Me Mondays: Baby Girls Room (300)

What a delightful post number 300 is all about London’s room and how much sewing I’ve been doing – not a lot of projects mind you but alot of sewing…here’s what I’ve been working on.

It all started with London’s room being a bit cold with our dipping temperatures, and she likes it really dark when she sleeps, so I picked up block out material also.

I wanted the dots to be larger – so I found a good template, nothing like a Christmas plate to brighten any job.

Pink, of course

good paid of paper scissors and fabric scissors – 40 circles later

all randomly appliqued in place with an iron, then by machine. I got it down to sewing 10 dots on a panel (there is 4 panels) to 1 panel in 1 hour – all while she slept.

Super cute!!

Pastimes Online Presents…(258)

our newest and youngest employee…London Jean born August 28. Shes ready to take orders and cut kits and star in the next educational video…when she wakes up from her nap!

 

So since this new little beauty has come into the Moss house I now can make things for her as well as everyone else and it’s been so fun…

First I did these name plates:

start with a canvas board that you can buy at Michaels,

pick your shapes, square, round, rectangle and then pick your size…I varied the sizes

Next: pick your font I chose something uplifting and fun. You want one letter per 8.5 x 11″ sheet of paper. Change your print settings to print outline instead of solid – just to save ink:)

Next: pick your fabrics. I wanted her name to coordinate with A Kitens Tale bom which will be hanging in her room soon…so that’s the fabrics I chose to work with. If I didn’t have a big enough piece in the colours I wanted I just pieced it… 

Now play with placement of the letters on your boards, floss in different colours and have fun!

then just staple it to your borads, nice and tight making sure you have the letter in the front straight..enjoy!

I love to personalize things for people, so I bought this kit (shhhhh don’t tell anyone) and modified (of course) it with her name…

 

So until next time, thanks for visiting, asking me where I’ve been and how I’ve been doing…

remember to stay happy and creative everyday!

Valerie

 

Quilting with Pretty Stitches & Yo-Yo’s (172)

Okay so I finally finished this quilt top, got it layered and now onto the quilting. This one is for ME and only ME…well maybe Tig can have a snooze once in a while on it too 😉

I’ve wanted a log cabin as long as I can remember and when our guild decided to do a Pizza Box Challenge (you do a block, add 1 meter of your FAV fabric from the block as extra then it gets passed from friend to friend 9 times so you have 9 blocks). Since I wanted a log cabin, I had each of the gals do a log cabin block for me…it worked out PERFECTLY!! I then proceeded to make a million more log cabin blocks…

I decided to have fun with some of my decorative stitches

and more stitches

Which stitch is your favourite? Once I’m done the blue side I’ll move on the cream side because I have cream variegated threads to match that side also 🙂 

I’ve also been playing with yo-yo’s and ALOT of them too…96 I’ll need in total and I’m almost halfway, YES!!

to give you perspective on size, yes that is my actual bobbin for my Janome

can you say teeny tiny adorable yo-yos that I love each and every one of them…

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, 

Update & Ideas (entry 69)

Update on me for all of you 🙂

Journey of a Quilter kits and patterns are bundled, and packaged, some have been sent – just waiting on another order of floss for the rest. There is still room if you would like to join us. Here’s block one to entice those of you who have been wavering 🙂

Zach’s quilt is layered and pin basted – I wil be quilting it next weekend at a retreat I’m attending, it’s so close now, the pattern is almost finished just waiting on me to finish the top, take some photos – YAY!!

Kitten’s Tale Block of the Month, almost finished the first block…here’s a sneak peek:

combination of dupioni silks and cottons

the pinwheel blocks are soooo cute!

these are the rail fence blocks

onto the embroidery…what do you think?

Interested? Please email me and I will add you to the sign up sheet, first block to go out in a month or so.

