Somedays are way too busy – (201)

Hi all, today is a catching up day, phew I’m feeling a bit behind…what am I behind in you wonder: 

  • Blog reading – I miss you guys and your inspiration
  • Blog writing – I love sharing and inspiring you too
  • Block of the month blocks…I made the decision to do 5 block of the months and boy oh boy am I a busy girl…good thing I LOVE to quilt!
  • I’m taking a class this weekend all about freehand machine quilting – with an excellent teacher so I’m super looking forward to that. My Mum’s coming up for it too so we have a great weekend ahead in our jammies, stitching…like minded-souls that is for sure!
  • I’m leaving on retreat next weekend for a few days…only bringing stuff to stitch so maybe I can get ahead. I like to stay at least 1-2 blocks ahead
  • hmmm I’m sure there’s something I’m missing

 Just a little re-cap for you and for those of you who miss my commenting on your blogs, so sorry, they’ll come, promise 🙂

Until next time, stay happy and creative, Valerie

 

WOW: Blog 200 Giveaway!!

Hi All, today is my 200th blog post – incredible. THANKS to all of you for following, commenting, letting me know I’ve inspired you even if it’s just a little…I love the followers and all of my club members, YOU give me the motivation to do more, post more and find things to inspire more:)

Hmm, I’m feeling like a giveaway…but what should it be? How about 3 FREE patterns…my patterns

Scissor Keeper – something super adorable to keep your scissors in, learn a chenille technique which is the best part!

Kites for Kids – baby in mind, friends, neice or nephew this is an adorable quilt with a kite theme, raw edge applique and scrappy borders, sew much fun.

Chenille Tote Bag – perfect to carry around your favourite block of the month projects in. Folded technique constructed by hand or by machine.

Okay now what should you do? Leave me a funny quilting story…mine goes like this:

When I attend a retreat I always bring sew many projects like I’m going to be gone for 6 months lol. I’m just afraid I’ll run out of something to do…Sew this one retreat, I was of course up super late sewing, visiting and laughing way too much…I was trying to get some squares marked with a diagonal line (simple enought, right) sew I could make half square triangles with them. Well I marked all 50 squares, yep 50 alright – but on the RIGHT side of the fabric instead of the wrong 🙂 too funny, we still laugh about this.

Until next time, inspire me and make me laugh with a good funny story

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Christmas Stocking Exchange (199)

Sew I know some of these Christmas posts are coming late but I felt the need to share them with all of you anyway 🙂 Hope that’s okay. It still feels like Christmas while I’m posting this message as it’s -25 degrees C and I still have my Christmas decorations up around the house (that is my project for tonight).

As you know a while ago I posted looking for a free Stocking pattern and Sandra B send me the new one by Robyn Pandolf – thanks so much Sandra.

Here’s the one I made and I filled it with a pair of Gingher scissors, 4 pin wheels ornaments, sewing machine needles and more…

 

Here’s a group shot of some of the other ones

Here’s the one I received from Christine, thanks sew much I LOVE it!

Until next time stay happy and creative with this tip:

All you need to make a quilt is material, a needle, thread and scissors. Gadgets are neat, but they add to the cost.

Life is Beautiful – Month One (198)

Life is Beautiful is such a super neat block of the month because the method doesn’t waste anything…and if your a fan of creamy purples, light greens, yellows and silks – this is the block of the month for you 🙂

 You cut away the backing fabric behind your stitchery and that piece becomes the center for your next block..it’s amazing!

Until next time, stay happy and creative with this tip:

Time spent watching a quilter on TV might teach you something, but it doesn’t get the quilt made.

 

My New Christmas Stocking (197)

Sew for this Christmas I received something that is sew special it came right from my mom’s heart and stitching soul, just for me…she said she’s been working on it for approx 3 years…You have to know my Mum, when she says she’s working on something she isn’t just working on that, she’s making 25 aprons, 15 pie totes, 30 sets of pot holders, 100 pinwheel tree ornaments, half a dozen pin cushions and sew much more, plus she’s working on several block of the month projects and whatever else she feels like starting because she wants new fabric to cut up!! She’s serious about sewing, stitching and quilting!! Her passion is in her very skin…now I know where I get it from, thanks sew much MUM!!

Here’s what she made for me…I cried it’s sew beautiful!

my favourite part: 

how about the cutest cat you ever did see 🙂

Until next time, say happy and creative with this tip:

Looking at Quilting books, magazines, even quilts hanging at a show can help you develop an eye for colour and design.

HocusPocusVille – Month 1 (196)

HocusPocusVille our new Block of the Month (bom) club is now underway… I’ve packed up the first month’s kit and waiting for Floss then it will go in the mail to all of you gouls and goblins who love Halloween.

What is the definition of Halloween anyway?

Historian Nicholas Rogers, exploring the origins of Halloween, notes that while “some folklorists have detected its origins in the Roman feast of Pomona, the goddess of fruits and seeds, or in the festival of the dead called Parentalia, it is more typically linked to the Celtic festival of Samhain, whose original spelling was Samuin (pronounced sow-an or sow-in)”.[1] The name is derived from Old Irish and means roughly “summer’s end”.[1]

Here’s another tidbit I thought was interesting:

Development of artifacts and symbols associated with Halloween formed over time. For instance, the carving of jack-o’-lanterns springs from the souling custom of carving turnips into lanterns as a way of remembering the souls held in purgatory.[5] The carving of pumpkins is associated with Halloween in North America where pumpkins are both readily available and much larger – making them easier to carve than turnips.[6] The American tradition of carving pumpkins preceded the Great Famine period of Irish immigration[7]and was originally associated with harvest time in general, not becoming specifically associated with Halloween until the mid-to-late 19th century.[8][9]

Complements of Wikipedia Search: Halloween read more here.

 

Until next time, stay happy and creative with this tip:

Begin quilting by finding and using the very best materials you can afford.

 

Where have I been? (195)

Hi Everyone, after a much needed break and then being sick with a cold and working diligently with getting my boms all ordered, cut, bundled and prepped to send with the Christmas mail volume it’s sure added time to get these out…one more to go Crazy Christmas and we’ll be right ready to begin all 5! Yes I said 5. I can’t believe it myself as I’m not really sure if I can keep up but I’m committed so – wish me luck!!

Over the Christmas break I’ve been busy stitching and sewing and creating – don’t you just love creating and having the time to create?

Now back to blogging…getting my newsletter prepped and ready to send – it was supposed to go out Jan 1 and it’s pretty close, just needle little motivation…

I need your advice on this project – first off. This is a challenge with one of my guilds the rules are: min of 120″ perimeter, min of 10 fabrics and can only have 1 block!

I’m thinking Pinwheels in all sizes going in different directions and tucked into each other…feedback needed 🙂

 

Tip for the day is brought to you from my super cute Quilters Calendar bring me (and you) a tip of the day!

Many new tools for quilters come from other hobbies. The scissor ziggers can be found in fly fishing supplies.

Do you know what scissor ziggers are? They are the little pals we attach to our scissors so we can find them in our sewing kits 🙂

Until next time, stay happy and creative!

 

Crazy Christmas – Month 1 (194)

Crazy Christmas by Lynette Anderson…our new Block of the Month (bom) is truly wintery and awesome. I love the crazy patch with the mixture of wool applique and stitchery using the Jeval Silk Floss and Jeval Dupioni Silks.

Anyone want to come out and play with us…wool, silk floss and silks can you say, bliss? These blocks finish at 13″ so this is one substantial quilt full of all of our favourite things:)