Showing posts from July, 2012

You Think You Know Me...

Welcome 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 ques…

Growth Chart Tutorial

Welcome to my growth chart tutorial!

I'm providing the directions for making this modern bubble growth chart that I made for my niece Sophie. I've made other growth charts for my kids with this same construction, only with different design panels so each is unique. The design options are endless really.

FYI, this is a photo heavy post. I suggest you read all of the directions before beginning.

The growth chart measures 11" by 70".

1 - 5.5” by 11” for the name plate background
1 - 3.5” by 11” for the letters of the name
1 - 3.5” by 11” tearaway stabilizer
1 - 3” by 65” for the growth scale
1 - 8.5” by 65” for the design panel
Scraps for circles of varying sizes (I chose cream, aqua/teal and lavender/purple, but you could use any palette you wish. I think this would look fun in bright solids or novelty fabrics too.)
Coordinating thread
Fusible web (Steam A Seam 2 Lite - ie. paper on both sides of the fusible web)
1 - 12” by 72” batting
1 - 12” by 72” backing

Colour My World Pink

I'm a day early for the July's Colour My World Challenge linky today -- when am I ever early?! Tomorrow is my day on the Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop and I'll be sharing my Growth Chart tutorial so I hope you will come back to check it out.

So. Pink. I'm not a big fan of pink, I must say. Too much of it as a kid probably. And yet I've known what I wanted to do with this colour for the Colour My World challenge for a couple of months now. I thought I might change my mind as this month progressed, but no. I picked pinks of different values from my stash, cut strips and wove them together on the batting.

I was trying to get a gradation effect of values from the upper left to the lower right. The first attempt of using the same fabrics on each axis was definitely not successful. Yuck!

I am trying to use fabrics from my stash so my choices are limited. The second attempt was not as successful as I'd hoped, but a closer to what I'd envisioned.

For the quiltin…

Works in Progress Wednesday - July 25, 2012

It's been two weeks since I did a WIP report so it actually looks like I accomplished a lot. He he!

I've been getting my studio cleaned up and organized. It's slow going, but it's looking good so far, but there's still a lot more to go. I've also been getting at my scrap baskets and trimming scraps into strips or squares of various widths while watching TV in the evenings with the hubster. I want to use the scraps for a scrappy leader/ender project. I'm also intrigued with the idea that I saw on someone's site (sorry, I forget who!)Regina's Quilts about putting the unusable scraps into an old pillowcase. When it's filled up, I'll sew it closed and give it to an animal shelter. Love that idea! Thanks Regina!

New Projects: 
Colour My World Pink - July's colouris pink. I've picked out the fabrics that I'm going to use, but I'd better get a move on this because the end of the month is coming up fast!

Completed Projects: Don't Wor…