Full kit option: silk pins, silk machine needles, yo-yo maker (which is adorable), silk floss from India, dupioni silks, cottons, full blog postings with step by step instructions and maybe videos, and more!! $25 + shipping

Pattern only option is also available for $15 + shipping

The Kitten’s Tale is adorable with the combination of applique, embroidery, piecing and the cutest little yo-yos, come join the fun! 9 month block of the month, finished quilt size is approx 54 x 62.

I’ve been also working on an interview with The Whimsical Honeypot if you’ve shied away from signing up for newsletters in the past, this one is a MUST! It’s adorable and so well-put together, the artistic style is so pretty, I love it!! If you read it let me know your thoughts too.

This Saturday will be spent 4x4ing with our Toyota club, in the mountains, it will be so enjoyable and refreshing, what are your plans for the weekend?

This is our FJ Cruiser, so much fun!

Last but not least, my little Tig, just hanging out with me while I sew 🙂

Until next time, have a happy and creative day,

e-Interviews (entry 57)

Hi Ladies, I’ve heard back from a few of my ‘regulars’ (I can say that now) of my blog and online store and so far all of them have said yes…to what you wonder?

I’ve decided I want to get to know YOU on a more personal level. So, I’m going to be doing e-interviews. If you are interested, please let me know as I would like to hear from ALL of you out there in blog-land AND from those of you who lurk but don’t comment 🙂

So to kick it off, I’ll be the first:

How many years have you been quilting, what or who got you started?

I’ve been quilting since 2003, when my Aunt-in-law, Karen took me to a Guild Potluck, I was so inspired and in aaaw that I signed up for every class and bought hundreds of dollars worth of the “must-haves”.

Were you a sewer first? 

I can truly say no. I’ve always been creative, liked to knit since I was young but no not a sewer per-sa. I was newly married when my Aunt gave me her old sewing machine (1980 or so Kenmore, metal body weighing a tonne) and I signed up to take some sewing classes to learn the basics – which I loved. My sewing teacher Susan, ended up to be a member in the guild I had been so inspired by and as they say…”The rest is history” 🙂

What is your favourite technique?

Mine would have to be two things, paper piecing and scrappy quilts.

Do you have a favourite store: online or Brick & Motar and why?

Yes, Traditional Pastimes, Calgary, Alberta. A Brick & Motar that is very quaint, helpful staff.

What is a tool that you can’t live without?

My Ginger Scissors. In 2005, I was teaching a class at my local guild and I was walking around helping people with their Raggedy Anne dolls when I picked up Kim’s scissors and cut a piece of fabric with them, WOW my life has never been the same lol. 

Who is your biggest influence in the Quilting world – famous or otherwise?

 I think my influences change from time to time. Since I’ve started this online business I’m influenced by so many of the women I am in this sisterhood with, my Guilds. They all touch my heart and soul on so many levels – thank you ladies. There is also so many here in blog-land: CathiMishka, Heather, Rachel D, Lisa, Rachel G, just to name a few as I read about 100+ blogs.

Do you listen to podcasts? Do you have a favourite?

 I listen to all sorts of podcasts for business and pleasure. Go to iTunes and search Podcasts. Some of my favourites are Within a Quarter Inch, Quilting Stash, Sew Stitch Create, Life Coach, Bon Appetite, Digital Marketer and more.

My first official quilt, “Bird Bug”. I have to say I LOVED making this one. Why is it, so many of us start with applique?

all needle turn applique, by hand, invisible thread for the echo quilting

don’t you just love the red button for the eye?

I’m not really sure what this label shape is :~)

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I so look forward to getting to know you all better, have a happy and creative day,

Baby Quilt for Zachary, Pin Cushions, Tig (entry 44)

Finally I can show you guys what I’ve been working so much on…you’ve seen the colour of the fabrics but how about a slight recap. These were just miscellaneous fabrics in my stash. Once I saw these colours I absolutely fell in love with them mind you, I’m really into lime green and brown these days.

