New Pattern (304)

Sew Laugh Love is the newest pattern featured in the most recent Issue of Vignette magazine by Leanne Beasley…and it’s so pretty – I just love this style so much…

I’m just thinking about the colourway I’m going to stitch this one in…You?

Recent Purchases (303)

At the beginning of January, London and I met up with some of my bestest quilting buddies for a day out to lunch and one of our favourite quilt shoppes…

here’s what I purchased:

I thought this was a super cheery pattern for London or any little girl or boy…

my friend Jen was saying these Oliver patterns are super good..so I thought well of course I have time to whip up this little outfit as it’s so super cute!

how about a pair of these super fun “jammers” (pj’s)

look how cute the gathered trim is?

 

Single Girl Project (215)

For sometime now, I’ve wanted to make a quilt where I get to cut out and sew all of the blocks or parts of the project whenever I want instead of having a month by month project (which I do love btw). I purchased this pattern Single Girl from The Quilting Loft in Portland a couple of year ago while on holidays…I fell in love with it them and I’m still in love with it today…

I know it had to be polka dots and lucky me I had 36 different polka dots in my stash…can you believe that I even had to cherry pick some of them out!!

Recently we had a sewing weekend with my guild and I decided to get a head start on this project. Sew, I cut out all of the templates, labelled my fabrics, sorted them in their respective quarters and began cutting out the pieces for my twelve blocks…

Here’s the pattern…what do you think? Super fun hey!!

WOW: Blog 200 Giveaway!!

Hi All, today is my 200th blog post – incredible. THANKS to all of you for following, commenting, letting me know I’ve inspired you even if it’s just a little…I love the followers and all of my club members, YOU give me the motivation to do more, post more and find things to inspire more:)

Hmm, I’m feeling like a giveaway…but what should it be? How about 3 FREE patterns…my patterns

Scissor Keeper – something super adorable to keep your scissors in, learn a chenille technique which is the best part!

Kites for Kids – baby in mind, friends, neice or nephew this is an adorable quilt with a kite theme, raw edge applique and scrappy borders, sew much fun.

Chenille Tote Bag – perfect to carry around your favourite block of the month projects in. Folded technique constructed by hand or by machine.

Okay now what should you do? Leave me a funny quilting story…mine goes like this:

When I attend a retreat I always bring sew many projects like I’m going to be gone for 6 months lol. I’m just afraid I’ll run out of something to do…Sew this one retreat, I was of course up super late sewing, visiting and laughing way too much…I was trying to get some squares marked with a diagonal line (simple enought, right) sew I could make half square triangles with them. Well I marked all 50 squares, yep 50 alright – but on the RIGHT side of the fabric instead of the wrong 🙂 too funny, we still laugh about this.

Until next time, inspire me and make me laugh with a good funny story

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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

Sunny Friday with Updates, 100th Blog Post Giveaway (entry 102)

Sew…I’ve surpassed 100 blog posts and feel totally awesome about it. Thanks to all of you who’ve followed me through the beginning of this new book in my life…yes a book as the previous book consists of my old professional world that has moulded me into the person I am today and I’m very thankful for that.

I would like to do a GIVEAWAY!! The winner will receive a tin of Quilters Tea and a Scissor Keeper Kit & Pattern and a bundle of 4 FABULOUS Silk Quarters for you to drool over 🙂 How does this sound?

Here’s a picture of the Scissor Keeper Kit Jen E created!

A Bundle of Silk Quarters colours to be picked my MOI and trust me this is something you will adore in your collection!!

What do you need to do for this great prize? Leave a comment, Refer people to this blog posting and have them leave a comment including your name, the more people you refer the better your chances of winning 🙂 Sound Good!!

