Around the Net: UFO Challenge (entry 41)

My Around the Net post for this week is all about UFOs. Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie Studio Blog has an excellent challenge for everyone called, Joy in the New Year. It’s a place where you can list (I entered in 5) projects that you want to for sure complete over the next year.

Mine are all at various stages and my list may increase as the year unfolds, or a new pattern comes out that I would love to do, or someone shows me a quilt that is a MUST do lol, so many reasons to have many projects on the go:

Quilt for Zach – picture to soon come, after Sat, no more secrets I promise

Quilt for Baby Girl (not sure who to give it to as of yet), I have about 5 blocks cut out and ready for appliqueing to background fabric, all fabric is washed and ready to go.

Cotton Theory Quilt – so close to being complete and the best part is this technique is a quilt as you go, so once I finish sewing the blocks together it is finished…

nicely packed away until I have time…

close up of the block, decorative stitch across the center, french seams around each border at least once…

Freebie 15 (2008-2009) – just working on final border 

Apple Core Quilt (hand-pieced) – small table runner with homespuns

(just the top is done so far)

My Home or Yours BOM Quilt (almost done each block) I forgot to add this one to my list over at Tallgrass…Jacquie can I add one more to the list 🙂 You have seen quite a few of these individual blocks as I’ve completed them throughout the year, I think I have 4 blocks to finish and then time to sew together, layer, quilt, & hang!! Yay!

 Until next time, have a great day.

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.

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 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.


Around the Net (entry 28)

Hi Ladies, I’ve been doing a bunch of googling on quilting in Canada, quilting forums, communities, local quilting and I’ve found some good resources.

You can setup Google Search Alerts – anytime you want to know what people are searching for you can setup your search alerts with Google and they are automatically sent to you via email and or RSS feed.









I’ve setup several now & I will update you when I start getting stats back on some of my terms to see how this will work.

Also, years ago when I started quilting I belonged to many forums where I learned so much about the quilting community and how people can help each other out with simple questions or problems – other people in the group are so open about divulging the information needed. Here’s some of the forums I’ve stumbled upon

The Quilt and Needle (love the look and feel of this one – they are laying it out like it’s a local pub where you can go and chat about quilting)

Quilters TV (a great community for shops, teachers, they have videos and list their TV programming and channels – I may have to do some more digging on this one)

Podcasts and BLOGS (entry 19)

Hi Ladies, I wanted to share a few of my favourite Podcasts & BLOGS with you that I listen to on a regular basis and love.

First: Alison Rosen puts out this excellent BLOG called Within a Quarter Inch – she always has so many good ideas and I love her sense of humour – just a good down to earth person with a creative heart – I can relate, can you? Here’s the link to her Podcast – it’s completely free listen to her while commuting into work and you will have a blast!!

Second: I also listen to Gene’s called Quilted Cupcake she’s also great to listen to – just very down to earth. She just did this fab one on aprons.

Third: Rachel Griffith called p.s. I Quilt she is quite gifted and creative – I like her short & sweet blog postings.

Fourth: Is my sister Lisa Jones’s BLOG called Urbane Bliss. This isn’t a BLOG about quilting or crafting although she is quite creative and is becoming more involved in the whole Pastimes Online Biz and she is an excellent sewer. She writes about her kids, natural parenting, massage as she is a massage therapist and owns her own business called Urban Therapeutics which is mobile massage. I always learn something from her…