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, Blocks, Guest Honeypot (entry 86)

Hi all, writting this post on Wednesday night as Friday I will still be out of town. Heading to Edmonton with my Sis and the boys for a night plus seeing an ol’ friend of my sisters and spending the night at my Mum’s, what fun!

Update on the studio: the carpet was installed Friday and so since then it’s been folding, sorting, purging, sorting, folding and more purging. Here’s a bit of a clip to keep you all abreast.

Thanks to Allison Rosen and her AR way of folding fabric, I’ve followed suite to ensure that I can get the best space for all of this. I measured my drawer and divided it by 6.5″. I used a 6.5″ square ruler, and wrapped the fabric around this and folded in the exact same manor (removing the ruler as you go)

 

Then I got 4 even rows of fabrics, all nice and neat I won’t want to use them now 🙂

Funny story, my DH says to me “Hey hun, is all of this your fabric?” Me: “Yes it is, why” DH: I didn’t realize how much you had? Me: “Oh really?” Isn’t that a riot? I don’t even have that much of a stash, yet 😉

Quilt til you Wilt last weekend proved to be another awesome day, with quite a few of us gathering together we sewed, we laughed, great ol’ time as usual.

Mum and I worked on getting our Freebie 15 blocks all caught up, I got these three paper pieced leaves done and the large main block almost finished. I’m quite happy with the way these turned out.

We purchased 4 Billy bookcases from Ikea and set them up today, My sweetie pie has been so great helping me get setup and sorted…thanks Babe!

This was at about 2pm, since then I’ve unloaded so many boxes, all of my silks and notions, etc, it’s been so fun, too bad you gals weren’t here to help me out 😉

I will be open next week for business by appointment only please call before you come by…

I’m also so pleased to announce that I’m the Guest Honeypot over at Snickerdoodle Dreams, thanks Darlene for having me on your site, it was really fun to do 🙂 For those of you who create something with the drawing I included and email (valerie@pastimesonline.ca) me a pic of your project, I’ll put your name in for a great prize, think something along the lines of silks.

Last but not least, here’s Tig (aka Quilt Inspector) checking out the fabrics all nicely folded in a plethora of colours…”hmmm what should I pick next?”

I’m also so pleased to announce that the Lakeside Quilters here in Chestermere have voted me in to be their Vice President, thank you so much ladies and I hope I make you all proud!!

BOM Update: I’ve order the gorgeous silk flosses for A Kittens Tale, which I hope will commence middle of March, anyone else like to sign up? I’ll be ordering the patterns next week. The Journey of a Quilter’s 2nd block has just been sent out, 1st prize was drawn, 6000 yard beige cotton thread cone and 20g tin of Quilters Tea, congratulations Susanne!!

Until next time, have a happy and creative day

Freebie 15, Pizza Box, Winner (entry 76)

Hi Everyone, as you all know I was away on a retreat last weekend and I wanted to get some things completed so here’s what I finished:

Zach’s quilt, I’m almost finished, just need to do something with the kites then onto binding YAY!!!

Freebie Block – which I love by the way, fall is by far my favourite time of year… this block was a bit interesting to complete because I cut 4 of the blocks wrong good thing I had some extra fabric from one of the previous blocks. Sometimes it’s hard to concentrate at a retreat when everyone is laughing and carrying on lol

The embroidery is complete on the 2nd block for Journey of a Quilter and it’s so beautiful…

I ordered an extra kit if anyone is still interested we have a spot for you 🙂

My pizza box block, I love this block it’s called Double “D” for those of you who follow me, this block is one I’ve completed quite a few times and it always turns out fabulous!

Last but not least, Jan 20th I ran a contest on my website corresponding with me being a Guest Blogger on Quilting Gallery. I drew Deb V’s name, but she didn’t leave an email for me to get in touch with her…so I’ve drawn a new winner, Tammy J – you’ve won a quarter of silk (19.5″x27″) & interfacing to add to your stash, congrats!!!

Also, I’m at the painting stage finished the two coats of primer last night and today my wonderful sister volunteered to help out, so we will be painting baseboards, trim, etc. I’ve also hired a contractor friend of mine and he started yesterday so YAY I have doors 🙂

Here’s my two choices for paint

Dusty Yellow

Shortbread

I’m leaning towards the dusty yellow as it’s a bit more on the country side and the shortbread is a bit too bright.

**I would have recorded another video to show you all but I’m not sure how my DH get’s these all uploaded with my fancy name and everything…next time**

Also A Kittens Tale is ready for sign up, thanks to everyone who’s joined so far we have almost 10 – we would like to have 20 + please tell your friends. We would like to start this project within the next few weeks…

Until next time have a happy and creative day everyone…

Very Great Week (entry 65)

Hi Ladies, I’m please to report a VERY good week, even though I was crazy busy with the business and several 1am nights (well 2 to be exact) I still feel great.

Monday started with our cut-off on Journey of a Quilter. When we first started this Block of the Month I had 10 sign up – then I got another 13 – then I got another 2 – so that’s 25 in total. We were hoping for 30 and would love for you 5 to come on over and join us!! I hope to mail out the first round of kits to everyone next week so the people that sign up now will be a couple weeks behind on your first kit only…there are some great prizes…

Tuesday is one of those days I will always remember. The Olympic Torch came through my little town of Chestermere, Alberta – just East of Calgary. I invited my sister Lisa and her two boys. We had so much fun! What a sense of community and being Canadian – I always love a good dose of both:)

I have maple leafs on my mitts but I wish I had a pair of the Olympic ones 🙂

here it is…lights, camera, action…awesome!

they released white doves, such a sign of peace & hope for the best days to come.

