square and I have used a backing sheet from my late Gran to remind me of her.

Collette x

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

What a Summer!

Well the kids have returned to school today (hooray) which means that I can return to a somewhat normal blogging schedule!

This has been one of my busiest summer with the kids.  Our holiday at the start and lots of outings and bike rides in between.  Not much sewing has went on due to it being hot and just not getting the time.

My summer has been creative in a different way though!  I have found it much easier to sketch and paint with the kids around than sew. I have included a few photos of some of my work.  I also have designed a few free wallpapers for your smart phone and laptops and computers.  These are available in my payhip shop.

  Some are made with my original scanned artwork and others are completely digital. 

This has been a huge learning curve for me but very enjoyable and good for my brain!  It is always useful to be learning new skills and techniques.  It keeps my creative juices flowing and inspires me in ways I never knew!

I have also done just a tiny bit of sewing the last few evenings to try out a new technique.  This is called thread sketching.  There is a wealth of info online about this.  Suffice to say it is not as hard as it looks and is great fun and is very forgiving.  If you can free motion quilt or embroider then you can do this.  Even if you can't, a few evenings practicse can give lovely results.  I have been using Aurifil 50wt in a dark grey for this technique and am very pleased with the look it gives!

I plan to use this technique much more in my work and hope to use it as a way in which to incorporate my artwork into my quilts!

I hope you enjoy the photos and look forward to more regular posts from me now the hols are officially over!
Collette xx

Sunday, 12 July 2015

I am alive!!

So sorry for my blogging absence!  Things have been busy with the end of another school year and our holiday.

We visited Port William for 5 nights and stayed in a beautiful cottage.  We went to the same place last year for just 3 nights.
I haven't had much stitching time at all.  My mojo seems to have hidden but I know it will return!

Here are some holiday pics.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Lurking around....

Hello! I am still here folks.  I have been lurking all week and apologise for a lack of blog news.  Unfortunately my dear mum was taken into hospital last week and just got home yesterday.  She has a long term illness which creates many health problems and is pretty ill but at least she is at home now with my dad.

I have been trying to keep very busy to distract myself from worries in between hospital visits and phone calls. 

On Wednesday, the patchwork ladies I teach began to learn Foundation paper piecing.  They had a little practise to get to know the technique and by the end of the course should have made something like this.
I am going to add some more to this so it is very much a work in progress.

With all the hospital business I was way behind on a bee commitment.  Bee a Brit Stingy are fewer in number this year but we are steaming ahead with our travelling rows.  I made two bright rows of flying geese for Sheila (Bluepatch quilter).  I used an awesome pattern by Jeli Quilts, Queen of Geese.

And last but not least I made a tentative start on my Instagram Handpieced mini swap.  I have since done more than photographed and love it already! #handpiecedminiswap

Until next time...
Collette x

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Swap surprises, sun and sewing....

Hi all!  It is Saturday night, late and I have been updating some of this lovely blog for you all.  Over the next few weeks I will be adding lots of free patterns and tutorials for you to enjoy.  I hope they are useful and that you give something a go!

I have been pretty busy this last few weeks.  One of the most fun things was taking part in an Instagram swap.  If you don't already follow me there then use the link in the sidebar to connect with me.  I post there almost every day!

So my swap partner ( Stephanie from the fabulous My Calico Heart), sent me the most beautiful Tula Pink dresden plate mini quilt!  I was so delighted when I saw that this was mine.  Isn't it beautiful?  The extras are adorable too!  My little heart sang when I opened the package.  Swaps are so exciting aren't they?  They give you the chance to try out new things and blocks and experiment a little. 

I managed some outdoor sewing two weeks ago when the warmer weather visited us.  It was bliss and didn't feel like work at all!

I have also been working on some tiny teeny sewing for something secret!
 And last but by no means least, some fabric eye candy which I will be delving into soon for some magazine commissions!   Recollection by Katarina Roccella for Art Gallery Fabrics and September Blue for UK based Dashwood Studios.

Keep an eye for those updates on my patterns and tutes page! 
Till we meet again,
Collette xx