Happy Birthday Pastimes Online (267)

Happy Birthday to you…Happy Birthday to yooouuuu….Haaaapppy Birthdaaaayyy dear Pastimes Onliiiinnnneeee. Happy Birthday to YOU!!

(photo curtesy of Google/SweetBeeBuzzings Blog)

Well another year has passed and boy has it been fun – 4 block of the months done

Journey of a Quilter

A Kittens Tale


{still have one kit left if you’re interested}


Many countries have received goodies from our store






New Zealand



United Kingdom

{just to name a few}

And totally looking forward to another year…THANK YOU all for following my block, signing up for my newsletter and keeping me inspired with your creations. Here’s to YOU!!

Open House 2011 (250)

So my 2nd Annual Open House was again a huge success this year. We had sew much fun meeting and visiting with everyone. 
Changed my studio layout so it was more Open and Inviting. I put up strips of cork (with a little help from my hubby) to get my block of the months up for everyone to see including myself. Some we only have a couple of months left and they’ll be finished!! I can’t believe we are already on month 8 boy oh boy does time fly by. 
Thanks to everyone who made the time to come out and have some iced Quilters Tea and yummy goodies plus having a nice visit with like minded Quilters – made the day totally worth while:)
Loved the day!!


We have Buttons (212)

Hi Everyone…we have BUTTONS!!! finally and I’m super excited for these and to share them with you all:)

Our Block of the Month Club Button to add to your blogs,
I’d be honoured really 🙂

I Heart BOM Code for your Blog:

Our General Cute Button for Pastimes Online.

Pastimes Quilters Code for your Blog:

Cotton Price Increasing (186)

Hi Everyone, have you heard this vicious rumour about the price of cottons increasing? It has to due with terrible whether in countries like India and Indonesia. I have a call into my supplier to find out more but my other supplier of battings has also told me pricing will increase come Jan. I was connecting with my of my favourite blog journalists and she said the same things…

Here’s some interesting articles regarding this topic.

This first one from The Times is dated 1923 but in this article it tells you how much cotton we consume as a whole across the world…thought that was neat.

This second one is from Shine through Yahoo talking about the quality of our apparal having more of a blend then the natural cotton.

This third one is from the Daily Times of Pakistan provides a bit of insight into how the cotton in traded there, India, USA etc.

Fourth if from The Shopping Blog talking about our clothing companies struggle to maintain the balance between margins, resale pricing, and audience as well as battling with the economy.

Market Place in London talks more about the droughts in China and Pakistan and China playing a big role and the sale pricing and cheap know down priced clothing will be far and few between very soon.

What have you heard? Let me know or comment here as I’d love more insight to this!

Until next time, stay warm, happy and creative,

by puting the spirit of Christmas into everything you make!

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

Vote for Fabrics (153)

Okay, shop Update!! We want to be different then any other shop out there and ask YOU our followers, friends, supporters, shoppers, readers, commenters and so much more…what would you like to see in the shop for fabrics.

Yes we’re asking your OPINION on fabrics for the shop.

Check out the collections we are thinking about and help us decide by VOTING!! We would like to order before year’s end and there will be many upcoming blog posts with new lines that we come across and LOVE and want your opinion on…I hope this is okay to ask and push for your opinions because they count, big time!!

Can’t wait to see if YOU love the same FABRICS as us 🙂

Did you know we sell our fabric at $8.75/ meter (39″ x 42″) and our Fat 1/4s are $2.75/quarter (19.5 x 22″).

Have a happy and creative day filled with fabric inspiration…

Until next time, Valerie

Our Store: Cottons Update (entry 46)

Hi Everyone, I wanted to let you know that my cottons have been delayed from the US. I should be receiving half of my shipment within the next week or so, then once I get the photo shoot completed they will be available for sale.

Here’s a sneak peak at what’s coming:

Don’t your just love these assortments from the same line, they coordinate perfectly and good combinations of plaids, florals, and solids.

I couldn’t resist these bright little beauties.

These would be great as borders, chose one of these then add a multitude of fabrics that coordinate with the many colours.

Can you say “Bliss”

Creams and Blues for all your manly quilts.

Just a good assortment of strips, polka-dots and swirls to mix in with your fabrics.

Again, some good border or main feature fabrics.


There’s more to come so stay tuned. These will be bundled into fat quarters of different quantities for your convenience.

 Keep your comments and emails coming, I love to hear from you.

Have  great day…Valerie