Sunday, December 23, 2012

Stitch Me Club : the top is finished.

Happy Dance!!!!

I have finally finished the top of the Quilt Me Club  project. I LOVE it!!! It was so  fun to make... and challenging too as both pieced and appliqué blocks had many tiny pieces!

Thank you very much Natalie for creating such wonderful projects.



( 83x48 cm / 33x20 in )

 Now that the top is finished, the quilting will begin.

I will also resume working on the Stitch Me Club poject : Patches of Life sampler. I stitch it just like Natalie : tent stitch on 40 ct.

Merry Christmas to you all, it is such a special time ;-)

Until later,

Monday, December 17, 2012

My quilts made from Yoko Saito's designs

It's working!!!! Resizing the photos has made uploading a breeze ;-) Thanks a lot for your help.

I wanted to share these quilted objects with you. You've seen them before but I love them so much that I cannot resist posting the photos again.

The banner you can see at the top was my first Yoko Saito quilt. I used a thick cotton batting and was wrong. A thinner polyester batting would have been better. Lesson learned!

The pencil case and sewing case were both fun to make. I  learned to sew a zipper with these two projects. I love hand work!!! (I also enjoy working with my sewing machine, too)

As for the basket, I started it in class with Yoko. I must admit that I am very proud of it. This basket is even more beautiful in real. I have loved making the appliqué et quilting it. I turned ideas over in my mind several times before deciding how to make the lines on the inside fabric match perfectly.
This is the kind of projects that make you think that the sky is the limit!

I am trying to master the Japanese techniques. I feel comfortable with appliqué and quilting but I am still clumsy with the hand-piecing technique. But I am patient and willing...

For now, I work at finishing the top of a beautiful little quilt created by Nataliejo from l'Atelier Perdu. I will attach the different pieces of the top of the Quilt Me Club quilt (link on the right) this week and prepare a post about it ;-)
Not sure I will be able to post before Christmas but will as soon as I can.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas with mulled wine, cinnamon cookies and other seasonal pleasures ;-)

Until later,

Tradition with a twist : your opinion ?

Happy to have finally been able to upload one photo! I picked up this one because these days I am using all of Yoko Saito's techniques to finish the Quilt ME Club project.

I love trying new things and techniques but for appliqué, I prefer hand appliqué above any other techniques and I love to appliqué small bias strips using Yoko's techniques.

I can now also appliqué both tiny and big pieces without any shifting at all (which was my problem with big pieces).

Thanks to the class with Yoko Saito and also to the books with step by step photos, I am ready to tackle the Japanese projects that make me dream.

But back to the title  and the traditions in my family. For Christmas's eve, all my family members who are not in their in-laws' come over to my place. We spend the evening together around a nice meal with oysters and seafood as a starter, pan-sautéed scallops and vegetables as a main dish, cheese and dessert. We usually start dinner at 9:00 pm when we are back from mass.
On Christmas day, we go to my brother-in-law and spend the day with all my in-laws. We usually have foie gras, oysters again, roasted turkey with different vegetables, crepes and different other desserts. All the cousins are together and it's usually a fun day.

In my family, New Year's eve is always spent with very close friends. This year is no exception! This is a very late dinner and it often lasts till morning. The tradition with my friends is that each couple buys one inexpensive little present for one  couple. We number the presents and during the night we draw the numbers to know who got what. It's always fun. This is where I'd like your opinion!!! This year, I have another idea! I'd like that each couple buys a paperback edition of a book he has particularly liked and would like his friends to discover. Tradition respected...with a twist ;-) What do you think ?

We will gather this week to decide on the dishes so I will tell them my idea.

Well, if you have read so far, I'd like your advice about something regarding my blog.
Blogger doesn't allow me to post more photos on the free contract. They asked me to buy some storage space which I am willing to do but the only means is to make an unlimited subscription and pay month by month. I don't like that and I usually prefer paying once for the entire year.
Another solution is to create a new blog but I like my blog and don't want to get rid of it. If you've been through the same problem, I'd really appreciate if you could tell me what you think is best to do ?

Thanks a lot ;-)

I am looking forward to solving this little problem because I would like to share with you my Quilt Me Club quilt.

Until Later,

Friday, November 30, 2012

Maggie Bonanomi's Pinch Purse

 With my crazy schedule where I try to fit in teaching in highschool, running and going to the gym,  enjoying family time,  cooking,  gardening, stitching, quilting and  reading, I am always on the lookout, in the quilting books I buy, for little items that can be made quite quickly... because nothing  can replace a sweet handmade token of friendship.

