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Behind the scenes: May on Instagram


As always, May is a very colorful month in Portland. My garden is overflowing with roses and peonies right now.

It’s been a super busy month in the studio. Between the Quilt Market party and getting a new pattern out to print, our serene studio has been just a wee bit more chaotic and messy than usual. Plus, I ran a half marathon with my sister, which was pretty damn awesome (my third half marathon).

But now that things are calming down, we’re planning to get everything in order in the next couple weeks. What a relief!

And I’m ready for June and some truly warm weather and summer dresses, how about you?

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Sarai Mitnick


Sarai started Colette back in 2009. She believes the primary role of a business should be to help people. She loves good books, sewing with wool, her charming cats, working in her garden, and eating salsa.


Jeri Sullivan

May 29, 2013 #

Your flowers always look so beautiful. Do you grow heirloom varieties? Also, new pattern…can’t wait. Any hints on what type and release dates?


May 29, 2013 #

Maybe I’ll post some hints next week. :)

I do grow some heirloom flowers. Some David Austin roses, heirloom sweet peas this year, lots of other stuff. I am very partial to cottage garden type flowers like foxglove, lupine, ramblers of all kinds, roses, viburnum, the list goes on and on! I mix them all up with fruit and other edibles, and then also have raised beds just for veggies.

Jeri Sullivan

May 29, 2013 #

I grow heirloom veggies here in South Carolina but haven’t tried heirloom flowers. It is so hot here that I mostly stick with knockout roses, salvia, lilies, and Coleus but would love to try cutting roses.


May 29, 2013 #

So much pink! It’s not really my colour but these photos may be changing my mind.


May 29, 2013 #

Lovely shots of peonies! The weather is pretty dreadful in the UK- the prospect of wearing summer dresses is quite small right now.


May 29, 2013 #

Are you based in Portland?! I grew up in Eugene and lived in Portland before moving to England almost 10 years ago, I used to go hiking everyday after I finished work (on NW23rd) and miss the waterfalls and roses! oh and the coffee… the micro brews… and all the funky shops! Such a fun and funky city that inspires such amazingly creative people – I’m not surprised it’s where you’re based ;-)


May 29, 2013 #

Yep, city of roses. :)


May 29, 2013 #

Would you ever post about how you got in to running? I know this is a sewing blog, but I’m curious as I’m just getting started myself. Your flowers are so beautiful!


May 29, 2013 #

Maybe if I can find a way to tie it in! I don’t know how many of you guys would be all that interested.

Much like sewing, running is something where you see a lot of progress when you first learn, then very very very slow and incremental improvements over years of practice.


May 29, 2013 #

A garden overflowing with roses and peonies?? Maybe I’m meant to live in Oregon.


May 29, 2013 #

Congrats on the half marathon! I will start training for my second triathlon in July, so I know how tough your training was :)


May 30, 2013 #

Wow, a third half-marathon…you must be so proud! Good for you!

Ah, spring blossoms! All I got to see this Spring so far was the Don Valley Parkway flooded yesterday *lol* In all honesty, though, I’m not really sure which is my favourite season, Spring or Autumn – both are so darned colourful.

New pattern(s) in the works?? Will be waiting impatiently (kidding! You all are SO busy there…) Oh, and I picked up the Colette Patterns book finally – it looks like great fun! Really quite educational too – especially when it comes to impulse pattern and material purchasers like me *lol*

Enjoy the rest of Spring everyone!!