Quilting – Get Started, Freebie, A Kittens Tale (116)

Hi Everyone, how are you? What have you been working on lately? Last week I completed a few things including 1 hard block with about 20 inset seams, yikes it was a doozie but I LOVE the way it turned out

I finished Block 3 of A Kittens Tale bom which is so adorable…here’s the preview, I still have the yo-yos and stitching to complete

These two blocks almost took me an entire day to complete but look how amazing…well I think so anyway…they turned out 🙂

Then I got down to it and finished the sampler top for my last class in the Quilting – Get Started program on Wednesday night and I’m quite pleased, it’s so cheery and fun looking, what do you think? We will be cutting borders, layering, basting on Wednesday night, I’m kind of sad to be finished I’m so enjoying the teaching.

Check out my new Class set for the Fall Semester

Cathedral Tote

Kites for Kids, which has also been added to my Patterns Kits area here

Quilting – Get Started

I’m also working on a swap with Quilting Gallery’s website called “Be Amoungst the Bees” it’s a cute stitchery pattern I’m going to do using my silks. Are any of you doing this swap? If so, do you already have yours completed, what did you choose for fabrics?

 Also, please vote on our new Poll for 2010 block of the months clubs that are coming, we need your help!! Until next time, have a happy and creative day, 

Kind Words (115)

Hi Everyone, I received this cute comment from Kelly and thought I would share it with all of you 🙂

I enjoy checking out the website and hearing about what Val is up to.  It is inspirational and educational and I look forward to getting involved in some future projects (once I finish just a few of the ones I’m currently working on!)

Thanks so much Kelly, I love the feedback!


Advice to Paint or Not to Paint (114)

Hi Everyone, I need your advice…to paint or not to paint…hmmm I’m so torn

Last summer my hubby and I decided to go exploring in rural and southern Alberta, we love to get into the car and just see where the road takes us. I usually bring a load of stitching, we make a picnic lunch, bring our cameras, binoculars and head for the highway with not generally a destination in site – yes this is what we love to do 🙂

So, we came upon this abandoned farm, pulled the car in and almost got eaten entirely by mosquitos (B$st@*ds) but decided to peak into some of these abandoned buildings – carefully of course. And found this ironing board with cover it was coated in bird droppings amongst other things…I wanted it and so after convincing my hubby we had to pull off the disgusting cover and put in in the car..YUCK. We left it in the garage all winter to kill whatever might be living inside lol.

This pic is after I already started sanding it as it was much worse with “stuff”covering it before I started:


I also have some old brass hooks that I found. So here’s where I’m torn, hubby says to leave it natural and I say to paint it the same satin weave (off whiteish) as my work bench. I want to hang it on my wall as you come down the stairs and put quilts and goodies on the worn brass hooks…thoughts, advice, help please…

thanks so much…

Winner of the 100th Blog Post Giveaway (113)

Hi Everyone, thanks so much to all of you who left a comment congratulating me on my 100th blog post, here’s kudos to all of you 🙂

Mishka at Quilting Gallery

Vivian at Northern Needles was my e-interview for May

Jenny at Sew Colorful

Sandy at Sandy Quilts


Jocelyn at Happy Cottage Quilter

Lee at Lala’s Lovelys

Sequana at here flickr Page


Anya at Hills Creek Quilter


Linda at Bumble Knit

Sheila at My Empty Nest is Full of Cat Hair


Karen at Lee Haven

Wendy at Inky Threads


Andrea at Millions of Thoughts Trapped in my Head

(she will also be our next e-interview for June)

Vicki at Dotty Jane Designs

Krista at Poppy Print Creates



And the Winner is Karen by using (Random Number Generator) over at Lee Haven, thanks so much Karen for checking out my blog and leaving me a comment, I’m pretty sure you came across my blog through Cathi’s right?

A gorgeous bundle of Dupioni Silk Quarters, Quilters Tea and my very own Scissor Keeper Kit and Pattern with all of the goodies, please send me your address (separate email) and I’ll send this out!!

