Monday, 27 October 2014

sewjo where you go?

Happy Monday everyone!  I know Monday sucks but at least it was lighter this morning.  That made getting out of bed a little ( just a bit) easier.

Ever lost your sewjo?  I have many a time but lately it is more of my sewjo doesn't know what she wants to be doing.

I flit from hand quilting to standing staring at my cutting mat and then putting it all away! (is it just me?).  I just can't seem to pin (lol) myself down on anything at the moment.  My classes are great for keeping me focused but when it comes to outwith that I draw a blank just now.

I have ideas floating around but that is all at the moment.  I keep telling myself that it is all part of the creative process and things will formulate and become concrete soon.  I am just impatient! 

So at the moment I have been swapping between these two hand quilting projects.  The red French General favourites fabrics are for a Christmas Tree Skirt.  My kids keep laughing at me when I tell them what is for as they can't imagine a tree wearing a skirt just now but soon they will see!

I am using an Aurifil 28wt thread to hand quilt this.  My aim to achieve an heirloom, vintage look so I am going for fine hand quilting and traditional designs.

I have also been working on my Hipbees quilt.  The lovely ladies from this bee made a block or two each from my chosen fabrics in my chosen block ( off centre log cabin - tutorial on my blog) and I added sashing.  With this I am using navy Perle cotton and three strands of Aurifloss for the logs.  This is so different to the Tree Skirt and much more of a contemporary look.
I have also been doodling feathers.  I am planning on adding hand quilted feathers to the red border on the tree skirt.  I love feathers whether machine or hand quilted and they are fun to practise drawing too! I don't have a feather stencil so I will need to work out how to get them onto the fabric for quilting - any ideas other than just free handing it???? !!
Feel free to share about your creative funks and what you do to get your mojo rising (hehe) again! #keeping it real
Collette x

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Sunday Stash!

Hello!  Today I am linking up with the Sunday Stash hosted by Molli Sparkles.
This is my first time linking up so please be gentle with me!  I have had a little bit of a fabric drought lately.  So I splurged last week and purchased these gorgeous Anna Maria Horner prints, Tula Pink vintage stars and Alison Glass fabric.  The colours are so delicious together and I am planning on getting some of the blues in the Anna Maria Horner prints ( the middle three).

One of the things I love about quilting is that it is OK to not stick to one particular style or colour.  I have heard quilters talk about developing their own style and just by looking at a quilt, you would know it is by them.  Well that isn't for me.  I love the sheer variety of fabrics, enjoy some batiks(yes honestly), and have always been attracted to making things according to my mood.  So one day I may be in a pink, girly mood (rarely) and the next I may want to go very traditional and homely.

The French General (Moda) print below is for a Christmas(shhh) tree skirt for my home.  It has been a while since I have made something just for us.  I wanted it to be traditional and found this gorgeous red Aurifloss to go perfectly for hand quilting this project.

Molli Sparkles

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Slow Blog Meet Up


Hello and welcome to my blog if you haven't been here before!  The lovely Catherine is away just now and has kindly allowed me to host this month's slow blogger meet up!

Last night I got back to my roots after several pieces of deadline sewing (which I am not terribly keen on).  This was about re-discovering why I create and need to - reconnecting with history, enjoying the process, loving making half square triangles, slowing things down, using my pins with pride and remembering that the simplest of tools are sometimes the best, not getting caught up in the rat race of production or trends, making what I love pleases my heart and is true to myself.  

one of my slooooooooow projects!

I love to sew in a slow manner but sometimes I get caught up in that joy stealer called "comparison" and feel unhappy with my inability to "keep up" with the speed of production of other Quilters.

Silly I know.  So when I found Catherine's blog around a month ago and her Slow Blog Manifesto I felt like I had found my home!  My blogging pretty much works in tow with my production levels.  These can be sloooooow as I like to hand quilt and hand sew at times.  How about you?  What have you managed to work on over the past month?  What projects are you taking your time over and slowly enjoying?  Please do feel free to share and link up at the linky here and we can all catch up over a cuppa!
Collette x

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Fresh Sewing Day!

Oh my wonders will never cease!  I have remembered to link up to Lynne's Fresh Sewing Day for the second month in a row!  Oh and also Work in Progress Wednesday.  I deserve a gold star don't you think?
(Click here if you want to read my review of Carrie's dvd and to enter her giveaway for a copy!)
So what do I have to share with you all from the month of September?

