Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Looking back at 2014 - Looking for 2015

It's quite amazing to look back at what I've accomplished in 2014, as a quilt maker, I have grown enormously. I can't wait to see what 2015 will bring!

Now...How about some new resolutions for 2015?
It's the subject of the moment, it's on everybody's lips ( and blogs...)

I don't always take new resolutions least not the kind I can't keep.
And when I do, it always evolves around being healthier, being more active or lose a few pounds...
BORING isn't it?  
It's the beginning of a new year, a chance for a new start and we always want this year to be THE year, right?

It all started a few days ago, I surprised myself making a list of the quilts I want to make in 2015. Things I want to try and things I want to do. Just to give me some kind of directions when I'm stuck. I am pretty sure this list is more likely to change over time, but it's ok.

I initially made the list to avoid quilt hangover … You know that lapse of time from when you finish a quilt and can't decide what to do next... That lapse of time when nothing seems to be happening and you feel like a dog trying to catch his tail...When you are still in the ahh moment and drooling over the last quilt you have made and can't decide what to do next... It can last for days and even weeks sometimes. 

So my list brought me to think about new objectives for 2015 and, if I was to set new goals for 2015, it would look like this:

1- Make a list of the quilts I want to make this year to avoid quilt hangover.

2- Learn FMQ (I mean seriously).

3- Push my creativity.  This means to focus on doing things differently to develop my uniqueness and be more self-confident with my work. 

4- Join a Quilt Guild. Why not?

5- Keep doing what I'm doing...It makes me happy!

Wishing you all the best for 2015!


Linking up to Quilting Jetgirl and Sew Fresh Quilts

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Work in Progress and Merry Christmas!

The last few days, besides Christmas preparations, when I had a moment or two...I have been cutting squares and playing with these...

The more I play with this one, the more I get excited...
I have a name already picked out.

Linking up with:


Wishing you all a Merry Christmas! 

May your day be filled with love, joy and laughter.

Best wishes

Friday, December 19, 2014

Flowering Snowball {Finish}

My Flowering Snowball is finished and I am really pleased how it turned out. 
I made this quilt top this past summer as part of The Flowering Snowball-Summer-Sew-Along hosted by Mary at Molly Flanders...


For more details, you can click on Flowering Snowball in the labels section of my blog.

Here is a photo of the finished top before quilting, somewhere along the way I decided to add a scrappy border.

As a starting point, I used Briar Rose by Heather Ross and add different fabrics to the mix. I used two different tones of pink from the Cotton Couture palette by Michael Miller. 

For the backing I used a solid piece of cloth I had in hand and here again I paper pieced my niece's name using scraps. This time I used 
Diane Bohn's PP Alphabet pattern on Craftsy. I enlarged the letters at approx. five inches.  

This one will be given to my other niece for Christmas,  she will be six years old very soon and she loooves pink... 

Here again I chose Deb's feathers as quilting design (I know it's time for a new one...) and 
a pink polka dot by Lecien for the binding.

This was my last finish on my list as part of the FAL-2014 hosted by Katy at The Littlest ThistleI enjoyed participating very much, Katy did an excellent job hosting the FAL and will certainly miss her memorable and impressive stats...:-)

That's about it for 2014 regarding quilting stuff...Next week will be for cooking, baking and some last minute preparations...It's a busy time for all of us...But it's also one of the best time of the year...The days leading to Christmas!

Best, Maryse


Linking up to:

Things I MakeCrazy Mom QuiltsPorch Swing Quilts

Sew Fresh Quilts

And to The Littlest Thistle for the last quarter of the FAL-2014 And here is my original list for the 2014 FAL Q-4

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Work in progress - Something Christmassy

I have another finish to share.

But today is raining...Can't take photos. :-(

So here is a peek at what I am working on instead...Something more Christmassy...More detail on this later.


Linking up to Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Star Quilt {Finish}

Initially called Star Quilt, it is now properly named: Sous Les Étoiles (Meaning; Under The Stars)
The name popped into my head while hand sewing the binding.

I made this quilt (top) this past summer and it was no.1 on my 2014 FAL Q-4 Checklist.

It's finished and ready to give to one of my niece for Christmas.
Here is a photo before the quilting.

No particular pattern for this quilt, just a few scrappy sawtooth-star block put together with a scrappy border.  Made to fit a twin size bed.

The main fabrics are from Briar Rose by Heather Ross mixed with others, some from my stash and some I bought to create the scrappy look that I love so much.

For some reasons, the thread appear to be darker than in reality  but I assure you that it's not...

Here again, I chose Deb's Feathers as quilting design, in a light pink thread. I like a dense quilting, it looks sort of flat at the moment because it's been squished in my suitcase...But after the wash and the gentle drying, you get that "popcorn" puffy texture that I am so fond of. 