Thanks everyone for all of your support and kind words, it mean so much to me 🙂

Until next time have a happy and creative day, 

Need Advice, Block of the Month, Sampler (entry 112)

Hi Everyone, how’s everyone’s week been? Mine has been good and busy, up bright and early this morning writing this blog post as I have a full day. I’ll also do a quick blog posting about the St. Albert Quilt Show I attended last weekend with my Sister and my Mum for Mother’s day.

To Do’s

– finish sampler as I need to have it photographed by Monday for the school catalogue – how exciting hey?

– do freebie 15 block as tomorrow is the 15th

– do A Kitten’s Tale Block 3 – get it put together

– figure out how much the finishing kits will be for the sampler and email to students

So, what about your day?

I’ve been working on programming my website, got a new gal all lined up to be e-interviewed for June and she’s got quite the story…I have a brand new poll coming up for our block of the month clubs, not sure exactly how this works but I’m learning as I go. Here’s a sneak peak of what I have instore for the fall…if Interested email me and tell me which one you would like to try and I’ll mark you down to be contacted. 

Crazy Christmas by Lynette Anderson

HocusPocusVille by Crabapple Hill Girls

Life is Beautiful by Hugs and Kisses

Pies and Tarts by Sue Daley Designs

Snow Days by Crabapple Hills Girls

Truly Scrumptious by Cinderberry Stitches which is all Fairies in playful poses and it’s so adorable

Vintage Garden by Little Green Cottage, very whimsical

So have I tweaked your interest? As you can see a good combination of stitching and patchwork which seems to be very popular these days…if you are interested contact me and I’ll put you on the list to be contacted in the fall. Just think: shimmery silks, hand dyed flosses, crisp cottons, silk pins, step by step instructions….hmmm total bliss.

I need your advice, I have this idea in my head for a girls design not little girl but not teenage either. I’ve been getting mixed reviews on my colour palette. I’m thinking black, white and red but her room isn’t these colours at all…what do you think I really need some advice here ladies? I was hoping for a fun preteen style of quilt that she can take to slumber parties and whatever she likes but…is it too wild for that age group?

Here’s what my sampler for the Quilting – Get Started course is looking like. I’m going to finish the top today I have that mosaic border completed on 3 sides, what do you think?

Have a great weekend everyone, I have my DH’s Grandma’s 90th tomorrow so I’ll be busy making Mexican Chicken, Veggie Casserole and No-Bake Cheesecake tomorrow, what are you up to this weekend?

Until next time have a weekend full of happiness and creativity

Lakeside Quilters: Spring Fair (17)

The Lakeside Guild, Chestermere Quilt Show “Country Connections Spring Fair” was a huge success, can I say “WOW” we had the best turnout of quilts EVER and the best turnout of people. Thanks to everyone who took the time to come out to the show and make it a success for all of us a Lakeside Quilters. THANK-YOU!! Celebrating out 10th year as a quilters guild is so rewarding and we still have 5 of the founding members.


Thanks to all of the husbands who climb ladders, hauled tables and chairs – so appreciated!

It was really nice to have a few vendors there selling their awesome goodies!

Sue and Elke hard at it greeting all of our visitors!

the ladies looking through some candids

Cathy doing some selling in my booth, thanks Cathy

Heather won the amazing bag full of goodies, Kim posing with her..

Finally a great group shot of all of us and I think we are all present!

What a great looking group of fabulous quilters!!

Chestermere Quilt Show, Quilt Canada, Updates, Draw (entry 111)

Hi Everyone, for today I have so much to update you on but I don’t want to go crazy and make this post too long so I’ll try and capture the highlights of my last week. Also don’t forget to get your vote in for our amazing 100th blog draw

Quilt Canada was amazing, I had the privilege of volunteering in the SAQA booth and I’m so glad I did. The fibre art was so inspiring and incredible that I was overflowing with creativity.





































