Comme sur des roulettes


Ceci est mon projet le plus récent. J’ai fait cette courte-pointe pour ma fille qui adore faire de la planche à roulettes, et je lui ai offerte à Noel. C’est le patron Skateboard Quilt de Missouri Star Quilt Company. J’ai mis deux épaisseurs de rembourrage pour qu’elle soit plus chaude sur un lit. Je l’ai piquée à la machine avec un motif d’étoiles car j’appelle toujours ma fille “ma petite étoile”. Elle aime bien s’envelopper dans sa courte-pointe quand elle regarde la télé!

This is my most recent quilt. I made it for my skateboard-loving daughter for Christmas. It is the Skateboard Quilt pattern from the Missouri Star Quilt COmpany. I put two layers of batting in it to make it warmer to put on a bed. I quilted it with a star pantograph on the longarm because I always call my daughter “my little star”. She loves to cuddle up in it while watching TV!

Mystery quilt

I recently started the Gathering Mystery quilt at Cora’s Quilts. I used this opportunity to buy some more fabric! I decided use all Kaffe Fassett Collective, since I love the patterns but have never used only those fabrics in a quilt. Hyggeligt Fabrics has a great selection for those looking to order from a Canadian store!


I cut all the pieces, and have completed the clues for week 2 and 3. img_5796.jpg

I love how the colours are coming together and can’t wait to share the next weeks!


Round Robin #3

We finally got around to making the exchange for the next round! I thought we made the last exchange at Thanksgiving, but I’ve been informed it was actually last May! A quick check to the blog post confirms this fact, so I hope the next few round will be a bit faster.

Here is our progress:


The addition to this one is the little scene showing my grandparents’ old house. Pieces of fabric from all the round robin quilt have been added. Can you identify them?

IMG_5811Fabulous feathers and an arrow have been added to this string quilt.


Stripes and circles were added here. This was my contribution and I would probably applique the circles if I did it again. I got a lot of practice with curves though!


The simplicity of the flying geese border helps to brighten up this piece.

More flying geese and teacups in the corners, partially obscured by a baby that refused to move. One of the teacups features the little red robin!


These flying geese bring out the triangle theme from the centre and continue to feature Kaffe Fassett fabric (always a favourite!).

I hope you enjoy the update on progress, and I hope the next instalment will take less time than 11 months!

  • Emily

Valentine’s a bit late.

My Grandmother turned 101 years old in the beginning of February.  I wanted to make a little something to celebrate her birthday . I sewed some hearts and stringed them  with a sisal cord.


(I got my inspiration for the hearts from the Valentine Throw Pillow Tutorial on the Diary of a Quilter blog.)

I wanted to see what it would like hanging on a wall or in my case, the fireplace. I loved my hearts! For a moment, I thought I would keep it.


But it looked even better at my Grandma’s.


PS Can you image how many quilts we could make if we all lived to 101!!

Encore un sac!

Je vais assister à la fête d’anniversaire d’une bonne amie demain – elle aura 40 ans!  Alors j’ai décidé de lui faire un sac, mais d’essayer un nouveau patron cette fois, pour faire changement.  La belle-soeur de ma soeur m’a prêté le patron Sonoma Swing Bag de Pink Sand Beach Designs car elle l’avait essayé et l’avait aimé.  Alors je l’ai fait, avec des tissus plutôt modernes, et une gamme de couleurs que je savais que mon amie aimerait.  J’ai mis du Soft and Stable (de entre les épaisseurs de tissus pour lui donner de la raideur et de la stabilité.  Même si j’ai eu quelques petits obstacles, je suis contente du résultat final.  J’espère que mon amie le sera aussi!

(Et elle ne connait pas encore l’existence de ce site, alors je peux y mettre la photo du sac!)

Round Robin 2

The second round has been completed! Check out what everyone has done! Sorry for the photo quality – these were all taken while at a family party 🙂


A little robin was added in the centre square at the top of this quilt!


This block is to be added to the shirt block – the hearts are made from ties. This quilt is especially meaningful to the Quiltuplets since it’s made from old shirts from my grandfather, who died in 2011 (mentioned in Michèle’s post from 2014).


I love how everyone added their own personality to the starting blocks. What will the next additions look like?


