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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 buttons (2)

Wednesday
Jan062010

e-Interviews (entry 57)

Hi Ladies, I've heard back from a few of my 'regulars' (I can say that now) of my blog and online store and so far all of them have said yes...to what you wonder?

I've decided I want to get to know YOU on a more personal level. So, I'm going to be doing e-interviews. If you are interested, please let me know as I would like to hear from ALL of you out there in blog-land AND from those of you who lurk but don't comment :)

So to kick it off, I'll be the first:

How many years have you been quilting, what or who got you started?

I've been quilting since 2003, when my Aunt-in-law, Karen took me to a Guild Potluck, I was so inspired and in aaaw that I signed up for every class and bought hundreds of dollars worth of the "must-haves".

Were you a sewer first? 

I can truly say no. I've always been creative, liked to knit since I was young but no not a sewer per-sa. I was newly married when my Aunt gave me her old sewing machine (1980 or so Kenmore, metal body weighing a tonne) and I signed up to take some sewing classes to learn the basics - which I loved. My sewing teacher Susan, ended up to be a member in the guild I had been so inspired by and as they say..."The rest is history" :)

What is your favourite technique?

Mine would have to be two things, paper piecing and scrappy quilts.

Do you have a favourite store: online or Brick & Motar and why?

Yes, Traditional Pastimes, Calgary, Alberta. A Brick & Motar that is very quaint, helpful staff.

What is a tool that you can't live without?

My Ginger Scissors. In 2005, I was teaching a class at my local guild and I was walking around helping people with their Raggedy Anne dolls when I picked up Kim's scissors and cut a piece of fabric with them, WOW my life has never been the same lol. 

Who is your biggest influence in the Quilting world - famous or otherwise?

 I think my influences change from time to time. Since I've started this online business I'm influenced by so many of the women I am in this sisterhood with, my Guilds. They all touch my heart and soul on so many levels - thank you ladies. There is also so many here in blog-land: CathiMishka, Heather, Rachel D, Lisa, Rachel G, just to name a few as I read about 100+ blogs.

Do you listen to podcasts? Do you have a favourite?

 I listen to all sorts of podcasts for business and pleasure. Go to iTunes and search Podcasts. Some of my favourites are Within a Quarter Inch, Quilting Stash, Sew Stitch Create, Life Coach, Bon Appetite, Digital Marketer and more.

My first official quilt, "Bird Bug". I have to say I LOVED making this one. Why is it, so many of us start with applique?

all needle turn applique, by hand, invisible thread for the echo quilting

don't you just love the red button for the eye?

I'm not really sure what this label shape is :~)

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I so look forward to getting to know you all better, have a happy and creative day,

Thursday
Sep242009

Inchie Quilts (entry 22)

Another project through Quilting Bloggers and Michelle which was sort of a fun project. I'm glad I tried it as it turned out pretty cute.

They are called Inchie Quilts and Nadine Ruggles designed these cute little morsels.

I ended up doing 2 different ones:

I didn't do mine exactly the way Nadine instructs as I didn't have the plastic so i used two layers of fusible fleece

After the free motion quilting

Cutting them apart - I made mine 1.5" square instead of 1" as I wanted to show more of my pattern

Cut them up into 6 pieces

another 6 pieces I seem to always do things in two's when I'm trying something new


Here's the 2 together

Close up of the green and tan one

Here's the pink and tan one - love these buttons!!