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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 Journey of a Quilter (6)

Wednesday
Apr102013

Journey of a Quilter is baaaaccckkkk (356)

Hi All, I'm so pleased to announce that Journey of a Quilter is back. It's by far the most popular quilt block of the month we've done to date! With the scrappy, now I mean scrappy - 20+ fabrics, beautiful hand dyed weeks floss, dupioni silks, silk pins, embroidery needles, sewing machine needles, private step by step blog postings and close up pictures...what more would you like?

...to join maybe?

Well it's coming...3 options to choose from so pick the one that works for you and your schedule...maybe you are the type that wants everything at once - done. But maybe you are the type that wants to receive a special kit in the mail each month - done. And maybe you want to do it in black, white and red from your own collection - done or you want me to put together a special colour - you just let me know that you'd like purples or blues and I'll put something special together just for you!

Would love to see you all play along...please sign up for Journey of a Quilter 2013 - today!

----as a little side note here's Kathy's Journey quilt in her choice of fabrics - isn't it just devine?


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:)

Tuesday
Mar152011

Vignette Magazine is coming... (216)

Sew I got this interesting email from Leanne Beasley...sound familiar? She's the amazing designer of Journey of a Quilter here's a pic for those of you who've missed this awesome block of the month we did in 2010.

This is the picture of Leanne's pattern front - can you say amazing?

Here's how our's turned out with the dupioni silks we incorporated - this project is still available by pattern only option you still get full access to our private blog postings, video tutorials and sew much more...

So now that I have your attention, Leanne's contacted me regarding carrying her brand new magazine called Vignette..."Vignette magazine is a quarterly visual delight filled with ideas for your creativity, your home, your garden, your kitchen, and much more! Issues 1-8 include the latest BOM pattern, 'Vignette In Stitches'.

She's offering a free block of the month club program including her fabrics and through our shop we will likely tuck in a few of our dupioni silks here & there :)

So I'm asking YOU!! I've received numerous email regarding her magazine and if I'm going to be carrying it...I've started the process to bring it in and be the FIRST Canadian shoppe to carry it, would you be interested in this magazine and possibly her block of the month project? If so contact me or leave a comment and let me know and I'll add you to our growing list:)

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

TIP: Keep and old plastic container with a tight lid to dispose of used rotary blades. If these are thrown in the trash, someone handling the trash could cut themselves on the blade.

Friday
Oct292010

Journey of a Quilter: Top Finished!! (170)

Hi everyone, okay final pics of the Journey of a Quilter Top - it's finished and I'm so proud of it!!

and a close up of the middle...don't you just love the silks and the stitching...


Here's what you get in your finishing kit in your chosen colours: backing, binding and hanging sleeve fabric, silk quarters for your borders and matching thread, tape for layering your quilt, 300 safety pins for basting, Machine Quilting needles for your quilting needs....how does this sound?

If you've been interested in the Journey throughout these months but missed out on your chance to partake, I have one kit left that has the same colours as the finished top above...including finishing kit...for a special price, if you're interested let me (valerie@pastimesonline.ca) know and we can make arrangements :)