Me with my two nephews at Tim Hortons

my sister, Lisa with her two boys

After we had a bit of a hot drink, we just spent the day outside, the boys played and we visited – what a beautiful day, LOVED it!

I still had a pile of stuff to do on Tuesday, so when I got home I worked on this adorable bag I made to teach a class Wednesday night…Cathedral Windows tote bag, lined with silks and topped off with a fringe.

as you can see I’m not quite finished adding my little squares…but working on it!

don’t you just love it? It’s perfect to put your Journey of a Quilter block into and take with you 🙂

Wednesday, I taught part one of this class on and it was a success – thanks to Lakeside Girls. I brought the silks for people to pick a colour to line their bags – and they loved the silks – I was so happy!!

I also was a Guest Blogger on Quilting Gallery’s website, and I got two more guest blogging requests – how fun will these be?

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This is the block that gave me so much frustration last week, thought I would share it with you. I’m still not happy with the final turnout…99 pieces.

3 paper pieced house blocks…”lights are on” come on in for a cup of hot Quilters Tea 🙂

I also worked on the Kitten’s Tale Block of the Month AND I cut out the second block to Journey of a Quilter…how was your week, I would love to hear from you!

Until next time, have a happy, creative and Canadian spirited day!!

 

Christmas Tree, Freebie 15, Tig (entry 53)

Hi everyone, I’m sitting here thinking about my blog and how great it will be to expose all of my handmade Christmas items after Christmas…how I wish I could share them with you today as they are so cute!!

Here’s a few shots to tide you over 🙂

{cute shot of one of my sweet little somethings on the tree}

here’s my beaters…they DIED during the whipping time of my famous shortbread cookies…these are probably over 12 years old. You would think they could have made it through another year 🙂 

This gorgeous quilt was a raffle that we did just for our own guild, we all made a somewhat scrappy block, I put the pieces together and made the piano key border and Kathy B hand quilted it, I think she said she completed this in 2 weeks, yes ladies 2 weeks!! She’s amazing, thanks so much Kathy. Heather won this quilt and it’s sits beautifully and cozy on her bed but she brought it to show everyone. We all wished we would have won it!!

Here’s my 2nd Freebie 15 block for this year, this is called “Poplar”

Here’s Tig, playing on the back deck, watching the snow drip from the window sills from above, we had a fabulous chinook come in this week so it warmed up from -30C to -2.5C, she was enjoying the warmer weather.

QUESTION: Over the holidays I’m hoping to find a new iron, I want something super hot (temperature-wise:) and high end – what are your favourites and why? I’m thinking about spending a couple hundred…please help me out finding the best iron – thanks ladies!!

Until next time, if I don’t get another post in before Christmas (I hope I do) I will wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year. Have a happy, creative day…

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.

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. 

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.

Freebie 15 – Update (entry 29)

So for the last little while I’ve been updating all of you on my Freebie 15 project through Traditional Pastimes here in Calgary…now all of the blocks are finished and I’m adding the sashing.

Here’s my selections – what do you think?

4 rounds – two more to go…

 

Here’s all of the blocks connected together – I’m using the rest of the scraps from the blocks to add a piano key border…pics to come.

products used in this post: Thread Cones, Rotary Cutters & Cutting Mats

Freebie 15, Block 11, Upcoming Challenges, Aprons (entry 17)

I absolutely loved this block – it is so cheery and fun!!

I was a bit worried by the amount of pieces we had to piece together but in the end, step by step, it worked out awesome.

Here’s my pile of pieces after I cut them following instructions…

Here’s my finished block – I love it!!

Valerie

 

Now that September is upon us…all of the Guilds have started back up again and I belong to 2: Lakeside Quilters (my home town Guild in Chestermere, AB) & Flying Needles which is out in Millarville, AB. 

Lakeside Quilters I’m working on some of their projects – mystery quilt (this is when you get cutting instructions, amounts/values of fabrics and block instructions but you don’t know what the final quilt will be), Raffle Quilt project of some sort as we do this one every year.

Flying Needles Quilt Group I’m working on quite a few things – maybe over extended myself just a little 😉

Mystery Quilt – which I don’t know what it is this year as in the past I have helped with them, Jan B has redesigned this one and will be sending the instructions to me to lead

This is a mystery that we did a few years back – I embellished with the bias vine around the outside border and leaves but you get the idea.

 

Pizza Box Challenge: this is when you come up with the first block or the “theme” of the quilt you want add .5m of fabric and pass it onto the next person. There is usually about 9 blocks completed at the end that are yours, then you come up with the finished quilt. Here’s a pic of mine from several years ago.

9 blocks in total, the block I started with is the top left

This was my very first time with free motion quilting, here’s the close up – I’m pretty proud of my first time;)

Here’s the back I strip pieced it to use up the rest of the fabric. I also have this one for sale on Etsy if you are interested.

Apron Challenge: I made this one apron a while back and it’s hanging in my kitchen but I’m going to go hog-wild with this new challenge – not sure yet what I’m going to do but I love how big aprons are now – don’t you?

 

Here’s the one that is hanging in my kitchen.

 

My mom loves to make aprons and I know she is making a whole bunch more when we go on our retreat Oct 2nd to Rustlers Lodge, Sundre, Alberta. but here’s a bit of a preview of some of her other aprons..


Left to Right: SIL Colleen M, MIL Sandy M and me. Arn’t these the cutest aprons!! Thanks Mum!!

More to come…Valerie