Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Minimalist Quilt for Mtl MQG Showcase

Happy New Year 2015 everyone. I hope you had some great Holidays. I enjoyed mine. We had plenty of time to relax and to take a break from the busy schedule. I didn't open the computer for two weeks (just checking my emails on my iPod). I even took the time to start reading a novel. Something I haven't done in a few years. As for sewing, I did do a few small gifts that I might share in another post. But, I mainly focused on quilting my Pretty Potent charm quilt. I intended to give it to my father for Christmas, but I didn't make it. I'm still finishing hand stitching the binding. So, it will be a late gift.

Today, I wanted to share a quilt top I finished at the beginning of December. The Mtl MQG is working on organizing a Modern Quilt Showcase (we still need to find a venue). We will be showcasing quilts from our members. We need to make 30" x 40" quilts in one of these categories: minimalist design, asymmetry, negative space, improvisational piecing or alternative grid work. This was a challenge we proposed to our members in June. We had a show and tell at the beginning of December to show our completed quilt tops. I can say it was a challenge for me, at least the decision part was. It took the whole summer just to decide for which category I would make a quilt. I finally decided to go for minimalism.

I started making some sketches this summer. I continued until the end of November. I couldn't make up my mind. Even though I have a few quilts that would qualify as having a minimalist design, it was hard to come with an idea this time around. I did sketch a lot of ideas, but I wasn't convince about any of them. Finally, I decided on one. See the sketch below. I intended to make a whole cloth quilt and to make the design only with the quilting (lines in the sketch). The idea was to create a circle by just changing the quilting line directions from vertical to horizontal. Minimalist enough don't you think?

Minimalist Modern Quilt Challenge

But, I changed my plan a bit after discussing with my sister. She suggested using a shot cotton or another fabric with a different thread color for the warp and the weft and to change the direction of the fabric for the circle. I thought it was a great idea. So, I ordered some shot cotton (by Kaffe Fassett for Westminster Fabrics). I went with the color Ice which has threads in white and aqua. When I got it, I realized that the thread color difference was so subtle that a change in direction wouldn't make any difference. So, I decided to add a bit of complexity to my quilt and to insert some white strips (Kona in Snow) in the circle. Here was the final sketch.
Minimalist Modern Quilt Challenge

Once my plan was finalized, it was quite fast to complete the quilt top. I paper pieced the strips for the circle during our last guild sew-in. Then it took an afternoon to make the inset circle. I used the following technique to achieve it. (except I used some white liquid glue). You'll find a great post here on glue basting by Amy Smart. It was my first time doing an inset circle and I didn't take the time to practice on a smaller circle. Mine was about 22" in diameter. So, I was a bit nervous. I was quite happy that everything went well. Here is the result.

Minimalist Modern Quilt Challenge

The only thing I would say is that I did put way too much glue. So after our show and tell, my quilt top went for a little bath. Thanks to my friend Cinzia who pointed out this post to me. The post shows how glue basting is used for appliqués and washed out before quilting. Now, my quilt is waiting to be quilted and I can't wait to see what it will look like with the quilting lines.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

HRT Table Runner Take Two

Last month, I made a demo to members of the Montreal MQG on half-rectangles triangle. Basically showing my technique for doing HRTs has done in the tutorial I wrote for Sew Mama Sew. We were not a lot of people at that meeting, but everyone seemed to enjoy. I took the opportunity to make a second table runner with HRTs. My aunt has been asking for one for a while and since her birthday was coming up, I decided to combine both.

HRT Table Runner

I used a different layout compared to the first one. Also, I decided to use prints for both colors. I had Botanics prints by Carolyn Friedlander that were for the perfect match for my aunt's new condo. I gave her last week and she was quite happy to receive it. Here is a picture she sent me:

HRT Table Runner

I think what I love the most of this version of the table runner is the quilting. I changed the directions of the lines for the central arrows, the yellow and gray prints and I just love the effect. It shows best on the back where I used a solid color cotton (Kona in Curry).

