WIN: Quilters Connection Magazine (entry 45)

Hi everyone, I just received the new Addition of Quilters Connection Magazine and I must give a shout out to Heather, “Great Job!!” I read it from cover to cover and wanted more 😉 For those of you who are from far and wide reading my blog like Rachel D may not totally get us Canadians and our love for Hockey and winter nights but then again you may love it as much as we do! 

My cotton thread cones have also been featured under their “Favourite Finds” section I’m so excited!! My first magazine spotlight!!

I have one available to WIN, so to WIN what you need to do is send me your favourite Christmas storey. Tell me something about when you were a kid and your strongest memory of what Christmas was to you and your family. Also, for all of you readers who feel shy to leave a comment, please just for this one time even, leave your storey for all of us to read.

For me, it was hunting through the wilderness searching for the “best” tree we could find with my Grandpa. All of us Grandkids trudging through the snow…seems like we picked every tree…but Grandpa always got final say :). We would decorate it as a family listening to Christmas Music – great memories.

I’ll draw the winner Monday December 14th.

Thanks so much for all of your support and comments with my other blog postings as I love the feedback.

Until next time…Valerie

First Published Advertisement & Story (entry 35)

Here’s the clipping from the Alberta Country Register for the Nov/Dec issue.  I submitted a story and  advertisement for our online store – Very exciting…

Here’s the originals incase you can’t make out the text from the photo

Our Story – short and sweet

Click onto Pastimes Online
I decided to start Pastimes Online after I recently sold another business. I’ve always wanted to own a quilt store but the one I was interested in wasn’t for sale. I thought about whether to go “online” or just stick to the traditional “brick and mortar” type of business. As a professional working woman, it was always hard to visit stores during traditional business hours and I felt comfortable with the flexibility of purchasing online. 

After much thought about business today and how the internet has evolved, my husband and I and our technical background, and the new chance to learn more about Internet marketing, social media and business online, Pastimes Online Ltd. was born. 

I’m very excited about this opportunity and my husband (web designer and avid photographer) and I have been enjoying every step of the process.

I publish 3 blogs that are updated weekly. Photo Blog: a collection of photos that I love about quilting. Personal blog (Val’s Quilting): my own projects, quilts, magazines & books I love, articles I want to share as well as my Block of the Month(s), pizza box challenges & clubs I belong to. Quilting in Alberta: pictures of Alberta based guild shows to Alberta Quilt Shows small & large.
Drop by our site to purchase high-end Gingher products at a reasonable price. Threads, fat quarters of washable dupioni silks & cottons are also available. 
To find out how we can deliver a guild wide order to your next meeting, email us at If you’re interested in having your next guild or town show photographed or if you wish to participate in a Block of the Month and much, much more… drop us a line at


And here’s a closeup of our actual ad…what do you think?