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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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 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”

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 ūüôā

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 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.

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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.

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Sharyn Cole
12 Designers of Christmas

I have to admit that this was on my list of projects to make since Spring but had to delay due to my health problems.  But I plan on making one next year! Sharyn is the original Tuffet lady!

You can order the pattern with the foundation pattern only or get a complete kit so that you don’t have to run around to find the foam, feet and all the other little things you need to make a fabulous tuffet.

 

 

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I spoke of the Free-Motion Quilting Workbook yesterday but I have to say that I used it with THIS BOOK!  I love how Christina explained free-motion quilting in this book and it has helped many of my students.

So if you plan on adding Learning free-motion quilting to your list of things to do in 2017: you need this book under the Christmas tree.

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This book is an absolute must have for anyone that really wants to free-motion quilt! ¬†I have had several quilters confess that they have several quilting books at home but are still afraid to do it! ¬†This book is the best as it actually gets you to try out on paper before going over to your sewing machine. ¬†It’s that one small step that was missing in all the other books. ¬†
So thank you Angela for this fantastic book!  I have had mine for some time now and truly enjoy it.

 

 

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I met these ladies over a year ago and was really impressed by their beautiful quilts and the fact that they are three sisters and a mom working together!  Their demos really convinced me that their rulers make curve piecing easy.  But the fact that they are working together in designing, quilting and creating patterns!  WOW! AWESOME!

I came back home and told my mom and sister how I was inspired by these ladies… they both looked at me and said: “You won’t get us quilting!”… Yap… my family really doesn’t get it!

But I digress, Sew Kind of Wonderful‘s rulers and patterns are absolute must haves for Christmas. ¬†I have mine already picked out and will be my holiday treat! ¬†I plan on making a table runner during my free time.