Friday, June 23, 2017

Kitty and eagle

This week was a productive one. First the fractured image kitty top is done. I made the background to go with his wonderful green eyes :) A bit of modern and a bit of traditional, it has been almost 15 years since I made an Irish chain.

This quilt is only 42" x 48" for now and I might keep it this way or make it bigger but for now he is going on the "to quilt" pile




I also made the first try of my Fractured image Patriot Eagle quilt. Still not sure what to use as a background. There is a few re work I need to do but I like his fierce look. I would not mess with him for sure lol. The pattern will be available for the 4th of July at a discount price

  

Sunday, June 18, 2017

What a week!!!!

I am home after Canada Quilt 2017 tired but so very happy. First the people were fantastic and I got so many wonderful compliments. It was very nice to talk about my art with all the nice ladies (and the few men)

My fractured image technique got rave reviews!!! people love it and they told my what they want as the next project : make a butterfly, a wolf, an elephant, fox..... my next year is going to be busy.

Next......I am now the new ambassador for Q'nique for English and French Canada. My Q'nique 14+ sit down machine should be in my home in the next few days !!!! In exchange I have to do 2 videos a month, one in french and one in english.

I also was contacted by 2 fabrics producer and distributors!!!! Can't wait to see what will come out of  this but it sound exciting

and finally I was contacted by a Canadian publisher of the "A needle pulling thread" magazine :)

All that is a bit overwhelming so I asked hubby to take care of everything lol so I can get back to the creation part

My project for this week is to have the pattern of  the eagle before the 4th of July

I didn't even get to talk about the wonderful quilt in the competition!!! and the stuff I bought  Maybe next time.

Here was my booth.





Linking on Design wall Mondays


Sunday, June 11, 2017

Monday

Me and my honey are leaving for Mississauga This Monday. Because of my Narcolepsy we don't want to travel 6 hours and prepare the booth the same day.
Here is a map of where to find us Wednesday :)


Friday, June 9, 2017

Friday Finish

What a week. We are ready for Canada Quilt!!! Last bindings sewn on my "Ballerina" quilt and "Pear" mini.



Tried our system to hang the quilts in our booth.



It work !!!

I even had time to finish my Fractured image Kitty. There is some adjustment I think I need to make but I like him.



Have a great weekend!!!

Monday, June 5, 2017

On my wall Monday

First I have Josephine back from the Sewing machine Hospital.
My Honey went to pick him up and when I saw her I said.
- My Baby!!!
-You are talking about me right? said my hubby
- Hummm sure :)

So now I finished quilting "the Ballerina" and blocked it. It is drying right now.

Since I wanted to demonstrate my "Fractured image" technique in my booth at Canada Quilt, I designed the pear and will have it at different stages of the process. I just have to do it 3 more times :)


I have 17 patterns out of 18 printed for sale, I have my Square for payments. I need to buy an inflatable bed to put behind my booth because my Narcolepsy will probably require me to take naps.
Getting there!!!!! 

Friday, June 2, 2017

What a timing!!!

I was Free motion quilting along when I remembered that my Janome's guaranty was about to elapse. So I had to bring "Josephine" to the sewing machine Dr. What a time to be without my baby. Here is where I was when I had to stop.

 For the ballerina I still have to do the geometric triangles and tackle the border, make a 3D tulle tutu and add blings in her hair. She is going to be fabulous :)


 
And that is pretty much it for the Canada Quilt show!!!!

In other news I found an awesome background for my summer Goddess designed by Melissa Marie Collins. Usually I do not buy such expensive fabric but It had to come home with me.


If I knew how to sew I would make a summer dress with that fabric :)

and Finally "fractured Image" Kitty is missing front paws for the moment. I think he might need a little mouse friend :)


Monday, May 29, 2017

This, that and O.M.G. Canada Quilt is in 2 weeks

Last week I was working on my kitty....



 but I had to stop to make a last minute quilt for Canada Quilt 2017. Like I said a million times before I took the plunge and rented a booth (booth 129....come say hi!!!)
I was able to produce 19 new quilts for the occasion. Hubby is the one responsible to print the patterns, a friend make sure my English is good and I make sure I have sample quilts for every patterns and make sure I cut all the threads (which seam to grow back every time I take a look)



I have to do another "The ballerina" sample quilt because I gave away the original to a little girl. It is a good thing that it is a very easy quilt to do and fun to do with the bling in her hairs and a 3D tulle tutu :) It is only 42" x 48"



Back to the sewing machine!!!!


Monday, May 22, 2017

Fractured image Cat

On my design wall this week is this fractured image Cat. The finished cat will have eyes and on this drawing it is missing his paws lol.
 It will be in the same style as my Fox quilt



I have not done a Fractured image piece for a few months, it feel good to go back to my own technique.

I should have something interesting to show you at the end of the week :)

Edit.....look at this face :) He is happier than he look right now LOL


Friday, May 19, 2017

Round Robin

I think almost a year and a half ago a group of 6 was formed to a group to do a round robin :)

Each person make a center block and then send it to the next person, that will add something then send it to the next one.

I just received mine and I absolutely love it. :) Started to think how to quilt it :)



I am also juggling with a few fractured image ideas


This eagle would be perfect for my American friends :)


This mama and baby cat ......so sweet

Monday, May 15, 2017

I am a teacher!!!!

Last Saturday I gave my first Quilting 101 class!!!

