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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 Podcasts (5)


Jeval Dupioni Silks (166)

Today I wanted to show a short video on Jeval Dupioni Silks and how great they are to work with in your quilting projects.
(To view video larger click the button that looks like 4 arrows under the YouTube logo)
What I wanted to add was the name of the magazine that I read the article in about silks but I've seemed to have misplaced it at the moment... Any questions about Jeval Dupioni Silk, please email me Until next time, stay happy and creative!

Feedback Wanted for Block of the Month Clubs (163)

Those of you who've been part of our block of the Month Clubs either Journey of a Quilter or A Kittens Tale I would love to hear from you. Either private email me or leave a comment here on the blog with feedback. I'm gearing up for the next round of block of the Month Clubs and really want to know how these first 2 went from you perspectives...Thanks so much in advance for taking the time to get back to me, I truly appreciate it!!
(To view video larger click the button that looks like 4 arrows under the YouTube logo)

Within a Quarter Inch Contest: Winner (entry 66)

Hi Ladies, the winner for the Within a Quarter Inch comment/quilt contest has been drawn and the lucky lady is ...drum-roll please...Gloria J from Massachusetts, USA...congrats Gloria - Allison Rosen will be contacting you with further details.

I would like to extend a big thanks to Allison for putting up these lovely prizes and for all of you who took the time to visit through my store and blog, so appreciated!! I sure hope you will stop by again soon :)

(option one, love it!)

(option 2, now which one would I pick?)

Also, I have to give Allison kudos for my logo name change to include "and the world" I was thinking of adding something to this logo tagline and then when I heard my first sponsor ad on the podcast I snagged Allison's wording - so thanks for that also:)

The contest isn't over so anyone who leaves a comment that hasn't left one already after January 1st ( I see Pam's comment, only) will be entered into her second draw (which ever quilt from above that isn't chosen) Yay!! come join the fun ladies!!

Until next time...have a happy and creative day!


e-Interviews (entry 57)

Hi Ladies, I've heard back from a few of my 'regulars' (I can say that now) of my blog and online store and so far all of them have said what you wonder?

I've decided I want to get to know YOU on a more personal level. So, I'm going to be doing e-interviews. If you are interested, please let me know as I would like to hear from ALL of you out there in blog-land AND from those of you who lurk but don't comment :)

So to kick it off, I'll be the first:

How many years have you been quilting, what or who got you started?

I've been quilting since 2003, when my Aunt-in-law, Karen took me to a Guild Potluck, I was so inspired and in aaaw that I signed up for every class and bought hundreds of dollars worth of the "must-haves".

Were you a sewer first? 

I can truly say no. I've always been creative, liked to knit since I was young but no not a sewer per-sa. I was newly married when my Aunt gave me her old sewing machine (1980 or so Kenmore, metal body weighing a tonne) and I signed up to take some sewing classes to learn the basics - which I loved. My sewing teacher Susan, ended up to be a member in the guild I had been so inspired by and as they say..."The rest is history" :)

What is your favourite technique?

Mine would have to be two things, paper piecing and scrappy quilts.

Do you have a favourite store: online or Brick & Motar and why?

Yes, Traditional Pastimes, Calgary, Alberta. A Brick & Motar that is very quaint, helpful staff.

What is a tool that you can't live without?

My Ginger Scissors. In 2005, I was teaching a class at my local guild and I was walking around helping people with their Raggedy Anne dolls when I picked up Kim's scissors and cut a piece of fabric with them, WOW my life has never been the same lol. 

Who is your biggest influence in the Quilting world - famous or otherwise?

 I think my influences change from time to time. Since I've started this online business I'm influenced by so many of the women I am in this sisterhood with, my Guilds. They all touch my heart and soul on so many levels - thank you ladies. There is also so many here in blog-land: CathiMishka, Heather, Rachel D, Lisa, Rachel G, just to name a few as I read about 100+ blogs.

Do you listen to podcasts? Do you have a favourite?

 I listen to all sorts of podcasts for business and pleasure. Go to iTunes and search Podcasts. Some of my favourites are Within a Quarter Inch, Quilting Stash, Sew Stitch Create, Life Coach, Bon Appetite, Digital Marketer and more.

My first official quilt, "Bird Bug". I have to say I LOVED making this one. Why is it, so many of us start with applique?

all needle turn applique, by hand, invisible thread for the echo quilting

don't you just love the red button for the eye?

I'm not really sure what this label shape is :~)


I so look forward to getting to know you all better, have a happy and creative day,


Podcasts and BLOGS (entry 19)

Hi Ladies, I wanted to share a few of my favourite Podcasts & BLOGS with you that I listen to on a regular basis and love.

First: Alison Rosen puts out this excellent BLOG called Within a Quarter Inch - she always has so many good ideas and I love her sense of humour - just a good down to earth person with a creative heart - I can relate, can you? Here's the link to her Podcast - it's completely free listen to her while commuting into work and you will have a blast!!

Second: I also listen to Gene's called Quilted Cupcake she's also great to listen to - just very down to earth. She just did this fab one on aprons.

Third: Rachel Griffith called p.s. I Quilt she is quite gifted and creative - I like her short & sweet blog postings.

Fourth: Is my sister Lisa Jones's BLOG called Urbane Bliss. This isn't a BLOG about quilting or crafting although she is quite creative and is becoming more involved in the whole Pastimes Online Biz and she is an excellent sewer. She writes about her kids, natural parenting, massage as she is a massage therapist and owns her own business called Urban Therapeutics which is mobile massage. I always learn something from her...