Me Mondays: Scrap-booking (312)

So I’m a Quilter – through and through, I’m not a scrap-booker but I love scrap-books. My SIL and MIL Scrapbook like crazy!!

Here’s one little tiny project that my SIL did for my business a few years ago, it’s a little “brag book” for me to show off some of my goings-on through Pastimes Online and I just love having this in my booth and in my shoppe to show off some of my proud moments here.

She has such a great eye for scrap-booking, I’m envious of this talent..enjoy this sneak peak…

So with this in mind, I have all of these cards from London’s Baby Shower and fabric scraps from the curtains and stuff I’ve made for her – I want a keepsake but I’m not a scrap-booker so I went onto Etsy and found someone to do it for me…her name’s Brandi and I can’t wait to get my complete book from her…here’s what we’ve planned…use all of London’t cards for the pages of the scrap-book and embelish with fabric scraps from her room colours…I’ve sent her a pile of photos and a bit of direction but I fell in love with her style and her super bubbly personality…here’s her Etsy shoppe, ScrapsbyBrandi – have a gander for yourself – she’s super creative! I’ll keep you posted and of course post pics when I receive it.

Sisters (301)

So my sister Lisa called me up and asked if I could give her a hand with a quilt a whole group of friends made for their friend who’s going through a rough time…so I said of course, come on over – what fun we had.

One of her friends assembled the top, so we picked borders and backing, now onto the pinning..


first time Lisa “quilted” a quilt and she sure enjoyed it…nice job Li – ps the gloves worked good hey? (she wasn’t sure the gloves were “all that” but then after a bit she said they were worth it lol)

…binding, the best part, right?

ps her friend LOVED it. This is the true meaning of quilting…when the patches are made by all different people, for one special person, who needs something to snuggle up in and keep her thoughts warm and safe. What a gift…so special.

Block of the month Ideas for 2012 (255)

Since we’ve been complete this one by Crabapple Hill called HocusPocusVille only one month left…a great combo of imaginary houses and shoppes with adorable patchwork…changed it slightly from the original but I LOVE their style and creativity.

What do you think of this new one from Meg called Calendula Patterdrips Cottage?

This is an interesting project, playing with crayon’s, tonal fabrics, irons etc, check out her blog posting on it here to give you more details. I think it would be neat to learn but finding the white Crayola crayons could be our challenge 🙂

Would you like to try this one?

or Maybe you’d like to try this crayon technique with a smaller project from her called 

Which Witch’s Boot? So stunning, could you have pictured a better witch’s boot? How perfect Meg!

Block of the Month Ideas for 2012 (254)

Since Journey of a Quilter in 2010 was such a huge success…remember this one? I still sell this pattern kit almost weekly, isn’t that amazing. It was the first one I chose because the name just spoke so clearly to me I had to have it as my first block of the month.

Another option by Leanne Beasley is this one: Butterfly Garden

The blocks are slightly smaller, more detail in the patchwork, a lot of scrappy and whimsy. Still incorporating some embroidery and a good use of so many colours – good project for beginner and advanced.

Do you LOVE this one?


Block of the Month Ideas for 2012 (253)

How about something else Vintage? This Vintage Valentine quilt I’ve seen many times over my last 10 years of quilting and have always want to complete a project like this. It’s sew pretty, there’s sew much detail. Not sure of the colour scheme I’ll pick for it it this one is chosen but I’m sure it’ll be in these super pretty pinks, red, I’m thinking wools, silks, cottons and linens to make it more textural…

Do you like this one?


Block of the Month Ideas for 2012 (251)

Yes I know it’s only August, but a girl needs time to plan and time to connect with her current and future members on what would one like to see and do for next year project(s). Sew over the next few posts I’ll give you some of the ideas that have come in and see what you’d like to do…how does that sound?

How about this one: H & F Wagtime by Lynette Anderson?

Valerie Moss: Who am I (217)

First, Happy Birthday to ME! It was a FAB-O day spent with waking up to a special card and goodies from my hubby, a surprise visit from my favourite Auntie and great lunch with my Sis; but enough about me:)

This is my regular position these days…I never thought doing 5 blocks of the months would marry me to my studio…well of course I did – it was on purpose!! I’m in love with fabrics, stitching (ask the callus on my finger) and all things to do with quilting. I sleep, eat and breathe it. This is what I was born to do…be a quilter. Since opening and starting this business, when asked what I do, I’ve started saying “I’m a quilter by trade” hmm not sure if this is a “trade” per se but that is how I feel and that is who I am and that is what I get paid (not much) to do…so in my books it’s a trade. 

I love being surrounded by inspiration by my bloggy blog friends and being connected to online communities all over the world – it’s truly an amazing gift – this social networking online world and YOU commenters, friends, encouragers and die-hard quilters alike:)

Sew, these days have been spent working on the 100 pies and tarts blocks I have to complete this month (big shout out and thanks to Kathy B for helping me), one of the cutest Truly Scrumptious Blocks, the most adorable sleigh in our next Crazy Christmas block, 2 amazing villages to visit in our next month of Hocus Pocus Ville as well as the new journal blocks in Life is Beautiful. These 5 boms in my life are what makes Valerie’s world go round and I LOVE them!!

If you have any suggestions for the next chapter of block of the months for Pastimes Online, leave me a comment or send me an email with your ideas as I’d love to hear them. Until next time, stay happy and creative.

Christmas Craft Fair (181)

Sew on the weekend, I decided in the -20 degree weather, and 6″ of snow to head out Friday morning and help my Mum with her craft fair. We had sew much fun!

Nestled in a mission by Piegon Lake, Alberta this historic place was the perfect setting for a craft sale at Christmas. Plus, spending the day with my Mum was super fun!

 Some of the items: cotton and silk weaved baskets, petal aprons, tuffet pin cushions, chenille pot holders, pinwheel tree ornaments, coffee cuffs, Santa Key door hanger, Pie totes, crochet trivets and I’m sure there is more that I cannot remember 🙂 A good variety anyway…

Until next time, stay warm, happy and creative,

Antique Quilts Found (168)

This log cabin was truly loved and seeing it in all it’s original fabrics, hand quilted was amazing…A close-up of the detail in the blocks and fabrics used. It was entirely hand quilted, some of the fabric as you can see are disintegrating…I LOVE IT!

This next quilt has an incredible background, might have even been old sheeting or something as it’s so soft. The Chevron border is something you just don’t see today and boy does that make the quilt.

All hand quilted…but you know, one thing that struck me was none of the quilts I found had a label, whether it had worn off through the years or there just wasn’t one to begin with. It’s a bit sad really…

Any ideas of the age of these quilts? The merchants said the Log Cabin was 30’s-40’s and the Lone Star was 20’s -30’s do you think this is right?

I really wanted to find my company name in authentic antique children’s building blocks…

The story goes…there were two large ziploc bags filled with building blocks but to be sure about my specific letters I needed to open the bags and see…the lady was interested also to see if what I needed was in there so we started spelling the name…some of the “n’s” were actually “z’s” and some of the blocks were larger then others (which I loved). There was only this one “L” and it’s old and warn but it worked great!! The lady actually said she had an “L” at home and could bring it for me the next day – what a sweetheart! I was from out of town and thought this “L” would work perfectly…it was also cute because other shoppers were walking by and helping us pick out the letters we needed – what a fun experience!

Until next time, stay happy and creative 🙂