HRT Table Runner

As for my demo to the Montreal MQG, I'm hopping to see projects pop-up using HRTs. As one suggested, a quilt with different sizes of HRTs would be great!

Monday, 24 November 2014

Blogathon Canada - Winner

I'm back to announce the winner of the Kona bundle. But first, I would like to thank everyone who came to visit my blog and took the time to write a comment. It was great to read all your nice words. I also really enjoyed visiting different blogs through out Canada.

So, the winner is comment 71 that was written by Margaret. Congratulations! 

Thanks to Sew Sisters for organizing Blogathon Canada and for all the giveaways!

Friday, 21 November 2014

Blogathon Canada - Day 5: Quebec and Territories

Welcome to my stop for Blogathon Canada. I'm the host for Quebec. My co-hoster today is Janet from Caribou Crossing Chronicles. She is hosting for the Territories. Be sure to stop by her blog too!

For those of you who are new to my blog, welcome! I hope you'll enjoy exploring the different projects I've shared here. I'll start by introducing my-self. I come from an engineering background, but I've always been a crafty person in my free time. I think this is a great combination for quilting and sewing in general, as both require some logic and creativity. I started sewing when I got my first apartment, mainly doing home decor projects. I would say I got into sewing and quilting more seriously after becoming a mom, about 5 years ago. As I wanted to make projects for my little ones, I discovered modern prints as well as an amazing online quilting community. I love creating and designing projects of my own. For me, quilting and patchwork projects are a great way to express my creativity. I have published (see my Tutorials and Patterns) several projects in different magazines, and I’m the co-founder and current vice-president of the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild.

Here are a few pictures of my projects that I find representative of my style:
HRT_Finished Petals Patchwork Pot Holders Gear Pillow Reflection Mini Quilt Amalgam Quilt Jack's Chain Pillow

I thought I would be great to share a small project with you today. But since this post is already quite long, I decided to write it in a separate post. It's a fabric tray I've made for my eyeglasses. I hope you'll like it!

Eyeglasses Tray

Now to the fun part, a giveaway generously provided by Sew Sisters! The winner will get a Fat Quarter bundle of some of my favorites Kona Cotton Solid colors.

To participate, just leave a comment on this post. The giveaway is open to International participants. You have until November 23 to participate. I'll announce the winner on the 24. If you are a no-reply blogger or don't have a blog account, please leave your email in the comment (otherwise I'll have to pick another winner).

Update: The winner of the eBook is Margaret.

Be sure to stop by the Sew Sisters Blog, there is also a giveaway sponsored by Timeless Treasures today.

If you didn't have time to see the other stops of  Blogathon Canada, take note that all giveaways are open until November 23. So, there is still time to enter other giveaways. You'll find the list of hosts here.

Blogathon Canada is also and more importantly about getting to know other bloggers sharing the same passion from all over the country. Let me introduce you to some bloggers from Quebec. Some I know, because they are friends and members of the Montreal MQG. Others, I'm discovering them my-self.

I hope you are enjoying Blogathon Canada!

Eyeglasses Tray

I love trays of all sorts and I've been wanting to sew one for my eyeglasses lately. I got a new nightstand at Ikea. It's made out of steel and I thought it would preferable to lay my eyeglasses on something a bit more soft while I sleep. So, why not a fabric tray?

Eyeglasses Tray

I thought I would share with you how I did it. It could make some nice and quick gifts. This is much inspired by the fabric tray tutorial from Noodlehead. Here is the different pieces of fabric and interfacing I cut. I used woven fusible interfacing (like Pellon Shape-Flex 101) on the exterior fabric and the lining for the tray to hold better its shape. And I used some stiff interfacing for the tray bottom.

