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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 Mystery (3)

Monday
Oct262009

Review (entry 30)

Hi all, so over the past week or so I've discovered so many ladies have been reading my blog that I didn't even know about so first off - thanks so much. I really enjoy blogging and really enjoy comments to read. So, if there is something you find interesting and would like to let me know please leave your comments for me to read and respond to.

I'm trying to stick to a bit of a routine with my blogging. Today is Review day and today I would like to review the many things I have on the go and I will be continuing to blog about as well as this excellent magazine.

Pizza Box Challenge: for those of you who don't know what a pizza box challenge is - you put one block together (yours) add .5 of a meter of your favourite fabric from that block and pass it on in a pizza box. I just finished my first one for Shannon, generally you arn't supposed to show the blocks to the person as it's kind of a surprise but I was so pleased with this block that I know have to show it and do my review.

 

This was one of the very first reference magazines I bought for quilting Better Homes and Gardens 100 Quilt Blocks - my SIL and I both bought it and it's been an excellent reference guide for so many of my exchanges, challenges and on and on. 

So here's the block (Double T) I did for Shannon...sorry Shannon but I have to blog about your block and it's so nice with the silks.

here's the fabrics I chose, blue is Shannon's and the green is mine.

Didn't this block turn out so great!!

To come:

additional pizza box challenges

Quilt I'm designing for my friends baby...(I have to be careful here as I think she reads my blog too)

Finishing my Freebie 15 project 08-09 and Starting the Freebie 15 project 09-10 years project

Mystery Quilt from Flying Needles

Mystery Quilt from Lakeside Quilters 

Kitten's Tale & Journey of a Quilter - Pastimes Online BOM (if you want to participate they will be starting up in Jan 2010 so vote when you have a chance)

So as usual I have so many projects on the go...thanks for following me on my Quilters Journey (see how suiting the one BOM is:)

Monday
Sep072009

Freebie 15, Block 11, Upcoming Challenges, Aprons (entry 17)

I absolutely loved this block - it is so cheery and fun!!

I was a bit worried by the amount of pieces we had to piece together but in the end, step by step, it worked out awesome.

Here's my pile of pieces after I cut them following instructions...

Here's my finished block - I love it!!

Valerie

 

Now that September is upon us...all of the Guilds have started back up again and I belong to 2: Lakeside Quilters (my home town Guild in Chestermere, AB) & Flying Needles which is out in Millarville, AB. 

Lakeside Quilters I'm working on some of their projects - mystery quilt (this is when you get cutting instructions, amounts/values of fabrics and block instructions but you don't know what the final quilt will be), Raffle Quilt project of some sort as we do this one every year.

Flying Needles Quilt Group I'm working on quite a few things - maybe over extended myself just a little ;)

Mystery Quilt - which I don't know what it is this year as in the past I have helped with them, Jan B has redesigned this one and will be sending the instructions to me to lead

This is a mystery that we did a few years back - I embellished with the bias vine around the outside border and leaves but you get the idea.

 

Pizza Box Challenge: this is when you come up with the first block or the "theme" of the quilt you want add .5m of fabric and pass it onto the next person. There is usually about 9 blocks completed at the end that are yours, then you come up with the finished quilt. Here's a pic of mine from several years ago.

9 blocks in total, the block I started with is the top left

This was my very first time with free motion quilting, here's the close up - I'm pretty proud of my first time;)

Here's the back I strip pieced it to use up the rest of the fabric. I also have this one for sale on Etsy if you are interested.

Apron Challenge: I made this one apron a while back and it's hanging in my kitchen but I'm going to go hog-wild with this new challenge - not sure yet what I'm going to do but I love how big aprons are now - don't you?

 

Here's the one that is hanging in my kitchen.

 

My mom loves to make aprons and I know she is making a whole bunch more when we go on our retreat Oct 2nd to Rustlers Lodge, Sundre, Alberta. but here's a bit of a preview of some of her other aprons..


Left to Right: SIL Colleen M, MIL Sandy M and me. Arn't these the cutest aprons!! Thanks Mum!!

More to come...Valerie

 

Friday
Sep042009

Friendship Bag Mystery Exchange (entry 14)

I've joined this awesome site called Quilting GalleryMichele has the most organized site and she is such a huge advocate of quilters, bloggers, online and brick and mortar stores for Quilting!!

She started this Friendship bag exchange - Mystery style through another awesome new blogger I stumbled upon through Quilting Bloggers & her name is Rachel

Here's the sample bag - adorable hey? Michelle had 288 entries for this mystery bag swap isn't that amazing? The person I got lives in Ontario...

 

I'll post pics of mine...working on it this weekend.

Valerie