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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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!”

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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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”

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”

SPRING QUILT MARKET

I have made it back home from Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City and took some time to rest after a hectic schedule which included a sprint run in O’Hare airport to make my connecting flight home.  I had such a great time and met so many wonderful people that it will be difficult to keep this blog short.

The exciting news is that I finally launched my new pattern Dancing Diamonds and you can order your copy from PlumEasy Patterns. Continue reading “SPRING QUILT MARKET”