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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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Meet the artist: Paul Léger

One of my personal goals for 2017 is to feature a Canadian Artist every month on my blog.  I have written a few Meet the Designer segments in Quilter’s World and thought that I should start the same segment on my blog to celebrate our local talent!   And I believe this is the year to start as we are celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday.

Do not hesitate to make suggestions in the comments section below!

It is with great pleasure that I begin this adventure by introducing: Continue reading “Meet the artist: Paul Léger”

GREAT TUTORIAL FOR VALENTINE’S DAY

I had fun experimenting with the drunkard Path block in January and have come up with a fun project to make for Valentine’s day.

It can be a pillow, a place mat or a cute wall hanging.  It’s all up to you!

Here’s what I did. Continue reading “GREAT TUTORIAL FOR VALENTINE’S DAY”