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Welcome everyone to February!

In the past I have always found February to be a weird month and thanked God that it was a short one.  It was the month where I would have the most quilt design inspirations!  I would wake up in the middle of the night just to sketch a pattern I dreamed about, or write an idea that was just screaming at me during my sleep.  All of those ideas would keep me busy all year long.  I would always dread January as I was afraid of not having so many wonderful ideas.  Sure enough, February would arrive and it would start all over again.

At first I thought that it was simply because it was the month where I had to close my books and do my year end reports for the company.  I really hate accounting and it was taking up most of my time.  So I thought that my creative side was feeling left out in the day and was pouring out in my sleep to compensate. Continue reading “Welcome everyone to February!”

TIPS & TRICKS FOR A BETTER STUDIO

In my last blog, I discussed the fact that your sewing room needed to become your STUDIO this year as you will be experimenting with your quilting.  While giving my lecture last weekend, many students had questions regarding their studio and I thought I should elaborate more on the subject.

When I started to talk about organizing your space to make room for your creativity, way back in 2015, many students reminded me that I had the space in my quilt shop to have a studio.  So I accepted the challenge to create a studio in my home.  Keep in mind that I have 3 boys and do not live in a mansion! And I will not apologize for the mess in the following pictures. Continue reading “TIPS & TRICKS FOR A BETTER STUDIO”

WORD FOR 2017: EXPERIMENT

Hello everybody!

I wish you only the very best for 2017.

If you are looking for New Year’s resolutions, have some suggestions for you:

I have recently received many comments about my blog and wish to thank you for them because sometimes I wonder whether the time spent writing a blog is relevant. So the first New Year’s resolution would be to TAKE THE TIME to write a comment after reading each blog to confirm that you have read it. You do not need to write a novel … simply “Thank you” or “Interesting ” or “Check :-)”. If you really enjoyed the topic, than please do share on your social networks: YOU hold the key to my visibility.

The next resolution will be in your sewing room: EXPERIMENT! Meaning have fun and give yourself the right to try things for the simple pleasure of saying that you just had to play with the idea. Continue reading “WORD FOR 2017: EXPERIMENT”

MY BEST NINE FOR 2016

At first I thought I was going to skip this year all together simply because, as Queen Elizabeth once said about 1992, it has been an Annus horribilis. But after carefully reviewing my year objectively, I realize that it started off pretty amazing and although I went through a rough time, it ends pretty great too. Continue reading “MY BEST NINE FOR 2016”

STEP 12: ADDING A LABEL

We are at the last critical step in the creation of a quilt: making the label. This is as crucial as the artist’s signature on his painting. It leaves your mark on the quilt wherever it goes next. And I believe it to be the last step in the 12 steps to successful quilt making.

You do not see the point of adding a label to your quilt?  You trust that your friends know that you made it?   Continue reading “STEP 12: ADDING A LABEL”

STEP 11: THE BINDING

12 steps to successful quilt making
Step 11: The binding

The binding is one of the last things we do on our project, so it is quite natural that it is one of the first things we forget.  That’s why I believe it to be our 11th step in the 12 steps to successful quilt making.

I often suggest my students to prepare 6 to 12 place mats in order to practice the binding. Usually, at the end of the twelfth, the steps are memorized. Continue reading “STEP 11: THE BINDING”

STEP 10: ADEQUATE QUILTING

 

I must admit that quilting was not my favorite part of the quilting process for a long time … but on January 1st 2014 I decided that it would be part of my new year’s resolutions. As I mastered the academic side of quilting …. but not the pratical side. I cannot write this  blog without thanking Colleen for her loyal services since 2004 and if after reading this blog you wish to use her services, I would not be offended.

Quilting by Colleen Paul
It’s not easy being green!

Why?

Because the quilting is a necessity to ensure a long life to your quilt. When I started, I did not understand the importance of quilting and I rushed to do a minimalist quilting … and I was disappointed when a few years later the seams were loose, the fabrics would be stretched out and the colors fading …. in short a quilt that had cost me time and money did not last more than 3 years …. it did not take long to convince me to pay a professional to quilt them.  It became an investment, not an expense.

Continue reading “STEP 10: ADEQUATE QUILTING”

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

Dancing Diamonds quilt pattern by PlumEasy Patterns
12 designers of Christmas

OK, some might think that this one is a bit bias. But it’s my blog 🙂

If you have an addiction to beautiful fabrics and have tons stashed in your house, this is the best pattern to showcase them all!  You don’t even have to use much of each. In fact a 1″, 1 1/2″, 2″, 2 1/2″ strip is all you need of each piece.

I wrote this pattern trying to make my dream quilt.  PlumEasy Patterns believed in my project and helped me create a template to sew my quilt with ease.  And the rest is history as we say!

So like and share this post with all your friends who are wondering what you are going to do with all your stash!  Don’t forget to leave a comment below so that I can keep track cause come December 25th, I will be randomly selected one lucky winner who will receive a copy of my pattern as my Christmas gift to you!

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12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

12 designers of Christmas

There are so many things I love about Victoria!  Of course she makes beautiful quilts but she is so much more!  She is very active with the Quilt Alliance, writes inspirational blogs and holds a Hats & Gloves drive for kids in NYC… that’s just to name a few things.  She also got me to do some soul searching every January to find the key word for my year and turn it into a quilt!

And she has so many gift ideas to choose from:  I would love the Star Storm Quilt AND her new Aurifil thread collection.

12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

12 Designers of Christmas

If you have many Jelly rolls laying on your shelves collecting dust: This is the absolute best present you can ask for!

Marti has been in the quilting industry for over 40 years and is always finding ways to keep right on track with what we need!  We all love to get the 2 1/2″ strips from our favorite fabric collection but sewing strips together can become a bit boring.  These 3 templates will help you create more intricate designs.