Journey of a Quilter getting Finished (223)

My Friend Kathy and I made a pact that we would have our Journey of a Quilter tops finished by the Heritage Park Show (end of May) that being said, we had a quilt guild meeting in between and our Quilt Show in Chestermere (please stop by and say hi) is May 7 so our dates of completion have been cut by 3 weeks YIKES!! Well I thought I would get a move on this finishing thing..since I have to finish A Kittens Tale also…

cut the batting – check!

the back was pieced last year and just waiting patiently to be used – check!

crawling around on the carpet adding a million basting pins, sore knees – check! Thanks to Jen who stopped by for some stitching that day – good motivation to get pinning!

Practicing my free motion quilting from Ana’s class (which I learnt so much). I only used my free motion quilting foot on this project what a learning curve but I think I’m getting it finally.

I’m thinking this pebbling filler stitch is my new favourite!! I’m not kidding it’s super easy to get into a groove with this stitch, I’m in LOVE! What do you think? Liking it aren’t you?

I have more pics to take and show you, I’ve done quite a bit more since these were taken so I’ll get more pics here to show y’all.

Until next time, stay happy and creative, get your quilt tops pinned and layered and it won’t seem like such a daunting task to start the quilting process:)

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!!

Round Robin, Take Two (202)

Here’s the second Round Robin in my group – I know I’m not supposed to share these so hopefully the person this belongs to doesn’t read my blog 😉

So this is how it came to me, center block complete by Cheryl, next round completed by Shannon and now my turn..

I added this funky border with mitered corners – what do you think? I know the fabric’s a little hard to look at lol but it sure worked out well.

Until next time, stay happy and creative…Valerie

Tip of the day: Keep a flat plastic box next to the sewing machine to corral those necessary tools together and keep them from rolling off the table 🙂 – I think this is a great idea…

Update & Ideas (entry 69)

Update on me for all of you 🙂

Journey of a Quilter kits and patterns are bundled, and packaged, some have been sent – just waiting on another order of floss for the rest. There is still room if you would like to join us. Here’s block one to entice those of you who have been wavering 🙂

Zach’s quilt is layered and pin basted – I wil be quilting it next weekend at a retreat I’m attending, it’s so close now, the pattern is almost finished just waiting on me to finish the top, take some photos – YAY!!

Kitten’s Tale Block of the Month, almost finished the first block…here’s a sneak peek:

combination of dupioni silks and cottons

the pinwheel blocks are soooo cute!

these are the rail fence blocks

onto the embroidery…what do you think?

Interested? Please email me and I will add you to the sign up sheet, first block to go out in a month or so.

Full kit option: silk pins, silk machine needles, yo-yo maker (which is adorable), silk floss from India, dupioni silks, cottons, full blog postings with step by step instructions and maybe videos, and more!! $25 + shipping

Pattern only option is also available for $15 + shipping

The Kitten’s Tale is adorable with the combination of applique, embroidery, piecing and the cutest little yo-yos, come join the fun! 9 month block of the month, finished quilt size is approx 54 x 62.

I’ve been also working on an interview with The Whimsical Honeypot if you’ve shied away from signing up for newsletters in the past, this one is a MUST! It’s adorable and so well-put together, the artistic style is so pretty, I love it!! If you read it let me know your thoughts too.

This Saturday will be spent 4x4ing with our Toyota club, in the mountains, it will be so enjoyable and refreshing, what are your plans for the weekend?

This is our FJ Cruiser, so much fun!

Last but not least, my little Tig, just hanging out with me while I sew 🙂

Until next time, have a happy and creative day,

Baby Quilt for Zachary, Pin Cushions, Tig (entry 44)

Finally I can show you guys what I’ve been working so much on…you’ve seen the colour of the fabrics but how about a slight recap. These were just miscellaneous fabrics in my stash. Once I saw these colours I absolutely fell in love with them mind you, I’m really into lime green and brown these days.

After pulling many books out of my over flowing shelf and spending the good part of a sunny afternoon thumbing through them I found a few that I liked parts of but not the entire quilt for him. I always like to make quilts and projects unique. So after consulting 🙂 with my DH we came up with a ‘Kite’ theme…I searched the internet looking for a cute design and found nothing, can you believe that?

I’m working on my own pattern now and I will eventually kit this and it will be available in our store.

On the weekend, when I revealed it at the Baby Shower for Zach, Diane loved it amongst all of the other gals present. I will have the back completed today and I’ll baste it at our ‘Quilt til You Wilt’ day tomorrow and then I’ll start on the machine quilting.

