Search
Around the Net
Members Section
Great Blog Feeds


Quilting Bloggers Logo

Tags

 

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 Zachary (5)

Friday
Mar122010

House Keeping & Guest Honeypot (entry 88)

Hi Ladies, first thing I want to thank Jen, Sandy, Jackie, Dominique and Rachel for leaving me comments, I love comments...

So as you know for the month of March I'm being featured as the Guest Honeypot over at Snickerdoodle Dreams, thanks Darlene!

I had to submit a drawing as inspiration to the readers to create something amazing with, here's what I submitted. I also put a shout out asking if someone completed a project with my drawing to send it to me.

this is the one I did

Here's what Jen E submitted, it's so adorable :)

Anyone else create something wonderful with my sketch? If so, I would LOVE to see them please forward to me valerie@pastimesonline.ca

++++++++++

A few posts ago for one of my "Around the Net" entry's, I put a shout out asking you my readers to send me a pic of their favourite decorated room, I received this great email from Annie (she was previously e-interviewed by moi) and here's what she sent me:

The first one shows my quilt, Kindred Spirits, on my bed 

This quilt is Victorian Star hanging over another dresser belonging to my OTHER grammie.  Mocha Meringue, hanging on the wall over a dresser that belonged to my maternal grammie.  I made that bouquet of flowers on the dresser from scrapbooking paper.

Thanks so much for sharing Annie and giving us a glimpse into your life :)

++++++++++

Here's some pics of things in my studio...there will be many more pics to come. Almost settled in, videos hopefully for you all next week:)

I found these adorable boxes at Michaels recently they came in many sizes, magnetic envelope closure styles lids, great for hiding all of my wip's.

These cute little wall boxes (not really sure what to call them) are empty now and will be moved to their new home shortly.

+++++++++

Here's Zach's quilt, drum roll please...

first Tig had to test it out

Then Zach got to take it home...such a little cutie!!

Until next time ladies, have a happy and creative day and weekend!

Thursday
Feb252010

Studio, Zach's Quilt, Patterns (entry 82)

Hi Everyone, today I have some great news, the carpet is going into my new studio this morning YAY, I'm so excited to be getting so close to the move, which will be full of un-packing more boxes (hmm could be another un-boxing video coming up), stacking shelves, purring of my sewing machine (as I'm behind on a few things), cutting kits, and more...stay tuned.

I'm just finishing the label for Zach's quilt (I should have done a Kite label to keep with the theme and maybe I will, but his theme for the baby shower was ducks so this is still suiting), it seems like I've been working on this for a while but hey it's one of the first quilts I designed from top to bottom, I really LOVE the colours and I'm a bit sad to see this one come to an end....good thing I'm finishing up the pattern and it will be kitted soon enough :)

Speaking of patterns, I just finished my Chenille Scissor Keeper pattern and I've also made up some kits. The tutorial on making the chenille is here if you missed it in my past blog posting...

 

Besides painting, painting and more painting, I haven't done much sewing but I did finish the embroidery on A Kittens Tale Block of the Month (One) and I'm planning to launch this one in a couple of weeks sooo if you are still debating starting a cute and easy wall hanging quilt come and join us here. Two options full kit (dupioni silks, embroidery needles, silk pins, silk flosses, yo-yo maker, sewing machine needles, private blog posting with step by step instructions and more $25/month) and also a Pattern only option $15...

Their cute little faces, and I LOVE working with the silk floss, they glide through so beautifully...

Before I forget to mention, these are my new 3 favourite things:

the 3.5" x 18.5" Gingher Ruler, this little baby I've been using so much lately, it's the perfect length and width, also the copper topped embroidery needles, love these AND this thread holder you see is made by and excellent craftsman, custom made for Pastimes Online..will be for sale shortly.

This thread keeper, is so perfect for applique and doing binding, keeps your needle in the right place (magnet on side) and your thread always at the "ready" position.

I'll be at my Lakdside Quilters Guild "Quilt til You Wilt" day on Saturday which is always full of fun and interesting projects, stories and more :) Can't wait!!!

Until next time, have a happy and creative weekend,

Friday
Feb192010

Zach's Quilt, New Studio, and Stuff (entry 78)

Hi Everyone, so todayyyy I have so many updates and wonderful things to share with you but first I would like to thank those who have left a comment for me within the last week, I so appreciate the comments it gives me a little something.

Mary-Ann, Rachel D, Vivian, Kathy B, Mishka, Amber, Shannon, & Jen.

I'm finished the quilting on Zach's Quilt - YAY!!! So I'll get it to them this weekend.

I love the kite strings - adorable!

My DH wants to upgrade our cameras so the first to go was my D60 :( by ol' friend. Next on the chopping block is the D80, then I get my hands on his D90...look out world my photos are about to explode lol. Just joking I have a heck of a learning curve with the D90, Amie a little help here :) My DH wants the D300S from Nikon so he can kick but in photo land.

I found this great Canadian mixed magazine. Don't you just love the name!! It's a compilation of cross stitch, embroidery, knitting, and sew much more.

Some of the kits for Journey of a Quilter Block 2 bundled and ready to be sent out March 1st!!

Here's Tig, dreaming of her next quilt project while laying in the sun...bliss

my DH may be a bit shy that I shared this with all of you...but hey he loves me and I love him back. 

New doors, paint, trim, baseboards, and carpet ordered...YAY it's coming together. 

Until next time, have a happy and creative weekend!!

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 :)

-----

I'm still working on my tuffets aka pin cushions.

I started making some mini ones, what do you think?

-----

Here's Tig sitting by my machine, just hanging out. She's such a little cutie!!

-----

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

 

Friday
Nov132009

Zach's Quilt, Tuffets, Ramekin Pin Cushions (entry 39)

Hi everyone,  I have a couple things I hope to share with you today.  First, I'm still working like crazy on this baby quilt for Zach & his Mom, Diane.  It's close to being done.  I just have the last border to add and another 124 pieces to be sewn together... yikes!!  I have the back all washed and ready for piecing and I must say, it's adorable in chocolate browns, lime greens and all those polka dots.  I'm thinking of piecing it like a large 9 patch or something similar.

Here's an idea of what the border will look like (this is prior to sewing it together and prior to cutting away the bulk with the connector corners).  What do you think?

 

 

Now the the Second thing : )  I've completed a couple of my tuffets from the Schnibbles pattern I blogged about earlier.

Tuffet one is Courthouse steps

Tuffet two is strip pieced.

I really enjoyed making these Tuffets as I learned a new technique called foundation piecing.  This is where you have a piece of muslin or something similar (I used muslin) and sew the pieces to it.  You can of course do this as a paper pieced option - but I personally like to do what the pattern calls for first, then make my personal adjustments on the second go around.  I look forward to making many more of these fun little things in the future.

_____________________________

Oh, okay... there is three: )  I couldn't resist sharing these next little colourful cuties with you.  These were made by my Mum who is so creative and finds the neatest things to make and sell in her craft fairs around Christmas.  They are called Ramekin Pin Cushions and did they turn out so fabulous.

If you are interested in purchasing ($9CAD) some of these, please let me know as they would make perfect gifts for your sewing and quilting friends.

Blue glass ramekin's finished size about 3" diameter.

So cute Mum and thanks for sharing:)

Hopefully by next's weeks blog entry, I will be able to finally show you the results of Zach's quilt as I'm hosting the baby shower for him and presenting it to Diane at that time.  I will however, still need to quilt and bind it, but the majority of the top will be finished, Yay!

Until next time, have a great weekend...Valerie