  • Exterior fabric (shown here: yarn-dyed Essex linen in black): 5" x 8.5"
  • Lining (shown here: strip print from the Nicey Jane collection by Heather Bailey): 
  • 2 pieces of woven fusible interfacing: 4.5" x 8"
  • 1 piece of stiff fusible interfacing: 3" x 6"

The image below shows how I fused the different pieces of interfacing. The piece of stiff interfacing was fused to exterior fabric after the woven fusible interfacing.

Eyeglasses Tray

After that, I sewed the lining and exterior fabric right sides togethere leaving an opening for turning inside out. I sewed just next to the woven fusible interfacing leaving a 1/4" seam allowance on each side. I clipped the corners before turning the tray right sides out. I pushed out the corners, pressed the tray and closed the opening using a whipstitch.

Eyeglasses Tray

I top-stitched the tray close to the edges, and then with the needle just next to the stiff interfacing to delimit the tray bottom.

Eyeglasses Tray

To finish the tray, I stitched all four corners with some embroidery floss.
Eyeglasses Tray

Eyeglasses Tray

Et voilà! a nice fabric tray for my eyeglasses.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Felt Baskets

The other day I went to a local fabric shop and found some printed craft felt (by Camelot Fabrics). You can buy them adhesive or not.

Felt baskets

Felt baskets

It's the first time I was seeing printed felt. I love fabric trays of all sorts and I thought it would be great to make some with those. So, I bought a few and when I came back home I looked on Pinterest for some ideas. Just look for "felt basket" (or bowl, box, tray, organizer) on Pinterest and you'll find plenty of ideas. I found my inspiration in the felt organizers from Skandinavious Etsy shop.

I first started by making some baskets for my sons for them to store their little treasures. I made a paper template and started cutting and assembling them. With the adhesive felts, it was easy to use a different color inside.
Felt baskets

This is a fun no-sew project. After that, I made my-self some smaller trays to put on my desk with 2 solid color felt pieces instead.

Felt baskets

I love those ones, but I think I prefer the wool felt and leather versions from the Skandinavious Etsy shop. I think her boxes really standout by her use of quality material. I might decide to order 1 or 2 for Christmas gifts.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Blogathon Canada 2014

Sew Sisters is hosting Blogathon Canada for the the third time this year (November 17-22). Last year, I participated through Dizzy Quilts blog. This year I'll be the host for Quebec.

 Blogathon Canada 2014

Sew Sisters is a Canadian online quilt shop. They also have a local store in Toronto. Learn more about them here. And what is Blogathon Canada all about? Each day host bloggers will introduce themselves and their work on their blogs. They will include links to more blogs from their province so you can visit those blogs as well. The host bloggers will also host a giveaway of some of their favorite goodies from Sew Sisters store so you'll have a chance to win every day of the week!

Sew Sisters are also going to have sponsored giveaways on their blog during the week. The Sponsors are Robert Kaufman Fabrics, Aurifil, Northcott, Timeless Treasures and Camelot Fabrics.

 Robert Kaufman Fabrics


If you would like for the host blogger from your province or territory to link your blog in her post please write to Sew Sisters at: and they will add your blog to the list. Please note that you need to be a blogger living in Canada and your blog should have posts about quilting or crafting to be eligible.

You'll find below the hosts schedule. So, I'll be back on November 21st with my Blogathon post and a giveaway.

The Hosts:

Monday, November 17BCStaceyStacey in Stitches
Monday, November 17BCJessicaMomiji Studio
Tuesday, November 18MaritimesLindaScrapmaster
Tuesday, November 18MaritimesLindaStitch Lines
Wednesday, November 19ABKelseyEveryday Fray
Wednesday, November 19ABLeanneShe Can Quilt
Thursday, November 20SKHeatherPeace.Love.Quilt
Thursday, November 20MBLoriNight Owl Quilting
Friday, November 21QCJoséeThe Charming Needle
Friday, November 21TerritoriesJanetCaribou Crossing Chronicles
Saturday, November 22ONLorna Sew Fresh Quilts
Saturday, November 22ONSandyUpstairs Hobby Room