Around the Net: Bags (entry 37)

Happy Remembrance Day to all of us Canadians

Thank you to those who have fought for us, those who are fighting and those who continue to fight for our freedoms as we are forever grateful.



 

Around the Net I go… and as I browse all the wonderful blogs out there in blog land, I try to keep a list of all the cool things I stumble upon with the intentions of sharing with you : )

Today is no exception. DIY Bags is a cool blog all about bags, of course and as you browse through the site you will find a collection of all types of interesting bags.  Some to take grocery shopping, others to our sewing meet-ups or for guild giveaways, or even to stuff full of little trinkets and give away as gifts.

As a quilter/blogger I really felt a connection to DIY Bags.  It has such a great collection of free tutorials with clear descriptive pictures and links to originating articles… “what a good idea”.

To help get your creative juices flowing, here’s a sneak peak at 4 very different styles and colours.


Until next time, have a great day! Valerie

Review (entry 36)

For this weeks review, I thought I would give you some insight to blogging and to let you know a little about an excellent book I found at Chapters (here’s a link to Amazon) called Blogging for Bliss. 

It’s written by Tara Frey and it’s loaded with inspiring blogs in the arts and creativity world with an emphasis
how an online journal is a great outlet for our passions and stories and they are to be shared amongst like individuals. She discusses a number of platforms, techniques to enhance and embellish blogs and blogging for profit.

 

Currently I read about a 100 blogs focussing mostly around quilting, crafting and sewing… but I also enjoy other interests like Urbane Bliss a blog from Lisa Jones as she discusses her kids, politics, religion, parenting and many other daily topics.

 If you have a blog that you would like me to read or comment on, please send me a link.

First Published Advertisement & Story (entry 35)

Here’s the clipping from the Alberta Country Register for the Nov/Dec issue.  I submitted a story and  advertisement for our online store – Very exciting…

Here’s the originals incase you can’t make out the text from the photo

Our Story – short and sweet

Click onto Pastimes Online
I decided to start Pastimes Online after I recently sold another business. I’ve always wanted to own a quilt store but the one I was interested in wasn’t for sale. I thought about whether to go “online” or just stick to the traditional “brick and mortar” type of business. As a professional working woman, it was always hard to visit stores during traditional business hours and I felt comfortable with the flexibility of purchasing online. 


After much thought about business today and how the internet has evolved, my husband and I and our technical background, and the new chance to learn more about Internet marketing, social media and business online, Pastimes Online Ltd. was born. 


I’m very excited about this opportunity and my husband (web designer and avid photographer) and I have been enjoying every step of the process.

I publish 3 blogs that are updated weekly. Photo Blog: a collection of photos that I love about quilting. Personal blog (Val’s Quilting): my own projects, quilts, magazines & books I love, articles I want to share as well as my Block of the Month(s), pizza box challenges & clubs I belong to. Quilting in Alberta: pictures of Alberta based guild shows to Alberta Quilt Shows small & large.
Drop by our site 
www.pastimesonline.ca to purchase high-end Gingher products at a reasonable price. Threads, fat quarters of washable dupioni silks & cottons are also available. 
To find out how we can deliver a guild wide order to your next meeting, email us at 
customerservice@pastimesonline.ca. If you’re interested in having your next guild or town show photographed or if you wish to participate in a Block of the Month and much, much more… drop us a line at www.pastimesonline.ca.

Valerie

And here’s a closeup of our actual ad…what do you think?

NEW!! Freebie 15 & Update on OLD Freebie 15 (entry 34)

Hi Ladies, here’s a bit of an update on my old Freebie 15 from 2008 to 2009.   I have the piano key technique border at the same stage as my last post LOL…

My NEW Freebie 15 is coming together fabulously…here’s some pics of where I’m at. This one so far is right up my alley.  I LOVE autumn and fall colours, leaves (anything to do with fall, really)… the crisp air outside, brisk morning walks with my friends dog Emma and 4x4ing are all things I love to do in the fall.

This years Freebie 15 is “so” me… in every way.  I hope you enjoy following this blog and my year long project.  Oh, and for those who know my Mum (Candace) she is also participating in the project (along with about 100 other quilters in the Calgary area).

If you are interested – I mean really interested in doing this fun project with us – email me and I will see what I can do. 

What do you think, a mix between piecing and templates?

Here are the awesome colour choices.

My adorable little pieces all ready to be sewn together 🙂

Ta Daaa – my block 1, finished and I love it!!

With this particular Freebie 15 club you can choose to just do the freebie OR you can do the Freebie AND the companion blocks (with an additional charge, of course). I didn’t do the “companion option” last year, but I thought I would participate them this year…because the theme is “leaves”.

Here’s the first batch of companion blocks, arn’t these little cuties or what?

Pumpkin blocks.

Here’s my pieces all ready and waiting to be paper pieced.

And my final blocks – so cute hey? 

I can’t wait until next month…

My Freebie from last year is still sitting in a pile on my desk. I hope to get to it next week : )

Have a great weekend everyone. 

Lakeside Quilters Sew Day (entry 8)

The Saturday turned out to be sew fun…there was just 2 of us to start Heather and myself right a 9am…we setup the classroom expecting a bunch of women to show up for our Turning Twenty Again quilt class day

Kathy showed up and entertained us with her fabulous stories follow by June and Suzie.

Heather and her quilt(s) – this is the second one she was working on and has decided she will keep these quilts..


her blocks…

here’s the pattern from this book that June chose

and here’s her blocks

here’s June organizing all of her blocks.

