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January 6, 2019
First Jan. OMG: Cow Quilt Finished! from Val's Quilting Studio

I think this is the funniest quit I've created and quilted in quite awhile!
I love everything about it and am especially glad it will find a home with our youngest grand guy.
 This quilt got me back to doing the kind of freestyle, custom quilting I like to do. The puffy clouds as seen in the clouds above and the tulips and grass as seen below at the bottom of the quilt were fun.

 Celebrating our little guy being one with another quilty hug and...


...continuously cracking up as he keeps "dancing" on his quilt! 

Happy happy first ...

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December 26, 2018
Simple JOY: Through the eyes of children... from Val's Quilting Studio

Oh nothing fills my heart more than seeing Christmas through the eyes of children!
And boy! Don't grands seem to grow even faster than our own did? Our grand guys are now one and five and as many of you can relate to,  continue to fill our hearts with enormous JOY!
 
Hubby and I are having one of those "weird" holidays where we actually won't being seeing these two cuties until after the New Year. (But what a great way to ring in the new year!) My Christmas actually being spent sewing (LOL!) while hubby works.  Having always ...

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December 1, 2018
Christmas Wishes... from Val's Quilting Studio

"Dear Santa, All's I want for Christmas is a mini drone."
What's even more adorable about this picture is, you can't see it, but Santa is using his right hand to  show to our grand guy "how" to fly a drone as he patiently demonstrated the "trick" is in a slow liftoff. Our little guy literally skipped away from Santa with the 
biggest smile on his face exclaiming to his mom and me: 
"I can't wait for Christmas!"

Welcome Christmas!
Wishing you a holiday month filled with the same joy and excitement found by our five ...

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November 19, 2018
My Favorite Eye-Spy Quilt Yet!!!! from Val's Quilting Studio

Today our little grand guy is ONE!!! 

This is his birthday quilt:
Right! An eye-spy cow!!! I had so much creating this one!! I love the  ribbon tail, ping-pong utters and taggy number one on top of the spiderman cupcake! I know...it's not even done....but enough to gift to him. Life's just been so busy....in great ways. (more on that later)

We didn't capture his initial reaction on film...but he loved all the colors and textures.
 He immediately clapped and sat right down on it. He made my day.

I have the border ...

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October 27, 2018
The Beginning of a New Quilt... from Val's Quilting Studio

Sometimes it all starts with a little doodling....
Our little grand-guy is going to be one next month which means, time for yet, another birthday quilt.
My daughter requested a "cow" theme to represent her successful year of nursing.
(I know, she's funny!) This is what I sketched and with a rainy weekend forecast ahead, I'm looking forward to spending a better part of my Sunday creating this fun quilt. I plan to incorporated many different textures along with an eye-spy body to boot! Won't that be fun! 
Your suggestions are welcome...as I won't be ...

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October 21, 2018
A Birthday Celebration! from Val's Quilting Studio

Our little grand-guy is five and we celebrated by treating him to his first college football game!

The pre-game "kid zone" events were full of fun! Bouncy houses, "cool" cars and big foam hats!

Boise State is know for it's BIG BLUE...and they didn't disappoint. By half time we had scored four touchdowns to the opponents one, each filled with fireworks, loud cheers and music.

He and Poppi spent quilty time together as he taught him the "ins and outs" of football. 
...and his day was made when Poppi even wore his funny hair!

A much needed ...

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September 1, 2018
I-Spy Many Smiles! from Val's Quilting Studio

I-Spy three happy boys!
Earlier this summer I made this lap size eye-spy for these three special little guys. I finished it's quilting and binding on just in time for the arrival of their new little brother. (Who's wrapped in a receiving blanket I made especially for him! Along with a hand knitted blanket by my mom.)
These are just one of those ultimate moments we quilters love isn't it! 

So while his cousins above are celebrating the arrival of their new brother,
this little grand-guy of ours started Pre-k this year!

Annnnddddd this little guy is ...

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July 3, 2018
July OMG: Brown Bear, Brown Bear from Val's Quilting Studio

Click HERE to see what everyone is setting out to do this month.
Anybody remember Beanie Babies?? I think my mom bought our girls every single one when they were little! I have a HUGE tote of them and have gradually re-purposed them into "story baskets" for when our grand-guy visits. He has so much fun pulling each animal out of the basket as we turn the page to "read". He lines them all up and once the story is finished, like any preschool boy I guess, begins to throw them back into the basket as if he himself were ...

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June 9, 2018
Let the Cutting Begin! from Val's Quilting Studio

Everyone's been cutting and posting their eye spy pictures on flickr for us all to see, I thought I'd better get busy cutting myself. So after an inventory of my own stash, since I take two spots in the the swap, a trip to JoAnnes was needed. I scored a bunch of eye-spy fabric in their 70% clearance section and splurged on some novelty prints I couldn't resist. I spent about an hour and half yesterday afternoon watching a movie and cutting and will finish today.
Thank you to everyone who has joined our swap this year ...

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May 28, 2018
Tuesday Archives #196: Guess it's time for a break... from Val's Quilting Studio

Wow! Okay I missed my own linky party. 
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Seriously....if that's not a sign I don't what is.
It's May...and May is always full of surprises for a teacher.
Personally, I've been thrown off course this past week.
Too many changes at work and at home...all at the same time.
Nothing bad. But never-the-less change and adjusting to the fact things will be different.
June first I'll also be on summer break...which means yet, another change. 
 I find myself tranquil on my days off as I enjoy mornings of movie watching, afternoon ...

