e-Interview with Kim Hanson & Prize (215)

To finish off this special e-Interview, Kim’s overing an adorable smelly pillow pattern and kit…Sew how do you win? Give us your feedback here and on Kim’s Blog. Thanks for spending the time here today and getting to know Kim a bit better:)

Until next time stay happy and creative, Valerie


TIP: A simple Rule of thumb: The more you love your design the quicker you’ll finish

e-Interview with Marlene Biles & Giveaway!! (160)

It’s been a while since I’ve had an e-interview, I wanted one a month for the year but I have a few months that are empty while I wait on a few peoples information…pppssstt Michelle and pssst Ana I’m waiting for your juicy stories and awesome photos….anyone else interested? Susan G, Beth S, Donna G…are just a few I’m thinking about…interested, please contact me.

Please enjoy this awesome interview with Marlene, and thanks so much Marlene for taking the time to send me your info and for the generous prize 🙂



Pastimes Online is so happy to announce this brand new pattern line available now in our Online Shop. Sipiweske Designs is created by Marlene Biles out of Manitoba Canada, check out her blog Sipiweske Quilt Designs when you have a chance.

Until next time, have happy and creative days…Valerie

Janome Update & Draw Closing (147)

As many of you now about my sorted experience with Janome. This post however to to update you and give a HUGE thanks to Jim Findlay of Linda’s Quilt Shoppe in Kelowna, BC for stepping in and making things happen. I haven’t heard back from Janome on any of my email or phone called but Jim has contact and replied back to every single contact point I’ve made, thanks so much Jim. Here’s my 1st Janome going back to Kelowna to be swapped out for this brand new machine that arrived on Monday…I was without a machine for 1 whole week, YIKES that was rough I must say. I had a chance to setup the machine on Monday night and sewed with it on both Monday and Tuesday night and boy everything about it is working good, the threader works (1st one didn’t) the needle came nice and straight (1st one was bent) and so far so good. I hope this machine proves to be better then the last as my experience with Jim is awesome unlike Janome Corporate and their CEO David Manierka who hasn’t responded to my last two email and wanted to pass me onto someone else…I digress…

Onto brighter and better things. I will still continue to update you on my machine, what I like and dislike about it as I use it more and more. Any feedback you can give or any questions or comments I would love to hear them 🙂 Thanks again for all of the support.

Also don’t forget to vote on Heather’s Giveaway draw will close today!!

Until next week, have a wonderful long weekend full of creativity 🙂

e-Interview: Heather McArthur & Giveaway (138)

Hi Everyone and welcome back to Vals Quilting today I have a special guest that some of you may know, Heather McArthur from Quilters Connection Magazine and Quilters Connection Blog. I’m pleased to bring you her amazing interview where she gives us a glimpse of her life as a quilter…enjoy! 


Heather has graciously put up an excellent prize

do you feel like snuggling up under one of your favourite quilts and reading all about your favourite hobby?? 

Who wouldn’t love this prize!

1 year subscription to her amazing all Canadian Magazine about all Canadian Quilt Shops and all Canadian Quilt Shows and all Canadian Guild Listings and all things super quilty and crafty

so how do you enter?

entry 1 leave a comment on my blog

entry 2 leave a comment on Heathers Blog {& tell me if you already have}

entry 3 follow me on Facebook {or tell me if you do already}

entry 4 follow Heather on Facebook {or tell me if you already do}

entry 5 sign up for my NewsLetter {or tell me if you already have}

entry 6 sign up for her NewsLetter {or tell me if you already do}

entry 7 tell someone…

will that give you enough chances to win this fantabulous prize?

Would you like to be e-Interviewed by me? Theses are the questions, pretty simple hey? I would love to interview all of my readers, followers, commenters and get to know all of you a bit better please contact me.

e-Interview: Amber Johnson (117)

Hi and welcome back to Val’s Quilting for our e-interview today we are featuring a delightful online Blogger, Pattern Designer and all-round inspirational person…welcome Amber and thanks so much for being part of my blog AND donating a great prize..





Thanks so much for leaving a comment, Amber, when do you think we should do the draw?

