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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

Entries in A Kittens Tale (8)


A Kittens Tale Finished (236)

Sew, here's A Kittens Tale in all it's glory, displayed outside in the perfect lighting diffused by the slightly cloudy skies (since it's been raining in Calgary all the previous week, it was a nice site to not have rain on this special day) and the perfectly fresh smelling air, surrounded by quilt lovers from all over...Thanks so much to Nancy for volunteering and looking after my special quilt.

A Kittens Tale was such a fun project each month a cute design full of character and whimsy, plus the fabric line, Feline Friendship made this quilt. After taking Ana Buzzalino's class in January, like the post I did on Journey of a Quilter, I put the lessons taught to the test in this quilt also, with a lollipop flower in each blade of the pinwheels, as well as in between each yo-yo flower cluster in the border.  Scattering the rest of the quilt with dense quilting including shells, pebbling, and feathers I feel like I'm "getting it" the free motion quilting:)

Do you do your own quilting or do you take it to someone special to complete for you? Why?


How about this scrappy back?

A big huge thanks to Nancy B for volunteering at Heritage Park and supervising the location where my quilt was hung, sew appreciated!!

Okay, do I look like a proud quilter here or what - I'm loving A Kittens Tale and I hope I've inspired you to maybe enter a quilt into Heritage Park one of these years, need help in doing so, just email me:)


A Kittens Tale Goal (228)

As some of you know Kathy and I made a pact to get our Journey of a Quilter projects finished for Heritage Park but in the meantime our local quilt guild is having a show so we had to get these done by May 7th and not May 27th - big jump in finishing deadline but who doesn't like a hard deadline anyway?

I got mine done - pics to come...

In the meantime, I've been trying to get my other BOM completed from 2010, A Kittens Tale for Heritage Park and now it's pinned and ready for quilting.

Last Friday, Lori and I spent the day creating and sewing our hearts out (Friday's are Sew days at my house, just call before you come). I finished the back for A Kittens Tale, I'm notorious for using up the left over scraps from the front (and all of the kits I cut each month) for the backs of my quilts, plus I LOVE scrappy and I love that a quilt can be just a cute from behind (lol not many things are).

Whenever I piece the back, I always use a slightly larger seam allowance like 3/8s or my needle placement is in the middle position. I always press my seams open to ease up on bulk and I try to backstitch at the beginning and end of each piece I add.

Tape in place, crawl around and slightly pull in all directions so it's nice and taut, no wrinkles. Thanks Lori for helping me out with this. Isn't it great to have an extra set of "quilters" eyes sometimes to help out:)

I do have it pinned and ready to quilting. 

Thanks to Ana Buzzalino for teaching me free motion quilting and getting me going and Leah Day for her 365 challenge. Thanks to both of these ladies I can honestly say "I'm getting this" and I can't wait to get A Kittens Tale into my machine...only 20 days left to get it quilted - YIKES..bye for now lol better get at it!


Me Mondays: A Kittens Tale (177)

Well ladies, I've done it, I've finally finished A Kittens Tale by Lynette Anderson...wonderful journey of learning to master half square triangles and pinwheels...applique needle turn & raw edge...playing with silks yet again...and completely being the guru of the smallest yo-yo's available to make lol...let me see the border alone was 112 yo-yos - BLISS..

(well I did curse them a little towards the end lol)

But Look, what do you think? I'm in love, all over again...come here kitty, kitty, kitty :)


Until next time, stay happy and creative!


Catching Up (157)

So I'm finallying catching up on a few blocks. 

First, A Kittens Tale Block 5, I'm loving this special little quilt with the pinwheels, applique, combination of silks and fabulous fabrics this is going to be a super delightful quilt when it's finished.

And Block 6, check out how adorable the spider's web is and her...

AND I've finished Journey of a Quilter Block 8, pieced Journey of a Quilter's Block 9 and working on the cutting & finishing instructions for both!!

This Journey quilt is truly that - a Journey - I can actually see what a difference my piecing is now compared to the beginning and my stitching has improved tremendously. Isn't that what life is a journey, Mr. VQ and I always say it's getting there not the finish line :)

Thanks so much to the whole bunch of you who've par-taked in this great quilt and to the whole lot of you who've recently joined, such an awesome club to launch my 1st Block of the Month club, what a success!!

Until next time, have a happy and creative day,


Open House and A Kittens Tale flub (129)

Hi Everyone and welcome back to Val's Quilting.

Our Open House was a huge success so thanks to everyone who took the time to stop by and say "hi" it meant the world to me to see so much support. I especially want to thank the Airdrie Quilt Guild for coming out such a ways and spending some time getting to know more about Pastimes Online, I would love to come out to your guild one of these days and meet everyone!! Unfortunately, I didn't get any photos when the room was full of women because...I was just too darn busy...

We own a holiday trailer and have been out doing some camping so I've been away from my sweet machine "cherry" and I miss her but the last couple of nights have been great because I've sewn 2 blocks for the Journey of a Quilter block of the month club and I'm getting ready to sit down and sew this afternoon...doesn't it feel good to just sit and sew? It's my true calling, lol!

A Kittens Tale Block 4 finished, but notice I'm keeping it this way, I got busy chatting and stitching with my Mum and because the brown silk is so dark I couldn't pre-trace the letters so I winged it *smile* too funny!

Here's Tig, it's about 1am and I'm still sewing, pressing, sewing, pressing, "just one more seam" I say to her...she's tired and wants to go to bed, what a great pal to have hanging out during late sewing nights :)

Love you Tig.