Suzie like me just came to sew on her own stuff and WOW she is making a stunning Bargello 

I was working on a border which is still a secret so I can’t post anything for it at this time..
With the four of us we had a fab time telling loads of stories…about my DH and I scaring each other on an ongoing basis 🙂 and my cat Tig being the chattiest of any cat I know…we heard about a 6 year old telling her Grandma that she had never seen a bear in her entire life – how great it is to be 6!! June was telling us about her cat that would answer back to “morning” in Catenese :-} what a riot. We ate from the concession downstairs bad food but perfect for us quilters..
Sorry the rest of you couldn’t have joined us in our great day…quilts didn’t get finished but we sure got in quite a few laughs.
Oh yeah and thanks to the husbands who brought forgotten patterns, missing foot pedals and picked up Halloween candies – you guys are the best!!
Until next time..
 

Vals Projects (entry 32)

So I have so much on the go right now…

My Freebie 15 from last year 09-10 here’s where I’m at on the completion process

1st my pile of 3″ x 1″ scraps left over from the center blocks and some of the sashing

 I want to create a piano key style of border but because I just have these little scraps to play with I’m taking this process slow so Ideas will come to be incase I don’t have enough fabric

here’s them pieced in twos – isn’t this just a little pile of cuteness?

Here’s the comings together of my Threads in Hands Class – my Home or Yours that I’ve been working on…There is 12 of these blocks – complete!

I decided to do my triangle borders different then the original and I added this 3D border – what do you think?

I haven’t totally decided on these hearts in the corners – I’m torn about making them bigger or keeping them the original way.

Another project I’m working on…

baby quilt for one of my friends babies – here’s the colour choices I can’t really say too much as this friend might find out and then it won’t be a surprise…we’ll see how far this goes

 

For my next one I will have at least 2 tuffets finished, I want to make another apron, get the border finished on my log cabin & start my two mystery quilts…oh yeah and do the 1st freebie 15 block from these year…adorable.

Sherwood Park Quilt Show (entry 7)

Because of the snowy weather here last weekend I (and my trusty quilter buddy Kim) couldn’t make it to the Rocky Show…and the same weekend was the show in Sherwood Park – suffice to say we missed both shows…

Haven’t found any pics yet for the Rocky Show but here’s an update I found on the Man Quilter’s Blog for the Sherwood Park show…enjoy I know I was very impressed and enjoyed looking through them all..

Here’s a sneak peak

isn’t this center one amazing..so native looking.

Around the Net (entry 31)

So around the net I go…here’s what I found for this weeks entry:

Machine Quilters Resource (pretty self explanatory however they offer classes and lectures, memberships are required, she puts in her recommendations from Houston etc – great site full of interesting facts and information).

Now with so many blogs being available and so many places to search for excellent quilting blogs like 

Quilting Bloggers 

Quilting Bloggers Logo 
 

 Quilter Blogs Similar to Quilting Gallery but they have a feed 

of course the infamous Facebook – here’s the link to my fan page (which you have to be a facebook member to join as a fan but you can still read along if you don’t want to join) there is unlimited access to all sorts of quilting clubs, groups, exchanges, challenges, swaps & so much more on Facebook so I would recommend you get an account.

I also found this blog called Man Quilter him and wife do professional machine quilting and quilting out of their home studio in Edmonton…check him out – so worth it! On his blog I found this amazing video on Zentangle for those of you who do know that this is – check it out!

If there is a site/forum/blog that you like and want to share with us all..please send me your comments as the more resources we have available to us the more we can excel in what we do and how well we can do it.

 

Review (entry 30)

Hi all, so over the past week or so I’ve discovered so many ladies have been reading my blog that I didn’t even know about so first off – thanks so much. I really enjoy blogging and really enjoy comments to read. So, if there is something you find interesting and would like to let me know please leave your comments for me to read and respond to.

I’m trying to stick to a bit of a routine with my blogging. Today is Review day and today I would like to review the many things I have on the go and I will be continuing to blog about as well as this excellent magazine.

Pizza Box Challenge: for those of you who don’t know what a pizza box challenge is – you put one block together (yours) add .5 of a meter of your favourite fabric from that block and pass it on in a pizza box. I just finished my first one for Shannon, generally you arn’t supposed to show the blocks to the person as it’s kind of a surprise but I was so pleased with this block that I know have to show it and do my review.

 

This was one of the very first reference magazines I bought for quilting Better Homes and Gardens 100 Quilt Blocks – my SIL and I both bought it and it’s been an excellent reference guide for so many of my exchanges, challenges and on and on. 

So here’s the block (Double T) I did for Shannon…sorry Shannon but I have to blog about your block and it’s so nice with the silks.

here’s the fabrics I chose, blue is Shannon’s and the green is mine.

Didn’t this block turn out so great!!

To come:

additional pizza box challenges

Quilt I’m designing for my friends baby…(I have to be careful here as I think she reads my blog too)

Finishing my Freebie 15 project 08-09 and Starting the Freebie 15 project 09-10 years project

Mystery Quilt from Flying Needles

Mystery Quilt from Lakeside Quilters 

Kitten’s Tale & Journey of a Quilter – Pastimes Online BOM (if you want to participate they will be starting up in Jan 2010 so vote when you have a chance)

So as usual I have so many projects on the go…thanks for following me on my Quilters Journey (see how suiting the one BOM is:)