After pulling many books out of my over flowing shelf and spending the good part of a sunny afternoon thumbing through them I found a few that I liked parts of but not the entire quilt for him. I always like to make quilts and projects unique. So after consulting 🙂 with my DH we came up with a ‘Kite’ theme…I searched the internet looking for a cute design and found nothing, can you believe that?

I’m working on my own pattern now and I will eventually kit this and it will be available in our store.

On the weekend, when I revealed it at the Baby Shower for Zach, Diane loved it amongst all of the other gals present. I will have the back completed today and I’ll baste it at our ‘Quilt til You Wilt’ day tomorrow and then I’ll start on the machine quilting.

Without further adieu here’s ‘Kites for Kids’ quilt by Valerie.

I’ve made two more Friendship bags and practiced my machine quilting for when I start Zach’s quilt.

Circles…I even wrote my name

 

Squares, which I thought turned out rather interesting.

I shouldn’t reveal who these bags are for or the colours as these will be for friends, family or my guild exchanges (let’s just keep all of you guessing, shall we). These arn’t quite done yet, but close and boy they will brighten up any dining room table, sewing machine table and to take fabric shopping 🙂

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I’m still working on my tuffets aka pin cushions.

I started making some mini ones, what do you think?

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Here’s Tig sitting by my machine, just hanging out. She’s such a little cutie!!

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I’m working on gifts for my nephews and nieces (nephews are cut out, nieces: have the stuff need to get it cut out for tomorrow), Aunts, MIL, Step-Mom, Mom, Dad, FIL, Sisters, SIL, Nanie (DH’s Grandma) and more people that should be on the list but not sure what to do for them yet.

As I sit here and write, I’m looking out my studio window and there is big, white crisp flakes of snow falling, finally the Christmas season is upon us and now I can start decorating my house for the holidays.

Until next time, have a great creative weekend everyone, Valerie

 

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.

Leduc Quilt Show Part One (entry 5)

As I mentioned on Facebook I headed out to Leduc last weekend for their show

Black Gold Quilt Patch Quilt Show “Expressions form the Heart”

it was held at the PAC centre and it was such a well displayed show with many really nice quilts.

don’t you just love the blue and brown in this convergence?

here’s most of the front of this quilt (the isles were a bit narrow)

close up of some of the applique and hand quilting

isn’t this incredibly BOLD – I think the texture and the mixture is so perfect!

there were some cute bear quilts (I adore this echo quilting around the bears)

Does anyone think of a cute lego house?

these golfing gals were hilarious!

How about this one – what a way to use of scraps and get an amazing result

an isle shot

these were all needle turned applique

another incredible example of needle turn applique and some amazing quilting

here’s the close-up.

 

I’m heading to the Rocky Mountain House show this weekend… 

 

Retreat (entry 23)

Okay ladies, I spent the weekend at the Rustler’s Lodge with a group of fabulous women. I created a few things that I absolutely love, had some amazing laughs – roll of the floor kin 😉 and didn’t sleep much – pretty much all of the compulsory items for retreat.

 

This was the cutest teddy bear made with a furry fabric, appliqued onto a little girls quilt made by Wilma 

The cheeriest coffee style of place mats made by Alison C – set of 6 arn’t they adorable – love the colours.

Another masterpiece put up on the design wall to help for colour placement – Dianne P – she has such good eye for colour.

Not sure who this was made for but Cathy B did such a great layout – for a girl for sure!! Love the striped sashing and the corner stones.

My mom’s log cabin with the chenille centers – so perfect!!

almost done, last colour added

completed design

Then I got into making these sew, so cute aprons from my mum’s book

 

main body

close up for attaching the scallop in another colour

completed – love it!!

colour option 2

completed option 2

(it was a little dark in the room when I took this pic)

This is the finished option 3 – this one Mum and I thought that the scallop and waistband want’s really the best colour – in the end we liked this one the BEST!