I chose Frog Pond Lilac by Heather Ross as backing.

I ran a bit short with the backing fabric, so I added a strip and PP her name and made a heart using the scraps. Not my best...

And a label of course!

I am quite pleased with the result, it turns out better than I was expected.

We flew back to Canada yesterday, we will be having Christmas here, hopefully it will be a white one...
So far so good. :-)

Best, Maryse


Linking up to:

Quiltstory for Fabric Tuesday

Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social no.50

My Quilt Infatuation for NTT

Quilt Matters for TGIFF

Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday

Confession of a Fabric Addict for Can I Get A Whoop Whoop

Porch Swing Quilts for Santa's Sweatshop

And Linking up to The Littlest Thistle for the last quarter of the FAL-2014 And here is my original list for the 2014 FAL Q-4

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

AMH Nine Patch {Quilt Top Finished} & Slow Blogger Linky Party

I have a finish to show you this week, it has to be my biggest quilt so far.
It's huge {95 inch X 115.5 inch} it's big enough to cover the bed without the mattress and box spring showing. 

Made using Anna Maria Horner's Field Study Linen.
You can read more about it in my last post.

I shoveled the deck yesterday hoping to be able to take these photos this morning. You can still see snow between the planks.
Can you tell it was cold?

It was a different process this time due to the lack of space, I designed this quilt on my computer with the original fabric, hoping to get a result as accurate as possible...The picture gives a good idea of the final product but still, I ended up unpicking, remaking and rearranging a few (many) blocks. 

It is quite bold...I hope to tone it down a little by hand stitching with a black pearl cotton thread, hopefully it will do the job.

This will be my hand quilting project for this winter. I plan on using wool batting as it is lighter and the quilt is already heavy as it is. 


Enjoy the rest of your week!
Best, Maryse

Linking up to:

Catherine at Knotted Cotton for the monthly Slow Blogger Party

Freshly Pieced for WIP Wednesday

Sew Fresh Quilts for Let's Bee Social no. 47

What A Hoot Quilts for TGIFF

Confessions Of A Fabric Addict for Can I Get A Whoop Whoop

Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Work in Progress - AMH Nine Patch

Sometimes things don't always go as planned...You think you have a good idea...and then you're having second thoughts and find yourself taking a complete different direction...Sounds familiar? 

Here is the latest...A Nine Patch featuring Anna Maria Horner's Field Study Linen Collection. 
In the photo above, you can see the first three rows.

Some time ago, I ordered a fat quarter bundle of Field Study Linen by AMH. Some of these prints are harder to find and I was glad I was able to put my hands on it. Back then, I had in mind to make a giant star quilt to a couple of friends...but once I received the fabric...I wasn't sure anymore, it didn't seems that it was such a great idea after all.  I felt stuck with the fabrics and wasn't sure how to use it. This fabric is fabulous, but it's heavier than regular quilting fabric, I didn't want them to end up in my stash. Then I remembered seeing this quilt by Katy Jones. I always liked that quilt.
 Then, the idea of making a Nine Patch came to be.

These are the blocks that I have done so far, they are quick and easy to make and certainly not boring.
I lean toward the idea of hand quilting it with a dark blue or even a black cotton pearl, still early to decide...

The mix of this traditional patchwork with AMH's bold and contemporary fabrics really speaks to me. This is another big quilt, a large queen size.

I must say it feels good to finally start something new.

Thanks for stopping by!


Linking up this week to:

 My Quilt Infatuation for NTT

Sew Fresh Quilts

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Second Entry - Modern Fat Cross

For my second entry at the Blogger's Quilt Festival, I am entering my Modern Fat Cross Quilt into the Large Quilts Category

It's my first time participating in the Blogger's Quilt Festival and if it was easy to decide for my first entry, it wasn't that much for my second entry. So after some thought ...I decided on this one.

The fabric I used for the crosses are mostly from my favorite designers; Anna Maria Horner, Denyse Schmidt and Kaffe Fassett (spots and shot cotton). This fabric pull represents well my preferences for fabrics and colors. 

If you are interested to see the progression of this quilt, you can read about it herehere and here.

I chose Deb's Feathers as for quilting design, my ultimate favorite at the moment. The quilting was done with a light variegated thread.

Quilt {DATA}

Modern Fat Cross

The finished size is 66 inches x 76 inches
For the crosses, I used different prints from Denyse Schmidt, Anna Maria Horner and Kaffe Fassett.
And a mix of low volume fabrics for the background.
Binding: Denyse Schmidt - Eyelet in Grey
Backing: Britten Nummer (IKEA)
Quilting: Edge to edge - Deb's Feathers - By A Quilter's Dream Newport VT
 Thread: Aurifil Longarm Polyester Variegated 40wt Thread in Seashell
Pattern: I couldn't find a pattern that I like so I ended up making my own.

Thanks for visiting!