Until next time, have a happy and creative day,

e-Interviews: Vivian B (entry 108)

Hi Everyone, WOW I’ve had such an overwhelming response to my 100th blog posting…thanks so much!! You can still vote the cut off will be May 15th!


Today is all About Vivian B from Whitehorse, in the Yukon here’s her blog: Northern Needles 

I’ve changed up my e-interview style as I was inspired by Darlene’s style over at the Whimsical Honeypot and thought I would try something different, so thanks Darlene for the inspiration:)

Also it’s Vivian’s Birthday Month – Happy Birthday Vivian…I won’t disclose your age lol.


 Please let me know what you think of my new format, I love doing these interviews and getting to know everyone out there in blogland on a new level…thanks so much!!

e-Interviews: Diane S (entry 96)

Another fabulous follower being e-intereviewed today. Diane has been loyal to Pastimes Online since the beginning, thanks so much Diane for being part of this journey with me. 

So, without further adieu, here’s my e-interview with Diane S from Squamish, British Columbia, Canada

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

About 10 years. I started quilting because I wanted some hobby when I retired

Were you a sewer first?

YEARS before I sewed my daughters clothes

(Valerie: I’ve always wanted to try a landscape quilt)

What is your favourite technique?

My favorite technique is actually piecing just plain seeing the pieces of fabric coming together with the colours and design and the finished project usually so different than you imagined it was going to be to me every quilt is a mystery quilt although I have a pattern in mind.

(Valerie: adorable and I LOVE the label)

Who is your biggest influence famous or other-wise?

Some local ladies around here

Isn’t it always the ladies around us that influence our quilting? I love being able to say so and so taught me this or so and so inspired me…

Thanks so much Diane for doing this with me…

If you would like to join us in getting to know your fellow quilters, bloggers etc or you know someone you would like me to contact for being e-interviewed please let me know.

Until next time…have a happy and creative day,

e-Interviews: Rachel D (entry 83)

Hi everyone, remember my blog about e-interviews…today is all about Rachel D from Belgium…can you find Belgium on this map? There is 10.7 million people that live in this country and it’s way smaller then one of our Canadian provinces and we have 33 million people in our whole country. They speak French, Dutch and German there so since English isn’t her first language she did a FAB job of my interview…enjoy!

How long have you been quilting and what got you started?

  • I’ve been quilting for one year. It all started in summer 2008 when I bought a special edition of a magazine called MagicPatch. This special edition was dedicated to Veronique Requena. I discovered a new passion and a new style: the country style. I just love and only regret I didn’t discover it earlier.

Some of you may also follow her blog and recognize her great photos…


This picture represents my 1st real patchwork. I made it when attending to my first patchwork lessons. It was hand pieced and I started hand quilting it. It’s still an on going project but I promised myself to finish it this year so that I can proudly hand it in the house.


Were you a sewer first?

  • I was a sewer before a quilter. My mother worked for a cloth designer and taught me the basics for machine sewing. There was I time I would only wear but skirts I made myself.


This second quilt was also made during a patchwork course. This time, it’s a machine pieced and hand quilted project. Colors are completely different from the original pattern as I wanted to give it a Christmas touch. I finished it on time for last Christmas. It’s one of the projects I’m mostly proud of.


Favourite Technique?

  • My favorite technique is hand piecing. It’s easy to do everywhere and allows me to piece in the train when commuting to and from work. I also like hand quilting because of the result but I’m not sure I would hand quilt a top bed cover.

This 3rd quilt was made before take patchwork courses. I didn’t have the basics so joints don’t perfectly match. But I love it anyway as I like making small projects. I was inspired by a Lucy’s blog for this project (http://lucyquilting.blogspot.com/2009/01/from-my-scraps.html). I just love mini quilts, perfect for decorating a house.


Do you have a favourite store: Online or Brick & Mortar and why?

  • A favorite shop ? Well I don’t know a lot. In Belgium (tiny country), there aren’t a lot. The only patchwork shop I had the opportunity to visit is The Cosy Cottage (http://www.thecosycottage.be/). The 2 ladies keeping this shop are absolutely nice and of good advise. But for finding nice fabrics, I would need to discover on-line shops.

