Tuesday, 31 July 2012

You Think You Know Me...

Plum and JuneWelcome to those of you coming from the Let's Get Acquainted! Blog hop. Thanks Beth for organizing such a great hop!

I'm M-R. It stands for Michèle-Renée, but a lot of people find it tricky to spell and pronounce (it sounds très sexy in French though ;) ) so I'm good with M-R. I live in Ottawa, Canada with my husband, Charles, and three boys, Patrick (7.5), Daniel (5) and Micah (3). I am bilingual, but no, I don't have a sexy French accent. I'm currently on leave from my communications job with the federal government so I can be home with my kids. When I'm not hanging out with my family, quilting or blogging, I'm playing ringette (I'm not in this video nor am I as good as those players, but it is a fun introduction to the sport by Rick Mercer, one of our comedians), volunteering as a Beaver leader and on the board for my son's nursery school, or cooking.

Here is a sampling of some of my projects over the last couple of years:

Beth provided some questions for participants to answer so here are some of my answers. There will be a quiz at the end of this post so be sure to pay rapt attention. ;)

How long have you been quilting?
I've been quilting regularly for 14 years, but I made my first quilt a few years earlier in university.

Favorite quilting tip(s):
I did a tutorial on how to get satin stitch points.

Favorite fabric (or wish list fabric):
Bright Remix Stripe by Robert Kaufman. Gotta find me more of that one!

Favorite craft books:
99 Modern Blocks by Susanne Woods
Art+Quilt by Lyric Kinard
Adventures in Design by Joen Wolfrom
Design Explorations for the Creative Quilter and Color and Composition for the Creative Quilter by Kate Pasquini Masopust

Favorite book (or book you are currently reading): Currently reading A Game of Thrones series.

Favorite children's book: As a kid, my favourite books were Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth by E. L. Konigsburg and Jeanne, Fille du Roy (The King's Daughter) by Suzanne Martel. Now, I'd add in the Harry Potter series, which I'm currently reading with my oldest son, and the Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman.

Favorite music to listen to while quilting:
I prefer listening to audio books or having a much-loved movie going on in the background.

If I'd only known - what you wish you knew about blogging before you started your blog:
I used to write and edit a daily online newsletter in a previous lifetime so I pretty much knew what I was getting into in terms of the logistics of a blog. What I didn't anticipate is how much more quilting I'd be doing as a result of the blogging!

Enough about me, let's get to the growth chart tutorial already. I did put it on a separate post because it is very photo heavy!

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you get a chance to check out the other participants on the hop this week. Today is Audrey from Hot Pink Quilts and Thursday are Jennifer from GH Quilting and Danny from MommyFor Reals.

See you on the quilt side!

29 comments:

  1. Nice to meet you M-R....you do write lovely.

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  2. nice to meet a fellow canadian! I just browsed thru your blog. nice work! i like your idea of making the mini quilts for your sewing room and quilting each one differently. one of my goals this fall is to explore different quilting techniques. I think i'll do the same. i love your pebble quilting especially.

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  4. You are tres sexy indeed! And thanks again for the brilliant tutorial :)

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  5. Interesting how the blogging is the easy part and getting stuff done for the photos is way more challenging! I agree, absolutely! I'm off to check out A Game of Thrones series! Like I got time! lol

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  6. Hi there, nice to meet you and what a great idea to make a growth chart. It's a brilliant, detailed tutorial, must have taken you ages!

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  7. Love the tutorial, especially because there are loads of pictures :)

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  8. Hello M-R (how do you pronounce that?). Glad you get to stay home with your three boys. I got to do the same thing...and although it isn't the easiest job in the world, I wouldn't go back and change it if I could. Enjoy every minute...they grow up way too quiickly.

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  9. I'm very happy to learn more about the person behind the lovely quilts! My daughter is an M-R, too!

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  10. I love your growth chart! Thanks for sharing it and all of your lovely work! :)

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  11. I totally agree about being surprised about the amount of quilting I'm doing since starting my blog! Great to learn more about you and what a wonderful tutorial! I'm going to make one of those for my littlest!

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  12. Hi M-R nice to meet you. Lovely tutorial. I also love 99 Modern Blocks. It is such a great book!

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  13. Nice to meet you! Nice project I wish I had done a growth chart when mine were young.

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  14. Nice to meet you M-R. The growth charts are a great idea. My kids are past the growing stage now. We used the side of the refrigerator for awhile with little pieces of tape. A quilted chart would have been much much nicer and a keepsake as well.

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  15. Great interview. Your work is amazing. Love the growth charts.

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  16. Nice to meet you! I love your color block mosaic quilt and that beautiful rainbow rings one!

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  17. Also, I just read your story about how you came to quilting, and really enjoyed it! You're funny. :)

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  18. Michele-Renee, it's so nice to "meet" you. I live in Carleton Place and am here on the hop. Would you be interested in trying to get a modern quilt guild together in Ottawa? I was hoping to start one sometime in the fall. Hope we can meet up sometime!

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  19. Stopping by from Plum and June. I love the mosaic of your work. Cute tutorial.

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  20. Nice to meet you properly M-R. Loving the Game of Thrones too, can't wait for the next book and next series!

    Great mosaic!

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  21. Nice to meet you! I love Harry Potter too :)

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  22. Hi, nice to get to know you better!

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  23. Your growth chart is a great idea! Nice to find you!

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  24. Nice to meet you! I'm going to go check out your growth chart now!

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  25. So great to meet you -- I love your mosaic. Beautiful stuff!

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  26. Hi M-R! Nice to meet you. Love your wedding ring quilt. Not to mention that your growth chart is very cute too!

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  27. Great post M-R! Always love seeing what you are up to! Such creative projects!

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  28. Hi, I'm finally catching up and stopping by from the blog hop. Your mosaic looks great and I enjoyed learning more about you. I loved the ringette video description - all you need is a sheet of ice, skates, a stick and a killer instinct!

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  29. Oh I love that you listen to books while you quilt...what a good idea!

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