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Val's Quilting Blog

Thanks for visiting my personal blog; where I write about the projects I'm working on, and UFO's I'm avoiding :) as well as my thoughts on all things quilty.

If you have something to report or talk about, let me know by leaving a comment. I LOVE to hear from all of you...leave me your blog link also so I can visit you...

Have a block of the month in mind that you'd like us to do as a club, please let me know. 

Until next time, stay happy and creative

Friday
Oct302009

Vals Projects (entry 32)

So I have so much on the go right now...

My Freebie 15 from last year 09-10 here's where I'm at on the completion process

1st my pile of 3" x 1" scraps left over from the center blocks and some of the sashing

 I want to create a piano key style of border but because I just have these little scraps to play with I'm taking this process slow so Ideas will come to be incase I don't have enough fabric

here's them pieced in twos - isn't this just a little pile of cuteness?

Here's the comings together of my Threads in Hands Class - my Home or Yours that I've been working on...There is 12 of these blocks - complete!

I decided to do my triangle borders different then the original and I added this 3D border - what do you think?

I haven't totally decided on these hearts in the corners - I'm torn about making them bigger or keeping them the original way.

Another project I'm working on...

baby quilt for one of my friends babies - here's the colour choices I can't really say too much as this friend might find out and then it won't be a surprise...we'll see how far this goes

 

For my next one I will have at least 2 tuffets finished, I want to make another apron, get the border finished on my log cabin & start my two mystery quilts...oh yeah and do the 1st freebie 15 block from these year...adorable.

Wednesday
Oct282009

Around the Net (entry 31)

So around the net I go...here's what I found for this weeks entry:

Machine Quilters Resource (pretty self explanatory however they offer classes and lectures, memberships are required, she puts in her recommendations from Houston etc - great site full of interesting facts and information).

Now with so many blogs being available and so many places to search for excellent quilting blogs like 

Quilting Bloggers 

Quilting Bloggers Logo 
 

 Quilter Blogs Similar to Quilting Gallery but they have a feed 

of course the infamous Facebook - here's the link to my fan page (which you have to be a facebook member to join as a fan but you can still read along if you don't want to join) there is unlimited access to all sorts of quilting clubs, groups, exchanges, challenges, swaps & so much more on Facebook so I would recommend you get an account.

I also found this blog called Man Quilter him and wife do professional machine quilting and quilting out of their home studio in Edmonton...check him out - so worth it! On his blog I found this amazing video on Zentangle for those of you who do know that this is - check it out!

If there is a site/forum/blog that you like and want to share with us all..please send me your comments as the more resources we have available to us the more we can excel in what we do and how well we can do it.

 

Monday
Oct262009

Review (entry 30)

Hi all, so over the past week or so I've discovered so many ladies have been reading my blog that I didn't even know about so first off - thanks so much. I really enjoy blogging and really enjoy comments to read. So, if there is something you find interesting and would like to let me know please leave your comments for me to read and respond to.

I'm trying to stick to a bit of a routine with my blogging. Today is Review day and today I would like to review the many things I have on the go and I will be continuing to blog about as well as this excellent magazine.

Pizza Box Challenge: for those of you who don't know what a pizza box challenge is - you put one block together (yours) add .5 of a meter of your favourite fabric from that block and pass it on in a pizza box. I just finished my first one for Shannon, generally you arn't supposed to show the blocks to the person as it's kind of a surprise but I was so pleased with this block that I know have to show it and do my review.

 

This was one of the very first reference magazines I bought for quilting Better Homes and Gardens 100 Quilt Blocks - my SIL and I both bought it and it's been an excellent reference guide for so many of my exchanges, challenges and on and on. 

So here's the block (Double T) I did for Shannon...sorry Shannon but I have to blog about your block and it's so nice with the silks.

here's the fabrics I chose, blue is Shannon's and the green is mine.

Didn't this block turn out so great!!

To come:

additional pizza box challenges

Quilt I'm designing for my friends baby...(I have to be careful here as I think she reads my blog too)

Finishing my Freebie 15 project 08-09 and Starting the Freebie 15 project 09-10 years project

Mystery Quilt from Flying Needles

Mystery Quilt from Lakeside Quilters 

Kitten's Tale & Journey of a Quilter - Pastimes Online BOM (if you want to participate they will be starting up in Jan 2010 so vote when you have a chance)

So as usual I have so many projects on the go...thanks for following me on my Quilters Journey (see how suiting the one BOM is:)

Thursday
Oct222009

Freebie 15 - Update (entry 29)

So for the last little while I've been updating all of you on my Freebie 15 project through Traditional Pastimes here in Calgary...now all of the blocks are finished and I'm adding the sashing.

Here's my selections - what do you think?

4 rounds - two more to go...

 

Here's all of the blocks connected together - I'm using the rest of the scraps from the blocks to add a piano key border...pics to come.

products used in this post: Thread Cones, Rotary Cutters & Cutting Mats

Tuesday
Oct202009

Around the Net (entry 28)

Hi Ladies, I've been doing a bunch of googling on quilting in Canada, quilting forums, communities, local quilting and I've found some good resources.

You can setup Google Search Alerts - anytime you want to know what people are searching for you can setup your search alerts with Google and they are automatically sent to you via email and or RSS feed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I've setup several now & I will update you when I start getting stats back on some of my terms to see how this will work.

Also, years ago when I started quilting I belonged to many forums where I learned so much about the quilting community and how people can help each other out with simple questions or problems - other people in the group are so open about divulging the information needed. Here's some of the forums I've stumbled upon

The Quilt and Needle (love the look and feel of this one - they are laying it out like it's a local pub where you can go and chat about quilting)

Quilters TV (a great community for shops, teachers, they have videos and list their TV programming and channels - I may have to do some more digging on this one)