We have Buttons (212)

Hi Everyone…we have BUTTONS!!! finally and I’m super excited for these and to share them with you all:)

Our Block of the Month Club Button to add to your blogs,
I’d be honoured really 🙂

I Heart BOM Code for your Blog:

Our General Cute Button for Pastimes Online.

Pastimes Quilters Code for your Blog:

Winner(s) for 200th Blog (211)

Well, we have a WINNER, 2 actually for our 200th blog post giveaway. I did this blog a couple of weeks ago and asked for funny stories, we only have 2 entries but they were both pretty funny so both WIN…enjoy:

Beth told this story:

Your story reminds me of a time I was just sewing too fast. I needed to get a project done for our guild show n’ tell the next morning. “I can whip something up in one night”, I thought brashly to myself. I decided to make a Christmas table runner by putting together some 1/2 square triangles and rectangles to form primitive hearts. I don’t need a pattern – how simple is this! I attached the 1/2 square triangles to the top of the 1/2 rectangles to form the heart. Easy-peasy. Now sew those parts together – no need to double check what it looks like – it’s only 4 pieces per heart. There, in no time, 14 blocks are done! – better go to the ironing board and open up the pieces to iron them. As I started opening them up – what!! – my beautiful Christmas hearts were – Christmas kites!! I took my failed blocks to the guild the next day to show them my hard-learned lesson of ‘haste makes waste’. My friend, Jan, thought that was a great joke and proceeded to make me a small wall hanging for Christmas – of course, lovely Christmas Kites flying on a snowy winter background. Jan’s quilt hangs above my sewing machine year round to remind me to “check, check, and double-check”!

Then Jen submitted this story:

Well I’ve only been to two quilt retreats. The first one was simply wonderful and I especially loved the late night singing of old camp songs. “The old grey mare just ain’t what she use to be….” “My eyes are dim I cannot see, I have not brought my specks with me…”

But my funny story happened at my last retreat. We were all bunking in different cabins and when I called it a night my cabin was an ice chamber. I couldn’t figure out what was going on – but at the same time, I am either boiling or freezing so I didn’t know if it was just me. I put on my fleece pajamas, wooly socks, toque and into my sleeping bag. During the middle of the night I got up and layered myself in every, and I mean EVERY piece of clothing I had packed and I couldn’t get warm. It was October and quite chilly. I think I might have been warmer outside sleeping. I looked ridiculous in all my clothes. The next morning I was up early – or didn’t sleep at all, not sure which sipping hot chocolate trying to warm up when one of the ladies came in and I told her my woes. She told me that each cabin had a heater, just had to turn it on. I will never forget that again.

This time, in case, I’m bringing more clothes. 🙂


Thanks for your submissions ladies, they both gave me a good chuckle. Enjoy your patterns and if you make these quilt or projects please send me your photos:)

Until next time stay happy and creative,

Tutorials for Blog Journalists (209)

Are we Journalists are our own News? I think sew and for today I wanted to share a new site I found while on my friend Vivian’s blogs: Quilting Under the Midnight Sun she has a link to Shabby Blogs have you heard of this site before? Me neither and it’s AWESOME.

Sew many good things here like amazing tutorials on how to brighten up your blog and change things – they have great videos too:) Enjoy and tell them Valerie sent you;)

Pippa Moore Trunk Show (208)

Hi Everyone, I just keep getting these shows and announcements that I want to of course pass onto you all…

This one is hosted by the Piecemakers Quilt Guild here in Calgary. I haven’t heard of Pippa Moore but she sounds like a delight and I can’t wait to attend her trunkshow.

The event is on March 31st

 The Trunk show is Thurs March 31/2011

Grace Lutheran Church, 3610 Sarcee Road S.W.
The tickets are $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door.

This is a bit of a blurb from the Piecemakers Newsletter

Pippa Trunk show is called An African Adventure and Travels With My Treadle. A showcase if quilts  made with African fabrics or inspired by Africa: vibrant and energetic and full color, like the continent from which they come. Through photos and stories, you will be introduced to many of the women from whom we import the fabrics sold through Kitambaa Designs, and the widows’ and grandmothers’ projects we support in Uganda. Travels with my Treadle is the story of 12 amazing Uganda women who make up the Bitengye Designers. This is a story full of hope and encouragement . Pippa will have her ‘LIttle Shop with Wings” at the trunk show.”
This sounds like a great show – anyone interested in going with me 😉
Until next time mark your calendars for all of these amazing shows and workshops coming up!