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

  • The tool I can’t live without: my thimble. Because I hate hurting my fingers. 😉

Who is your biggest influence in the quilting world, famous or other-wise?

  • I don’t know if I have a big influence. I love visiting blogs here I discover beauties made by wonderful ladies. My influence of the moment is Marianne Byrne-Goarn from The Cinnamon Patch (http://www.thecinnamonpatch.com/). I love the mixture of fabric and felt.

Voilà Valerie. Here are the answers to your questions. It was a good exercise for me. I’m a quilting beginner and have a lot to learn and discover.


Thanks so much Rachel for sharing with us and being part of Vals Quilting and Pastimes Online. Since I LOVE your blog, I would never have guessed you were new to quilting. You take excellent pictures, you are so committed to blogging, I’m a huge fan!! Thanks for doing such a good job and connecting us with another part of our world…

Okay ladies…wasn’t this so inspiring doesn’t it make you want to be interviewed next?

Have a happy and creative day,

e-Interviews: Studio Inanna aka Annie (entry 70)

Hi Ladies, I’m so please to have my first official e-interview with Annie. 

The 1st of each month I will feature someone new. I have 4 spots booked so far, if you would like to be e-interviewed or would like me contact someone you would like to get to know better please contact me.

Today is all about Annie aka Studio Inanna who recently won a beautiful bundle of silks from our shop…congrats and enjoy.

So without further adieu…here’s my e-interview Annie.

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

I’m easing into six years of quilting, inspired by a political campaign and blog: asked if anyone was interested in doing some charity work – as it developed we called it Blankets for America and it’s still going.  I started out doing crochet work – afghans and baby blankets, even some small sets for preemies in ICUs.  Then a Block exchange specifically for quilts, and I was off to the races.  I’m totally self-taught! I now have lots of books and listened to programs on the Quilters News Network. I have taken a couple dozen classes online at Quilt University and learned something from every one.  First actual *quilt* I made was this Amish Fans/Log Cabin.

Were you a sewer first?
I was a farmer’s daughter here in Illinois; when I was 10yo, I started in 4-H club.  First year of sewing had me making a skirt and scarf, and I remember it all today. The skirt had an elastic waistband and a hem, the scarf was fringed by pulling threads.  Easy as pie and bound to be a success for us little girls. My mom was a sewer, so she taught me about the machine – that helped a lot.  I went all the way through high school still belonging to that 4-H club, sewing and cooking and all kinds of other things. So yes, I have been a sewer all of my life.

Favourite Technique?
It’s all of them!!

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

I’m pretty much homebound, so I ONLY order online.  I don’t really have a favorite online store though.  Here’s what I do.  I use QuiltShops  and search for whatever I’m on the hunt for.  Oh, and I also enter the word “sale” with that.  *S*  I have found some wonderful bargains at the over 150 quiltshops they search.  Also, I get quite a few newsletters from quiltshop sites I like, and they often have good bargains too.  I try never to pay full price.

Tool you can’t live without?
is an easy, easy choice, I found these a year ago, and it has really saved me time.  Clover Forked Pins. You use them to pin seams and keep them from moving when you stitch over them. 

Biggest Influence?
I think I can say it’s my group of online quilting friends. They are there every time I have a question; they send me samples in snailmail; they point me to tutorials that might help me.  And, of course, they give me support and cheer me on when I finish a project. 

…who cheered me on last year when I made this brand new pattern from Judy Martin.  It was really something.

Just to show that quilting is not the only thing I do, here is a picture of a 22” cloth doll that I made for my granddaughter.  I made two more for her sister that were ballet dolls.  Once you make one, you might as well make a couple more.
Valerie: she’s quite the little doll 🙂

What a great interview with Annie………annie/sequana/inanna  (she likes to use goddess names online hmmm what a great idea.) If you want to see more photos of her work, please visit her flickr page.

More e-interviews to come, if you want to be featured in my blog, contact me.
Until next time, have a happy and creative day,