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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!”

TOP 5 MUST HAVES FOR QUILTERS THIS SEASON

The holiday season is fast approaching and that’s when our friends and families become overwhelmed as they have no idea what to get us quilters!  I have summed up the top 5 must haves any quilter would love to receive this season.   So don’t hesitate to like and share so that all of your friends and family can read along.

Without further ado, here’s my top 5: Continue reading “TOP 5 MUST HAVES FOR QUILTERS THIS SEASON”

EXPERIMENTING BY TAKING A CLASS!

In keeping up with the word of the year: Experiment!  I have another way to get you going for the month of March!

Just to keep track of our monthly goals to experiment in 2017, I had suggested in January to clean up your studio and organize your scraps.  In February I had suggested that you experiment with colours, trying out a new pattern with a colourway that you would have never picked out on your own.

How did it go?

If you have fallen short on your monthly goals, this one is sure to jump-start your experimenting resolution.  Here is your goal for March:

TAKE A QUILTING CLASS!

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EXPERIMENTING WITH COLORS

Earlier this month I offered you to experiment with colors for the month of February.

“Try a project using a color you have never used before, I dare you to try with a color you actually hate!  I did that one year and it was my first pattern that got published by Quilter’s World!  This time I’ve decided that I was going to experiment using all the colors of the rainbow.”

So here are the details of my experiment!

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