Pour les fans de hockey

J’ai pensé m’essayer à faire une entrée à ce blog… J’ai finalement fini une courte-pointe sur laquelle je travaillais depuis très (trop!) longtemps pour mon fils.  C’est un fan fini de hockey, et surtout des Canadiens de Montréal.  J’avais acheté plusieurs tissus de hockey au Vermont Quilt Festival car il voulait une courte-pointe de sport et de hockey.  Et puis, j’ai trouvé un panneau représentant une patinoire sur l’InterNet!  Cela ne pouvait pas être plus parfait, il fallait que je l’incorpore dans mon projet.  Puisque le panneau était déjà assez grand pour couvrir une bonne partie d’une courte-pointe pour un lit simple, j’ai décidé de faire le tour assez simple, avec des bordures de différentes largeurs, toutes dans le thème bleu-blanc-rouge et hockey.  A l’arrière, j’ai mis des carrés de plusieurs différents tissus de hockey.  J’ai eu un petit pépin quand j’ai piqué la courte-pointe par contre.  Puisque je piquais des bandes, j’ai commencé à piquer les bandes à l’extérieur du projet, quand j’aurais dû commencer à piquer le centre et à progresser vers les bords du projet.  Le résultat est qu’à l’arrière, il y a plusieurs plis dans le tissu.  Le milieu est piqué avec du fil blanc qui brille dans le noir, à la demande de mon fils.
Il était tellement content quand il a vu la courte-pointe sur son lit en revenant de l’école le jour de sa fête!

Natalie

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Baby Quilts

After Emily’s quilt for the Michael Miller challenge, I have but a small token to offer to the blog

When our church put on a garden show / baby quilt show and sale / afternoon tea in the beginning of July, I was excited.  I was not able to be there on that particular weekend but I could make a quilt. Suzanne very generously provided the fabric and the pattern “Friendship Quilt”. It was a very quick quilt to make. And of course, it meant that I got to practice on the long-arm machine again.

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I do not have a name for this quilt, but going forward I will name them. This quilt seems lonely without a name

I used a kite pantograph to quilt it all together.

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These are last minute pictures I took just before I gave it away to our church. I usually like to have things completed well ahead of time, but when it comes to quilting, can anyone get their quilt made in time to take good photographs?

Check out the binding. I was so lucky to find this striped fabric. P1020340

I had much fun creating this quilt. I have offered it to our church to be either sold or given to a mom in need. I hope that some child enjoys it as much as I had fun making it.

Happy Quilting this Summer!

Michèle

 

Spring Fling

I finally finished this quilt! I found a pink floral print on a green background that I loved and picked plainer prints to go along with it. The floral print is mainly used for the border, while the plainer fabrics make up the busy centre.

I first starting piecing it a few years ago using the ‘Cheap Trick’ pattern from Miss Rosie’s Quilt Co. (altered it slightly to increase the size). The quilt top sat for a few years awaiting completion, so  when we got the longarm machine this was the first project I attempted.

Whole quilt

I called it Spring Fling because of the bright and cheerful colours, and even got around to embroidering a label.

Quilt tag detail

I used a pantograph for the quilting pattern to create a design of flowers and loops. A closer view of the pattern:

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I used a bright pink fabric from the patchwork as the binding. There is something satisfying about a neatly folded, finished quilt!

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– Emily

Edit: I found the picture I had of the quilting in progress! Just over one row left to go!

On the longarm

 

Baby quilt for a friend

I have finally finished (and taken pictures of) a baby quilt for a friend. I’m working on improving my quilt photography, so please forgive some of the images – I don’t quite have the hang of perfecting the colours and lighting yet.

I started off with a simple square pattern. The quilting is more visible in the second picture.

Squares side Squares side (flat)

 

I wanted to do something fun for the back, and used this post (by Better off thread) as inspiration. I’ve wanted to try a lone star pattern for a long time and thought I’d use this opportunity to attempt it on a smaller scale.

Lone Star Back Hanging

 

The image below is a better representation of the colour.

Lone Star Back

 

This is the best picture showing the actuals colours of the fabric. I managed to make use of the last remaining day light, which seemed to help.

Folded Up

I joke that it’s the ‘mullet quilt’: business in the front and party in the back! It is finished off with quilting along the star pattern and a hand-embroidered label. Two sided quilts are so much fun!

– Emily

How we got started

I thought that I would explain how we all became the Dionne Quiltuplets. My mother, Lise, was the first mentor to my two sisters and me (Suzanne, Michèle and Natalie).  We all learned to sew when we were young; we were often found making dresses, shirts, shorts, jackets, prom dresses and in the end our wedding dresses etc. When we turned 20, we all received our own sewing machines.  My first sewing machine was a Singer. It did not do many fancy stitches but it would sew and sew.

And as usual, life carried on. Suzanne had a son, Michèle had three children and Natalie had two.  I, Michèle, have two girls who also love to sew and a son who knows how to use the sewing machine.  And at 20, my two girls received their first sewing machines.

Quilting came to us later on.  Baby quilts were made at the birth of Natalie’s two children.  It was great to get together to work on a project. But the real love of quilting began a few years ago.  My father, a wonderful compassionate man, was in the last years of his struggle with Parkinson’s.  When he was in a nursing home, my mother and the three girls would visit him often.  As we all know, taking care of someone you love means there is not much time left to be with the others you love. And so our monthly get-togethers to sew began as a way to support each other and do what gave us life and excitement.  My father has since passed away, but we still get together.  Our group now includes Lise, Suzanne, Michele, Natalie, Michèle’s two daughters, Emily and Stéphanie and Natalie’s son Jérémie.  We can’t all be there, but at times, train trips home have been rescheduled to not miss the “sewing day”.  Sometimes, we  talk more than we sew, but our “sewing day” always brings us together and gets us strength.

During the last 2 years, we had two new beginnings.  Emily began the Dionne  Quiltuplets blog.  Thank you very much Emily; you have done a great job.  The second acquisition is a long arm machine.  With the six of us and then one more, we figured out the cost of having others machine-quilt our quilts was more in the long run that owning our own long arm machine.  Last July, a Handiquilter long-arm machine was installed in Lise’s basement.  A big thanks to my mother for the joy that it has brought and will bring.  My father, who always encouraged our activities, would have loved to see us enjoy our time together.

 

The first quilt that I present is the first quilt that came off our long-arm machine (which has yet to be named).  I patched the top of the quilt using the Yellow Brick Road pattern and fabrics from the “Noteworthy” design.  Lise, Natalie and I all had a hand in the machine quilting. And when we were done, we all danced!!

I called this quilt "Creation".

“Creation”

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I called this quilt “Creation” because for me, after the dark days of missing my father, I felt alive creating something.  From my faith background, I love that God calls us to create beauty.  Although this is not the most stunning quilt you will see, to me, it has been created with love, healing and the most fond memories of my dad and friend.

Michèle

 

 

 

Crossed Canoes

This is the first finished quilt post! Not first because it’s my first quilt (or even my most recent), but it’s the only one that I have pictures for. It’s a crossed canoe pattern with free motion quilting done on Elle’s longarm machine.

-Emily

With crossed paddles

With crossed paddles

Full pattern view

Full pattern view

Quilting detail

Quilting detail