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August 12, 2019
Free Form Curve - A finished quilt from Luna Lovequilts

Project #3 on my list for the third quarter of 2019 Finish-Along is completed !
Le projet #3 de ma liste pour le troisième trimestre du Finish-Along 2019 est terminé ! 

Luna Lovequilts - Free Form Curve - A finished quilt

I am happy with the result and really enjoyed making the block so you will probably see more versions shortly :-)

Je suis contente du résultat et j'ai vraiment apprécié de réaliser ce bloc, donc vous verrez probablement d'autres versions prochainement :-)

Luna Lovequilts - Free Form Curve - Block close-up

When I chose to add the mustard and pale pink striped fabric I thought straightaway of binding the quilt with this bubble gum pink.

Quand j'ai choisi d ...

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July 15, 2019
Retreat finish (the final one) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Some time ago (it may be years now) I decided it was time to use some of the 2½” strips that I had cut perhaps years before that. You see, this is a story of epic proportions. Because years before either of those I began worrying that I would leave behind tons of fabric when I go. What foolishness! Still, I worked on a series of small quilts. 



The nursery rhyme series: Nimble and Quick was a blue bargello, both versions of He Loves Me was Dresden plate applique, Around a Girl's World, The Coolest Bug Collection, That Was ...

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July 14, 2019
Retreat Finish (the second one) from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Before I show you my new finish, I thought I'd show you what is going on in the studio. It is not a happy sight, is it? Ahh, that's how it goes. Chances are that it's never going to embroider again. 


Not that it has embroidered any for me anyway. Firstly, it made horrible stitches. Secondly, as we discovered today, the gizmo that holds the PC card is broken. So I have hundreds of designs that I can't use. 

The news gets worse: I've invested more money in the machine than it's worth. Have ...

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July 10, 2019
Improv curve top from Luna Lovequilts

You maybe remember the improv curve project I shared last week. After having pieced a few more blocks I thought it was a bit boring and that it needed a little something like the addition of an extra colour or a print.

Vous vous souvenez peut-être du projet de courbes improvisées que j'ai montré la semaine dernière. Après avoir piécé quelques blocs de plus j'ai trouvé qu'il était un peu ennuyeux et qu'il avait besoin d'un petit quelque chose comme l'ajout d'une couleur supplémentaire ou un imprimé.

Luna Lovequilts - Improv curve quilt - Piecing in progress


A medium blue solid was an ...

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June 18, 2019
Improv...Kaja style from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories


I may be wrong but I think I've figured out Kaja of Sew Slowly and AHIQ fame. Before we get too far, though, let me tell you that every quilt on this post is Kaja's and every picture comes from Sew Slowly, with her permission. Now, indulge me for a moment: 

In this post Kaja writes about her starts and stops on the quilt top she is currently working on. Kaja is a rare gem. She works intuitively from the start. That's rare, I think. 

Most quilters begin with something in mind--a pattern, a combination of ...

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May 4, 2019
Curaçao - A finished quilt from Luna Lovequilts

Here is Curaçao, a small Improv quilt that was on my list for the second quarter of 2019 Finish-Along !
Voici Curaçao, un petit quilt Impro qui était sur ma liste pour le deuxième trimestre du Finish-Along 2019 ! 

Luna Lovequilts - Curaçao an Improv quilt - Traditional blocks with a twist - HRTs - Snowball - Hourglass - Drunkard's Path

This project is a sample for the class I will teach next November at Patjo shop in Cheseaux (Lausanne). We will play with different blocks, HRTs, Snowball, Hourglass and Drunkard's path, in an improv way, and discuss layout options individually. So each participant will end up with its own design, including a variable number of shapes and blocks.

Ce projet est un ...

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February 10, 2019
Four Improv mini quilts from Luna Lovequilts

Project #1 of my list for the first quarter of 2019 Finish-Along is finished at last ! I hand stitched the bindings while at our group meetings only so it looks like it took me ages to do it ...

Le projet #1 de ma liste pour le premier trimestre du Finish-Along 2019 est enfin terminé ! J'ai cousu ces bindings à la main seulement lors des rencontres de notre groupe et il me semble que cela a prit des lustres ...

Luna Lovequilts - Four Improv mini quilts - Class samples

On top of that my camera broke down just when I was finished ... I had to buy a new one meanwhile ...

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December 19, 2018
Correlation {a finish} from Factotum of Arts

I am not very good at following through on activities that require something every day, whether its following a diet and tracking, or doing a 30 day or 100 day challenge. However, I was given an opportunity to participate in a 100 day showcase, and decided to take it. I had this idea that had been percolating for a while.

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The idea and initial limits were:

  • Use a variety colored angled blocks together in one quilt
  • Use of two colors and white per block
  • Angles for each color were cut without planning (improvisation).
  • Use my Denyse Schmidt Free Spirit solids ...

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November 21, 2018
Design Improv with Triangles workshop from Luna Lovequilts

Last weekend Modern PatCHquilt group invited Rebecca Bryan for teaching her Design with Improv Triangles class. There were some spots left and I jumped at the chance ! :-)
The workshop was held in Oberägeri, in Zurich area (Swiss German speaking part of Switzerland). I knew before I signed up that I would probably be the only French speaking participant. I understand a bit of German, but not Swiss German. And even if I regularly write in English I don't have much opportunity to speak it. So my spoken English is not as fluent as I would like it to be ...

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September 13, 2018
A finished top from Luna Lovequilts

The colours and shapes of this project are inspired by Camille Walala work. She is a French based in London artist, graduate in Textile Design though she works at the moment in other fields such as Interior Design or Street Art murals. Her bright block colours and graphic patterns make me smile ! You can have a look at her colourful world on Instagram or her website.

