Quilting bee à la française: mon joli mois de Mai ...

lundi 1 mai 2017

 Please note: I am not the inventor of this block: I found a tutorial for it here. 
But as it is in English and that I am using this block for a french quilting Bee, I am basically making a new tutorial in french for my fellow bee quilters!
I am planning for a quilt for my boy's room and he chose this design! what can I say, he has awesome tastes!
So here is my version of this block, in french!

A noter: je ne suis pas "l'inventeur" de ce block. C'est un block d'improvisation très courant pour lequel j'avais trouvé un tutoriel en anglais ici. 
Mais comme je propose ce block à mes amies quilteuses de notre cercle de couture française, je me permets de proposer ici ma version française d'un turotiel de ce bloc. Les photos sont donc les miennes, ainsi que les explications.

Le but est de créer un bloc final qui mesurera 12.5 pouces de haut  x  20 pouces de long.
Ce bloc est en fait constitué de 2 blocs : dont les mesures finales (avant assemblage ensemble)  sont:
- bloc 1: 12.5" X 7.5"
-bloc 2: 12.5" X  13 "
ATTENTION: toutes les dimensions sont en pouces (inches).

les couleurs:
-le fond est constitué de bleu unis ou à petits motifs "masculins " et modernes. On peut utiliser toutes les nuances de bleu.
-les croix sont faites de tissus coupés en bande de 1" qui peuvent être aussi des assemblages de différents tissus: bleu, jaune, vert, rouge peuvent être utilisés.

  • bloc 1: 
- coupez un tissu de fond à 8.5" x 13.5" (13.5" étant la hauteur)

-choisissez un tissu pour la croix et coupez une bande de 1" qui soit assez longue pour faire les 2 diagonales.


- puis coupez dans une diagonale: cela n'a pas à être exactement la diagonale, il est sympathique de varier l'angle de la croix!

- assemblez endroit contre endroit avec la bande, un côté du fond puis l'autre.

 - puis couper le block dans l'autre diagonale:

 - et coudre la deuxième bande :
attention: pour être sûr que la branche de la croix soit bien alignée: cousez un premier côté, puis marquez l'endroit où les bandes se croisent . Utilisez ce repère pour épingler le dernier côté.

- enfin, recoupez votre block pour qu'il mesure 7.5" par 12.5"!

  • bloc 2: même processus mais, pour commencer, coupez un moreau de tissu de 14" x 13.5"(13.5 étant la hauteur) :

 - choisissez le tissu pour la croix, amusez-vous à assembler de petits bouts de tissus contrastants, sans mesurer...

- assemblez la première bande:

- puis la deuxième: toujours en marquant l'emplacement de la première bande et en l'alignant sur cette marque:

- enfin recoupez à 13" x 12.5"

-assemblez les 2 blocks: et voilà!!! vous devriez avoir un bloc de 12.5" de large x 20" de long:

Pour mes abeilles du quilting bee à la française: j'espère que ce block vous inspirera et que vous apprécierez la liberté de l'impro en quilt!
Merci à toutes , je vous embrasse!

Horse riding queen

mardi 18 avril 2017

Spring has sprung, and it is so good!
Many things make me happy these days, and one of them is my daughter's passion for horse riding and her great talent at jumping obstacles.
We went to that beautiful place in our area for her to attend a jumping competition.
The place was so beautiful. And so was my girl!

She rode like a queen on her little poney, it was the most amazing thing to watch. 

 She was so concentrated on her race, so focused ! It made me feel good to see her so determined.

 She has so many qualities and her strength gives me hope for her future.
I am hoping I am raising a future strong woman, determined, independant and kind.

 I have never made a handbag that I could use daily.
But I could not resist anymore making the Compass Bag by Noodlehead . I know I can trust her for making the best bag patterns ever! and this one does not disappoint. Everything falls into place perfectly, she gives great trips too. And all in all it is a pretty easy sew.
The only hard part was to find the proper hardware in France.

Voici ma version du Compass bag de Noodlehead. Un patron en anglais de très bonne qualité comme tous les patrons de cette créatrice. Le plus dur n'a pas été de coudre le sac mais de trouver les bons anneaux, crochets, ... J'ai eu du mal à trouver une boutique qui ait tout ce qu'il me fallait.
Si vous êtes en France et que vous connaissez une bonne boutique en ligne pour le matériel de fabrication des sacs , je suis preneuse!

 For the fabrics I chose some Les Fleurs Canvas and some Essex Yarn Dyed in Nautical for the pockets and the lining for more sturdiness.

  The lining is also made out of Essex Yarn Dyed. I did not include the zipper pocket but I am really proud to have installed this magnet closure!

 I chose the long adaptable straps.

 I have already adopted this bag and got lots of compliments for it!
On my computer I saved the photos under "compass bag #1" because I know there will be more versions of this pattern!

{ Improv quilt }

mercredi 15 mars 2017

 Here is my first attempt at improv quilting!
Honestly it felt so good I can't really put words on the experience.
It all started when I got this book from Amazon, after listening to a podcast featuring the author, Sherri Lynn Wood.
 I found her intriguing and really wanted to look into her book to see what she was really on about!
And, oh my reader, honestly! I never would have thought that quilting could be so freeing, so artistic and creative.

What I really love about the book is that she does not provide patterns per se, but "scores": 2 or 3 guidelines to kick start your creativity. And then : off you go!

For me what happenened with this quilt top is that I was trying to put some order in my fabric and made a pile of the three main fabrics totally by chance:  that gorgeous night blue, the beautiful gold-mango yellow and the gorgeous Art Gallery orange. I thought they looked awesome together, and started cutting into them, with no rulers! going with the flow, raw by raw, enjoying the piecing progress without thinking about perfectly matched seams!

During the piecing process, I let go of my fears, of my quest for perfection. It was not easy and often I felt something like :"Who are you to think you can make your own pattern here? Who are you to think you can create something unique, without following the rules?!"
Honestly, there was a lot of that involved. But the author of the book does incourage you to follow your creative instinct and to let go of your fears.

 I also tried to apply her method of "yes... and": which is to say: now that I created this row, or this block, I am going to make it mine and say: what's next? what do I feel like adding to it? what would go well with it now?
Honestly : so good!

I quilted it almost all with my free motion quilt foot. I am a total beginner when it comes to free motion quilting. But I though this crazy improv quilt was the perfect place to start experimenting.

I added some really awesome Essex yarn dyed linen in black for the binding and called it a day!

The quilt is now on my girl's bed. She loves it, she loves sleeping under it and she thinks it is the coolest thing on earth:)

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