Wednesday, 28 January 2015

My Valentine Embroidery Projects Featured on Sew Mama Sew Today

Welcome to Daydreams of Quilts. If you are visiting today from Sew Mama Sew I am so happy to have you here!

It's only January 28th and already I have achieved one of my big goals for the year! To write a submission for the prestigious sewing blog Sew Mama Sew! It's a dream come true. A big thank you goes out to Sew Mama Sew for having me today.

Now is the time to start thinking about what you would like to make for your loved ones for Valentine's Day. I have some embroidery project ideas for you over on the Sew Mama Sew blog today including a tutorial on the stitches I used and some ideas for what you could make using my simple (and free) PDF pattern. Here are some  photos of what you will find. Please head over there to check it out. Oh, and before you leave, there's a little giveaway at the bottom of this post.

A medium sized drawstring gift bag embellished with a heart and flowers.

A closer look to show some detail including French knots and glass seed beads.

An idea for a smaller project if you are short on time.
To celebrate my first ever free PDF pattern and tutorial being published on Sew Mama Sew I am giving away five skeins of embroidery floss (all the colours I used in the projects) and some white and low volume squares of fabric for you to stitch on. Please use the Rafflecopter to enter. If you do not have Facebook to sign in just sign in with your name and email address. This giveaway is open to everyone worldwide and closes Feb. 2, 2015 at midnight mountain standard time. Good luck!

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Thank you so much for vising me today and checking out my post over on Sew Mama Sew. Have fun stitching! I guess it's time for me to set a new goal... to write for Sew Mama Sew again! :)

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Mug Rugs

I have been happily signing up for swaps like some kind of crazy person over on Instagram. Some of the swaps are mini quilts and some are even smaller than mini quilts - they're mug rugs! Today I would like to show you some of the mug rugs I've made recently.

If you're wondering "What the heck is a mug rug?" I'll tell you... they're smaller than a place mat and bigger than a coaster. They're just the right size for a mug and a little side plate with a snack!

I said I would be a swap angel in the Festive Mug Rug Swap. Swap Angels make and send a package to someone whose partner has dropped out of the swap so that that person is not left with nothing after they fulfilled their end of the swap. I made this little mug rug and hand quilted it as a swap angel.

Here's a shot over by the window so you can see my quilting a bit better.

This is a mug rug I made for Lori at Sew Psychd. She had posted a picture on Instagram of a moose eating her flowers with the caption "THIS is why we can't have nice things". I made this mug rug based on that photo. I have embroidered some flowers for the moose to eat. I ran my fabric through my printer in order to get the caption printed on it. This is both machine and hand quilted.
If you want to print on fabric you can iron your fabric onto an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of freezer paper and run that through your printer or you can just tape your fabric to regular printer paper. Keeping everything as smooth as possible of course so it doesn't jam. I recommend using an ink jet. Then you need to heat set your ink with your iron. I don't know how it washes but hopefully it won't come out. I don't think it's a good idea to try this with a laser printer. (Possible fire hazard!)

This is the back of the mug rug. Tilt your head to the left cause it loaded in sideways. (You probably need to stretch your neck anyway right?)

This is a mug rug I made for the Instagram Secret Pals Swap. Every month we have a new secret pal to send to. My January pal (Stephalofagus) is also in the rainbow mini swap so I knew she would love a rainbow. Again tilt your head to the left to see it. Then you better tilt to the right to stretch out the other side. ;)
Mug rugs are a very satisfying little project because you can usually get them finished in one sitting. Maybe two if you do the embroidery. :)

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

A Busy Tuesday - Showing you my Schnitzel and Boo Mini

I am ready to drop right now but I want to show all of you some things and tell you about an upcoming quilt along that I am very excited about so I am going to get this blog post up and then take it easy with a hot bath and a good book. (I have volunteered for some big responsibility positions at my kids school and I have been working on things related to that for most of the day.)

First of all I want to show you my "Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap" quilt that I sent out in the mail last week. If you think you are my partner and don't want to see it (I am in Briawna's group) then look away now! If you haven't heard of the "Schnitzel and Boo" swap it's a huge swap on Instagram that is just wrapping up now. I has 950 participants and is hosted by Kristi of the blog "Schnitzel and Boo".

Okay, here it is. I saw on my swap partner's Pintrest boards that she likes the "Round and Round" quilt pattern by Camille Roskelley. My partner is a very talented quilter so I was quite nervous making for her but I knew I could probably sew this one without screwing it up. :)

She really wanted Heather Ross' Mendocino in her quilt so I have that in the centre square and also in the centres of the spinning star blocks. (I think of them a ninja stars.) I used Cotton + Steel basics for the stars. I asked my husband how he thought I should quilt it and he said with bubbles. I traced some cups and bowls with a water soluble fabric pen to do the quilting. The binding is also a Cotton + Steel Basics fabric. This mini is 24" x 24".

