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).

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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!

Triangular Thread Catcher

Just a quick post today. You know how much I love triangles. When I saw this thread catcher, I thought I need to make one for my-self. I actually made one for me and a second one for my aunt who just started sewing more seriously.

Triangular Thread Catcher

The exterior fabric is canvas leftover from my new bag. The lining is a design I had made for one of the Spoonflower challenge. I had ordered some and I thought the fit was perfect for this little project.

Triangular Thread Catcher

I used the pattern I found here, which is a modified version of this one. If I were to do it again, I think I would make them a bit more larger.

Triangular Thread Catcher

It’s a quick and fun  project and it would make a great gift for your sewer friends.

New bag!

I needed a new bag. My previous purse was falling apart. The Essex linen did not withstand being carried around on a daily basis. So back in spring a settled on a pattern and ordered some fabrics. I really love the design of the Uptown Saddlebag by StudioKat Designs.

New bag!

New bag!

I like its shape and how it folds. For the fabrics, I chose some canvas that I found at MissMatabi (a Japanese Etsy shop). I was so surprised by how fast the shipping was and didn’t cost much. I’ll definitely order more from her. I also bought a Echino bias tape by Etsuko Furuya and a print from Ellen Baker, both for Kokka. I’ve been a long time follower of Ellen Baker’s blog and I love her simple designs. Both are linen blend canvas and have a beautiful texture. So, I ended up using both in my bag with the canvas.

The purse was my summer sewing project. As I said in previous posts, I was pretty busy with the kids this summer. So, I was doing bits and pieces here and there. And I finally finished it at the beginning of fall. I would say that this pattern is a intermediate to advance level. I’m not a big fan of pattern cutting and this one involved a LOT of darts to align pieces. Even though I’m pleased with the result I’m not sure I would use it again for my next purse. I much prefer using my ruler and rotary cutter for cutting!

The pattern suggests to use some Soft & Stable for the interfacing. This was the first time I was using it. I was afraid that with the canvas it would be hard to sew. But no, it went quite smoothly. And I’m really happy with the result. It does make a big difference on how the bag holds itself. Beside that, I did make a mistake when assembling the back panel. I think my seam allowances for the zipper were too large. I ended up with a panel a bit too short (about ~ 1/2″).

New bag!

I didn’t want to redo it. So, I decided to shorten the front panel and lining. That is why the magnet is so close to the zipper on the front.

New bag!

I’ve been using my purse for about a month now. I would say that I’m satisfied with the result. I particularly love the heavy canvas. I also enjoy the different pockets that were part of the pattern.

New bag!