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Hate the color of that fabric? Use it!

If you’re still having trouble finishing a quilt, I want to show you how creating with a colour you hate can actualy help you finish a project.

I have been giving you tips and tricks since August to increase your creativity. And this one I am sure you’ll love to hate.

It’s quite simple! If you really hate the colour in your fabric, you won’t focus so much on how nice it HAS to look. You’ll just want to get it done and move on to another project.

It’s exactly what happened when I made this project.

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Behind the seams of Some like it hot

I thought I should give you a behind the seams look at my latest piece: ”Some like it hot”. It’s presently featured at the Fall International Quilt Festival in Houston in the IQA exhibit A world of Beauty.

How it all started

I started this project during March break.  I had sent out my Remembering Sochi quilt for the Spring International Quilt Festival in Chicago and realized I had no quilt to show during my April lectures!  On the very first Saturday of March break, my son was sleeping over at a friends’ house… So I woke up at 5 am as I realized I had the basement all to myself!  I worked on the project till the rest of the household awoke. It was the most productive hours ever! Continue reading “Behind the seams of Some like it hot”

Fall Foliage: Behind the seams

If you’re attending the Fall Quilt Market in Houston you simply have to stop at Banyan Batiks booth#614 to take a look at my latest creation. I would have loved to make the trip once more to Quilt Market, but life got in the way! I am posting this blog at the same time so you get a behind the seams look at my quilt entitled Fall Foliage. Continue reading “Fall Foliage: Behind the seams”

How a challenge can up your quilting skills

Another great way to be more creative in your studio is to participate in a challenge!  Being a regional rep for the Canadian Quiter’s Association , I agreed to participate in the annual Trend-Tex Challenge this year. That’s when I realized that a challenge can up your quilting skills!

Now this is very interesting .  The Trend-Tex Challenge is an annual event at Quilt Canada.  Participants purchase a kit of 5 fat quarters of Trend-Tex fabrics and make a wall size quilt.  All finished quilts are displayed at Quilt Canada and are sold by silent auction to raise funds for CQA/ACC programs and projects. Continue reading “How a challenge can up your quilting skills”

Sometimes all you need is a cool new bag!

Cause sometimes all you need is a cool new bag right? That’s this week’s tip to get you motivated to go to your studio and whip up something new.

If you live in canada, you are about to have a long weekend!  This means you have an extra day to do whatever you want. I strongly suggest to grab a Gem Bag pattern and get started on this cool bag!  You can say it’s a new bag for Trick or Treating later this month… Whatever excuse you need to give your familly so that they leave you alone works! right? Continue reading “Sometimes all you need is a cool new bag!”

Stepping out of your comfort zone to make great quilts!

I urge you to try to make a quilt out of your comfort zone! 

I was so happy to hear the news that my niece was expecting that I just had to make her a quilt!  But I almost backed out when she requested it to be in gray, black and white tones. That’s when I remembered that my best work was done when I was stepping out of my comfort zone. Continue reading “Stepping out of your comfort zone to make great quilts!”

How books can spark some creativity

In my last blog post I showed how changing two things could increase your creativity. In this post, I want to show you how reading a book can spark some more creativity.

If you want to venture into improv quilts, I have the book for you: Continue reading “How books can spark some creativity”

Changing two things to increase my creativity!

Here’s how changing two things increased my creativity.  I am continuously surprised at my productivity this year.  Not only have I started many projects, but I have also finished a bunch.  After having made almost nothing in the past two years, I am really happy of my results.  What has changed?

There are two things that helped me increase my creativity: my sewing machine and my mindset!

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Winning best of show was quite a BIG surprise!

If you followed my social feeds over the weekend, then you know all about my big SURPRISE! I received the Best of Show ribbon in Chicago for my Remembering Sochi Quilt.

Claire Haillot quilt
Remembering Sochi is the best of Show at Chicago International Quilt Festival 2018

It was totally unexpected and I appreciated every moment of the International Quilt Festival! After spending two years in my quilt cave figuring out the math on this quilt, it was nice to simply share my obsession with everyone who wanted to know more about the quilt.

For those who are not aware, here is a brief recap:

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The story behind my quilt!

I am so excited that my quilt “Remembering Sochi” will be featured this year at International Quilt Festival in the A Celebration of Color exhibit.  You can see it in Chicago from April 12 to the 14th and in Houston from November 8th to the 11th.

I’m preparing a short story about the quilt for the Guide by cell tour and have managed to tell the story in less than 90 seconds.  But that made me realize that there is so much more to this quilt!  So I thought a blog post would be the best way to explain my design process for this quilt. Continue reading “The story behind my quilt!”