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February 10, 2019
Four Improv mini quilts from Luna Lovequilts

Project #1 of my list for the first quarter of 2019 Finish-Along is finished at last ! I hand stitched the bindings while at our group meetings only so it looks like it took me ages to do it ...

Le projet #1 de ma liste pour le premier trimestre du Finish-Along 2019 est enfin terminé ! J'ai cousu ces bindings à la main seulement lors des rencontres de notre groupe et il me semble que cela a prit des lustres ...

Luna Lovequilts - Four Improv mini quilts - Class samples

On top of that my camera broke down just when I was finished ... I had to buy a new one meanwhile ...

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February 6, 2019
Workshop development! from Nestlings By Robin

 What do you use your guest room for????

Once all the company was gone, 
I could get back to work!
There are piles for what to bring to a lecture, 
teaching proposals, and 
Fabric Collaboration development.
Handouts plus items students may 
be interested in purchasing.

The Fabric Collaboration sample 
pile continues to grow!
Has your guild signed up yet?

The stencils have arrived and will 
be kitted this next week!
Students will receive 3 in their kit leaving 5 
others to choose from or get them all~

It is going to be a great class with
lots of collaboration!
http ...

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February 4, 2019
A New Venture: GSQA ~~ and a finish from Fleur de Lis Quilts and Accessories

The Gulf States Quilting Association (GSQA) is accepting applications for circuit teachers, making this a good time to expand my quilt teaching. I miss the classroom and hope that this will fill some of that need. I truly hope that this pans out and I am able to give more lectures and workshops in our region.  Although I understand they are difficult to get into, I think I'd like to eventually teach at a show like AQS or QuiltCon. 

Years ago (back in the late 1990's) I gave presentations at conferences around the state and country and ...

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February 1, 2019
NCQC All-Star Review from Goer

Earlier this month I was honored to be one of nine teachers presenting at the Northern California Quilt Council All-Star Review. This is the same organization that hosted the Northern California Meet the Teachers event I presented at last year.

All-Star Review fell the day after I taught in Tehachapi. It was a whirlwind week to go from teaching in the mountains of Southern California to multiple presentations the next day in Northern California. A fun, exciting whirlwind!

I had such a great time at All-Star Review. Each of nine teachers had a presentation space with room for attendees to ...

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January 24, 2019
When You Can't Reach the Peddle.... from Val's Quilting Studio

While visiting our grand guys this past weekend, knowing I made quilts and after inquisitively watching me stitch during movie time, one of their friends really wanted me to teach him how to sew. My daughter didn't hesitate to unpack her sewing machine and we let the boys dive into a box of fabric scraps. As I sat and worked on some binding, I taught the oldest, who is nine, how to use the machine. I taught him the main parts of the machine: foot, pedal and the ol' 1/4 inch! 

 He was very focused, detailed oriented and ...

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January 18, 2019
My Visit to Tehachapi Mountain Quilters from Goer

Last week I traveled down to Tehachapi for a visit to the Tehachapi Mountain Quilters. I met the program chairs from the group last April at the SCCQG Meet the Teachers event.

After a long drive, I rolled into town on Sunday evening, ready to join them Monday morning for their guild meeting. My new Island Batik scarf made it's debut since it was the perfect match the my top. I couldn't resist stopping for a quick photo of the beautiful mountain view on my way to the meeting.

I shared my My Quilting Journey lecture with a ...

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January 15, 2019
Becoming a rose hip from Art and Quilting in Camden

Off and on for the past couple of weeks I have been dyeing fabric, drawing or photoshopping images to make thermofax screens, and finally working on collaging the background for the rose hip, the large (36″ square) version. To those of you have landed here from my new newsletter, thank you! To those of you who don’t know about my new newsletter, please go here to the home page and sign up! I will write about mid-month and will never share your info!

When I last checked in with you, I was just getting to this stage–finishing the ...

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January 4, 2019
Sarah on The Quilt Show! from Art and Quilting in Camden

Yep, 2019 is shaping up to be a great year because I’ll be able to tick off a Bucket List item: in early April I’ll tape an episode of The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson! Here’s a preview I taped with Ricky while I was teaching at International Quilt Festival 2018 in Houston last November. I’m so psyched–gosh they made my work look SO GOOD!

Interview with Ricky Tims about my upcoming visit to TheQuiltShow.com . I’ll tape the episode in April and it will air later in 2019, I’m ...

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December 10, 2018
Simple Joy: SNOW! from Val's Quilting Studio

Nothing brings me more JOY this time of year than 
watching kids react to the first snow of the season!
They exclaim!

 They persevere. 

 They begin to roll....
...and roll....
  ...and roll!
 Nooooottt the amount you my friends are receiving back East here in the United States...but if ya ever drive by a snow filled school yard, whose fields are scattered with snowballs of a variety of sizes, you can now  smile knowing the JOY of those happy little people behind all that rolling!



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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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December 5, 2018
I Get Around from Cheryl Lynch Quilts

Day #4 of the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge.  I'm trying my hardest to do this, so I'm keeping short and sweet.  It is amazing when I look at the statistics about how many people have read my blog these past 3 days versus how many people were reading them 2 months ago.  It's a bit depressing, but I'll keep trying to regain your interest.

I have visited lots of quilt guilds this past year.  Almost all of them I  have driven to (and I  am starting to enjoy the driving) and then I flew to ...

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November 24, 2018
International Quilt Festival #4: Fine Finishes (to be retitled to Bindings and Piping and Facings, Oh My!) from Art and Quilting in Camden

Bindings and Pipings and Facings, Oh My! class in Houston 2018:  Truth in teaching: this is usually what my teacher’s table looks like: a hot mess!