Ok I only had one student...but that way I was able to test my class plan and see if it worked in the time I had.
My class included

-Essential Tools
-Example of different quilt making technique
-How to choose your fabric (with a bit on color Theory)
-Preparing and cutting fabric
-Quilt construction (strip piecing, chain piecing , making HST, pressing the seam, butting the seam and calculations for borders
-Sandwish ing
-Hand and machine quilting
-Binding

I think it cover the whole thing :)

My student was able to make her first "finished quilt" in the 3.5 hours of the class and left with a smile on her face. I can't ask for more :)

This is the "Quilt" I had her made....I think it cover the basics quilt well.(This one is mine)



Next Saturday I will give the class again and I might have as many as 4 students, and I have to give it in french and in english at the same time!!!! Can't wait :)

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Stress sewing

I don't know how it is for your but the latest news event is stressing me out. The answer for me is to start an improv quilt......and just let the mindless sewing calm me down and what better color than blue. My bin of blue scarp is overflowing anyway.



Friday, May 5, 2017

Finish Friday

From my list I made in the beginning of the week, only the baby Dragon is finish. I didn't do anything fancy on it just stippling because the background is so busy anyway!!! Really happy with the result :) He is so darn cute !!!!

This pattern is available on Craftsy

And I was successful at not starting anything new :) Quite something when you spend way too much time on Pinterest and reading quilting blog :)


Monday, May 1, 2017

Quilting quilting quilting

First let me tell you about something that made me Squeeee like a little girl.....I am giving my first class of free motion quilting in 2 weeks!!!! Oh my I am excited and terrified at the same time. I have to make a plan for a 5 week class. Hopefully I won't crash and burn.


My plan this week is "NOT TO START ANYTHING NEW" (sorry I am screaming at myself) and free motion quilt my "Baby dragon" quilt, about time it has been on my "to do" list for 6 months.



Quilt my "Ugly Christmas Sweater" quilt. I had to pick out the first quilting first because I didn't liked to look of it and since it will hang in my booth at the Toronto Quilt Show I want it to look nice.


And finally quilt my "Spanish tiles" table runner


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Post 201.....oups

I missed my big 200th post....meh never mind

I do not have a lot of work done this week. I've pull my Summer Goddess from the design wall, she is far from done but I want to concentrate on finishing writing some patterns and quilting some of the quilts I want to bring to the Toronto Quilt Show.

I did have a bit of time to work on my Spanish Tiles....I made it a table runner but I can easily see it as a quilt. I adore the look of this piece. It is now basted and ready to quilt.


Friday, April 21, 2017

Old and New and a small finish

Remember my diamond quilt fiasco? The one where the borders enthusiastically waves at me each and every times I went to my sewing room?



Since I needed to display this sample for the Toronto quilt festival, Friendly borders were not an option. So I just chopped the borders, bind it and added beading just for the fun of it.



So this is for the old.

The new is all Pinterest fault. I got inspired by Spanish blue and white tiles. So I did a first try with some lightweight steam-and-seam. The fabric is fraying badly so I will try again but with a stronger double stick fusible web, it should take care of that problem. Imagine this with the same blue sashing!!! I think it would be marvelous !!! Each block is 12"



Time for some fabric porn :) Here is the bounty I got this week.



And now for the finish. I did a bundle of fat quarter inspired by a quilt named Strawberry Lemonade Lea from Podunk Pretties made. It was hard not to start pulling fabric when I saw her quilt but I made a little Pin cushion :) I might take the dark red out and put a pale pink one instead. This is why I try to sew something with my bundles.


Friday, April 14, 2017

a little Friday finish

Right now I am making videos for my sponsor about the quilting products he sell in his online store. It is quite fun and mean free products for me :D

One of the product is Fabric Magic from Pellon. You sew the fabric to the Fabric Magic and when you steam it, it shrink and give texture to the fabric. In order to demonstrate the results, I made this cute little 12" x 12" quilt. I can't stop petting the texture of the Fabric Magic lol. This is my only finish for the week.






Monday, April 10, 2017

Summer Goddess

Well my Summer Goddess is taking shape. This picture is preliminary because I am not sure if I like a big flower at her waist...maybe smaller flowers would look better. I want it to look like her dress, not like she is standing in front of a bouquet lol.



And more fabrics to turn into fat quarters. :) Almost wishing they won't sell .....Almost :D


Friday, April 7, 2017

Friday??? Already

Darn this week went fast.

First I finished my little mindless sewing I did with the leftover from the fat quarters I am doing for Toronto.

Perfect to display the bundle's fabrics and also a nice piece for Valentine day :) I just quilted a stipple all over in red. I think the longest part to make this was the binding :)





For the background I used this beautiful print. I love the softness of those ladies.

Remember the flowers I made? Well I was not able to continue because I went thru all my Steam-a-seam in my stash and was unable to get more. So I just put every thing I want to do for this project and took a picture. At least you will have the general idea :)

It is a Summer Goddess. The background will be beige scrappy blocks, and I will use the different green fabrics to make the leafs and stems. More flowers are needed. She is almost real size!!! If this work I might also do a Fall Goddess. I have to figure out how to do the binding of the corset.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Fabrics and flower

This week is pretty much similar to last week, fabrics and flower. I am waiting for leafs because I am not sure how many I will need. Hopefully I will be able to show more of this project by friday :)



And for the fabrics part, still making fat quarters for the Toronto quilt exposition. My latest bounty


I have decided to make a few bundles. The nice thing is the warehouse I go to always cut large so even after making my fat quarters, I still have fabrics left that I can play with.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

I dream of spring

So I am making applique flowers :)



I made a few sample to see if I could design a few flowers for an idea I have. Those are the first I made but but for my secret project I need a lot more. I might be because I am just done with winter even if I can admit that this winter was not that bad, we didn't get any -40F :)

Otherwise I am working on those fat quarters still....121 done.....a gazillion to go but before I must go to my favorite fabric wholesaler....isn't that absolutely horrible? :D