Thursday, December 31, 2015

Oops! My Forgotten Give-Away!

Image result for late
This was my give-away for the Dog Gone Cute Blog Hop...
I seriously just found it this moring while cleaning up, for the new year,
under a pile on my computer desk!  
So I immediately dusted it off and went right to Mr. congratulations to
Susanprincess....but you are coming up as a no-reply email and I can't find your blog??
Please do email me at to claim your doggie prize.
Mr. Random choose YOUR comment...number 52 out of 52 comments!
Seriously, I took a screen shot! I mean how many times have your entered a give-away, only to arrive late, and think: "Darn it, I'm the last one, I'll never get picked!"
Well, here's proof to never give up hope...LOL!
I loved Michelle's comment:
When I go to visit my granddogter she meets me at the door with glee--she knows the sound of my car, so is ready and waiting--and then fetches her favorite squeaky toy to joyously talk to me about just how glad she is to see me. Later she'll snuggle up to me for awhile on the couch, just as she does with my son, her Papa, who is her #1 favorite person in the whole world.
PS: There's still time to share your Goals for 2016 at Tuesday Archives!
Anddd...for a New Year's Wish and Tutorial from my here.
Val's Quilting Studio
Happy New Year!!
Image result for 2016

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Tuesday Archives #95: Our 2016 Goals

Hello! Hello! and Happy Tuesday Archives! 
The linky party that let's you rejuvinate OLD blogging posts.
Val's Quilting Studio
. If you are new to our linky, click over the here to read the details about this fun, weekly linky party.
(You can also check out all our past Tuesday Archives themes by clicking right here.)

This week's theme is: your 2016 Goals:

This week we're 'breaking the rules" a bit and I'm encouraging you to share your goals for 2016 and thus, that could mean creating a new post to share with us, your friends here at Tuesday Archives. 

Your goals can be personal:

Like many of you, I'm a list maker. Thus, very excited was I when my Quilter's Planner arrived in the mail yesterday!! The fact I can now have a "catch all" for all aspects of my life in one book creates motivation. I've chosen FABULOUS as my "word" for 2016 (more about that in January) and this planner has a place for my to-do list, my goals, my sketchbook....everything all in one place to ensure I stay on track for creating a FABULOUS year!
As a bonus, we even received a pattern to make a zippy cover for our planner. It will hold my blog/business cards, and even include a zipper pockets for coloring pencils and such! 
I also purchased a new Weight Watcher journal to track my meals and thus leading me towards reaching my health and well being goals by Spring.

Finally, I was inspired my Diane's list of creative books and ordered myself this journal as well:
It's offers a prompt for each week of the year, that requires a list response. The lists are a starting point for developing new habits or changing behavior. This is very doable for me, and will offer just the amount of reflection I also need to "stay on track" in creating a FABULOUS 2016..for as the quote on my WW journal says: "It's choice not chance that determines our destiny."

And your goals can be Quilty:
With that said, Quilting is my creative outlet, my reprieve from the work world, my solitude, my rejuvination. My new planner will ensure I keep a balance of that in my life. I'm hoping to do more creative improvising like my Oh Happy Day quilt this year and I know I want to make a Kim Diehl inspired quilt for our Master Bedroom. But no list here...just creative flow.
Quilting and blogging are very important to without the support of eachother none of this would be as worthwhile would it?? I want to thank you for your enthusiastic support of Tuesday Archives and of me as a quilter through your kind comments and emails. I'm truly looking forward 2016 as we continue to share our ideas, inspiration and passion for this hobby as we link, share, support and participate in eachother's events, blogs and creative endeavors.

Also sharing my 2016 goals here:
 2016 Quilting / Blogging Planning Party

Monday, December 28, 2015

Dragonfly Quilting Today

 Many of you know I keep a half of dozen or so quilt tops from the Project Linus ladies around for days like today when I just feel like practicing with my long-arm . Though it's only 18 degrees out, I bundled up to take Jackson out and get a few quick pictures.
Here's the quilt top I had on hand: 

I decided to quilt it using a variegated lime green thread called: Lime Stone by Superior Threads and for the bobbin, I was able to use up a few half filled bobbins. I love the playful Dragonfly Fantasy pantograph I had. I thought it added that little bit of whimsy that would make a child smile.

I really like this quilt pattern and need to ask the Project Linus ladies for a copy. 
It looks fun and easy doesn't it.
Hope your day is going great.

Stop by tomorrow to link up your New Years Goals.
Val's Quilting Studio

Click on the picture to read more about Project Linus:
I volunteer here:

Sunday, December 27, 2015

My 5 Best of 2015 Linky

This linky made me feel like I was dusting the archives of my blog as I went back and reviewed my posts of 2015. I ending up choosing a variety of categories. Here they are:
First up, MOST HELPFUL post comments.
Last January I asked you, my blogging friends, what sewing machine would you recommend?
Twenty-seven of you responded with helpful input. Thank you! 