I LOVE teaching this class!  I LOVE that EVERYONE gets how to achieve a perfect mitered corner no matter what width your binding!  I LOVE showing students how to use Susan K. Cleveland’s Piping Hot Binding tool–students come into class thinking “I’ll try it but don’t think I’ll ever use it” and leave with the tool in hand planning how they CAN use it because it rocks!   Then ...

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November 23, 2018
International Quilt Festival #3: Machine Quilting Forum and a free afternoon from Art and Quilting in Camden

Machine Quilting Forum 2018–here’s my station (the middle panel was blank as it was the de facto projector screen.  THANK YOU SO MUCH to Janome America and Greg Sanford for making sure I had a machine on which to demo!   LOVE MY JANOME!

The day began with “leisurely speed dating” for machine quilters at the Thursday morning Machine Quilting Forum.  For those who have never had the pleasure of attending, the 3-hour session begins with all the attendees sitting for the better part of an hour as the six instructors each got 8 minutes to introduce themselves and ...

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November 22, 2018
International Quilt Festival #2: Collage the Garden, Wednesday and Preview night from Art and Quilting in Camden

First off, Happy US Thanksgiving to one all around the world–this was written ahead and scheduled to post because (a) not everyone is in the US and (b) sometimes we need some R&R from the feasting and festivities!

My second full day at International Quilt Festival 2018 I got to teach one of my “Quilting the Garden” workshops, Collage the Garden.  Along with Thread-Coloring the Garden, the two classes can be combined into a two-to-five day workshop–any guilds or retreats out there interested????   My students were, of course, brilliant!    They had a choice of either the tiger ...

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November 21, 2018
International Quilt Festival #1: Tuesday, Birch Pond Seasons from Art and Quilting in Camden

Tuesday Morning looking at the George R. Brown Convention center from my hotel room, ready for the first day of teaching!

Before any more time elapses, it is time to blog about a wonderful International Quilt Festival 2018.   Since I have a billion photos, I’ll just insert images with little verbiage.   On Tuesday, I taught my Birch Pond Seasons class–because it was the day between Market and Festival, the class was smaller but that meant students had plenty of space to spread out and work, which is great for this class.  I love what my students did!   If ...

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November 5, 2018
Who wants free modern quilting inspiration and instruction? from Mama Love Quilts

Hello dear reader,

How are you? Things have been mighty hectic, but I’m coming up for air and getting back into the quilty swing of things. I can’t wait to share what I’ve been stitching, but in the meantime…

Have you checked out Fresh Quilting TV?  If you haven’t, go on and check it out. I’ll wait for you here.

I had the pleasure of filming a couple of episodes of Fresh Quilting TV last year. One episode is on minimalism in quilt making. That episode airs Friday, November 9 and runs for 7 days ...

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October 23, 2018
Lisa Where The Heck Are You? from Lisa H Calle's Blog

 

I’ve recently received a couple of messages of, “Lisa, where are you?” and “Lisa why haven’t you shown us any love over the past two months?”.  Firstly, I’d like to thank those individuals who sent those kind inquiries.  Secondly, has it really been two months?

   

I’M WEARING THE ADMINISTRATIVE HAT

Unfortunately, I’ve been fabric deep in completing all the boring, and daunting, administrative aspects of my business.  Nope nothing quilty, or fun has been transpiring in my studio.  I’ve been doing more pencil pushing than threading needles that’s for sure!

Now if you ...

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Workshop and Lecture Schedule 2019 from Tales of a Stitcher

Here is my complete workshop, lecture, and travel schedule for 2019. You can all view all of this information on my website under the category Events & Happenings.

JANUARY
Craft Napa 
Napa Valley, California
Friday January 11, 2019—Making Prints out of Solids—Lines & Shape
Saturday Janaury 12, 2019—Linear Blocks—Line into Shape (THREE SPOTS left.)
Sunday January 13, 2019—Circle & Curve Sampler

Visions Art Museum: Contemporary Quilts + Textiles
San Diego, California
The Pieced Canvas—Solo Exhibition
Opening Reception Friday
Exhibition Dates January 19—April 7, 2019

Road to California 
Ontario, California
Tuesday – Wednesday January 22-23—Making Prints out of ...

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October 1, 2018
On the Road—Artleap 2018 from Tales of a Stitcher

Several years ago, my dear friend Barb Mortell asked me if I would consider teaching a workshop on Denman Island, BC Canada. I said, of course, that sounds fabulous. This is Barb–a woman with bright ideas.

This September it happened. We held a four day workshop on beautiful Denman Island. It is part of Barb’s goal of creating and leading workshops and retreats in the Vancouver area. Her business is called Artleap.

The adventure started with the usual acknowledgement of the moose and Kes Woodard’s beautiful birch canopy above him.

I left so early, I got to ...

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September 26, 2018
What Teaching at International Quilt Festival Houston Prep looks like! from Art and Quilting in Camden

This is what teacher prep for teaching in Houston looks like, including well over 100 feet of parchment cut for kits!

There’s still some spaces in my classes…I’d love to see you there because I’m ready for full classes!  This is what handouts and basic class samples looks like.  Add more quilts, stuff I’m shipping, etc., and that’s just with three full-day classes and the Machine Quilting Forum!  Here’s what I’m teaching:

Teaching my favorite and most popular classes! Click HERE to go to the Classes page for Quilt Festival.

If you ...

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