About Me

Welcome! I’m M-R and I live in Ottawa, Ontario. M-R stands for Michèle-Renée, but people find that a little long so it got shortened to M-R, which I love.

I made my first quilt while I was in university. I had a tiny room at the time, but I wanted a double bed and needed storage space for my clothes and ringette equipment (yes, it wasn't the prettiest smelling room). I couldn’t find a double captain’s bed anywhere, and I was stubborn so I designed and made one IKEA-style. That bed was a tank and served me well for four years. I imagine it's still floating around some campus today.

Well anyways, after I made the bed, I thought it would be fun and fitting to make what went on the bed too. So I went to the library, found a book on quilts to make in a weekend (ha ha), bought some fabric that was on sale (polycotton!), and started an absolutely awful and incorrect Irish Chain quilt. I loved it anyway and it adorned my bed for a number of years. I didn't realize until a few years ago that it actually isn't even close to being an Irish Chain. I have no idea what happened. I thought I followed the pattern correctly, but clearly not. Oh well...we'll just consider it to be my first original design. ;) 

I really got bitten by the quilting bug though when I got engaged to my high school sweetheart Charles (a.k.a. Chuck or the Hubster) a few years later and thought a quilt would be a perfect wedding gift. I had a ball designing the quilt and buying the fabrics. It was a sampler quilt of blocks that had personal significance to each of us. Unfortunately, I did not have the skills to make what I envisioned in my head, nor did I have other quilters or the Internet to turn to for help. That became UFO #1 and remains to this date my oldest UFO. That didn’t stop me though and I've been quilting ever since, slowly improving my skills. 

In 2011, I pledged to do something quilt-related everyday, even if it’s just for 20 minutes.I started this blog that May and have been having a blast ever since. I love meeting other quilters online and trying new-to-me quilting styles and techniques. 

I’m one of the co-founders of TGIFF! (Thank Goodness It’s Finished, Friday!), which Laura from QuokkaQuilts and I started as a way to motivate us to finish those UFOs and to celebrate our finishes. It’s a touring linky party every Friday and it’s a great way to end the week! If you’d like to learn more about it or sign up to host an upcoming party, check out the TGIFF! Site

I'm also one of the co-founders of the Ottawa Modern Quilt Guild. It rocks. If you are in the Ottawa area, come join us. 

My work has been featured at:

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I’m a member of the MQG!


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  1. I love going back to UFOs left aside because I didn't have skill to go with vision, going back with new skills and finishing them with ease, well relative ease anyway. I just found TGIFF; my finish this week was on Saturday, but some other Friday...

  2. Sew nice to meet you, Michèle-Renée! I appreciate your visit and kind words left on my blog today. Now following!


  3. A fellow Canadian craft blogger...I love finding Canadians!

  4. Is there a pattern for the red/aqua/white quilt shown on the header for your blog? I just got a stack of similar fabric and this hits me as the project I would like to make. Your info would be appreciated.

    1. I'm so glad you like it. My Su{Brrr}nova quilt uses Lee Heinrich's Supernova pattern. It can be found here: http://www.freshlypieced.com/p/supernova-quilt-along-supernova-quilt.html. Have fun!

  5. I just signed up to follow you by email as kcrcq using hotmail.

  6. Nice to meet you. My middle name is Rene too.

  7. Hello fellow Canadian Blogger. Love all the quilts you do and the fun places you find to take pictures of them. I love the Canada Postage stamp quilt. Did you make a pattern for that. I love it!!

  8. Hey M-R, it is Robin from DCMQG. I sent you an email on your Rogers account-- it may have gone to spam because I titled it "capital question". Anyway would like to hear your response..... Happy Holidays! P.S.: what is BBF?


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