Without further adieu here’s ‘Kites for Kids’ quilt by Valerie.

I’ve made two more Friendship bags and practiced my machine quilting for when I start Zach’s quilt.

Circles…I even wrote my name

 

Squares, which I thought turned out rather interesting.

I shouldn’t reveal who these bags are for or the colours as these will be for friends, family or my guild exchanges (let’s just keep all of you guessing, shall we). These arn’t quite done yet, but close and boy they will brighten up any dining room table, sewing machine table and to take fabric shopping 🙂

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I’m still working on my tuffets aka pin cushions.

I started making some mini ones, what do you think?

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Here’s Tig sitting by my machine, just hanging out. She’s such a little cutie!!

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I’m working on gifts for my nephews and nieces (nephews are cut out, nieces: have the stuff need to get it cut out for tomorrow), Aunts, MIL, Step-Mom, Mom, Dad, FIL, Sisters, SIL, Nanie (DH’s Grandma) and more people that should be on the list but not sure what to do for them yet.

As I sit here and write, I’m looking out my studio window and there is big, white crisp flakes of snow falling, finally the Christmas season is upon us and now I can start decorating my house for the holidays.

Until next time, have a great creative weekend everyone, Valerie

 

Zach’s Quilt, Tuffets, Ramekin Pin Cushions (entry 39)

Hi everyone,  I have a couple things I hope to share with you today.  First, I’m still working like crazy on this baby quilt for Zach & his Mom, Diane.  It’s close to being done.  I just have the last border to add and another 124 pieces to be sewn together… yikes!!  I have the back all washed and ready for piecing and I must say, it’s adorable in chocolate browns, lime greens and all those polka dots.  I’m thinking of piecing it like a large 9 patch or something similar.

Here’s an idea of what the border will look like (this is prior to sewing it together and prior to cutting away the bulk with the connector corners).  What do you think?

 

 

Now the the Second thing : )  I’ve completed a couple of my tuffets from the Schnibbles pattern I blogged about earlier.

Tuffet one is Courthouse steps

Tuffet two is strip pieced.

I really enjoyed making these Tuffets as I learned a new technique called foundation piecing.  This is where you have a piece of muslin or something similar (I used muslin) and sew the pieces to it.  You can of course do this as a paper pieced option – but I personally like to do what the pattern calls for first, then make my personal adjustments on the second go around.  I look forward to making many more of these fun little things in the future.

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Oh, okay… there is three: )  I couldn’t resist sharing these next little colourful cuties with you.  These were made by my Mum who is so creative and finds the neatest things to make and sell in her craft fairs around Christmas.  They are called Ramekin Pin Cushions and did they turn out so fabulous.

If you are interested in purchasing ($9CAD) some of these, please let me know as they would make perfect gifts for your sewing and quilting friends.

Blue glass ramekin’s finished size about 3″ diameter.

So cute Mum and thanks for sharing:)

Hopefully by next’s weeks blog entry, I will be able to finally show you the results of Zach’s quilt as I’m hosting the baby shower for him and presenting it to Diane at that time.  I will however, still need to quilt and bind it, but the majority of the top will be finished, Yay!

Until next time, have a great weekend…Valerie

NEW!! Freebie 15 & Update on OLD Freebie 15 (entry 34)

Hi Ladies, here’s a bit of an update on my old Freebie 15 from 2008 to 2009.   I have the piano key technique border at the same stage as my last post LOL…

My NEW Freebie 15 is coming together fabulously…here’s some pics of where I’m at. This one so far is right up my alley.  I LOVE autumn and fall colours, leaves (anything to do with fall, really)… the crisp air outside, brisk morning walks with my friends dog Emma and 4x4ing are all things I love to do in the fall.

This years Freebie 15 is “so” me… in every way.  I hope you enjoy following this blog and my year long project.  Oh, and for those who know my Mum (Candace) she is also participating in the project (along with about 100 other quilters in the Calgary area).

If you are interested – I mean really interested in doing this fun project with us – email me and I will see what I can do. 

What do you think, a mix between piecing and templates?

Here are the awesome colour choices.

My adorable little pieces all ready to be sewn together 🙂

Ta Daaa – my block 1, finished and I love it!!

With this particular Freebie 15 club you can choose to just do the freebie OR you can do the Freebie AND the companion blocks (with an additional charge, of course). I didn’t do the “companion option” last year, but I thought I would participate them this year…because the theme is “leaves”.

