Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Liebster Award... Twice! Thanks!

A few weeks ago, I received an award for my blog from one of my follower, JanuaryT who blogs at Sew Sew Go: the Liebster Blog Award. Thanks again!

The Liebster award (German for favorite) is for bloggers with 200 followers or less. As a recipient of the award, you have the chance to thank and link back to the blogger who gave it to you as well as pass it along to five other deserving blogs.

It was the first time I heard about this award. Probably because I don't follow that many blogs and because the ones I do follow have more than 200 followers. Just today I got the award a second time, before I took the time to pass the first one along. I'm a bit ashamed of this. This time, I received it from Cinzia from Deux Petites Souris. Thank you so much Cinzia!

The funniest thing is that I was planning to pass it along to her. Me and Cinzia have been following each others blog for about half a year now. And we met in person a few weeks ago to team up to found the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild. I really love her quilts which her mostly done from solid color cottons and all in vibrant colors. I had the chance to see some of them last Friday at our first guild meeting. I really enjoy reading each one of her posts.

Here are the 4 other persons I want to pass it along:

  •  There is Chelsea from Pins and Bobbins. I got to know her in a bee I was in, the Fat Stash Bee. She always seems to have such a nice selection of fabrics in her stash. And from what I can see, she is really precise in her work. She just started a long arm quilting business and I want to wish her the best.
  • I also want to give the award to Debbie from Esch House Quilts. She has a little over 200 followers, but I couldn't resist mentioning her. I love her style. She design her quilts. She uses a lot of solid color and that makes her graphic elements stand out.
  • Then there is Brigitte Heitland from Farbstoff. When I see some of her quilts on Flickr, they always catch my eyes. She is also a long arm quilter and her quilting is amazing. Her blog is a real source of inspiration for modern quilters, from color and fabric combinations to pattern suggestions.
  • And the last one is Terri Carpenter from The Fox's Den. Maybe she has more than 200 followers, her blog doesn't show. But in any case, her work deserve this award. I stumble upon her blog a few times and I enjoyed browsing it. I think her Traditional and Modern series is such a nice idea. I like her modern version of square within a square pattern. I also love these two mini-quilts: here and here.
Enjoy taking a look at those blogs, they are all worth the visit.

Sunday, 25 March 2012

Cutting! Cutting! Cutting!

My sewing machine has been away for 2 weeks now and I will only be getting it back on April 2nd. I miss it. It went for a tune up and I also had the thread cutter repaired. I broke it just a bit before Christmas. A needle dropped in the machine while quilting my Christmas stocking. So, for now I've been preparing some projects: designing and cutting fabric.

The first one is a square patchwork baby size quilt. I have plenty of fabrics used for my second boy's bedroom that was left. See this set on Flickr to look at what I had made for him. I don't have any post on this since I wasn't blogging at that time. All of it was inspired by Michael Miller Zoology print. The thing I like the most is the applique I made on his duvet cover.
Duvet cover 2
Anyway, back to the leftover fabrics. When I saw this quilt by Ashley at Film in the Fridge, I thought it was a great idea for a quick project to use some of it. Like her, I used 6" squares.
Cutting for Square Patchwork Quilt 
Also there has been some time I want to try out orange peel quilting and I think it would fit nicely a patchwork quilt. Elizabeth Hartman just wrote a great tutorial on this earlier this week. So, when I get my machine back I should be ready in no time to give it a try. Even by fannel back panel and binding is cut!

My second project is for my sewing room. In fact, it's two projects, a cover for both my sewing machine and serger. It might even be three if I have enouch fabric to make a patchwork valance for the window in my sewing/laundry room. I had bough some fabrics from the Early Bird collection by Cosmo Cricket at Effiloché more than a year ago to make those projects. I wanted to used some small squares like in postage stamp quilts, but I wasn't sure about the design to use. When I saw the granny square block tutorial by Jolene at Blue Elephant Stitches, it thought this would be a great idea. But, I'm planning a little variation on it. I will make 4 granny squares joined together (see first picture below). This will be used for my serger cover. The second layout on my design wall is for the sewing machine cover.
Cutting for Sewing Machine CoverCutting for Serger Cover  
It's not final but here is my original sketch.

As solid colors, I'll use some Kona in Olive and the other one is some ColorWorks cotton from Northcott. They have this for solid color cottons at a fabric shop nearby. And I liked the match of the Honey color with the Early Bird prints. 
The olive will be used for the background of the serger cover and for the solid stripes of the sewing machine cover (green in sketch). The remaining of the sewing machine cover will be in honey. I can't wait to put those covers on my machines. It will bring some life to my sewing room which is pretty dull right now!

Sunday, 18 March 2012

First meeting of the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild!

I'm pretty excited. We have set a date and place for the first meeting of the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild. If your are interested to come, visit our website for details. A special thanks to Ginette from Effiloché for welcoming us.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

do. Good Stitches - March Blocks

For the month of March, Rebecca is planning to do a quilt with scattered stars. She asked us for two blocks of 12.5" square with one or more wonky stars of different sizes and colors. We had to use white for the background. And she wanted the stars to be made of only one fabric, same for center and points. Preferably , a solid color fabric or one with small prints that would like as solid from far. She suggested this tutorial.

Again, this was a block I never tried out. This is one of the reason I like being in a bee. It allows you to try out different techniques without committing to a whole quilt. And you always learn something from it. One of the mistake I made was not cutting the squares for the points larger than the white squares to give some space to play with for making the star wonkier. And this was pointed out in the tutorial! But in the end, I'm pretty happy with the result. Hope Rebecca will be too! It will surely make a nice quilt.
do. Good Stitches - March Block 1

do. Good Stitches - March Block 2

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Featured on Modern Day Quilt!

