Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Feeling hot, hot, hot! and some bee blocks!

That song by the Merrymen (you tube it if you don't know it) has been going round in my little head for weeks!  The hot spell of weather has meant very little sewing but lots of outdoor fun for the kids.

Now that the Scottish Summer is nearly over and the kids are almost back at school, I managed to get a few bits and bobs sewn up.

The lovely Helen is July's Queen Bee in the Hipbees and posted some beautiful, vibrant, Amy Butler Lark fabric!

So using a great tutorial over at Fluffy Sheep Quilting, I got them sewn up yesterday.  They will make an awesome quilt of sparkly stars, won't they?

I managed to get my paws on some of the lovely arrows from the Cotton and Steel fabric everyone has been raving about.  Also some gorgeous thistles by Anna Maria Horner and another piece by her!  Currently I have no idea how I will use them but for now they can just be petted!

So the next few weeks are going to be pretty busy for me.  I have some new classes to plan for.  In the morning we will be making a scrappy Irish Chain quilt and learning about strip piecing.  In the afternoon we will be tackling patchwork tote bags! 

I have also been working on my Big Stitch Swap goody for my lovely partner.  Being me it involves hand quilting and a lovely big Dresden plate.  That is all I am telling for now!

Oh and Emma and I made our free gift from the first issue of Quilt Now.  She really enjoyed this and it was a quick, easy, fun make with everything you need in the little kit.  The magazine is pretty awesome too.  A really good read with so many gorgeous photos and great ideas!  I particularly enjoyed the first reader's review (wink, wink) and am looking forward to seeing who is up next and what they have been testing!  It is good to read reviews by people who have actually used the product and came to their own conclusions.

So now I must leave you for a much needed cup of tea and biccie.  I will leave you with a photo of Emma and her wacky sense of humour!
Collette x

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Are you a Star Wars fan?

If so then I recommend you head over to Quirky Granola Girl's blog for her awesome pattern for an English Paper Pieced Death Star.  Yes, you heard that right, a Patchwork Deathstar!!

I found out about this through the wonders of Instagram ( you can follow me @poppypoochie).  My boy ( like so many) adores all the Star Wars films and was super excited when I suggested I make him one. 

He is now the proud owner of his very own Patchwork DeathStar cushion!

I quilted the cover using my favourite grey (2605) Aurifil 50wt thread.  It is a great shade of grey and has lasted me for ages!  I think the colour works very well with grey background fabric.  This is a Painter's Canvas by Laura Gunn in Slate. 

Now my Emma has put in an order, but not for a DeathStar.  She wants a butterfly!

Collette x

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Fun times!

Yes the Scottish school Summer holidays have been here for several weeks now!  Guess what that means?  Fun times for all!  We have had our holiday away and now have been enjoying some glorious weather at home. 

I have not achieved much sewing at all.  I never do during the Summer hols.  The kids need fed, watered and occasional entertainment. So I tend to be too tired by the evening as well!

I have purchased some lovely fabric and a fantastic little magnetic pincushion.

 I honestly don't know why I have never got one of these before now!  It is a great size, price and super strong! Perfect for the job!

I have managed a little hand quilting the odd evening or so.  This is my hipbees quilt basted and marked for some quilting.  I am loving where this is going!

Anyway just a pop in for now.  Off to do some planning for something fun!
Collette x

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Summer sun and fun!

Hello everyone!  I was on holiday for a short break over the last few days, hence my lack of blog posts.

We rented a beautiful cottage in the Wigtownshire area of Dumfries and Galloway.  We were a five minute walk from a very special area called Luce Bay.  A beautiful beach and bay that has been declared a special area of conservation due to the marine life that resides.

We had stunning weather and the kids and the dog loved every min too!

And just before we left I managed to piece together my beautiful Hipbee quilt blocks!  I can't wait to start hand quilting this one!
Bye for now folks!
Collette x

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Feeling hot hot hot!

Hello!  Summer has arrived in Scotland!  We have had the most glorious spell of weather.  However, us Scots are just not used to such heat so we like to have a wee moan about it too! 
Yesterday I was teaching and the ladies are getting on soooo well.  Here are some pics of some of their work so far.
Next week is our last class and then we stop for our Summer break. We return at the end of August and will be starting an Irish chain quilt using strip piecing techniques!
I hope you are all enjoying this lovely spell of weather too.  Remember the sun cream! x

Friday, 13 June 2014

Geese and yoyos

Well the geese have been flying here and the suffolk puffs puffing!

Two of my ladies showed off their beautiful log cabin baskets filled with colourful yoyo flowers.

I have been working on some end of year teacher gifts involving geese.  These wee flying geese finish at 2 inches by 1 inch and are fun to do! 

They are addictive too. 
Wishing everyone a lovely weekend.

Monday, 9 June 2014

Blooming Summer!

Blooming in a good way of course!  I finally got my Full Bloom wall hanging bound.

This is a class sample for my morning ladies.  We are currently on the Log Cabin basket of Yoyos and they are having fun!

 I hand quilted some of the quilt but didn't want to go overboard as the Applique and piecing speaks for itself.  I used some pearl cotton and some Aurifloss for hand quilting too.  I am so pleased with how it turned out and very excited for my ladies to finish their own creations too.   The flowers and clam shells were influenced by the amazing Jen Kingwell but I added my own touches with the hexagons and diamonds. 

 While working on the EPP pattern by Quirky Granola girl, I had a constant medley of Star Wars music running through my head!  I saw the #patchworkdeathstar on Instagram ( my user name is Poppypoochie if you want to follow me there - you can also see lots of other brilliant deathstars and one using Liberty fabrics!). 

My 9 year old Jacob loves Star wars so I knew I had to make it for him. 

It was a little fiddly in parts due to the curves but I managed and just need to Applique it onto the background fabric. 

And last but not least a Spot approved work in progress.  I tried out some reverse Applique which I found very straight forward ( must be all that needle turn practise!) and added some quilting, then some embroidery and I still have more to go. 

This is one of those little experimental things that I am loving but just going with the flow.  At least the dog approves!
I am off to check the rain has stayed off as I have washing on the line!  Here's hoping!  Till next time.
Collette x