A Kittens Tale Finished (236)

Sew, here’s A Kittens Tale in all it’s glory, displayed outside in the perfect lighting diffused by the slightly cloudy skies (since it’s been raining in Calgary all the previous week, it was a nice site to not have rain on this special day) and the perfectly fresh smelling air, surrounded by quilt lovers from all over…Thanks so much to Nancy for volunteering and looking after my special quilt.

A Kittens Tale was such a fun project each month a cute design full of character and whimsy, plus the fabric line, Feline Friendship made this quilt. After taking Ana Buzzalino’s class in January, like the post I did on Journey of a Quilter, I put the lessons taught to the test in this quilt also, with a lollipop flower in each blade of the pinwheels, as well as in between each yo-yo flower cluster in the border.  Scattering the rest of the quilt with dense quilting including shells, pebbling, and feathers I feel like I’m “getting it” the free motion quilting:)

Do you do your own quilting or do you take it to someone special to complete for you? Why?


How about this scrappy back?

A big huge thanks to Nancy B for volunteering at Heritage Park and supervising the location where my quilt was hung, sew appreciated!!

Okay, do I look like a proud quilter here or what – I’m loving A Kittens Tale and I hope I’ve inspired you to maybe enter a quilt into Heritage Park one of these years, need help in doing so, just email me:)

Finished Quilting Project – Journey of a Quilter (235)

Sew remember my Journey of a Quilter bom from last year – it’s completely finished, and quilted by moi…as some of you might remember I took a class from Ana Buzzalino in Jan and have put my lesson to the test for both Journey and A Kittens Tale…here’s some inspiration, I hope for all of you:)

Best pics of the quilting are from the back…

Okay, Journey club members, how are your’s coming along…I’ve seen a few but would LOVE to see more finished tops:) Send me pics ladies…

And here it is at Heritage Park, Festival of Quilts this year…I’m super happy with how it was displayed…how many of you put their quilts into Heritage Park this year?

Come See Us & Get your Tickets (229)

My Lakeside Quilters Guild is having a Quilt Show THIS Saturday from 10-4 here in Chestermere showing off our wonderful collective works of quilting and camaraderie as a Guild.

We have TWO Amazing quilts this year for Raffle to raise funds for our local charities and community.

First Prize is this stunning New York Beauty (double + size) all batiks, a mixture of Paper Piecing and piecing, with stunning machine quilting.


Second Prize is and ABC’s Eye Spy Quilt – the perfect quilt for your niece, nephew, grand-son or daughter, or your very own daughter or son…all paper pieced using all of the novelty fabric we (our Lakeside Quilters Guild) could find – that was sure fun.

Who doesn’t LOVE a fun back on a quilt – for those of you who know me …I LOVE them!!

Tickets will be for sale starting this Saturday and will be $1. each for your chance to win 1 of these two quilts!!

Plus there will also be a Quilter’s Garage Sale where our Guild Sisters will be selling their own goodies, kits, fabrics, etc.

AND yours truly will have a table setup selling all of our favourite goodies from Pastimes Online!!

So if you’re wondering what do do on Saturday or you and hubby want to take a nice drive out to Chestermere, we’d love to see you!!

Pippa Moore Trunk Show (208)

Hi Everyone, I just keep getting these shows and announcements that I want to of course pass onto you all…

This one is hosted by the Piecemakers Quilt Guild here in Calgary. I haven’t heard of Pippa Moore but she sounds like a delight and I can’t wait to attend her trunkshow.

The event is on March 31st

 The Trunk show is Thurs March 31/2011

Grace Lutheran Church, 3610 Sarcee Road S.W.
The tickets are $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door.

This is a bit of a blurb from the Piecemakers Newsletter

Pippa Trunk show is called An African Adventure and Travels With My Treadle. A showcase if quilts  made with African fabrics or inspired by Africa: vibrant and energetic and full color, like the continent from which they come. Through photos and stories, you will be introduced to many of the women from whom we import the fabrics sold through Kitambaa Designs, and the widows’ and grandmothers’ projects we support in Uganda. Travels with my Treadle is the story of 12 amazing Uganda women who make up the Bitengye Designers. This is a story full of hope and encouragement . Pippa will have her ‘LIttle Shop with Wings” at the trunk show.”
This sounds like a great show – anyone interested in going with me 😉
Until next time mark your calendars for all of these amazing shows and workshops coming up!

FunQuilts Studio Coming in May (207)

The Flying Needle Quilt Guild is SUPER happy to announce FunQuilts Studio is coming back…this May for a 3 day workshop and trunk show.

If you’re interested in taking this workshop for $250 and would like to reserve your spot or for the Friday night Trunk Show $10 please contact me Valerie Moss Valerie@PastimesOnline.ca and we can get your spot reserved.

Any questions, please contact either myself or Beth Schmidt.

