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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 dresden fan (3)

Friday
Oct222010

Antique Quilts Found (168)

This log cabin was truly loved and seeing it in all it's original fabrics, hand quilted was amazing...A close-up of the detail in the blocks and fabrics used. It was entirely hand quilted, some of the fabric as you can see are disintegrating...I LOVE IT!

This next quilt has an incredible background, might have even been old sheeting or something as it's so soft. The Chevron border is something you just don't see today and boy does that make the quilt.

All hand quilted...but you know, one thing that struck me was none of the quilts I found had a label, whether it had worn off through the years or there just wasn't one to begin with. It's a bit sad really...

Any ideas of the age of these quilts? The merchants said the Log Cabin was 30's-40's and the Lone Star was 20's -30's do you think this is right?

I really wanted to find my company name in authentic antique children's building blocks...

The story goes...there were two large ziploc bags filled with building blocks but to be sure about my specific letters I needed to open the bags and see...the lady was interested also to see if what I needed was in there so we started spelling the name...some of the "n's" were actually "z's" and some of the blocks were larger then others (which I loved). There was only this one "L" and it's old and warn but it worked great!! The lady actually said she had an "L" at home and could bring it for me the next day - what a sweetheart! I was from out of town and thought this "L" would work perfectly...it was also cute because other shoppers were walking by and helping us pick out the letters we needed - what a fun experience!

Until next time, stay happy and creative :)

Friday
Dec112009

Christmas Gifts Update (entry 49)

Hi All, short but sweet today...I'm sitting in my office enjoying a delicious, comforting cup of Quilters Tea as all of these late nights up sewing for my "Homemade Christmas" this year is starting to take a toll on me. I was up until 1:30 2-3 nights last week, which by the way I loved and enjoyed it so much. I finished my nephews gifts, my nieces gifts, some of my parents and in-laws gifts, figured out the rest (I hope) and finishing some of the many small little accents to add to each present...but I'm not feeling that well today...

I have the sorest back (probably from all of the sewing) so no complaining really :) and my DH has been really great! I've also filled 5 orders today everything from Quilters Tea, Designer Scissors, Quilters Soap and so many more items.

I got the cutest email from a Dad:  "HELP!!! She finally told me what she wants!!!! I am looking for the Gingher Desingner Series 2009 Elena scissors set.  Do you have this or can you get it for me before Christmas?"

He left his name and number so I called him back and helped him fill the order out for his daughter, I told him I would get it all wrapped up and mailed to her before Christmas, he was so relieved and I had so much fun working through the wants and needs to make his daughter's Christmas wishes come true.

I'm also in the process of getting my house ready for company, I have a Christmas exchange on Sat and a 40th Birthday party (my cousin-in-law) I'm hosting my Quilters Group here on the 16th for a Christmas potluck, my Dad and Step-Mom will be here on the 18th and we have a Christmas party on the 19th...phew so it's just going to get busier :)

It's been snowing here all day...I love Christmastime!

Here's the quilt I finished and entered into the Quilters Cookbook along with my recipe for my Grandma LaPorte's Banana Bread.

Here's Tig sitting in her favourite chair by the Christmas Tree...waiting for Santa. Hey MIL she loves this fur blankie lol.

 Until next week, have a great weekend everyone...

Monday
Aug172009

PastimesOnline.ca, Freebie 15, Pinky Lee, Tig, Garden Flowers (entry 11)

So for the last couple of months I've been working on another business venture since I sold Exhibit Studio and this one is one that will come from the heart - my passion. Pastimes Online Ltd. - I'm already incorporated and waiting on Business Number, Licenses etc. This will be "A Canadian Online Quilt 'n Stuff Source" - I'm still working on this tag line - any suggestions would be great!

Here's my new logo - the colours pastel pink, periwinkle blue and the greenish spool of thread with needle.

Since my new business is going to be an online business I wanted to use online sources for my logo design and web needs. I used a site called elance you can put in a request for many things like corporate id (letter head and business cards etc) logos, web design, programming, etc.
So I picked a company called OhSnap because I loved her designs the best part about going into business with OhSnap was I found out after we began the project that we have the same name and spelled the same - how fun is that!! I'm already in the process of posting another job online with her to help us with the background of our website. DH is getting back into programming for his wife and I'm very grateful! Here's a preview of pastimesonline again this is just in testing phase...but I'm still so excited!!
I'm also working on a few quilty things (of course) the new block from my freebie 15 program - I think there is only one block left and so far I like some of the 12 or so that I have completed but in the end I'm sure it will turn out great.
Here's my latest block - this is the second round the first one I cut all of the triangle corners too small (but I will use these for my label or something) so Traditional Pastimes gave me a new kit so I could get it right - I of course completed this the morning of the 15th with out a minute to spare.
I'm also working on that dresden fan project that I mentioned in my last blog entry. This quilt I love - I love the brown, pink and green paisley prints I used and I'm so happy with the quilting method I used to echo the shapes of the dresden fan. I also did free motion machine quilting around the border - still trying to figure out the green circle centers and what to do there. One of the ladies in my quilting group commented on this white waffle muslim (which I purchased on our holidays through Portland and Seattle last year) I bought so much of it as I think it was only $5 per meter - here it would have been at least $12 +. So I used the rest of this waffle muslim on the back and I think it worked well.
I had went back to take a few more of this quilt but Tig found a home for her morning nap - didn't she just have one??
I think she started to get a little self conscience here as she opened her eyes to see what was staring at her...yes the D80!!
I have been doing a 6K run each morning for the last couple of months (since I sold ES) so I signed up to run a 12K race called Loop Around the Lake here in Chestermere, September 19th. This is the same date as our fall fair (September 18-19) - which the Lakeside Quilters also have their quilt show - should be a busy weekend for me.
I have a few new projects to show and a couple to get finished for the show so I'm working hard getting these done including labels *smile*.
I also wanted to share some pictures of my flowers in my yard with you as I think they are so beautiful:
If you have a blog - send me your url I would love to read it.
I'll be in touch in a couple of weeks!!
Valerie
Oh and here's Tig looking for her latest quilting book to review...