Round Robin

It’s been quite a few months since the last post (almost 8!). We’ve all been pretty busy with quilty and non-quilty things, but I have a few posts ready for the next few days. Today’s post is long overdue since it’s about a project we started in late 2015: a round robin. Each of the six quiltuplets prepared a block as the start of a new quilt which was passed on to the next person in the group. At each stage, we all add a bit to the quilt we’ve received with fabrics from the original block and pull some more from our own stashes (if needed). Everyone has a different style, so I can’t wait to see the end results!

Here is what we started with:

Check back later to see what happens after the first swap!

Getting back into the swing of things

After welcoming a new baby, it’s taken awhile to have enough time to sit down, sew and blog about it! I have about 10-15 projects on the go right now, but none are all that close to completion. I do have quick project to share: ankle bands to keep baby feet in the legs of their sleepers.


Little Lizzie kicks a lot and her feet have a tendency to find their way into the body of her sleepers. She gets very frustrated when the movement of her legs is restricted, so I come up with a solution to this problem! I used coordinating strips of fabric and a bit of velcro to make these little bands to keep her feet happy.

She likes to raise her feet in the air, which is great to show off her ankle bands!


She also likes to spend time on the floor on her new quilt, a special gift from the Toronto Modern Quilt Guild.


I’ve started having more of a daily schedule now, so I hope to post project updates soon! Until then,


Two Mysteries – One Solved and One beginning


It has been an exciting summer this year. We now have an added member to the Dionne Quiltuplets. My first granddaughter, Elizabeth, was born in July and I am so enjoying her and seeing her grow. She is our youngest member so far and she is definitely benefiting from all our craftiness.

To address the first solved mystery – last February, I posted about “My Stash” (and, yes , it is still growing.) At the end of the post, I mentioned that I had a fabric that  I really liked. What could possess me to use this piece of fabric when I knew that the recipient would probably never notice, and it would be thrown on the floor and washed many times?

Quilt Fabric

The gift was a hooded towel for my granddaughter.  I used this fabric for the binding. I had chosen the towel and the hood fabric and when I auditioned my fabrics for the binding, this was the best choice. I was only too happy to use it.



The pattern and instructions for this  hooded towel is found on the “Stitched in Color” blog (under tutorials, “Repurposed Hooded towel”).  I love how Rachel creates all kinds of colourful items. The only comment that I would add is to use a hand towel that is not too big, otherwise, you will have a huge hood.

And for the second Mystery – I have started a new mystery quilt. (I could write an essay on the UFO quilts that I have, but as long as my list is not as long as some of the other quilt  bloggers, I am happy.) I normally do not like doing mystery quilts as you can end up with something that you do not like. But in blog, she describes the quilt as a bohemian, Moroccan, mosaic feel. She also shows another pattern that she  has created and mentions that the mystery quilt is most similar to that pattern.  ( I have admired that quilt before from Flicker)

I am using colours that are darker than the pattern calls for, but I wanted to use fabric from my stash.  And here is the confession, I had to get a bit more fabric so that I had enough of each colour. But I am really excited about this project. Every Friday night, I have the instructions for the coming week.  I am impressed so far, as the instructions are very clear.

The first week was cutting the fabric. There are 1325 pieces. The only change that I made was to keep the squares for the half square triangles whole instead of cutting them in two. P1030490

The pattern even includes letters for each type of square.


The second week was making squares (40) out of the half square triangles.


And having fun with the pieces. The pieces look purple/aqua so far, but my whole quilt is more in the fall colours.


There is still time to join this mystery quilt.

Thanks, Michele


Des sacs, des sacs et encore des sacs…

Il y a deux ans, Suzanne m’a donné le patron pour un sac ingénieux qu’elle avait fait.  C’est un sac que l’on peut replier pour faire un genre de petit porte-feuille.  Je me suis dit que j’aimerais bien en faire moi-même pour en donner en cadeau.  Je me suis donc mise à faire des sacs pour donner à des amies pour leur anniversaire, ou pour donner aux professeurs de mes enfants à la fin de l’année scolaire.  J’ai essayé de les personnaliser pour qu’ils représentent la personne à qui je le donnais.  Et voilà que, deux ans plus tard, j’ai confectionné plus d’une dizaine de sacs, tous différents les uns des autres.  J’ai pris la plupart de mes sacs en photo, par contre, j’ai oublié quelques fois…  Je vous montre ce que j’ai fait:


Cette année, ma fille est revenue de la dernière journée d’école en me disant que son professeur avait aimé son sac, mais qu’un autre élève en avait donné un pareil, mais celui-là était acheté!  Même si on n’a jamais assez de sacs, je devrai peut-être me trouver une idée un peu plus originale pour l’an prochain!