{ Happy Sewing } End-of-Year Teachers’ Gifts

Posted by on Jun 17, 2014 in { Happy Sewing }, Blog, Helen's Garden | No Comments

The end of the school year tends to creep up on me every time, usually without notice, till it whacks me in the head at the last moment. This year I was given a two-week warning. With one week to go, I thought it time to make some thoughtful gifts for those patient soles who take on the task of educating my kiddos (and so much more). I followed this great tutorial by Noodlehead and made a bunch of sweet pouches.

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If you are thinking of doing a number of these, be warned… The 1st, you will follow carefully, step by step, the 2nd, you will pay attention to the tutorial a tad, but you’ll start to feel you’ve got it, and just when you feel complete confidence with the 3rd and put the iPad away, yes, that’s when you’ll put the zipper in upside down and not realize until the very last step.

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I made the medium size with a semi-soft interfacing (not very technical, I know), but next time will use one with a bit more rigidity, or slightly sturdier fabrics, like a linen-cotton canvas perhaps.

I asked the kids to choose a few fabrics for each teacher, wanting them to have input and to tailor the gifts to their vision of the recipients (they are observant little people: “She always wears small prints” or “She likes darker colours”). I then added complementary or contrasting coloured zippers.

zippered pouch 2

I particularly love the detail of the little fabric tabs on the end of the zips.

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Here’s to a fun summer and to all those teachers’ well deserved breaks!

CQQ Quilt Show 2014

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Blog, Montreal Modern Quilt Guild | One Comment

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the largest biennial quilt show in Quebec. There was a wealth of beautiful work on display and I thought I’d share a bit of the eye candy with you today. There was quite a range of styles, as one would expect. These are just a few that caught my attention. Enjoy!

agnes wong

My friend, Agnes Wong with her lovely “Swooning” quilt. I love her fabric combinations that make your eye dance around the quilt.

cinzia allocca

Our guild’s president, Cinzia Allocca’s stunning “I Don’t Wear Blue”. She does improv quilting so, so well.

deborah kemball

deborah kemball detail

Deborah Kemball. All hand appliqued & yes, hand quilted. Gorgeous! And the first photo is only about a quarter of the whole quilt!

helena scheffer

Helena Scheffer

josee carrier red

This beauty is by the amazing Josee Carrier, our guild’s vice-president. She is an engineer by training and her work always blows me away. Her accuracy, her quilting (I believe she quilts all her pieces herself) and her fabric choices are always superb.

josee carrier

josee carrier detail

Another of Josee’s pieces with a closeup to inspire me in my quilting training.

les courtepointieres d'Asbestos

Simple and so pretty, all those little bright squares. Happy, happy. A group piece by Les Courtepointiers (“quilters” in french … I still can’t say it properly) d’Asbestos.

lucie robichaud

A detail of some black and white by Lucie Robichaud.

sashiko quilt

Lovely sashiko work. I foolishly did not capture the artist’s name in the photo, so unfortunately cannot tell you who did it, nor the next one, which I love for its graphic nature and its unexpectedness. There’s just something about it that calls to me.

doily quilt

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing just a bit of what great talent there is in my backyard.