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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

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Quilting Gallery - Quilting Guilds (233)

Michele over at the Quilting Gallery has been super busy...she's created a brand new section in her already abundantly full of all sorts of goodies and references in her website - for Quilting Guilds.

Quilt Guilds Directory

This listing spans the globe!!

I've inserted one for each of the Guilds I belong to - check them out:

Lakeside Quilters Guild in Chestermere, Alberta and The Flying Needle Quilt Guild in Millarville, Alberta.

Why not add yours today!!


Christmas Gifts Update (entry 49)

Hi All, short but sweet today...I'm sitting in my office enjoying a delicious, comforting cup of Quilters Tea as all of these late nights up sewing for my "Homemade Christmas" this year is starting to take a toll on me. I was up until 1:30 2-3 nights last week, which by the way I loved and enjoyed it so much. I finished my nephews gifts, my nieces gifts, some of my parents and in-laws gifts, figured out the rest (I hope) and finishing some of the many small little accents to add to each present...but I'm not feeling that well today...

I have the sorest back (probably from all of the sewing) so no complaining really :) and my DH has been really great! I've also filled 5 orders today everything from Quilters Tea, Designer Scissors, Quilters Soap and so many more items.

I got the cutest email from a Dad:  "HELP!!! She finally told me what she wants!!!! I am looking for the Gingher Desingner Series 2009 Elena scissors set.  Do you have this or can you get it for me before Christmas?"

He left his name and number so I called him back and helped him fill the order out for his daughter, I told him I would get it all wrapped up and mailed to her before Christmas, he was so relieved and I had so much fun working through the wants and needs to make his daughter's Christmas wishes come true.

I'm also in the process of getting my house ready for company, I have a Christmas exchange on Sat and a 40th Birthday party (my cousin-in-law) I'm hosting my Quilters Group here on the 16th for a Christmas potluck, my Dad and Step-Mom will be here on the 18th and we have a Christmas party on the 19th...phew so it's just going to get busier :)

It's been snowing here all day...I love Christmastime!

Here's the quilt I finished and entered into the Quilters Cookbook along with my recipe for my Grandma LaPorte's Banana Bread.

Here's Tig sitting in her favourite chair by the Christmas Tree...waiting for Santa. Hey MIL she loves this fur blankie lol.

 Until next week, have a great weekend everyone...


Around the Net (entry 31)

So around the net I's what I found for this weeks entry:

Machine Quilters Resource (pretty self explanatory however they offer classes and lectures, memberships are required, she puts in her recommendations from Houston etc - great site full of interesting facts and information).

Now with so many blogs being available and so many places to search for excellent quilting blogs like 

Quilting Bloggers 

Quilting Bloggers Logo 

 Quilter Blogs Similar to Quilting Gallery but they have a feed 

of course the infamous Facebook - here's the link to my fan page (which you have to be a facebook member to join as a fan but you can still read along if you don't want to join) there is unlimited access to all sorts of quilting clubs, groups, exchanges, challenges, swaps & so much more on Facebook so I would recommend you get an account.

I also found this blog called Man Quilter him and wife do professional machine quilting and quilting out of their home studio in Edmonton...check him out - so worth it! On his blog I found this amazing video on Zentangle for those of you who do know that this is - check it out!

If there is a site/forum/blog that you like and want to share with us all..please send me your comments as the more resources we have available to us the more we can excel in what we do and how well we can do it.



Quilters Connection Magazine (entry 27)

Fall of 2009 Quilters Connection Magazine: a magazine for Canadian Quilters written by quilters for quilters put out their first issue. I was so excited to get my first issue of this magazine, I've wanted Canada - someone out there to produce a magazine that all of us Canadians can relate too...we read so many awesome American and Australian magazines (that we will no doubt continue to read) and now we have our very own - thanks Heather McArthur.

If you read about Heather and her mission for this magazine it is truly inspiring. I love so much about this magazine, from the way it's laid out - so easy to flip through - I really think the colours are fabulous that she has incorporated as well as all of the content.

I found out about this magazine through Michele Foster from Quilting Bloggers as she wrote an article in this first issue of the magazine called "The Virtual Quilting Bee: how quilters connect online and outlined everything I'm going through starting Pastimes Online - thanks Michelle - so easy to understand it was like you wrote this to me;)

Here's the front cover image to give you a bit of an idea for the feel...


isn't this so adorable?

she's included different projects from all sorts of people, charities etc. She has some adorable patterns, a shop review (Veronica's Sewing Supplies, Kindersley, Saskatchwan)

Currently you can only purchase this magazine from local quilt stores and boutiques (there is a listing on the back page of the magazine - please visit her website for details & subscriptions. I will carry the next issue of the magazine as I'm advertising in it & she is featuring my cotton thread cones so stay tuned:) I will more than likely carry it on an on-going basis also just because I am so proud that we have it!

Our very own Quilters Connection Magazine for Canadians.

She also features a "Show & Tell" page...if you have something you want to tell or show here's where you can be featured for some special you've created - this issue is was on Cathie King (Pentincton, BC) Nice job on the portrait quilt Cathie!!

She has a "favourite finds" page showcasing all of their favourites...some good books and ideas here. Quilt Shows and Events far no Alberta Shows are listed...hmm we might have to fix that for the next issue. If you know of or are hosting a show yourself in Alberta - please email me your dates and times and I will add them into my Quilting in Alberta under Alberta Quilt Shows - also send Heather an email as well and she will add them to her list.

Last but not least she also has a newsletter - you can sign up for it on her website here and it will be emailed to you - it's a bi-monthly newsletter with some great stuff in it including a free pattern.

Here's her initial blurb at the beginning of the newsletter to give you a taste of what in store:

"Dear Quilting Friends, 

Welcome to the first 'official' issue of Loose Threads, Quilter's Connection Magazine's newsletter filled with tips, techniques and projects to inspire all quilters.  In this issue, we have a great article on labeling your quilt, a scrappy little fall project, a list of upcoming quilt shows, and a sneak peak at what's in our Winter issue of the magazine, due out December 1st!

Happy Quilting! ~ Heather"

I don't think it can get any better than this - Quarterly Magazine...Next Issue will be ready to purchase Dec 1st-09, bi-monthly is twice the fun. Enjoy!!