FunQuilts Studio Coming in May (207)

The Flying Needle Quilt Guild is SUPER happy to announce FunQuilts Studio is coming back…this May for a 3 day workshop and trunk show.

If you’re interested in taking this workshop for $250 and would like to reserve your spot or for the Friday night Trunk Show $10 please contact me Valerie Moss Valerie@PastimesOnline.ca and we can get your spot reserved.

Any questions, please contact either myself or Beth Schmidt.

Quilt Festival Prairie ‘N Peaks (205)

I received this bundle of goodies in the mail this week and wanted to share another show with you all:)

Prairie ‘n Peaks Quilt Festival 

June 10 – 19, 2011

Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass

Quilt shows & Displays and Vintage Historic Textile Collections

Workshops, quilt displays, guest speakers, trunk shows, merchant mall, artisan fair,

appraisals, quilt challenge, historical talks, feature events and sew much more

Featured Instructors – WOW amazing local and abroad talent

Ana Buzzalino (local Artist), Dawn Hunt (Canmore Artist), Joanne Middleton (local Artist), Elly Sienkiewicz (California),

Nina Stahlschmidt (Ontario), Lorraine Stangness (Strathmore) and Joan Statz (Alix)

Merchant Mall and Craft Artisans 

June 17, 18, 19



Registration through

Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village: 403.627.3684

Upcoming Show – Abbottsford (204)

I recently got this email chalked full of information that I thought I would sent out to you all, if you’re interested check it out! Sounds like an amazing show…

We are very excited to invite you to our upcoming Quilt Show!  Please forward this email to your quilter contacts, or display it in your shop.  You will find a Show poster and information about our Raffle Quilt attached to this email.  
Plan to make June 10,11,12 a Quilt Show weekend!  Attend our show in Abbotsford on Friday & Saturday, and then drive up for the Whistler Quilt Show on Saturday & Sunday.  We look forward to seeing you!

Abbotsford Quilters’ Guild presents

            QUILT SHOW 2011

            “Quilts in the Valley”

Friday, June 10                   10 am – 7 pm

Saturday, June 11              10 am – 5 pm

            At TRADEX, Abbotsford Airport

Admission $5 – Parking $5 – Men Free (I thought this was cute)

Mark your calendar now and plan to attend our Quilt Show!  Our last show was 3 years ago, so our members have had  lots of time to create new projects to share with you.  Come and be inspired by over 300 quilts displayed in very spacious, fully wheelchair accessible facilities.  You’ll find quilts from beginner to expert, large and small, traditional and innovative, practical and artsy.  You won’t be disappointed!

Make sure you allow enough time to take it all in. There will be lots to see and do! 

  • Interact with our featured quilters:

            Wendy Lewington, displaying her “Quilts with a Voice”

            Debbie Schmidt, with a display of creative scrappy quilts

            Jane Cannon, displaying her unique, interactive “Math Quilts”

            1st Prize          Hand Quilted Queen Size Quilt (see photo on attachment)

            2nd Prize         Sewer’s Dream Basket – Over 100 Fat Quarters!

            3rd Prize         Christmas Basket – loaded with Christmas fabric & books

  • Vote


  • For more information, don’t hesitate to email or phone Val at 604-854-3806 or Marilyn at 604-850-1461.


BOM’s Month Two – (203)

Sew here’s the month 2’s that we’re working on now…

There is still room to sign up for some of these if you’re interested just email me or leave a comment and I’ll be in touch!

First: Life is Beautiful, an awesome applique technique, adorable stitchery and a journal about life

Next: HocusPocusVille – easy patchwork, and amazing stitchery…with some beading if you feel so inclined 😉

Truly Scrumptious – simply the cutest stitchery I’ve ever seen 

Pies and Tarts, English Paper Piecing with foundation papers, easy applique and stunning results

cute little plastic storage for the tarts

Crazy Christmas this month we will be completing 3 blocks instead of 2 – how cute are these penguins?

Have I inspired you to maybe try one if you arn’t already? Come on board, lots of good fun and many techniques to help you along:)

Until next time, stay warm, happy and creative!