Upcoming Quilt Shows

I just shipped my quilt “A Sprinkling of Stars” to be displayed at the national juried show Quilt Canada 2016.
The exhibit is taking place on June 15 -18, 2016, near Toronto, Canada. See information here. It’s the first time, I have a quilt in that show. I wish I could be there to see all the accepted quilts. Unfortunately, I won’t. But I will ask my friend Cinzia from Deux Petites Souris to take pictures for me as she will be teaching workshops there.

There is also a show organized by Courtepointe Quebec that is taking place the upcoming weekend (May 26-29, 2016). For those of you near Montreal, Salon 2016 is taking place at Collège André-Grasset (close to Métro Crémazie). See info here. The exhibit “Vitrine sur la courtepointe moderne” presented by the Montreal MQG  earlier in February at Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay, will be part of the show as a special exhibit. So, I’ll have two quilts there: my Metamorphosis quilt and my Contradiction quilt (taking place of my quilt “A Sprinkling of Star”). I will be going at the Salon on Saturday and I hope to see a few modern quilts. One thing that is sure, is that I will get to admire some remarkable  workmanship.

Le temps des sucres

Last month, the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild had visit from Libs Elliot for a workshop. I really love her work. It is really unique. I like her approach, particularly how she uses programming to generate quilt patterns and how she introduces randomness in her quilts. It was great to meet her in person. We had such a great day. It was the first time we were so many members to sew together. And as we were all working on the same project, it was great to share our progress, throughout the day and even as we were a preparing for the workshop. We had some great discussions on fabric selection online and and in the meeting preceding the workshop.

We had chose Libs Elliot’s Weight of Love workshop. A pattern was provided and we had to cut our fabric prior to the workshop. We had to cut triangles, half-hexagons and hexagons. It was recommended to use the Hex N More ruler by Jaybird Quilts. I rarely used specialty rulers, but I really enjoyed using that one. It’s versatile and well designed. I will certainly use it in other projects.

I auditioned so much fabric to use for this quilt. I even ordered a bundle of solid blue fat quarters. In the end, I decided to go with what I had in my stash. I use some black and white combined with some light gray and pastels. It was inspired by these rugs, particularly the picture with the rug in B&W, blue and green hanging on the wall.

In the workshop, we learned how to assemble our hexagonal blocks, assemble the rows and then join them using y-seams. During that day, I had time to assemble two rows and join them. I did modify the original pattern a bit as I wanted to make it my own. And also because I didn’t want to make the appliqué of the large hexagon (a bit of laziness I guess). So, all rows are the same length. I just finished assembling all my blocks. Now, I need to assemble the remaining rows and join them (the hardest part). As I was laying down my blocks to prepare my rows, I thought it was a good time to share my progress.

"Le temps des sucres" Quilt

On my way home from the workshop, I realized the colors of my quilt are much like the colors of nature at this time of the year. Our little town is surrounded by the country. And as I was driving I could observe the light blue sky, the fields that still had that golden yellow from fall with hints of green, and spots were the snow hadn’t melted yet. So serene. This weekend as we went to the sugar shack, the temperature was similar and I thought I should name my quilt “Le temps des sucres”. Do you know the proper way to translate this in English? I just love that time of the year!

Ready to Take on the Guido Molinari Challenge

Back in November, the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild organized a visit to the Guido Molinari Foundation. Guido Molinari was a renowned abstract painter from Montreal. He died in 2004. But, his gallery is still open to the public. Before his death, he created a fondation to continue perpetuating his art and abstract painting in general. Our group was welcomed by the executive director of the foundation and his assistant. When we were there, the exhibit was on a series of paintings and screen paintings by Molinari, named Quantifiers.  Like in most of his work, he explored color and their interactions with each other. In this series, it was subtle changes of tones. And how the width of different strips could change our perception of color and create rhythms. All our group really enjoyed the guided tour and the passionate and generous explanations on Molinari’s life and work. And even though the people from the gallery were surprise to receive visit from a quilt guild, we could all see how his work could translate into quilts.

Following that visit, our guild proposed a new challenge to us: make a quilt inspired by Molinari. I have been looking at his work since then and I finally settled on a series of paintings named “Structures triangulaires” as my source of inspiration. You can see one of these paintings exposed in Musée d’art de Joliette in this post. He did a series of paintings with these simple triangular structures in which he permuted warm and cold colors to create the perception of more complex structures. The paintings were composed of 4 rectangles split in half by a diagonal, creating half-rectangle triangles. By playing with the layout of the different triangles, he created different variations. You can read a good explanation in the last section of this article from La Vie des Arts (in French, link to the PDF)

This made me think of my half-rectangle triangle (HRT) table runners (see here and here) and the tutorial I had written for Sew Mama Sew! So, I decided to explore that concept. I combined different variations of layout for 4 HRTs I had seen from his work to create an even more complex structure. I’m settled on a layout. I did some new templates for the HRTs as their size will be different than the ones used in the tutorial. I did some test blocks. And I chose my fabric (Kona cottons in Lagoon, Ultra Marine, Coral and Bordeaux). So, I’m now ready to take on the challenge!