So, are you full of inspiration or what? These quilts are I think 20″ square max and the detail is almost implausible. So thank you SAQA for having me volunteer…Check out Anna Hergerts website as she is the Western Canadian Rep for SAQA and you’ll be forever changed 🙂

Now onto the Chestermere Quilt Show, can I say “WOW” we had the best turnout of quilts EVER and the best turnout of people. Thanks to everyone who took the time to come out to the show and made it a success for all of us a Lakeside Quilters.

This was the first show that I entered in Pastimes Online and I can’t believe the amount of ladies who came up to me and said they heard about the show through my blog – how great is that? Thanks to all of you that came from all over the City to meet me and check out my store goodies, it meant the world. 

 I couldn’t find a cute cash box so I had to make my own…

My car was stuffed full of goodies, this was so fun for me…

  proud moment for me hanging my finished banner, for my first show, bliss…

My adorable Sister, arranging and re-arranging my tables, cute shoes Li, thanks so much for your help and hanging out with me, I loved it!



I finally got my iron in I’ve been waiting for. It’s a gravity feed iron by Sapporo and I LOVE it!! It has amazing heat, nice sharp point, teflon coated base, perfect steam, good weight and it’s pretty good-looking too 🙂 

I finally got my iron in I’ve been waiting for. It’s a gravity feed iron by Sapporo and I LOVE it!! It has amazing heat, nice sharp point, teflon coated base, perfect steam, good weight and it’s pretty good-looking too 🙂 


(notice my cute ironing board cover?)

Because of parent-teacher interviews, I didn’t instruct last week, but I was back at it this week, the students finished their dresden plate blocks at home, we worked on squaring up the blocks…slowly and carefully..then onto the raw edge applique (block 4) and started block 5 flying squares…I put some pressure on them but they loved it 🙂 Here’s all of the blocks, just working on finished this top for next weeks class…we’ll see how close I get.

A recent shot of my studio and store

Have a FAB weekend everyone, I’m off to St. Albert for their Quilt Show tomorrow after my guild meeting so I’ll have that to report on shortly…

Until next time, stay happy and creative

e-Interviews: Vivian B (entry 108)

Hi Everyone, WOW I’ve had such an overwhelming response to my 100th blog posting…thanks so much!! You can still vote the cut off will be May 15th!


Today is all About Vivian B from Whitehorse, in the Yukon here’s her blog: Northern Needles 

I’ve changed up my e-interview style as I was inspired by Darlene’s style over at the Whimsical Honeypot and thought I would try something different, so thanks Darlene for the inspiration:)

Also it’s Vivian’s Birthday Month – Happy Birthday Vivian…I won’t disclose your age lol.


 Please let me know what you think of my new format, I love doing these interviews and getting to know everyone out there in blogland on a new level…thanks so much!!

Around the Net: Sublime Stitching (entry 109)

Jenny over at Sublime Stitching posted a question on her Facebook Fan Page asking her stitching followers what are the tools that you can’t live without? I’m becoming more of a stitcher everyday, incorporating embroidery into my Block of the Month Clubs I’m loving the stitching part. I love the patchwork and the combination of stitching in the same block, I do some work at my beautiful sewing machine and I also can do some of the work in front of the TV, it’s perfect!

Anyway, back to Jenny, here’s the list she compiled and all of the links for you to find these goodies:

This iron-on transfer pen seemed to be #1, sounds very interesting

Clip-on reading light “for PM stitching” know ladies who have this and love it

Lightbox – which I was recently given one and boy do I LOVE my lightbox, thanks Carla

Thread Heaven, haven’t used this but heard good things about it

Seam Ripper, here’s a link to the one I carry.

Sticky Stabilizer, sounds like that sticky wax paper stuff?
(different from iron-on)

Magnifying Light, haven’t needed this

Punch Needles – this is something I’m very much considering getting into – any of you do punch needle?

Needle Nest, personally I love my tuffets.

Water Erasable Pen, have one of these

Tracing Paper, haven’t had a need for this

Laying Tool, I want one of these but not sure why?

Floss Organizer, have one of these and LOVE it!!

Thanks so much Jenny for posting this list now I have a shopping list of my own 🙂