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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

Entries in blocks (2)

Thursday
Feb032011

Round Robin, Take Two (202)

Here's the second Round Robin in my group - I know I'm not supposed to share these so hopefully the person this belongs to doesn't read my blog ;)

So this is how it came to me, center block complete by Cheryl, next round completed by Shannon and now my turn..


I added this funky border with mitered corners - what do you think? I know the fabric's a little hard to look at lol but it sure worked out well.

Until next time, stay happy and creative...Valerie

Tip of the day: Keep a flat plastic box next to the sewing machine to corral those necessary tools together and keep them from rolling off the table :) - I think this is a great idea...

Monday
Jul132009

Monthly Chenille & Grace's Quilt (entry 8)

I know it's been forever since my last post (18 months to be exact) but I'm back to posting and will try to commit to once every 2 weeks. Also, I've recently sold my business and in the process of starting another one - online quilt store (stay tuned) pastimesonline.ca - for quilters, sewers, and for people who want to add to their stash and collectables.

During the last year or so I've worked on a barrage of quilts from a star/fan applique which was a combination of machine, and applique work - it whipped up so quickly I was surprised. I started it at a retreat with my Lakeside Guild in Chestermere and I finished the top just a few months later...it's pinned and waiting for quilting which I will hopefully get to shortly. People in my guild were unsure about the colours I chose until I put it together and I'm so happy with it - pictures to come.

I also got into embroidery and chenille (thanks to my Mum!) I love both of these techniques. The first chenille quilt I worked on with a combination of embroidery turned out so cute. I still have to put a label on it but it's pretty much finished. I laid out the embroidery blocks in different directions so you can see it from all angles. I do like the black and cream colours of this quilt - very traditional and antique looking. This quilt I designed called Monthly Embroidery.
The second chenille quilt I started was inspired by a friend of mine name Diane P she saw that I liked to do the embroidery so she gave me some embroidery patterns of cats - it's hilarious. Once I saw these I knew they would be great for my niece (which she is getting next week for her birthday). I finished the embroidery blocks in a couple of months and decided to make & chenille the blocks (in a collection of pinks, blues, browns) at another retreat during Mother's Day weekend and I pretty much had the whole top of the quilt completed at the retreat.
I also do the chenille technique the same way my mom does it - painstakingly *smile* but I prefer it this way as you can pick your colours, directions, sizes etc. I also used the rest of the fabric to do a scrappy back...then as a final touch I created Yo-Yo's and spelled out her first name. Again, I still have to complete the label but it's definitely close to being completed. I designed this layout and quilt with the help from Jeff's (dh) Auntie Karen - who is the one I'm forever grateful to for getting me into quilting. This quilt I designed.
Thanks for reading my blog...there will be more to come. Please leave any feedback or comments, questions, etc when you have a chance.