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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 pieced (10)

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
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!!

Thursday
Feb032011

Round Robin, Take Two (202)

Here's the second Round Robin in my group - I know I'm not supposed to share these so hopefully the person this belongs to doesn't read my blog ;)

So this is how it came to me, center block complete by Cheryl, next round completed by Shannon and now my turn..


I added this funky border with mitered corners - what do you think? I know the fabric's a little hard to look at lol but it sure worked out well.

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

Tip of the day: Keep a flat plastic box next to the sewing machine to corral those necessary tools together and keep them from rolling off the table :) - I think this is a great idea...

Friday
Jan292010

Update & Ideas (entry 69)

Update on me for all of you :)

Journey of a Quilter kits and patterns are bundled, and packaged, some have been sent - just waiting on another order of floss for the rest. There is still room if you would like to join us. Here's block one to entice those of you who have been wavering :)

Zach's quilt is layered and pin basted - I wil be quilting it next weekend at a retreat I'm attending, it's so close now, the pattern is almost finished just waiting on me to finish the top, take some photos - YAY!!

Kitten's Tale Block of the Month, almost finished the first block...here's a sneak peek:

combination of dupioni silks and cottons

the pinwheel blocks are soooo cute!

these are the rail fence blocks

onto the embroidery...what do you think?

Interested? Please email me and I will add you to the sign up sheet, first block to go out in a month or so.

Full kit option: silk pins, silk machine needles, yo-yo maker (which is adorable), silk floss from India, dupioni silks, cottons, full blog postings with step by step instructions and maybe videos, and more!! $25 + shipping

Pattern only option is also available for $15 + shipping

The Kitten's Tale is adorable with the combination of applique, embroidery, piecing and the cutest little yo-yos, come join the fun! 9 month block of the month, finished quilt size is approx 54 x 62.

I've been also working on an interview with The Whimsical Honeypot if you've shied away from signing up for newsletters in the past, this one is a MUST! It's adorable and so well-put together, the artistic style is so pretty, I love it!! If you read it let me know your thoughts too.

This Saturday will be spent 4x4ing with our Toyota club, in the mountains, it will be so enjoyable and refreshing, what are your plans for the weekend?

This is our FJ Cruiser, so much fun!

Last but not least, my little Tig, just hanging out with me while I sew :)

Until next time, have a happy and creative day,

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