Guido Molinari Challenge - Ready Set Go


Random Projects

Today, I though I’d share a few small projects I didn’t take the time to share in the past months. First, I made two placemats before Chritmas for each of my sons teacher.


My sons helped me chose the patterns and fabrics. I had proposed a few paper-piecing patterns. One chose the Lil’ Fox by Sonja for Artisania.  The other, a free apple pattern by Electric Quilt, which I adapted a bit.

The second project was for a mug bag swap that we had in January at the Montreal MQG. I made my own pattern for it. But, the design was inspired by a small leather pouch I first saw on on Pinterest. I love simple designs and I often my inspiration in leather projects. See more about what inspires me in this Pinterest board.

Mug Bag

Mug Bag

The last project I want to share was for a mug rug swap. We had a meet-up between the Ottawa MQG and Montreal MQG this weekend. And for the ice breaker, we did a little swap. As I was looking what I could do for my mug rug, I stumble upon a quilt made using the Stepping Stones pattern by Judy Niemeyer. I thought the block would look great as a mug rug. So, I made my-self a paper-piecing template inspired by the block. Here is the result.

Mug Rug

Metamorphosis Quilt

A few weeks ago, I presented one of the quilt I had in the exhibit by the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild. Here I am to present you the second one. It’s named Metamorphosis and I made this one to represent the minimalist category in the show. I already mentioned this quilt here as I was design it last year. See this post about the design process and the making of the quilt top. Here it is pictured in the show.

Metamorphosis Quilt

I love optical art and here a few illustrations that inspired me for this quilt: here, here and here. I love how a simple change in line directions can create new shapes. I wanted to explore this concept with this quilt, particularly with the quilting. I used straight-line quilting with my walking foot. I quilted lines 1/2″ apart and changed their directions as I was crossing the inset circle. So at the top and bottom of the circle, the horizontal lines are very close together and as we get to the center they get further apart.

Metamorphosis Quilt

I love the result seen from the back. I would love to make another quilt based on this idea. This time a whole cloth quilt with the same quilting in contrasting thread. The only is thing I dislike is that there isn’t enough quilting in the circle center to hold the fabric flat. So if I ever do so, I would need to think of something to improve this.

Metamorphosis Quilt

Metamorphosis Quilt

For the binding, I chose to face this quilt. This was the first time I was doing so. I thought it was appropriate for this quilt and I was happy with the result. Here is a great tutorial if you would like to try it.

If you are from the Montreal area and didn’t have a chance to see the exhibit by the Mtl MQG at Maison de la Culture Marie-Uguay, you’ll have a second chance to do so. The quilts will be part of the show organized by Courtepointe Québec on May 26-29 2016.

A Sprinkling of Stars Quilt

The exhibit organized by the Mtl MQG is over.  I can now share a bit more about my two quilts that were part of it. I’ll start today by the quilt I’ve made to represent the alternate grid work category. I named it A Sprinkling of Stars (Sous une pluie d’étoiles).

A Sprinkling of Stars

A few sources of inspiration lead me to that design. First, I love quilts that use traditional blocks but play with scale of blocks and negative space. It was my starting point as this was something I wanted to explore. I chose the attic windows block set on-points. This was a block I wanted to try since I had seen a quilt top by a friend from our guild (see here). I think she had followed a pattern by Kaffe Fassett with some of his stripes shot cottons. Also, I really like this illustration by Vertigo Graphx  and thought it would be interesting to do something similar in a quilt using the attic windows block. When looking for other quilts made using that block, I stumble upon a ruler for making 3D attic windows. It’s a variation on the block that involve fabric folding. I love the texture it adds to the block. And there is no y-seam involved when doing the block this way. I didn’t use the ruler, but I did use the same idea for the block construction.

Starting from their I played with the scale of the blocks and their layout and came up with this design. I quilted it with a straight line pattern using my walking foot. The quilting was inspired by this painting by Max Bill. I turned the quilting design upside down for the navy/purple negative space. And I really like the effect it created.

A Sprinkling of Stars

I just learned last week that my quilt was accepted for Quilt Canada 2016, a juried show organized by the Canadian Quilters’ Association and taking place in mid-june near Toronto. It makes me even more happier to share it with you today, and I hope it will spark some inspiration on your end.

Clothes Sewing

As you probably noticed there isn’t much clothes sewing around here. After sewing so many projects, I thought I might have acquired enough skills to tackle some clothes. I had bought the Washi dress pattern a while ago, and I finally took the time to make one. I made it with some chambray union fabric from Robert Kaufman. It went quite well. But, I must say that I didn’t need to make any adjustment. I was happy because this is really the part that scares me the most.

