My name is Collette and I am a quilter from Scotland. I have been a patchworker and quilter for over a decade and love to share what I have been making here.

Around the World blog hop!

Hello!  Time for some blog hopping!  The lovely Lynz (a fellow Scot) from Domestic Light and Magic nominated me, along with some other lovelies to share my answers to the following questions.

I was in the Hipbees with Lynz and have known her for a good wee while now online.

So here are my answers.  Hope you enjoy.......

1. What am I working on?


I currently have two secret projects that I need to keep under wraps for the time being, (boooooooo I know) but my main work in progress I would like to finish is this quilt.  Each block (apart from one) was stitched up by the lovely members of the Hipbees after I sent fabric out to them.  I love the navy and the colours throughout this.  I have started hand quilting it, which is why it is taking longer to come together but it will be worth the effort!

2. How does my work differ from others?

Well I certainly would not say I have my own style or anything.  I am quite glad because I wouldn't want to be pigeon holed and for that type of work to be expected of me.  I tend to work on what I love.  One thing I do love is hand quilting.  So perhaps that makes me a little different, but then many quilters love hand quilting!
I just make what I love, purely and simply.  I tend not to go with fashions, trends or use one whole line of fabric for a quilt ( mostly because I can't afford to buy a whole line of fabric quite often lol!).

3.Why do I write/create what I do?

 This could be a loooooong answer but I will keep it short!  I do it for me! I caught the quilting bug not long after the arrival of my second child.  I had a husband who was working evenings and needed something for my brain.  Being 'just a mum' does something bad to your brain I am sure!
If I don't sew or create then I get miserable.  As many of us have said, 'Quilting is my therapy'.

 I blog my quilting adventures because there was no real life quilting community I was able to participate in when the kids were little.  I was stuck at home in the evenings as hubby was working so I found my quilting contemporaries online.  Quilters like to share ideas and inspiration and writing about our creations helps foster a sense of community and belonging too.

4. How does my writing/creating process work?

Well I like to think that I am a tidy, organised quilter but in reality I am not.  My creative process is much like my mind at times.  I have a large notebook I write those mind map thingies in when I have an idea and then I am very good at putting myself off these ideas by the time I am finished.

My workspace is always messy.  I tend to work between the kitchen table and my sewing desk.  I can be organised when it comes to quilt maths and organising my blocks for sewing but generally I am a messy beggar.

My writing is sporadic and not planned out particularly well either.  I don't schedule blog posts ( who knew!) and tend to write only when I have something to say or share.

Anyway enough about me.  Now it is the turn of my nominated ladies.  First up I asked Sarah from Sew Me to take part.  Sarah was in the Hipbees with me too and is a lovely, organised quilter.  She makes the most beautiful work.

Hope you enjoyed reading all about me and join the ladies next Monday 22nd September to read what they share.
Collette x


  1. I love your cartoon! So funny.

  2. Sorry iPad cut me off. Your hipbees quilt is still lovely and I think that handquilting it is great if you love to do it. It's nice that we all have our own cherry picked preferences in our creativity and can appreciate in others even the bits that aren't our faves.

  3. The sashing is perfect for your bee quilt - nice post!

  4. Always good to get an insight into how other people work creatively.

  5. I enjoy reading these around the world blog hop posts, and getting a better idea of how people's creative minds work. Thanks for the funny cartoon, too :)


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