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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 Paper Piecing (6)

Tuesday
Mar082011

Single Girl Project (215)

For sometime now, I've wanted to make a quilt where I get to cut out and sew all of the blocks or parts of the project whenever I want instead of having a month by month project (which I do love btw). I purchased this pattern Single Girl from The Quilting Loft in Portland a couple of year ago while on holidays...I fell in love with it them and I'm still in love with it today...

I know it had to be polka dots and lucky me I had 36 different polka dots in my stash...can you believe that I even had to cherry pick some of them out!!

Recently we had a sewing weekend with my guild and I decided to get a head start on this project. Sew, I cut out all of the templates, labelled my fabrics, sorted them in their respective quarters and began cutting out the pieces for my twelve blocks...

Here's the pattern...what do you think? Super fun hey!!

Friday
Jan222010

Very Great Week (entry 65)

Hi Ladies, I'm please to report a VERY good week, even though I was crazy busy with the business and several 1am nights (well 2 to be exact) I still feel great.

Monday started with our cut-off on Journey of a Quilter. When we first started this Block of the Month I had 10 sign up - then I got another 13 - then I got another 2 - so that's 25 in total. We were hoping for 30 and would love for you 5 to come on over and join us!! I hope to mail out the first round of kits to everyone next week so the people that sign up now will be a couple weeks behind on your first kit only...there are some great prizes...

Tuesday is one of those days I will always remember. The Olympic Torch came through my little town of Chestermere, Alberta - just East of Calgary. I invited my sister Lisa and her two boys. We had so much fun! What a sense of community and being Canadian - I always love a good dose of both:)

I have maple leafs on my mitts but I wish I had a pair of the Olympic ones :)

here it is...lights, camera, action...awesome!

they released white doves, such a sign of peace & hope for the best days to come.

Me with my two nephews at Tim Hortons

my sister, Lisa with her two boys

After we had a bit of a hot drink, we just spent the day outside, the boys played and we visited - what a beautiful day, LOVED it!

I still had a pile of stuff to do on Tuesday, so when I got home I worked on this adorable bag I made to teach a class Wednesday night...Cathedral Windows tote bag, lined with silks and topped off with a fringe.

as you can see I'm not quite finished adding my little squares...but working on it!

don't you just love it? It's perfect to put your Journey of a Quilter block into and take with you :)

Wednesday, I taught part one of this class on and it was a success - thanks to Lakeside Girls. I brought the silks for people to pick a colour to line their bags - and they loved the silks - I was so happy!!

I also was a Guest Blogger on Quilting Gallery's website, and I got two more guest blogging requests - how fun will these be?

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This is the block that gave me so much frustration last week, thought I would share it with you. I'm still not happy with the final turnout...99 pieces.

3 paper pieced house blocks..."lights are on" come on in for a cup of hot Quilters Tea :)

I also worked on the Kitten's Tale Block of the Month AND I cut out the second block to Journey of a Quilter...how was your week, I would love to hear from you!

Until next time, have a happy, creative and Canadian spirited day!!

 

Thursday
Nov052009

NEW!! Freebie 15 & Update on OLD Freebie 15 (entry 34)

Hi Ladies, here's a bit of an update on my old Freebie 15 from 2008 to 2009.   I have the piano key technique border at the same stage as my last post LOL...

My NEW Freebie 15 is coming together fabulously...here's some pics of where I'm at. This one so far is right up my alley.  I LOVE autumn and fall colours, leaves (anything to do with fall, really)... the crisp air outside, brisk morning walks with my friends dog Emma and 4x4ing are all things I love to do in the fall.

This years Freebie 15 is "so" me... in every way.  I hope you enjoy following this blog and my year long project.  Oh, and for those who know my Mum (Candace) she is also participating in the project (along with about 100 other quilters in the Calgary area).

If you are interested - I mean really interested in doing this fun project with us - email me and I will see what I can do. 

What do you think, a mix between piecing and templates?

Here are the awesome colour choices.

My adorable little pieces all ready to be sewn together :)

Ta Daaa - my block 1, finished and I love it!!

With this particular Freebie 15 club you can choose to just do the freebie OR you can do the Freebie AND the companion blocks (with an additional charge, of course). I didn't do the "companion option" last year, but I thought I would participate them this year...because the theme is "leaves".

Here's the first batch of companion blocks, arn't these little cuties or what?

Pumpkin blocks.

Here's my pieces all ready and waiting to be paper pieced.

And my final blocks - so cute hey? 

I can't wait until next month...

My Freebie from last year is still sitting in a pile on my desk. I hope to get to it next week : )

Have a great weekend everyone. 

Thursday
Sep242009

His & Hers Sheet Set (entry 21)

Lisa Jones and I put together this set of sheets for a couple that is getting married - we wanted to personalize them and they turned out so cute!! I'm writing the pattern now...should be up in my store shortly.

 

We know they will love them!! Who wouldn't?

 

Update: Just got back from the wedding and these were an absolute hit!! - We knew they would be ;)

 

 

Saturday
Dec292007

Sisters Tree Quilts (entry 4)

This is a pattern I saw in a quilting magazine...which as you can tell I fell in love with. I made one for my sister and then I had to make one for myself I love it so much...This was the start of my paper piecing chapter.