First up there has been some super secret sewing going on using the most gorgeous Aurifil Variegated thread (50wt).  This is the first time I have actually used Variegated thread and I loved it!  It is excellent quality and the change in tone of colours is stunning!  I am sure it will not be the last time I use it!  Now I want to use all the colours!

The kids and I made some Rocky Road which helped with this work in progress ( see the wee half square triangles keeking out from under the plate!). 

And this lovely finished patchwork bag by my wonderful class member Mandy!  Isn't it adorable and so well made? 
Hope you enjoyed what I shared with you all.
Collette x

Monday, 29 September 2014

DVD giveaway!

Would you like a chance to win one of two copies of this fantastic and useful DVD?  I will share how to at the end of my little review.

When Carrie asked for bloggers on Instagram to take part in her dvd blog party I jumped at the chance!

Many of you will know of Carrie's fabulous Collage line of fabric.  Carrie is an artist at heart and this DVD is a very practical, insightful view into Carrie's mind as an artist and how to apply this to our quilt designs.  When I first heard about this DVD I was delighted as I have struggled with how to approach my quilt design at times. 

The DVD is extremely well structured and Carrie comes across as relaxed, friendly and speaking from an experienced position.  Her passion for Art clearly shines through as she speaks about practical techniques to try out so that we do not feel afraid to draw and design.  

Carrie shares her design process with her audience and I was suprised(and relieved) to find that I work in quite a similar way.  She speaks of not being a planner and working in a very creative, instinctual way.  This suits me to a tee.  It is all about finding your creative voice!   And not worrying about perfection.  I am sure many of us do that!

Practically speaking, Carrie takes you through her design process visually with how she created her bird nest quilt.  It is an awesome process to watch and learn from! 
Her love for her children clearly shines through when Carrie shares how her children's artwork inspires her textile works too.

I completely loved this DVD from start to finish.  It is all of these things;
  • Inspiring
  • Encouraging
  • Practical
  • Freeing
  • Reassuring
If you would love to win a copy then head over to Carrie's beautiful blog here at Suchity Such and comment on her Giveaway post for a chance to win!
Good luck and thanks for listening to my little review! (All views are totally my own ).
If you wish to purchase the DVD then head over to
Collette x

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Slowly does it.......

I am a Slow Blogger!  There I admit it.  I would love to be a super productive person who blogs every day but I just ain't!  I would love to be super organised and schedule all my posts but I just am not that organised a buddy.

I love the bloggers who can do this and admire them greatly!  However, I have to face reality and the fact that I am in fact quite slow at this blogging thing.

Yesterday I found a home.  I also found a Slow Blog Manifesto.  (This is just for fun by the way ).

Knotted Cotton  Catherine says, "If you are a slow blogger, you probably know it".

"The aim of the Slow Blog movement is to take the pressure off by reminding ourselves who we blog for - us! - and encouraging ourselves that we will still have some readers even if we don't blog for more than a few days.  We will blog what we do, but will not do so that we can blog."

 ( words quoted from Catherine's blog Knotted Cotton with kind permission granted).

 If you can relate then you can grab a button over at the lovely Catherine's blog.  She is the genius who put a name to this type of blogging and they even have a linky party once a month!(15th).

Collette x

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Work in progress Wednesday.......

Hello all!  What a week we have had here in bonnie Scotland!  Politics galore.  I have never been so grateful for the escapism of my sewing!

I have been working on a some secret projects over the last few weeks.  Let's just say they involve English paper piecing and juicy orange fabrics.

Two weeks ago in my afternoon class, one of my ladies decided to try out something on her new Pfaff machine.  By using invisible thread and a cotton thread she could stitch a stitch that looked hand quilted.

What do you think?  I though it looked quite realistic although you can see the invisible thread if you look really, really close up.  However, I don't know how I feel about it?

As you know I love to hand quilt and I would probably just go ahead and hand quilt rather than muck about with my machine settings for this.  Maybe I am just odd?  What do you think?  Would you use this on your machine in a heartbeat or not at all?

Last but not least I treated myself to a lovely piece of original artwork by Sarah Terry.  I saw this ages ago on Instagram but having no money, found I was in no position to ask if it was available to purchase.  I just need to get the perfect frame for it now!  I have no idea what to use so any suggestions would be welcome.

Thanks for joining me for WIP (work in progress Wednesday) linking up with Freshly Pieced.

Collette x