Here’s the first batch of companion blocks, arn’t these little cuties or what?

Pumpkin blocks.

Here’s my pieces all ready and waiting to be paper pieced.

And my final blocks – so cute hey? 

I can’t wait until next month…

My Freebie from last year is still sitting in a pile on my desk. I hope to get to it next week : )

Have a great weekend everyone. 

Vals Projects (entry 32)

So I have so much on the go right now…

My Freebie 15 from last year 09-10 here’s where I’m at on the completion process

1st my pile of 3″ x 1″ scraps left over from the center blocks and some of the sashing

 I want to create a piano key style of border but because I just have these little scraps to play with I’m taking this process slow so Ideas will come to be incase I don’t have enough fabric

here’s them pieced in twos – isn’t this just a little pile of cuteness?

Here’s the comings together of my Threads in Hands Class – my Home or Yours that I’ve been working on…There is 12 of these blocks – complete!

I decided to do my triangle borders different then the original and I added this 3D border – what do you think?

I haven’t totally decided on these hearts in the corners – I’m torn about making them bigger or keeping them the original way.

Another project I’m working on…

baby quilt for one of my friends babies – here’s the colour choices I can’t really say too much as this friend might find out and then it won’t be a surprise…we’ll see how far this goes

 

For my next one I will have at least 2 tuffets finished, I want to make another apron, get the border finished on my log cabin & start my two mystery quilts…oh yeah and do the 1st freebie 15 block from these year…adorable.

Review (entry 30)

Hi all, so over the past week or so I’ve discovered so many ladies have been reading my blog that I didn’t even know about so first off – thanks so much. I really enjoy blogging and really enjoy comments to read. So, if there is something you find interesting and would like to let me know please leave your comments for me to read and respond to.

I’m trying to stick to a bit of a routine with my blogging. Today is Review day and today I would like to review the many things I have on the go and I will be continuing to blog about as well as this excellent magazine.

Pizza Box Challenge: for those of you who don’t know what a pizza box challenge is – you put one block together (yours) add .5 of a meter of your favourite fabric from that block and pass it on in a pizza box. I just finished my first one for Shannon, generally you arn’t supposed to show the blocks to the person as it’s kind of a surprise but I was so pleased with this block that I know have to show it and do my review.

 

This was one of the very first reference magazines I bought for quilting Better Homes and Gardens 100 Quilt Blocks – my SIL and I both bought it and it’s been an excellent reference guide for so many of my exchanges, challenges and on and on. 

So here’s the block (Double T) I did for Shannon…sorry Shannon but I have to blog about your block and it’s so nice with the silks.

here’s the fabrics I chose, blue is Shannon’s and the green is mine.

Didn’t this block turn out so great!!

To come:

additional pizza box challenges

Quilt I’m designing for my friends baby…(I have to be careful here as I think she reads my blog too)

Finishing my Freebie 15 project 08-09 and Starting the Freebie 15 project 09-10 years project

Mystery Quilt from Flying Needles

Mystery Quilt from Lakeside Quilters 

Kitten’s Tale & Journey of a Quilter – Pastimes Online BOM (if you want to participate they will be starting up in Jan 2010 so vote when you have a chance)

So as usual I have so many projects on the go…thanks for following me on my Quilters Journey (see how suiting the one BOM is:)

Retreat (entry 23)

Okay ladies, I spent the weekend at the Rustler’s Lodge with a group of fabulous women. I created a few things that I absolutely love, had some amazing laughs – roll of the floor kin 😉 and didn’t sleep much – pretty much all of the compulsory items for retreat.

 

This was the cutest teddy bear made with a furry fabric, appliqued onto a little girls quilt made by Wilma 

The cheeriest coffee style of place mats made by Alison C – set of 6 arn’t they adorable – love the colours.

Another masterpiece put up on the design wall to help for colour placement – Dianne P – she has such good eye for colour.

Not sure who this was made for but Cathy B did such a great layout – for a girl for sure!! Love the striped sashing and the corner stones.

My mom’s log cabin with the chenille centers – so perfect!!

almost done, last colour added

completed design

Then I got into making these sew, so cute aprons from my mum’s book

 

main body

close up for attaching the scallop in another colour

completed – love it!!

colour option 2

completed option 2

(it was a little dark in the room when I took this pic)

This is the finished option 3 – this one Mum and I thought that the scallop and waistband want’s really the best colour – in the end we liked this one the BEST!