Les couleurs et formes de ce projet sont inspirées du travail de Camille Walala. C'est une artiste française basée à Londres, diplômée en Design Textile bien que en ce moment elle travaille dans ...

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July 6, 2018
Accidental Skyscraper Quilt, Plus One for a Quirky Baby from Gefilte Quilt

It's amazing how many quilts I make when I'm trying to make something else entirely. Take this one:

Closer:

Even closer, you can see the Chrysler Building quilting.

(Here's the actual top of that iconic New York building:

Photograph by Leena Hietanen: https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1892006
I didn't set out to make a quilt about New York City. While scouring my stash for a backing for a different quilt. I happened across a stack of Jan Mullens fabric scraps, purchased in the 1990s at Fabric.com (before it was bought by ...

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May 26, 2018
Curated Quilts challenge from Luna Lovequilts

Have you heard of Curated Quilts challenges ? The current theme is Connections / Improv and the image below display the colour palette to be used, all or in part.

Avez-vous déjà entendu parler des challenges organisés par Curated Quilts ? Le thème actuel est Connexions / Improvisation et l'image ci-dessous montre la palette de couleurs à utiliser, en totalité ou partie.


It is my first time joining in since I wasn't able to meet the deadlines of the previous themes. So last Saturday I decided to spend all day to improv' piecing.
I started to sew some strips from my solid ...

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March 26, 2018
Retro - A finished quilt from Luna Lovequilts

I shared a lot of work in progress pictures of this project and I am happy to show you today, Retro, the finished quilt !
J'ai partagé beaucoup de photos en cours de réalisation de ce projet et je suis contente de vous montrer aujourd'hui, Retro, le quilt terminé !

Luna Lovequilts - Retro, a finished quilt with improv curves

The name 'Retro' came to me since I sewed the first blocks. I suppose the mustard yellow and brown colours make it look a little bit like a wall paper from the '60s. The fabric I used on the back is a newspaper print from Moda in a retro style ...

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March 14, 2018
Modern String Block Quilted Pillow from The Cloth Parcel

Recently, we’ve had a bit of a break between deadlines, so there’s been more time than usual for other little projects.  We’ve taken this time as an opportunity to sew up a couple of gifts for friends.  Today’s pillow was made for Audrey’s friend Erin, as a birthday present.Although it’s been given to someone else, […]

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March 2, 2018
QuiltCon 2018: The Main Event! from Gefilte Quilt

In my last installment, I tackled the shopping and the charity quilts at Quiltcon 2018. Now it's time for the main event!

 I spent much of yesterday writing this report. I believe there were 500 quilts in the show. I took about 600 photos, and the prospect of paring them down for this blog post terrified me! So the following report comes with the following disclaimers:

  • I can't say that these quilts are my absolute favorites - they're the quilts I loved and happened to fulfill the impulse to snap a picture! I walked around the show in ...

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February 24, 2018
Quiltcon from home from Luna Lovequilts

Quiltcon is in full swing in Pasadena at the moment. I had to cancel my trip to California but hopefully I am enjoying the event somewhat through social medias. Thank you so much everyone who shared pictures of my two quilts hanging at the show and who sent me such lovely comments.
Quiltcon bat son plein à Pasadena en ce moment. J'ai dû annuler mon voyage en Californie mais heureusement je profite un peu de l'événement via les réseaux sociaux. Un grand merci à toutes les personnes qui ont partagé des photos de mes deux quilts exposés et ...

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January 30, 2018
Improv curves - Top finished from Luna Lovequilts

Earlier this month the goal I set for January One Monthly Goal was to complete a top with my improv curves blocks. Not only my goal is achieved, I am thrilled about the result ! :-))
Au début du mois, le but que je m'étais fixé pour le One Monthly Goal de janvier était de terminer un top avec mes blocs courbes improvisées. Non seulement mon but est atteint, mais je suis super contente du résultat ! :-))

Luna Lovequilts - Improv curves - Quilt top finished

At that moment only nine blocks were pieced and I had envisioned the two plain borders in Essex Linen fabric. I finally settled on a ...

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January 16, 2018
A guaranteed way to feel like a quilting superhero from Mama Love Quilts

Hello friends! 2018 is starting off as a very productive year for me.  Behold my first finish of the year!

It’s been more than 5 years in the making, but my improv star quilt is finally done. I’m sitting on this bench trying to contemplate why in the world it took me so long. But instead of analyzing a 5-year old w.i.p., I’d rather rejoice at the accomplishment!

This quilt was my attempt to make a dent in my scrap bin. I pieced together the tiniest pieces of blue and green fabrics into several pieced ...

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January 10, 2018
Creative Time Bomb: Sort your Stash from Gefilte Quilt

How do you organize your quilting fabric? Creating categories not only makes fabrics easier to find, but can also jump-start future creations. Here are my categories, jammed into 8 small shelves plus 3 plastic boxes:

1. Human and human-like entities (including cyborgs, smiley faces, plus the occasional human underwear):

2. Food and beverages:
3. Animals, real, extinct and imagined:
4. Inedible, inanimate objects, including florals and geometrics:
5. Blue and green solids and monochrome prints, not including skies, but including lakes, rivers and oceans...
...and green leaves (Unless the leaves are edible - the fabric on the lower right looks like ...

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January 7, 2018
New Year, Old W.i.P.s from Mama Love Quilts

Dear Reader,

How in the world are you? I hope 2018 is off to a good start for you.

I’ve been looking back on 2017 and wondering how to make 2018 better. By better, I mean more stitching! With the combination of work and parenting, I was so exhausted that I didn’t get much quilting done. I hope to change that in 2018.

I’ve decided that a good way to start would be to tackle the growing pile of work in progress (w.i.p.s). I start every new year with plans to whittle down my ...

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