Because it’s a bright and cheery morning here…I have a pile of stuff to do today:

– get brochures, patterns, newsletter ready for my show May 1st

– Piecemakers Guild Presentation on Monday, need to prepare for this

– finish my Pastimes Online Banner for my studio and my show..here’s a sneak pic since this picture, I’ve completed the applique and now onto the stitching of my adorable spool from my logo then onto the quilting and finishing…yikes time is of the essence 🙂

 Here’s the pizza box block I did for SH…

here’s the finished pieced block 4 for Journey of a Quilter…I’m so in love with this project it is so beautiful!

Here’s block 2 for A Kittens Tale, arn’t the pinwheels adorable?

So as you can see I have a few things on the go and I’m loving it!!

Update on my class, the second class went really well we completed this pinwheel block and now onto the dresden plate, needle turn applique.

The colours I’ve chosen come from two fabric lines

Little Palm Paisley and Metro Blue Remix

Any questions about my projects, the GIVEAWAY or anything else you see in this blog please email me valerie@PastimesOnline.ca. Good luck to you all!!!

Until next time, have a happy and creative weekend!!

OH Yeah, don’t forget to visit my Photo Blog when you have a chance as it’s a collection of pictures I love…

Studio, Zach’s Quilt, Patterns (entry 82)

Hi Everyone, today I have some great news, the carpet is going into my new studio this morning YAY, I’m so excited to be getting so close to the move, which will be full of un-packing more boxes (hmm could be another un-boxing video coming up), stacking shelves, purring of my sewing machine (as I’m behind on a few things), cutting kits, and more…stay tuned.

I’m just finishing the label for Zach’s quilt (I should have done a Kite label to keep with the theme and maybe I will, but his theme for the baby shower was ducks so this is still suiting), it seems like I’ve been working on this for a while but hey it’s one of the first quilts I designed from top to bottom, I really LOVE the colours and I’m a bit sad to see this one come to an end….good thing I’m finishing up the pattern and it will be kitted soon enough 🙂

Speaking of patterns, I just finished my Chenille Scissor Keeper pattern and I’ve also made up some kits. The tutorial on making the chenille is here if you missed it in my past blog posting…

 

Besides painting, painting and more painting, I haven’t done much sewing but I did finish the embroidery on A Kittens Tale Block of the Month (One) and I’m planning to launch this one in a couple of weeks sooo if you are still debating starting a cute and easy wall hanging quilt come and join us here. Two options full kit (dupioni silks, embroidery needles, silk pins, silk flosses, yo-yo maker, sewing machine needles, private blog posting with step by step instructions and more $25/month) and also a Pattern only option $15…

Their cute little faces, and I LOVE working with the silk floss, they glide through so beautifully…

Before I forget to mention, these are my new 3 favourite things:

the 3.5″ x 18.5″ Gingher Ruler, this little baby I’ve been using so much lately, it’s the perfect length and width, also the copper topped embroidery needles, love these AND this thread holder you see is made by and excellent craftsman, custom made for Pastimes Online..will be for sale shortly.

This thread keeper, is so perfect for applique and doing binding, keeps your needle in the right place (magnet on side) and your thread always at the “ready” position.

I’ll be at my Lakdside Quilters Guild “Quilt til You Wilt” day on Saturday which is always full of fun and interesting projects, stories and more 🙂 Can’t wait!!!

Until next time, have a happy and creative weekend,

Purchases (entry 24)

While we were at the retreat we went into Sundre (just about 5 min from where we stayed) and they had the cutest iron on transfers…so many of us bought these – so adorable

Ducks – my MIL and me love ducks.

couldn’t resist the dogs

more puppy’s (see I couldn’t resist)

When I was at the creative stitches show, I found these excellent scrap booking letters that I use for applique – works great and they were a good price. Since I purchased these at the show I have seen these chipboard letters at the dollar store for $1 – I paid $6 and thought that was a steal.

I will do a tutorial on these in the near future so you can see what I mean…

found this cute pattern for pin cushions…which I will have to make aren’t these awesome? Who wouldn’t like one of these by their sewing machine?