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April 28, 2018
Grand Guy Update from Val's Quilting Studio

Our newest little guy is five months old and full of smiles!

He's having fun trying "real" food...and of course loves it!

Admittedly, this is one of my favorite baby stages as I love how squishy and 
expressive they are becoming...when they're not drooling all of you. 

This week I made a quick visit after school/work to see big brother participate in his school's "Soul on Fire" program. Not sure who thought four years old could manage an hour long PreK-6th Grade program. It was hard not to laugh as he and most the ...

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March 20, 2018
A Springtime Walk?? from Val's Quilting Studio

Noooottttt exactly. I spent the weekend visiting our daughter and her family. We awoke to a skiff of snow yet had already had signed up for a Saint Patty's Day 7k along the Snake River Rim Trail. 
So we bundled up and conquered the cold below 32 degree weather.

I wasn't so bad once we got going and the sun peaked out every now and then from behind the clouds. We gradually got to the 2 1/4 mile turn around spot: Evel Knievel's Ramp.

My grand-guy and I even conquered the "mountain" that was built as ...

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February 10, 2018
A Happy Anniversary & More! from Val's Quilting Studio

Oh My! I've been off having fun on vacation to sunny Arizona where we grew up. 
Hubby and I celebrated our 29th Anniv...

...and my Dad celebrated his 80th.

Both on Super-Bowl Sunday! Can you say P A R T Y!!!!!

Yes! We got married on my Dad's birthday and never has a year gone by without the ongoing "joke" that my husband gets a "check-in-the-mail" every month for taking me off his hands. ARG!

We traveled together as a family and our little guy so enjoyed his first plane ride from Oregon to Arizona. Lucky me! He ...

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December 24, 2017
Christmas Joy! from Val's Quilting Studio

Our grand-guy is visiting with us until we bring him home on Christmas Eve.
His Poppi treated him to this special Reindeer pancake breakfast this morning:

He loves Rudolph this year and was over the moon happy! Nothing better than that to remind me of the true Joy of Christmas than to see it through the eyes of an energetic four year old.

He's of course, counting down the days until "Santa" arrives and in the mean time,
is keeping his Meme and Poppi hopping as they too begin to count down the days to Christmas. (LOL!) But having ...

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December 18, 2017
Baby + Quilt = So Sweet! from Val's Quilting Studio

My daughter texted me this picture of our new little guy slumbering under his new quilt.
She said the soft minky is nice and warm, perfect for Winter nap times. He's one month old already!
Just one of those "ultimate moments" we quilters cherish. I especially appreciate that she knew I wanted a picture of him with his quilt and that she always uses the quilts I make for them. 
Sweet dreams little guy.

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December 11, 2017
Happy Mail Winner! from Val's Quilting Studio


Remember to find happiness in the little things along the way.

Remember to steal as many hugs and kisses as you can.

 As I think:
Thank you to everyone for visiting my blog during the Virtual Cookie Exchange and to all of you who are my loyal followers/bloggy friends. Our blogs are certainly a happy spot in my life.
I have a happy shout out to Deb who blogs at Frugal Little Bungalow. Yep! Random Number Generator chose your number as the winner of my Happy Mail Give-Away. Congrats Deb!

I specialize in edge to edge pantographs with over ...

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December 4, 2017
Moving Forward... from Val's Quilting Studio

Well I returned home this weekend. My Meme duties finished, for now. I'm grateful for the precious moments I got to share as our daughter and SIL settled into their new home and welcomed their new little baby. I soooo enjoyed all my newborn cuddle time.

I also had the duty of unpacking and setting up the boys' bedroom. I never tire to seeing my my quilts being used and it was rewarding to see the boys' dinosaur quilts together and looking good.

My daughter texted me this picture below this morning exclaiming: "I swaddled him in one of ...

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November 24, 2017
Spiderman Quilt Gifted from Val's Quilting Studio

Sometimes I create a quilt without really thinking about the process. This one started with a sketch. I pieced it. Sewed it....and then found myself  a little worried when it came to the quilting. It's a crib size quilt and I really wanted the effect of that big web, but worried about the unquilted spaces.
All came out fine. For the first time ever, I bought a premade binding but that came out fine too.  

As soon as our grand guy opened it...he ran and put it on his bed....with his Spiderman pillow.
He has slept ...

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November 18, 2017
Welcome Baby Jack! from Val's Quilting Studio

Born 7lbs. 5 oz. 18.9 in. long.
He's been kept snug in homemade blankets by great grandma and

and his Name Quilt by Meme here. He's a quiet, sweet, little baby boy.

He's of course, a wonderful addition to our family and big brother L O V E S him!!!!

He holds him constantly and charmed us all as he rocked and sang to "his baby".  

He was determined to get me to buy baby brother his "first set of dinosaurs" and...

 ...he genuinely gives this whole "big bother" thing a BIG thumbs up!
He's ...

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November 2, 2017
Baby NAME Quilt from Val's Quilting Studio

Inspired by Lori Holt's new Spelling Bee book,  I sewed this little quilt together for our new little grand guy using two sets of charm packs to coordinate with his big brother's third birthday quilt. It will be perfect for his crib measuring 38"x50". The letters are the six inch uppercase letters (Boy, they were quick and easy to make too!)  I think it will give them all something to "roar" about don't you.
I bought a brown minky fabric for the backing and am thinking of a royal blue binding 
to match the name row ...

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