Just a little post to let you know that my Reflection mini quilt is featured today at Modern Day Quilts. That is great! Thanks Heather!

Modern Day Quilts

Sunday, 4 March 2012

Fat Stash Bee - Quilt done!

First, I want to say thank you for all your nice comments both on my blog and on flickr for my reflection mini quilt. They are really appreciated. Today was my niece's birthday. Her first birthday. And I had my quilt made from the blocks I've received from the Fat Stash Bee ready for her. Her parents were really happy to receive this present. Here it is.

Fat Stash Bee - Quilt done!

I had shown you the quilt top in a precedent post. Here is the back. I kept the same idea of the four quadrants with the same colors as on the front. The colors were the ones from the fabrics I've provided to the members of the bee. See this post for the details on the fabrics. I've put a piece of them in the center of the back panel and I also used the remnants to make a scrappy binding.  The solid color fabrics are Kona cottons in Tomato, Bubblegum, Peridot and Blueberry.
Fat Stash Bee - Quilt done!

For the quilting, I've done some straight lines on the edges of the sashing. I've done loops in the center blocks to go with the loops in the Starling fabric. For the crazy scrappy blocks, I've quilted all 3 blocks from the same color as one using random straight lines avoiding the bird from the Starling fabric in the center of each block. All the quilting was done with a thread in natural to match the Essex linen used for the sashing. Here are close-up of the quilting.
Fat Stash Bee - Quilt done! Fat Stash Bee - Quilt done!

I really hope that my niece will cherish this quilt for a long time.
Fat Stash Bee - Quilt done!

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Starting a chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild in Montreal

Me and Cinzia Allocca from Deux Petites Souris are starting up a branch of the Modern Quilt Guild for the Montreal area in Quebec, Canada. We have put up a website for it:

The original MQG was founded in Los Angeles back in 2009. It has rapidly grown and now has more than 100 chapters all around the world.
The Modern Quilt Guild
There was no branch close to us, so we are taking the initiative to start a branch for Montreal. Both me and Cinzia have been sharing our interest for modern quilting through our blogs and flickr groups. But, we would also like to have the opportunity to meet in person with people who have the same passion to exchange techniques, inspiration, fabrics, etc. and to collaborate on sewing projects.

You are from Montreal and would have an interest for the guild, register on our website. We are currently looking for people to join and places to meet. We will post some update as soon as we have the details.

Curves Class at Stitched in Color

When Rachel Hauser from Stitched in Color announced that she would be giving an online sewing class on curves, I thought this was a great opportunity to learn something new. I registered right away. I love reading her blog. It is filled with information and inspiration. So, I thought that I couldn't go wrong and I wasn't disappointed. I decided to take this class to open up my possibilities. It's not the first time I sew curves, however I had never done curve piecing before this class. I really appreciated the format. Being an online class and being able to choose from different options depending on your needs and budget was great for me. I chose the first option which was a blog only class. This class format really suited me. Not being in an actual class, it gave me freedom on the projects and on the time do the learning and projects.

So, here are a couple of pictures of my projects. For the first week, I decided to do the scallop bunting project. It was a great quick project to learn cutting curves with my rotary cutter. This was something I never tried before, so I was a bit worried. But, it went pretty smoothly.
Scallop Bunting
Also, this project was great one to make a little something for the boys. I added a personal touch to the project and embroidered their names on one of the bunting.
Scallop Bunting
I gave them on Valentines day and they were quite happy.

The second week was on improv curves. I loved Rachel's Rainbow Road project. I remembered my sister asking me to do a quilted cover for her boyfriend's electronic piano in black, grey, white and red. So, I showed her Rachel's project to see if she like the style. And I went from there and modified it a bit to have two curves crossing each other. It was improvisational after all... Yesterday, my sister and her boyfriend were here for lunch. So, I showed them the quilt top. They were quite happy. It's their hand holding it in the picture below.
Improv Curves - Rainbow Road Modified
I really loved doing improv curve piecing. It is very liberating to use the rotary cutter without a ruler and to do the piecing without following a template. Here is a little close-up. As you can see I wasn't able to remove all the puckering, but it does lie quit flat. Not too bad for the first time. My curves were probably too tights.
Improv Curves - Rainbow Road Modified

For the third week, I also chose a quick project that would give me the opportunity to try out precise curve piecing. I made the potholder with drunkards path block. I chose fabrics that went well in my grandma's apartment as I gave her for her birthday which was during that week.
Drunkards Path Potholder
In Rachel's project, there was a drunkards path block on both the front and the back. But, I did take a little shortcut there because I was running out of time.
Drunkards Path Potholder

The class is finishing next week. Still, I'm presenting my projects to you right away, because I don't intend to do any of this week and next week projects. Not because they are not interesting, but because I feel I had a good taste of what I can do with curves and now I really want to go back to all the projects I have in my mind. The list is quite long... Thanks a lot Rachel for this class. I really enjoyed from reading all your tips and tricks. I will definitely go back to those curves sometime.

Friday, 2 March 2012

Modern Mini Quilt Challenge

Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts is hosting a contest for mini quilts. When I saw this about a month ago, I thought right away of my Reflection Mini Quilt which I was about to finish at that point. I couldn't wait until today to share my finished quilt with you. But, today I'm writing a post to enter my quilt in the contest. You should take a look at the contest, hey are amazing prizes! Maybe you already have a mini quilt ready for this.
Modern Mini Challenge

So here, a couple a photos of my Reflection quilt.
Reflection Mini Quilt

Size: 20" x 32.

Reflection Mini Quilt 

Good luck to everyone! It will be very interesting to see other peoples quilt!