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”

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”

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.

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