Blue/grey bottom for the red pinch purse.

In Maggie's latest book, I immediately fell in love with the pinch purse. What a cute sewing accessory! It is the perfect tiny gift and this little three-sided pinch purse is great to tuck in a thimble, a few needles and a bit of thread when you are on the go.

The technique to make this pinch purse is the same as the one I learned in class with Maggie last April in Nantes when I made the pea-pod.

Red bottom for the blue pinch purse.

I made two of these last week and it won't be long before I make another one for me ;-)

Until later,

Monday, November 12, 2012

a finished quilted cushion

The new cushion has found its place in the upstairs living room which also serves as the music room for my wife and daughters.

I have used Marti Mitchell's templates to make the top. These templates are really awesome and has made machine-piecing very easy and precise thanks to the cut corners.

It's been quilted with black thread. It is barely visible on the black and yellow/black pieces but it gives a nice texture anyway. And because I had not quilted for quite a long time, it is better that it doesn't show much as it takes some time to make small and regular stitches again. I felt I was back to my usual quilting when the cushion was finished. I'd better not wait to long now to start quilting another top! No problem though, as there are three tops  waiting to be quilted ;-)

I haven't received the curtains for the living room and the Roman blinds for my workshop but I am really looking froward to hang them. Meanwhile, I have put some of my stitched projects here and there to give a warm atmosphere to the room.

 Apart, from having put hardwood floor everywhere, what I am very happy with, is the flight of stairs! I love it.

Well, it's back-to-school for me tomorrow. I will enjoy some stitching and quilting in the evening and will prepare the decoration for the holiday season ;-)

Until later... for an update on two of my WIPs,

Sunday, November 4, 2012

what a journey!


What a journey these past few months have been!

I want to thank you all for your comments and e-mails, your encouragement and support along the way.

Last week was the beginning of the two-week fall break in French schools and  I spent a few days on the Mediterranean coast to finally get some rest.  I find it always rejuvenating to watch the sea and listen to the waves, to hike along the coast and enjoy  time with my family. We all needed this little break.

Fall has now come and it is a time to cosy up at home. A time I particularly enjoy because I can stitch and quilt. And prepare the holiday season.

 I  have several projects I'm working on at the moment, but yesterday, I preferred working on something different : making a pillow that would go well with the other embroidered pillows I bought two weeks ago at Ikea. Now that the renovation is over, the decoration has begun ;-)

As you can see, the colors of the Ikea pillow helped me choose fabrics in my stash for this block.
Today, I'm quilting it and hopefully tomorrow, the pillow will be finished.

It's good to be back.

Until later,

Friday, September 28, 2012

Blog long pause.

Sadness and incomprehension... 

The blog is taking a long vacation...

I'll be back.... some day...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Do you want to take a walk with me ?

It's good to be back and to write again on this blog. The past summer was very busy and not much was done on my quilting and stitching projects but a lot was done on the renovation front!!!!

This morning, I woke up to a beautiful sunny day. My wife and I decided to go out for a walk in the country. I took my camera with me so I could share a few photos with you. Do you want to come along ?

This is the end of summer and everything is so dry!!!! Farmers are harvesting dried sunflowers. Fields are brown. Only  the river banks are still green.

A new  year has just begun... It's like taking a new path... Where will it take me? I'll see....

The renovation is almost finished.... New windows, hardwood floors, beautiful oak staircase, a wood burning stove...  I'm happy with the result.

Even the toilets are nice now!

The booksehelves are still empty, though... All the books are on the bed of the guest bedroom!!! Wall and ceiling lights needs to be hung.... as well as the sliding doors which have nothing to do in front of the bookshelves... But soon everything will find its right place ;-)

For the curtains, I am waiting for the fabric to arrive...

 My wife and daughters are musicians and they start learning the piano. So a new instrument has find its way into our home. My wife has been playing the guitar for a very long time, my oldest daughter is a flutist and the youngest a clarinetist. Many instruments are played here every day... which suits me well as I love music but cannot play an instrument.

 My studio/ work office is completely finished... it was a priority as it is the place where I also prepare the classes for my students. On one side of this room is the desk with the computer (not photographed) and on the other side is my craft desk : my creative corner.

There are many projects I am working on  and I am very happy to work on them again. Here's a new one I LOVE : tent stitch on 40 count!!! Pure bliss ;-)

There are also many fabrics which are just waiting for me to turn them into quilt tops or quilted projects... 

... as well as quilt tops waiting to be handquilted...

So it is going to be a fun and creative year!! and if I don't know what to do next, I have books to inspire me ;-)

Until later,