Studio Update (entry 93)

Hi Everyone, thanks so much for following my transition with my new studio and work space. It’s pretty close to completion or I would like to think so. I’ve been quite busy and I have still have about 10% left to do 🙂 YAY I’m loving it and thanks for all of the encouragement and comments along the way.

I’ll be heading to Red Deer on Friday (while your reading my post) for their FAB quilt and shopping show. I’m going with my sister and we’ll be meeting my Mum there also. A nice day for the girls to be together. My Sister doesn’t quilt (YET) but we hope one day she will be as addicted as the rest of us 🙂 
Also on Saturday, my Chestermere guild will be hosting a Community Sew Day for charity. It will be held here in town, if you are interested, please stop by with your machine and stay a while. Kits to work on and lunch will be provided!

I have a few things up my sleeve to share with you so hopefully next week I’ll have a great post for you

My new contracting job with Chinook College will begin April 7 so if any of you Calgary folks are interested in a “Quilting – Getting Started” class, check out their site. I’ll be teaching 6 blocks one per week everything from applique, to templates, piecing, squaring up and more.

Until next time, have a great weekend everyone,

Flying Needles Quilt Guild (entry 16)

Hi Everyone, I’m so please to report on our Fun Quilts Lecture(s) and Trunk Show is was FAB!!! 

The Flying Needles Guild gathered on Thursday for an excellent lecture and workshop on the Luminosity Quilt

here’s Susan G’s graduation of reds

Jan B stayed up late on Thursday night to complete her quilt top for show and tell on Friday – this is just stunning Jan!

Friday, I was supposed to take the workshop on Role of Colour but unfortunately my life got busy and I couldn’t attend the workshop. I was however on setup and in charge of a few things for the Friday night Trunk Show and when I arrived the room was a buzzin with inspired and connected women from the workshop that day. From what I can tell, from the enthusiasm in the room when I arrived, I should never miss another work shop again!!

Trunk Show was an unbelievably enlightening evening full of visual stimulation and of course good food and camaraderie with new and familiar faces. It was a superb night, thanks to everyone who pitched in and helped out!!

“Happy Go Lucky” this is the workshop I took on Saturday, all solids and it was so fun, everyone’s looked totally different.

“Raindrops” Bill Kerr explained it kind of like this…picture the rain drops hitting the still water, this is the effect it gives once it penetrates the stillness…

As a side note: Bill was an exceptional speaker, he made things relateable and made us appreciate current things in our surroundings like chairs, buildings, highways and more. I know it sounds a bit different from the traditional way we think about quilting like 9-patch, log cabin, etc 


 “Outside of the Box” slight variation of a log cabin assembly anyway..

“Starry Starry Night”

Bill Kerr and Janice, Janice had Bill sign one of her quilt blocks, what a great idea.

Here’s my blocks for my Happy Go Lucky quilt – I want to get this quilt finished so I can hang it in my new studio.

Kim working hard on her purple themed quilt

Hi Shirley, and closest to us is Ana’s blocks gorgeous.

Well ladies, that is only a tip of what I learned and I’m sure other people took away so much more. Very grateful to have been part of this, I’ve heard some talk about them coming back up our way in the Spring 🙂

Shannon M is in charge of scrapbook for our Guild and here’s a little slide show she did up for us capturing so much more…thanks Shannon. If you want to follow Weeks with her excellent blog and sense of humour (read her post on April fools day pranks it’s a riot!!) check it out here, Craft Nectar

Until next time, 

Around the Net: AAQ (entry 92)

Hi Everyone, today for my Around the Net entry is thanks to the Quilting Gallery’s blog regarding Alliance for American Quilts project: New from Old. Funny thing here is my Flying Needles Quilt Guild is doing the same sort of challenge this year but I’m pretty sure our quilts have to be slightly larger lol. 

The quilts for AAQ need to be 16″ square, consisting of 3 layers, include hanging sleeve and label. Entrys need to be in my May 31st to be qualified. And if you are a Quilting Gallery member your chances of winning something are greater.


Any of you entering something in? If so, send me a photo of your project for all of us to see.
Until next time, have a happy and creative day,

Kind Words (entry 91)

Hi Ladies, here’s another round of Kind Words I just had to share, thanks so much Isobel.

Valerie, I wanted to add something. On the phone, you asked how I was liking the silks and I only commented on the fact that I was finding them easy to work with. I should also have mentioned that I love the way they contrast with the prints, both visually and in texture. The light catches them differently and they have a bit of dimension with the “slubs”. I think they really add to the quilt.


Mobile Post

Hey everyone, busy these days as I’ve found the perfect job!! I will be teaching Quilting for Chinook College in Calgary Starting April 7. This first class is called “Quilting-Getting Started”. It will run for 6 weeks which during this time the participants will learn some of the basics in beginner quilting including putting together 6 blocks of various complexities, cutting, piecing, applique, mastering the quarter inch seam allowance and more. If you are interested, please contact me for more information

I also spent last weekend with Bill Keer of Fun Quilts and I am so inspired and have so much to share with you all I need to sift through my photos and get you some good stuff 🙂

Until next time. Have a happy and creative day, Valerie

Around the Net: Happy St. Patrick’s Day (entry 90)

Hi Ladies, today for my Around the Net entry will be focussed on St. Patrick’s Day and here’s a bit of history:

Wikipedia definition as well as some photos and tidbits of info

Saint Patrick’s Day (IrishLá Fhéile Pádraig) is a yearly holiday celebrated on 17 March. It is named after Saint Patrick (circa AD 387–461), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland. It began as a purelyCatholic holiday and became an official feast day in the early 1600s. However, it has gradually become more of asecular celebration of Ireland’s culture.

It is a public holiday on the island of Ireland (both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland) and widely celebrated by the Irish diaspora in places such as Great BritainCanada, the United StatesArgentinaAustraliaNew Zealand, and Montserrat.


Cork Ireland, during their St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in 2004

According to legend, Saint Patrick used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish people.

Traditional Saint Patrick’s Day badges from the early 20th century, photographed at the Museum of Country Life in County Mayo

They could be quilt blocks 🙂

Okay ladies, make sure you are wearing green today to keep the pinching fingers away 🙂

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

Kind Words (entry 89)

Hi Ladies, I wanted to pass on some more kind words people have left for me. Thanks so much Jackie

Today’s note is from Jackie 

As someone who is fairly new to quilting and is inexperienced with BOMs, it’s really important that directions are clear and concise. When I’m looking for a BOM to join, I’ll keep this post in mind! Jackie.

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


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!