Quilt Festival Prairie ‘N Peaks (205)

I received this bundle of goodies in the mail this week and wanted to share another show with you all:)

Prairie ‘n Peaks Quilt Festival 

June 10 – 19, 2011

Pincher Creek and Crowsnest Pass

Quilt shows & Displays and Vintage Historic Textile Collections

Workshops, quilt displays, guest speakers, trunk shows, merchant mall, artisan fair,

appraisals, quilt challenge, historical talks, feature events and sew much more

Featured Instructors – WOW amazing local and abroad talent

Ana Buzzalino (local Artist), Dawn Hunt (Canmore Artist), Joanne Middleton (local Artist), Elly Sienkiewicz (California),

Nina Stahlschmidt (Ontario), Lorraine Stangness (Strathmore) and Joan Statz (Alix)

Merchant Mall and Craft Artisans 

June 17, 18, 19



Registration through

Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village: 403.627.3684

Upcoming Show – Abbottsford (204)

I recently got this email chalked full of information that I thought I would sent out to you all, if you’re interested check it out! Sounds like an amazing show…

We are very excited to invite you to our upcoming Quilt Show!  Please forward this email to your quilter contacts, or display it in your shop.  You will find a Show poster and information about our Raffle Quilt attached to this email.  
Plan to make June 10,11,12 a Quilt Show weekend!  Attend our show in Abbotsford on Friday & Saturday, and then drive up for the Whistler Quilt Show on Saturday & Sunday.  We look forward to seeing you!

Abbotsford Quilters’ Guild presents

            QUILT SHOW 2011

            “Quilts in the Valley”

Friday, June 10                   10 am – 7 pm

Saturday, June 11              10 am – 5 pm

            At TRADEX, Abbotsford Airport

Admission $5 – Parking $5 – Men Free (I thought this was cute)

Mark your calendar now and plan to attend our Quilt Show!  Our last show was 3 years ago, so our members have had  lots of time to create new projects to share with you.  Come and be inspired by over 300 quilts displayed in very spacious, fully wheelchair accessible facilities.  You’ll find quilts from beginner to expert, large and small, traditional and innovative, practical and artsy.  You won’t be disappointed!

Make sure you allow enough time to take it all in. There will be lots to see and do! 

  • Interact with our featured quilters:

            Wendy Lewington, displaying her “Quilts with a Voice”

            Debbie Schmidt, with a display of creative scrappy quilts

            Jane Cannon, displaying her unique, interactive “Math Quilts”

            1st Prize          Hand Quilted Queen Size Quilt (see photo on attachment)

            2nd Prize         Sewer’s Dream Basket – Over 100 Fat Quarters!

            3rd Prize         Christmas Basket – loaded with Christmas fabric & books

  • Vote


  • For more information, don’t hesitate to email or phone Val at 604-854-3806 or Marilyn at 604-850-1461.


Christmas Craft Fair (181)

Sew on the weekend, I decided in the -20 degree weather, and 6″ of snow to head out Friday morning and help my Mum with her craft fair. We had sew much fun!

Nestled in a mission by Piegon Lake, Alberta this historic place was the perfect setting for a craft sale at Christmas. Plus, spending the day with my Mum was super fun!

 Some of the items: cotton and silk weaved baskets, petal aprons, tuffet pin cushions, chenille pot holders, pinwheel tree ornaments, coffee cuffs, Santa Key door hanger, Pie totes, crochet trivets and I’m sure there is more that I cannot remember 🙂 A good variety anyway…

Until next time, stay warm, happy and creative,

Chestermere Quilt Show, Quilt Canada, Updates, Draw (entry 111)

Hi Everyone, for today I have so much to update you on but I don’t want to go crazy and make this post too long so I’ll try and capture the highlights of my last week. Also don’t forget to get your vote in for our amazing 100th blog draw

Quilt Canada was amazing, I had the privilege of volunteering in the SAQA booth and I’m so glad I did. The fibre art was so inspiring and incredible that I was overflowing with creativity.





































So, are you full of inspiration or what? These quilts are I think 20″ square max and the detail is almost implausible. So thank you SAQA for having me volunteer…Check out Anna Hergerts website as she is the Western Canadian Rep for SAQA and you’ll be forever changed 🙂

Now onto the Chestermere Quilt Show, can I say “WOW” we had the best turnout of quilts EVER and the best turnout of people. Thanks to everyone who took the time to come out to the show and made it a success for all of us a Lakeside Quilters.

This was the first show that I entered in Pastimes Online and I can’t believe the amount of ladies who came up to me and said they heard about the show through my blog – how great is that? Thanks to all of you that came from all over the City to meet me and check out my store goodies, it meant the world. 

 I couldn’t find a cute cash box so I had to make my own…

My car was stuffed full of goodies, this was so fun for me…

  proud moment for me hanging my finished banner, for my first show, bliss…

My adorable Sister, arranging and re-arranging my tables, cute shoes Li, thanks so much for your help and hanging out with me, I loved it!



I finally got my iron in I’ve been waiting for. It’s a gravity feed iron by Sapporo and I LOVE it!! It has amazing heat, nice sharp point, teflon coated base, perfect steam, good weight and it’s pretty good-looking too 🙂 

I finally got my iron in I’ve been waiting for. It’s a gravity feed iron by Sapporo and I LOVE it!! It has amazing heat, nice sharp point, teflon coated base, perfect steam, good weight and it’s pretty good-looking too 🙂 


(notice my cute ironing board cover?)

Because of parent-teacher interviews, I didn’t instruct last week, but I was back at it this week, the students finished their dresden plate blocks at home, we worked on squaring up the blocks…slowly and carefully..then onto the raw edge applique (block 4) and started block 5 flying squares…I put some pressure on them but they loved it 🙂 Here’s all of the blocks, just working on finished this top for next weeks class…we’ll see how close I get.

A recent shot of my studio and store

Have a FAB weekend everyone, I’m off to St. Albert for their Quilt Show tomorrow after my guild meeting so I’ll have that to report on shortly…

Until next time, stay happy and creative