I ordered some fabric from Heather Ross' Spoonflower shop too and made a zipper pouch. It's lined with the octopus Mendocino fabric. It's stuffed with fat 16ths and scraps of Mendocino that I didn't use for this project. I also decorated a tea towel with a band of Mendocino and printed some Mendocino note paper which I can't show you because it is peronalized with my partner's name. I am proud of this project and I really love how the Cotton + Steel works with the Mendocino! I can't wait to see what she thinks of it.

Did you see my post from last Wednesday of the WIPs on my ironing board? I said I really was hoping to get them finished. Well, of course, I didn't get them all finished but here's what I got done. I sewed two flying geese blocks for my bee that I'm in over on Flickr. I am now in two bees. This one is called "We Bee With It". There are six of us and we make two blocks a month for six months. February is my month. Whoo-hoo!

The January Queen Bee wanted Flying Geese blocks and she said we could make any ones that we wanted. These finished up a bit small at 12" instead of 12 1/2" but she said she really likes them and that it was okay they were a bit small. Whew! I was so relieved. :)

I used scraps from my Hazel block below for the yellow flying geese above.

Here is my Hazel Block. This will be part of the upcoming Hazel Quilt Along and Blog Hop that Angie at Gnome Angel is hosting in February. Head over there or click the Hazel QAL button in my button bar to find out all about it. I am so excited to be a part of this! My Hazel is not finished yet. She still needs her glasses appliqued on but she had to get set aside for a project with an earlier deadline. (You will see that one next Tuesday.) You can get a 25% discount code for the Hazel the Hedgehog patterns by signing up for Angie's newsletter. Awesome! :) Take that deal and pick out your fabric so you can quilt along with us. Incidentally, I will be sewing only with fabrics already in my stash and I encourage you to do that too! Let's Sew Our Stash in 2015! (There's a button on my button bar for that too.)

Alright, I think that's all I had to tell you today. Thank you for coming over to see my projects. I am linking up with the Tuesday and Wednesday Linkies "Let's Bee Social", "Sew Cute" and "Building Blocks Tuesday" (also found in my button bar - I love blog buttons!)

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Whimsical Woodland Mug Rug Swap

I have been sewing my heart out whenever I get a chance and I have many things I want to show you. For this post I am going to focus on the things I made for the "Whimsical Woodland Mug Rug Swap" over on Instagram.

Inspiration finally struck and I came up with this little mug rug. I have reverse appliqued adorable Heather Ross gnomes into a little mushroom house and garden.

The actual mug rug for the mug rug swap. :) To reverse applique I just put my gnomes face down on the back of the project, stitched around them and then carefully cut away the fabric from the front. The edges will fray and become fuzzy over time. I like this because it's like we all have x-ray vision and can see into the mushroom and the flower bed and see the little gnomes that are hidden in there.

A closer view. I found the quote "Trust not in Sprites nor the Motivations of a Gnome" when I Googled gnome quotes. I think it's a line from a movie? Anyway, I love it for this project.

I just sewed this little needle book up this afternoon. Remember I said in this post that I wanted to make one for the swap? So here it is.
 This is a pattern in the book "Scrap Quilt Projects" from Vivebooks. The discount code for 10% off is still valid until the end of today. Click the affiliate link in the first sentence of this paragraph to get to the book. Ender the code ‘daydreamssqp’ on the basket page and click apply coupon to get the discount. (cannot be combined with any other offer.)
Here is the back.

I also decorated a tea towel for a swap extra.
This swap is going out in the mail on Tuesday. I think my partner will love it. I hope she will! :)

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

WIP Wednesday - Sewing My Stash

Hello! I'm popping in this cloudy Wednesday morning to write up a WIP Wednesday post and show you what I'm working on. I have many Works In Progress but for today in particular I am hoping to get these three items sewn up.

Here is my ironing board which I cannot iron on at the moment because it has WIPs on it. On the left is my Hazel Hedgehog 20" pillow all cut out and ready to sew. This pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson. I cannot wait to see it all put together. I'll post more about this and an upcoming event on the Gnome Angel soon. And on the right are the pieces for two flying geese blocks for my "We Bee With It" Quilt Bee. The January Queen Bee said to make any flying geese blocks we wanted. Of course I decided to make one with 12 flying geese and that means for two blocks I need to sew 24 flying geese. All fabrics here are from my stash and have been residing here for quite some time.

I finally bit the bullet and cut into my prized "Sew Stitchy" fabric for the background of this Christmas Quilted Joy wall hanging and all pieces are now cut and ready to sew together. Again I am sewing with scraps and stash fabrics only.

Photos of cut up blocks are not very exciting so here is a finish to show you. This is for my "Sew Cute Birthday Club." You may recognize some of my recent fabric acquisitions here. The January birthday girl said she likes French Bulldogs, Elephants and Gnomes and her favourite colour is orange. Do you think she will like this cushion/pillow cover? I hope so! It's going out in the mail tomorrow.
I am linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and I hope I will have some more finishes to show you soon! :)

Also, today (Jan. 14) is the last day to enter my current giveaway over here.