Showing posts from December, 2013

TGIFF! -- Hands Hands Fingers Thumbs

I'm sure you've been waiting with baited breath to see if I finished Hands Hands Fingers Thumbs on time, haven't you? You are the best!

When my friend came to pick up the quilt yesterday, she said, "you know, I really shouldn't have asked you to do this at this time of year." And I replied, "you know, I really shouldn't have said yes at this time of year." And then we laughed and laughed. She's a knitter so she understands. It's nice to have friends like that, isn't it? :)

So did I it get done? Well, obviously M-R, you just mentioned that your friend picked it up yesterday. Um, right, I guess I did. I finished the binding and label at some ungodly hour yesterday morning. Gotta love the many holiday movies at this time of the year, eh? Great company for those late-night quilting sessions!

Photos were a last minute scramble. Crazy snow, eh? I think we're supposed to get another 20+ cm this weekend.

My friend let me know that the qu…

Giveaway Winner and Modern Block Monday - Stuck in the Middle

Wow, Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day gets bigger and bigger each time, eh? Thank you all for entering and sharing such fab colour palettes with me. It was inspirational to read your colour ideas and now I want to go and try a whole bunch of them. To those of you who decided to follow along with my quilting misadventures, welcome! Without further ado, the winner of the bundle of Depression-style fabrics is:

Congrats, Mary! I will be contacting you for your snail mail address shortly.  
Now for Modern Block Monday. I know -- prints. Me? Yes! The colours in the photo are a bit off, but you get the idea. Our Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild Queen Bee this month wanted Stuck in the Middle from 99 Modern Blocks. I decided it was time to break into the Denyse Schmidt Flea Market Fancy I've been hoarding saving. I got the stripe in the green to be all straight and parallel and everything. Yay! It's the little joys, isn't it? :) I can't wait to do this one in solids for my Modern Block Samp…

TGIFF! - Bébé Éléphant

Welcome to TGIFF!, where every finish deserves a celebration!

When my cousin announced her pregnancy, I (of course) offered to make her a quilt. I'm the only quilter in our huge family so she immediately took me up on the offer.

She sent me some ideas - grey, white, aqua (or mauve, but she went back to aqua) and elephants. Then Pam from Mad About Patchwork contacted me about curating a bundle. Hello!

Remember this yummy stack from Mad About Patchwork?'s still available. Just sayin'. Holidays and all that. :)

While I ended up taking out some of the darker tones, I used most of these fabrics for the patchwork band and the elephants.

I showed you this layout of the top a couple of weeks ago. The grey (Kona Iron) was looking too dark so I switched it to Kona Ash. Much better!

The Spoonflower fabric for the backing arrived and it was perfect! I decided to try linear loopy quilting for the first time on the grey and stipple in the patchwork band, with my trusty Aurifi…

Hands Hands Fingers Thumbs - A Work in Progress

I'm madly working on a commission for a friend right now. A beloved teacher is leaving and she wanted to send him on his way with a quilt involving the children he taught. When we discussed the project and the style the teacher might like, my friend said that at a Jackson Pollack-style painting party, the teacher in question tried to mix up some colours, but ended up just using grey and black.

So grey and black it is!

With that info in mind, I suggested doing improv chevrons on one side -- très moderne, non?

I'm working on the other side right now. It will be a white background, with some slices of black and white prints pieced into it. Each child from the class has traced their name onto some fusible-web backed fabric in oranges and reds and written their names on white fabric. The hands and names will be fused to the white and zig zag stitched down. 

It's a fun project and I think it will turn out really well. Now, if I can just finish it by the 19th, we'll be golden…

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway!

Yay, it's Sew Mama Sew Giveaway time again! For those of you who are stumbling upon my blog for the first time, I'm M-R (stands for Michèle-Renée) and I live in Ottawa, Ontario with the hubster and my three boys (yes, quilting is my refuge).

I made my first quilt 20 years ago, but I've been quilting regularly for about 16 and obsessively for about four. I'm one of the co-founders of the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild and a member of the Ottawa Valley Quilters Guild.

I like to try different techniques and have a 'bazillion' (as my four year old would say) projects on the go.

Hope you take a moment to look around my blog, but let's get to the giveaway, shall we?

For our giveaway, we are going vintage/modern - 8 long quarters of these fun Depression-style fabrics, just perfect for a traditional or vintage modern project:

How can you win? Those who follow regularly know I love to play with colours so I'd like to know what is your favourite colour combination. T…

Carsick - A Work in Progress

I'm not even sure where to begin. I finished all the blocks for my son's Scrappy Trip quilt during our Sew-In but didn't have enough space to lay them all out that day so back into the box they went. 
I laid them all out this morning and was quickly reminded of this post and this post on Molli Sparkles about the scrappy tripalongs/scrap vomit quilts out in the blogosphere. Now, I took no offence when I read his original comments -- we all make a fugly quilt now and then and I know Joshua knows that. It's how we learn and how we get better. I also think that some fugly quilts are more loved and cherished than some prizewinners -- to each her/his own, I say! 
Sad to say, but I think this scrappy trip is joining the ranks of the fugly. I was hoping that the greys and purples would organize the scrappiness, but alas, I fear this whirlwind of colour cannot be tamed. 
Not from this angle:

Or from this angle:

Maybe move some blocks around? Uh-uh.

Back to this angle? Nah.


Going Fractal

My middle son expressed some interest in learning how to sew last weekend. Not wanting to pass up this golden opportunity, we hightailed it up to the studio and sewed up this block together. Doesn't he look pleased with himself? :) 

This granny square is part of a leader/ender project I've started with scraps from my Fibonacci Is Not Random quilts. The block finishes at 5". Yep, small pieces.

I saw a show on Fractal Geometry a couple of months ago and I've been wanted to see how it might apply to quilt design ever since. Google fractal geometry and look at the images that come up -- wow! Wouldn't those images look fabulous as quilts? Check out this quilt - love it!

I'm probably oversimplifying it, but the basic idea behind fractal geometry is that the design replicates itself no matter how much you zoom in or zoom out. Seeing how small these granny square blocks were made me think that I could use them to make bigger granny square blocks. Not quite the fracta…