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December 7, 2018
Simple Joy: "Vintage" Sweaters from Val's Quilting Studio

Okay....so this has been my very favorite sweater forever!
My mom made it for me when I was in college and when our Winter temperatures begin to greet us with frosty, 18 degree days, it not only gives me comfort and warmth, it fills my heart with JOY knowing it was handmade just for me by my mom. (Thanks mom!)
With that said, I never think twice about wearing it nor the cardigans she makes me until one of the younger teachers at school commented this week: "Val, I love all the vintage sweaters you wear." Bahhhh....my mom ...

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November 30, 2018
A New Charity Mission.... from Val's Quilting Studio

Like many of us, my mom and I sometimes just like to try new patterns, yarns and fabric 
without any reason except to learn something new. 
But soon, we each find ourselves with a closet full of unused blankets and quilts: 
So together we have set out over the next year to provide a blanket or quilt for each of the students in my elementary school that are in Foster Care. Right now we have about fifteen kids.
The three pictured above were gifted to three girls last month. Two of the girls are in the sixth grade with special ...

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September 24, 2018
Back in the Studio! from The Inbox jaunt

Good Morning, Quilters! I’m back in my sewing studio and excited to be blogging again! Thank you to all of you–for your patience and kind words of support and condolence.  My Mom, Dorothy Crawley passed away last month surrounded by … Continue reading

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July 24, 2018
One of my old ones and a customer quilt from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 I finished this customer quilt up around 12:30am last night.  It measures 90x90.  With only 5 blocks across, the blocks are big.  She loves her quilts quilted "loosely" so I just quilted a big meander. 
 I have made several quilts using this block in the past and have always loved them.  Seeing hers really makes me want to make another one for myself.  :)
 I love quilting her quilts because everything is so precise.  That sure makes me job easier. 
 The other day while at my mom's I saw that she had this quilt that I had made years ...

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July 10, 2018
Cleaning Rewards~~a fast finish from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Have I told you I've been cleaning in the studio? I have mentioned it, I'm sure. Truthfully, I think I'm mostly moving things around. And not necessarily advancing toward a cleaner studio. I don't know what to do with this stuff! Really, I don't. 

Here's the problem: I unearth stuff--fabric, patterns, UFOs, etc.--and look it over. It's almost always too good to toss out. I mean, I don't keep trash. But I also don't intend to use it. Ever. For example, I have over 50 Butterick patterns. Over, I tell ...

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June 14, 2018
Quilting Day from From the Strawberry Patch...

Well, if the truth were told I would love for every day to be quilting day at my house; wouldn't you? But, as we all well know, life creeps in around the edges and the time we have to dedicate to our favorite passion is often squeezed in where we can fit it. I took a whole day a week or so ago and quilted up these two long-forgotten quilt tops for my Mom. She only recently found them in a box

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Quilting Day from From the Strawberry Patch...

Well, if the truth were told I would love for every day to be quilting day at my house; wouldn't you? But, as we all well know, life creeps in around the edges and the time we have to dedicate to our favorite passion is often squeezed in where we can fit it. I took a whole day a week or so ago and quilted up these two long-forgotten quilt tops for my Mom. She only recently found them in a box

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May 29, 2018
What Is It? A Finish! from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

Anyone know the name of this applique pattern?
Some time ago, while going through yet more boxes of stuff from my mom's sewing room, I ran across a couple of odd blocks that obviously were her UFOs. This was one of them. I first tossed them into the trash, because really, doesn't it scream ugly 80s? Anyone sill have a blue fabric goose sitting around?

No matter your taste, this will not fit the decor. Sorry. 


But I do have a heart and my heart said, "Momma made this." And the next thing I knew the blocks were ...

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May 8, 2018
Mother's Day Handmade Gift Guide from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Hello, creators!

How’s everyone doing today? As you all may know, “Mother's Day” is almost here! Days like these are very important as we take the time to really appreciate all the super moms out there. Every year, I always try to give my mother the “most perfect, thoughtful” gift and what’s better than something handmade? Since my mom loves to relax at home, I made her a comfy, throw pillow last year for “Mother’s Day.” Overwhelmed with the idea of making her something again this year, I went searching for inspiration in our Lookbooks. As ...

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April 27, 2018
New York, New York from Chocolate Cake Quilt Designs

Last week, John and two others in our office had business in New York so the three wives went along for fun and a bit of sightseeing while the husbands were obligated to an all-day meeting.

Most of Tuesday was a travel day, and I was stunned that La Guardia airport looked pretty much like it did in 1986 when I was last there. There was a lot of construction in the vicinity, but 30 years of no visible significant improvements was a surprise.

Tuesday night there was a dinner at the Yacht Club. Now, when I hear the word ...

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April 5, 2018
H2H: An Extra Blanket for Little Lambs from Val's Quilting Studio

My mom is one of my most faithful followers (thanks Mom!) and when she read about our H2H Charity Drive she asked if she could donate this knitted blanket: 
Do you like the Tulip Quilt the blanket is on? Click HERE to check it out! 
Like us quilters, she likes to experiment and "play" with different skeins of yarn. This skein she tried turned right into the above pattern. She had fun trying something new and wanted to see the blanket go to good use, so I immediately emailed her the information for the Little Lambs Foundation for Kids. It ...

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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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January 19, 2018
Fresh look and a Fresh Sewing Room from Sylvia Stitches

Starting the year off with a fresh clean sewing room.  Decided to give this blog a fresh look too.  I love the minimalist look with more white space, and modern flair of grid layout.  All the prior content is still here.  It is still on Blogger, so the links remain the same.  Nothing is lost which makes me very happy.  Yay for a fresh start!

And the sewing room???  I cleared it out, rearranged it a bit (again), and organized as I put things back.

New layout for Sewing Room
My sewing space is 17.5' long and 9.5 ...

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January 2, 2018
Nearly 2000 Bricks! from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

 Hi guys!!!!  Sorry it's been so long between posts so hopefully I still have some readers.  Wow!!!  What a busy Christmas season!  I did get all of my customer quilts finished on December 23rd...nothing like getting down to the wire.  LOL!  I didn't post because some I could post pics of before Christmas and some I could not so I just got overwhelmed and quilted but did not post.  

Now that the rush is over, I took a week off after Christmas to clean and organize my studio.  It was horrible!  While doing that I found some ...

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October 31, 2017
Mom's Needlework ❤️ from Sylvia Stitches

Thought I would take a moment to share my mom's needlework.  She is 87 years young, and I absolutely adore my mother!

Mom working on the table topper.

Mom enjoys needlework, so for Christmas last year, my sister and I gave her a Nob Hill Fall Blooms stamped embroidery needlework ensemble. There is a Nob Hill "Blooms" set for each season.  We liked the colors in the Fall ensemble, and we figured it would give her plenty of time to work on this project before fall actually arrived.  I see mom regularly, and often times when I visit, I ...

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October 21, 2017
Another one down... from ~ CowgirlQuilter ~

My latest customer quilt is finished!  I'll admit this one was trying.  The fabrics were very stretchy.  The customer and I decided that an overall large stipple was best for it.  So many different fabric textures that it was just very stretchy to quilt.  In the end, I think it turned out pretty good.  Sorry the pics are blurry.
Last night I loaded another one on the frame so it is ready to go this morning!  It is a very pretty patchwork.  I'll post pics of it tomorrow.  

Have you ever been in a big hurry and messed ...

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