Next up, My MOST VIEWED post coming in with 1,033 views:

Next, JACKSON'S MOST POPULAR POST with 811 views and 35 comments:

Next, is our LARGEST TUESDAY ARCHIVES PARTY dated back in July: Our Scrappy Quilts and Projects. We had 76 links that week and I thought that really said a lot about us as creatvie quilters. Plus, I know Tuesday Archives is not your traditional linky party so when we average about 25 links a week...this one week we really had a lot to rejuvinate!! 
(And please, if you are new to my blog click here to read more about this weekly linky party.)
 I'll hope you'll join us!
Val's Quilting Studio

ANd finally, I'll conclude with MY FAVORITE QUILT of the year: My Grandson's Elmo Quilt
The quilt was an original design by me from start to finish and I felt so very proud...
...when he reacted like this:
My daughter says he takes it to daycare every single day.

So there you have it...The 5 Best of 2015 here at Val's Quilting Studio. I want to thank all of you who have become my blogging friends over the past years.  I also want to welcome you if you are new to my ol' spot here in blogland. Please take a look around, and if ya are even a little bit inspired by what ya see, I hope you'll follow too. In the meantime, happy holidays to you all and thank you Cheryl for hosting this party. Click on the picture below to check out everyone participating and celebrating:

Val's Quilting Studio

Holiday Travel = Slow Stitching

The holidays are always a good time for some slow stitiching aren't they. We left Christmas Eve day and returned yesterday afternoon from our Christmas festivities at our with our daughter and son-in-law's. Though our time together was short, it was filled with all the joys of Christmas and family. 
Hubby and I were especially grateful for the safe (and beautiful) road conditions.

Seven hours (total) on the road created the perfect opportunity for me to bind my Christmas Quilt...all 128 inches of binding! And the added bonus: I was warm and cozy the entire trip and had a quilt to use on our bed when we got there!
It's always good to be home and today I plan to continue tackling  my Winter Sewing list.
But before I get too productive, I'm going to fix myself another cup of tea and see what all of you are have been working on as I link up at Kathy's Sunday Slow Stitiching.
Happy Sunday friends.
PS: After I visited all your posts, I noticed my comments may come up as a no-replyer. I fixed my status but please do check your "social" (or wherever your no-replies) go folder. UGH!
Val's Quilting Studio

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

I call this finish: Guardian Angel

I collected these charms during another Kate Spain swap sponsored by Michelle of Crayon Box Studio. It makes for the perfect lap size quilt measuring 37" x 51". It was a quick finish this week and another one I can check off my Winter Sewing list.

So, with it's pantograph of Angels throughout...

...and soft minky backing...

Jackson and I will use it to cuddle up under as we settle down to watch TV each winter evening.

 For, no matter the conditions. or how long the walk, he is ethusiastically at my loyal companion.  I got him as my empty nest puppy and my buddy he has been ever since. 

I know many of you have studio pets too and feel the same way about them as I do him.
Sometimes we rescue them, but more times than not, it has been my experience that they actually end up rescuing us don't they. I count my blessings for the Guardian Angel I have in Jackson...and remind myself of this often especially when he acts all Jack Russell crazy!
PS: You do know all dogs go to heaven right! Just checking.
Val's Quilting Studio

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Tuesday Archives #94: Christmas Quilts

Hello! Hello! and Happy Tuesday Archives! 
The linky party that let's you rejuvinate OLD blogging posts.
Val's Quilting Studio
. If you are new to our linky, click over the here to read the details about this fun, weekly linky party.
(You can also check out all our past Tuesday Archives themes by clicking right here.)

This week's theme is Christmas Quilts: 
I finished my Christmas Charm Quilt just in time for today's linky!
I quilted it with a festive Christmas Bell pantograph: 

This finish has inspired me to make more seasonal quilts for our Master bedroom.
(shhhh....I admittably still use a Pottery Barn Comforter that is eight years old on our bed! )
But I love how this quilt brightened up the room and am more motivated to continue with my 2016 plans of making a Kim Diehl inspired quilt for our bed to replace that ol' comforter!
I used a red minky for the it's extra warm and cozy for Winter.

Anyhoo...happy Tuesday Archives this week and from Jackson and me, 
Merry Christmas and know I'm looking forward to seeing your Christmas quilts this week.

Val's Quilting Studio

Monday, December 21, 2015

Last minute gift idea...

Receiving blankets aren't just for babies.
I know many of you have toddlers in your life. 
Grab a yard of their favorite character print in a soft cozy flannel.
(This Christmas it's Paw Patrol for us.) 
Add another yard of cuddly minky. Sew wrong sides together. 
Reverse. Sew along the perimeter and ta-da:
Toddlers love to use them for tents, capes, and even a nap if mom is lucky!


Here's our little grand guy using his on Christmas day with his new Paw Patrol couch! 
(Yes, he is entering that silly stage as he purposely stuck cereal in his nose as I took a picture!)

Val's Quilting Studio
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...