Friday, 27 February 2015

Newspaper Article on Modern Quilting

A quick post today to share an article published in the journal last weekend. There was an article on modern quilting in the "cahier Maison" of  La Presse here in Quebec.

Me, Cinzia and Tamara from the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild were interviewed, along Catherine Cherrier from Courtepointe Quebec Quilts, Suzanne Paquette from Atelier Six and Elizabeth Elliott, a quilter from Toronto. It's now available on the web (in French). For those interested, you can find it here. Thanks to Claudia Guerra for sharing our passion with a greater audience.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Duvet Covers for the Boys

This year, we changed our boys bed from toddler to twin size bed. I asked them if they wanted a quilt or duvet cover, and they both asked for a duvet cover (which I totally understand because I love sleeping under a fluffy duvet). So, I started to look around for fabrics and realized how much I would need for a twin size duvet cover: 7.5 - 10 yards depending on how you assemble it. That is a lot of fabric!

So, I started shopping for ready-made covers. But, I wasn't finding any that suited my taste or that were the size I needed. Duvet sizes vary from place to place, and I chose large ones to cover bed sides. Then I thought about wide (108") quilting fabrics. I remembered seeing the Crosshatch print by Carolyn Friedlander available in widescreen.  I love this print, I find it so versatile. I decided to order some in Pacific and Yarrow for the first duvet covet (2 yards of each).

Duvet Covers

After that, I found some wide fabrics in a local shop for the second cover. I bought the Crosshatch in Flame and combined it with a Chevron print in Gray from Riley Blake's widebacks. This was just perfect to fit the pillow cover I made for the Riley Blake challenge last year.

Duvet Covers

Once you figure the size of the pieces to cut, duvet covers are not so hard to make. It's just like a giant pillow cover. However, it is a challenge to work with large pieces of fabric. I'm glad we have a large floor in the living room where I can lay my fabric (or quilts when basting them). But, I do hope these duvet covers will be used for a long time. Even though I don't plan to make more duvet covers anytime soon, I will certainly buy wide quilting cottons again. These will make quick and nice backing for quilts. It's really great to see more modern prints available in larger widths.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Pretty Potent Charm Quilt Finished

Today, I can show you pictures of the Pretty Potent Charm Quilt I started earlier this fall. I'm really happy with the result.

Pretty Potent Charm Quilt

I would definitely redo the same pattern (not right away because there are already plenty of other ideas I want to explore first). But next time, I would try using only solid color fabrics to put the emphasis on the layout of the different colors, Just like in the Navajo rug (seen here) that was my initial inspiration. I think I didn't show you a sketch of the quilt without the prints. Here it is (don't mind the colors it was just to try the layout).

For the back, I used some fabric remnants from the front combined with a corduroy by Free Spirit Fabrics. The print is from Denyse Schmidt's Chicopee  collection. I just love the texture and I will certainly use corduroy again for the backing of a quilt. It feels so soft. For the binding, I used the same fabric as the background on the front (Interweave Chambray in Pepper from Robert Kaufman).

Pretty Potent Charm Quilt

For the quilting, I used a clam hell quilting pattern. In the central patchwork, I used the seams as quilting guidelines. Outside the patchwork, I marked horizontal lines at the same distance using my hera marker and used painter's tape to mark the clamshell width. Here you can see the quilting from the back.

Pretty Potent Charm Quilt

I was really happy to finally give it to my father. It's the first quilt I ever give him. I'm sure he will greatly appreciate it, because he totally understand the work and the love that went into it.

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!