Washi Dress

For the boys, I decided to make some leggings with knit fabric. My older one prefer pyjamas that are tight at the ankle so the pants do not go up while he sleeps. I thought it might be easier for me to make some, then to try to find ones that he would like. I went ahead and bought some knit fabric at a local shop and used the Go To Leggings pattern. Both of my boys are quite happy with their pyjama pants, so I might order nice knit prints to make them more. Sewing with the knit fabric went smoothly and now that the patterns are cut to their sizes, it will be quick to make new ones.

Go To Leggings

On my side, I still have some nice double gauze by Kayo Haroguchi that my sister had brought me from Japan a while ago (see here). I had planned to make a Washi tunic with it, but I realized I don’t have enough. So, I just bought the Alice Dress/Top pattern and I think it should be a nice fit for it.

Exhibit by the Mtl MQG!

As I mentioned in previous post, the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild prepared an exhibit. Just a quick post today to let you know that the exhibit is open since Sunday and it will run throughout the month of February (free admission).

Vitrine sur la courtepointe moderne

The guild's banner.

It was really a pleasure to collaborate with Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay on this exhibit, a gallery run by the city of Montreal. They have a great space that enhanced the showcase. They did an amazing job at setting up the quilts. The quilts looked as they were suspended in space and the lighting was perfect, casting beautiful shadows on the floor.

Vitrine sur la courtepointe moderne

Quilts by Agnes Wong, Debby Soll, Josée Carrier, Cinzia Allocca and Stephanie Baldwing (from right to left).

Vitrine sur la courtepointe moderne

Quilts by Stephanie Baldwin, Michèle Fitzgerald, Claudia Pedroso, Suzanne Paquette, Tamara Serrao and Louise Drouin (from right to left).

It was such a reward to see the exhibit on Sunday. Members of the guild created beautiful pieces for the show. And even though we had seen them at sewing days and meetings, it was really inspiring to see this great variety of quilts all hanging together. The day went so well. People seemed to enjoyed walking around the quilts and chating. And I think the talk given by me and Cinzia Allocca on characteristics of modern quilting was appreciated.

Vitrine sur la courtepointe moderne

Me in front of one of my quilts in the show.

If you are close to Montreal, I hope this will make you want to come and visit the exhibit. You’ll find the address and opening hours of Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay here. If you would like to see a few more pictures of the exhibit, I invite you read the post on the guild’s blog.

Vitrine sur la courtepointe moderne

The Montreal Modern Quilt Guild and its members have been working hard at putting up an exhibit on modern quilting. It all started with a challenge organized by the guild. We proposed our members to create a small quilt (30″ x 40″) that would be representative of a design element seen in modern quilting. This was back in June 2014. They had to choose one of the following categories for their quilts: use of negative space (expansive or creative), minimalist design, alternate grid work, asymmetry and improvisational piecing.

If you are close to Montreal, you’ll be able to see the result of all this hard work soon. In just a few weeks. Yeah! Our exhibit is named “Vitrine sur la courtepointe moderne”. It will feature 25 small quilts (5 quilts in each of the 5 categories). It will be presented from January 31st to February 28, 2016 at Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay.


Maison de la culture Marie-Uguay is one of the different cultural sites of Ville de Montréal. They host shows, conferences and exhibits in their beautiful spaces.When the guild was looking for a venue last year, they proposed to have the exhibit for a complete month. We were so excited!

On the opening day of the exhibit, there will be a vernissage starting at 2 pm. It will be followed by a conference at 3 pm on modern quilting (in French) presented by my friend Cinzia Allocca from Deux Petites Souris and me. I have two quilts in the show that I’ll share later on. If  your are close to Montreal, come and see all the beautiful quilts made by the members of the Montreal MQG.

Contradiction Quilt

I got great news yesterday night! I have a quilt accepted in QuiltCon 2016. Yeah! It’s a quilt I have made for the Triangle Quilt Challenge using the EZ Quilting Triangle Templates. I had signed-up for the challenge and received the mini 45 degree triangle. I was happy to have the opportunity to play with triangles once again. But,those triangles were small! Their final size was 2″ wide.

Contradiction Quilt

I love playing with reflections and triangles. So, I went with a design similar to my Amalgam quilt. But this time, I wanted to highlight contradictions: color contrast, line directions, foreground/background. I had the perfect white and navy stripe fabric for this combined with some matching solids.

This quilt was inspired to me by my youngest boy. He is gentle and affectionate, but also strong-willed. I guess that this will become his strength in the future. It will help him climb mountains and achieve the goals that he will set for him-self.

The final size of the quilt is 30″ x 39″. For the quilting, I went with straight line quilting. I wanted to integrate the triangles in the borders, so I left some triangle shapes unquilted. Here are clos-up of the quilting.

Contradiction Quilt

Contradiction Quilt

I had thought of taking pictures of my quilt outside for my blog post. But since the weather is not cooperating, I decided to use the picture I took for my submission at QuiltCon. When I’ll have a chance I’ll take other pictures with some of the back. Let’s hope that we do get some snow before Christmas!