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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 free motion quilting (6)

Wednesday
Jun012011

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:)

Tuesday
May312011

Finished Quilting Project - Journey of a Quilter (235)

Sew remember my Journey of a Quilter bom from last year - it's completely finished, and quilted by moi...as some of you might remember I took a class from Ana Buzzalino in Jan and have put my lesson to the test for both Journey and A Kittens Tale...here's some inspiration, I hope for all of you:)

Best pics of the quilting are from the back...

Okay, Journey club members, how are your's coming along...I've seen a few but would LOVE to see more finished tops:) Send me pics ladies...

And here it is at Heritage Park, Festival of Quilts this year...I'm super happy with how it was displayed...how many of you put their quilts into Heritage Park this year?

Wednesday
Apr132011

Journey of a Quilter getting Finished (223)

My Friend Kathy and I made a pact that we would have our Journey of a Quilter tops finished by the Heritage Park Show (end of May) that being said, we had a quilt guild meeting in between and our Quilt Show in Chestermere (please stop by and say hi) is May 7 so our dates of completion have been cut by 3 weeks YIKES!! Well I thought I would get a move on this finishing thing..since I have to finish A Kittens Tale also...

cut the batting - check!

the back was pieced last year and just waiting patiently to be used - check!

crawling around on the carpet adding a million basting pins, sore knees - check! Thanks to Jen who stopped by for some stitching that day - good motivation to get pinning!

Practicing my free motion quilting from Ana's class (which I learnt so much). I only used my free motion quilting foot on this project what a learning curve but I think I'm getting it finally.

I'm thinking this pebbling filler stitch is my new favourite!! I'm not kidding it's super easy to get into a groove with this stitch, I'm in LOVE! What do you think? Liking it aren't you?

I have more pics to take and show you, I've done quite a bit more since these were taken so I'll get more pics here to show y'all.

Until next time, stay happy and creative, get your quilt tops pinned and layered and it won't seem like such a daunting task to start the quilting process:)

Thursday
Mar312011

Machine Quilting Class (218)

So a few weeks ago, I had the priviledge of taking a machine quilting class by award winning Ana Buzzalino - it was truly amazing. I do some machine quilting but I'm no expert and sometimes I feel like my work could be better. How do you feel about your machine quilting?

This class was all about fillers - what to do with those small spaces that will actually accentuate your design not over power it or distract from it. Remember, we spend a tonne of time piecing or embroidering our projects or putting our tops together we want the quilting to be part of it - compliment it not look separate from it, right?

Well Ana was an awesome teacher! My machine however gave me a run for my money (yet again I might add) but after the thread broke 1000 times and I changed the needle about 4 times it finally worked - new thread and new needle...aaaah I was on a mission and here's my sample...what do you think?

I was pretty impressed by my work (as a beginner) and I'm super glad I took the course.

Here's some other gals' work to hopefully inspire you...we were all novice machine quilters and we all learnt so much it truly made us more confident in our machine quilting abilities.

So if you're one of the many people out there who make beautiful tops and take them to a long-armer to quilt them...maybe take a step out of your comfort zone and try a class - you might be surprised about how amazing it is and how well you can do.

Our class was an all day power packed full of information class. 9-4 and by 2pm I didn't want to learn anything else I wanted and was eager to master what Ana had already taught us but there again Ana gave us confidence to learn more and then more:)

I LOVE it!!

Thanks Ana..

Friday
Nov272009

Baby Quilt for Zachary, Pin Cushions, Tig (entry 44)

Finally I can show you guys what I've been working so much on...you've seen the colour of the fabrics but how about a slight recap. These were just miscellaneous fabrics in my stash. Once I saw these colours I absolutely fell in love with them mind you, I'm really into lime green and brown these days.

After pulling many books out of my over flowing shelf and spending the good part of a sunny afternoon thumbing through them I found a few that I liked parts of but not the entire quilt for him. I always like to make quilts and projects unique. So after consulting :) with my DH we came up with a 'Kite' theme...I searched the internet looking for a cute design and found nothing, can you believe that?

I'm working on my own pattern now and I will eventually kit this and it will be available in our store.

On the weekend, when I revealed it at the Baby Shower for Zach, Diane loved it amongst all of the other gals present. I will have the back completed today and I'll baste it at our 'Quilt til You Wilt' day tomorrow and then I'll start on the machine quilting.

Without further adieu here's 'Kites for Kids' quilt by Valerie.

I've made two more Friendship bags and practiced my machine quilting for when I start Zach's quilt.

Circles...I even wrote my name

 

Squares, which I thought turned out rather interesting.

I shouldn't reveal who these bags are for or the colours as these will be for friends, family or my guild exchanges (let's just keep all of you guessing, shall we). These arn't quite done yet, but close and boy they will brighten up any dining room table, sewing machine table and to take fabric shopping :)

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I'm still working on my tuffets aka pin cushions.

I started making some mini ones, what do you think?

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Here's Tig sitting by my machine, just hanging out. She's such a little cutie!!

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I'm working on gifts for my nephews and nieces (nephews are cut out, nieces: have the stuff need to get it cut out for tomorrow), Aunts, MIL, Step-Mom, Mom, Dad, FIL, Sisters, SIL, Nanie (DH's Grandma) and more people that should be on the list but not sure what to do for them yet.

As I sit here and write, I'm looking out my studio window and there is big, white crisp flakes of snow falling, finally the Christmas season is upon us and now I can start decorating my house for the holidays.

Until next time, have a great creative weekend everyone, Valerie