Around the Net: Quilting Gallery Site (352)

I haven’t posted about Quilting Gallery in a while but if you haven’t heard about Michele over there – she has an amazing site filled with Quilty goodness…I just updated my site spot over there and I’ve in love with her organizational ability to be able to search by many different options like applique, beginner, piecing and more…check it out.

 

And then when you click on my shoppe it takes you to this page…

New Front Page (351)

Hi Everyone, as I sit here in the sun and work on my website – I’ve added a few things and more monthly projects again…so, keep me in mind the next time you’d like to proceed with a monthly block of the month…What do you think about my new front page?

Open House NEXT Saturday (336)

 Open House is NEXT Saturday July 14th 10-4pm. Come one, come all…even to my Mom friends, stop by and say hi, and bring your little guys for a visit too!! 

We will be showing off all of our Block of the Month projects as well as magazines, patterns, threads, books, cottons, silks, kits, and so much more…

Trunk Show, London, Quilts & Mum(330)

So, I’ve had the pleasure of being invited to speak and do a trunk show for the Sherwood Park Quilt Guild. That’s about 4.5 hours from me…I’m super excited, honoured and looking forward to it. My friend and fellow Facebooker Bradie Sparrow from Sparrow Studioz invited me to come and show my goodies to her and her guild.

I’m a little nervous to be honest but I’m thinking, just be myself and be prepared and it will all turn out, right? Jeff’s going to be away that day so I’m going to be packing up London and goodies, bringing her with me – always keeps me grounded – do you feel that way about your kids? It seems like having her around me makes me feel humble and grounded, and I do love that feeling. A constant reminder that there’s more important things in life besides…well most other things except people we love, am I right?

So I am planning my talk, and I’m going to speak about how and why I started Pastimes Online, what my motto is – do YOU know what my Motto is?

“I pick and choose the things that I LOVE for Pastimes Online and hope to attract the people that LOVE the same things I do”

Well Jeff left on Monday and I was pretty much ready to go on the Saturday because with an 8 month old it’s hard sometimes to be able to budget your time (like even to write this post) and ensure you’re prepared. So packing up these projects as well as myself and daughter took a bit of extra planning and time – but I got it done with the help of my Sister (Gold bless her).

Left here in plenty of time Thursday, went to deliver some packages at the post London was just about to go down for her morning nap..all good – she slept the entire way to my Mums which is about 2.5 hours from here. Unpacked her lunch, her and me – then we all went and had a nice lunch. Change her and I nursed her – packed up what we needed for our 1.5 hr trip and proceeded on our way…..

That’s when London decided she didn’t want to have an afternoon nap or didn’t want to be in her car seat (what did you kids think about their car seats?) or was trying to push her top 4 teeth through – Yep this 8 month old now has 6 teeth! or whatever else she was trying to deal with…well to make this a story worth reading she cried the whole way…1.5 hours – oh it was grueling. I was driving and Mum was helping with London – thank G for her too!! We finally ended up pulling over in Sherwood Park and I took her out – she was fine!! Yep even laughing…oh man – lol what do you do she’s just too cute for words.

Well she eventually settled, my Mum spent the time with her for her supper and while I was speaking…and she did great!!

I spoke about all 9 of my quilts and a few of my classes thus far like: 1) Journey of a Quilter by Leanne Beasley 2) A Kitten’s Tale by Lynette Anderson 3) Hocus Pocus Ville by Crabapple Hill Studio 4) Life is Beautiful by Hugs and Kisses 5) Crazy Christmas by Lynette Anderson 6) Truly Scrumptious by Cinderberry Stitches 7) Pies and Tarts by Sue Daley 8) Vintage Miniature Sewing Machines by Ella and Skysie Designs 9) Butterfly Garden by Leanne Beasley which was only the first block as well as Quilt Aid, some of my class projects and more…I hope I don’t over stay my welcome lol but I’ll be pretty excited to show my projects and our goodies PLUS I’ve packed up quite a few giveaways..I can’t wait to update you on my special day – well it’s a Speaking Engagement, yep I like the sounds of that.

They clapped, asked questions, ooohhh and awwed and really wanted to get to know me and my business – I spoke to Bradie and she said the VIBE was good throughout the room…there was about 80 women there! So in the end the day was FAB-O even London slept all the way home, we stayed at Mums and had a FAB-O time!

So I hope there’s more trunk shows in my future, I LOVE it being able to share sometime to someone about quilting always makes my day…I think they like the prizes too 😉 

 

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.

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

HocusPocusVille

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

TrulyScumptious

Many countries have received goodies from our store

Japan

USA

Canada

Austria

Australia

New Zealand

Denmark

Germany

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!!

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.

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:

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 🙂

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