Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Not "Sew" Speedy Sewing

I am working for our city's summer fair until 11:00 every night right now so I am not getting as much sewing done as I usually do in the summer. Here are my WIPs so far.

This is my String of Pearls quilt Laid out on top of fabric piles and balls of yarn on my sideboard in the dining room. (That's what a sideboard is for right? To hold craft supplies? Ha ha!) It has two rows out of six sewn together. I hope to make more progress on that today. My husband saw it when I had it laid out on the floor and he said "That is such a cool quilt." High praise I'd say. Christa should be proud of her design. :)

This is my "Baby Love" quilt with the quilting finished. It just needs to be bound now. You can read more about this project here.

Here is a photo of just the top before quilting.

Working is taking time and energy right now though. This was the view outside my window last night as the sun was going down. The ferris wheel. Fun! :)

A perk of punching out at 11:00 p.m. is that the fireworks are just going off at that time. I am looking forward to Friday when we are taking our kids to the fair. They can't wait! I am linking up with "Sew Cute Tuesday", "Fabric Tuesday" and "WIP Wednesday." I hope everyone is enjoying fun things like summer fairs this summer (if you are in the northern hemisphere) and finding time to sew.

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Baby Love Quilt

This is my quilt top for the "Baby Love" quilt - the third quilt in the Simply Retro quilt along. I started this quilt yesterday morning and had all the blocks pieced by 2:00. Then I had to stop and get ready for work so I finished the top this morning. I had planned to show you a completed quilt but the backing needs a quick wash before I put it all together. I am in the middle of working seven days in a row for our city's summer fair so I thought I'd go with the quilt top photos in case I don't get finished in time for the quilt along deadline.

 I trimmed my half square triangles but I still had trouble when it came to piecing. I was wishing I hadn't trimmed them by the end. I managed to fix most of the problems in the seam allowance and didn't wind up chopping off too many of the triangle points. It was frustrating though.

This is where I was in the process yesterday morning after I finished cutting my pieces.

The charm squares I am using are from the fabric line "Simplicity" by 3 Sisters for Moda. I especially like the text prints.
That's my "Baby Love" quilt. I don't think I will be able to sew the next quilt in the book called "Vintage" during the quilt along because our move is less than three weeks away and life is getting a bit crazy. I am linking this post with the Simply Retro quilt along. There is a button on my button bar if you want to join in or see the other quilts. It might start getting quiet here on my blog as the move looms closer. I will be wishing I was quilting the whole time though. :)

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Better Picture of Briar Rose line

Here is a better idea of what the Briar Rose line that I will be carrying in my shop looks like. I can't imagine that you haven't seen it but just in case... here you go. I am so excited about this I can't even tell you in words! :) The bees, the bull frogs, the strawberries! I love them all.

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Daydreams of Quilts to carry "Briar Rose"

Hi everybody. I have exciting news! I just received confirmation of my order for the entire line of "Briar Rose" by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics. I will have the entire line including cotton and jersey fabrics in my Etsy shop in mid August after our family moves to our new location in Wainwright, Alberta. Please keep an eye on my Etsy Shop after August 12th if you are interested in buying from a Canadian source. I do not have photos yet but some of the fabrics are in this digital quilt that I designed. I am excited to expand my Etsy shop to carry supplies.

WIP Wednesday - String of Pearls Quilt

I am busy quilting today so this is just a quick post to show you what I am working on on WIP Wednesday. Today's project is my "String of Pearls" quilt in the Christa Quilts quilt along. Buttons for both WIP Wednesday and the Christ Quilts quilt along are both on my button bar if you want to click over. :)

Yesterday I finished sewing and pressing the black frames around the coloured squares. This morning I finished the strip piecing and I am about to embark on pressing the seams open on all the strips. I'm getting there. :) Maybe I'll have a top finished for Friday.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Winner of Fa la la la la

The winner of the Fa la la la la fabric by French General was comment number 15 - Kay - who said "I follow you on Facebook now too." Congratulations Kay! I have sent you an email for your mailing address.

Thank you everyone for leaving your comments to enter. I should have another giveaway next month since it's my two year blogiversary! :)

Friday, 12 July 2013

Finished Bed Runner and A Fabric Giveaway

I finished the bed runner that I began on Wednesday this afternoon. This is a gift for my friend who has a king size bed. I am not up for sewing a king size quilt but this bed runner pattern is great. This pattern is by Bonnie Olaveson of Cotton Way and you can find it here in her shop. I've had this pattern for a couple of years and I even have the original "Ruby" charm squares shown in the pattern to sew a bed runner for myself but I haven't sewn it yet.

I used Fa la la la la by French General for Moda fabrics. My friend said these are "her colours" and I had her look over the fabrics before I started so I am sure she will love it.

In this pattern you applique the dots and squares to the runner squares and leave the edges raw. These photos were taken after washing and I think the raw edges add some nice dimension and great texture to the bed runner.

I stipple quilted around the shapes with King Tut thread in red and green to match. The background fabric was from a double wide backing on another quilt and I believe it is a Fig Tree fabric but I'm not sure.

Here is another close-up shot.
My friend had bought the fabric I used for backing for me to sew her a yoga bag which I sewed two or three years ago. She loves this fabric so if she gets tired of the front she can flip the bed runner over. This fabric is an upholstery weight cotton.
This is a charm square pattern but I had fat quarters so I cut charm squares. You can get three charm squares from one strip off the fat quarter plus an off-cut on the end. I used 40 charm squares from 20 fabrics. Therefore, I have 20 charm squares left + the end cuts. I am throwing in two fat quarters to sweeten the pot and giving everything in the above photo to one of you my valued blog readers. :) 
  1.  To enter please leave me a comment telling me if you are working on any Christmas projects this July. (I am not as of yet.)
  2. There is a second entry for my blog followers. If you are a follower, or you choose to become a new follower, please leave a comment telling me that you are.
  3. For a third chance to win please follow me on Instagram if you are on Instagram and leave a comment telling me that you do. (I am lonely over there.)
  4. And for a fourth chance you could follow me on Facebook and tell me that you do. So that's a total of four chances at this fabric.
I won't prolong the suspense and will close the giveaway on Monday July 15th at the end of the day.


I finished my Retro quilt from Simply Retro by Camille Roskelley. I am sewing along with the "Simply Retro Quilt Along" (button on the button bar ---- >) and I really pushed myself to squeeze this project in with all my other projects.

The finished crib size "Retro" quilt.
 I made it crib size in red, white and blue because that was what I had on hand. I quilted it in variegated thread which you can see in some of the photos below. I was frugal with this project and used only supplies that I already had. I even used three pieces of scrap batting.

Since it's Retro I took some photos with my retro cameras that belonged to my Grandma.
I started this quilt on Wednesday morning and I finished it at 12:45 a.m. last night. (This morning I guess.) Here is where I was at Wednesday morning:
Picking fabrics.
Combining two of my greatest loves; photography and quilting.
Here you can see some of the thread I used.
An ant wanted to check out my snazzy "King Tut" thread.
I used King Tut thread by "Superior Threads" in variegated primary colours. Thank you for visiting my blog and checking out my Friday finish. It was a race but I made it. :) I am linking up with "Simply Retro Quilt Along" and "TGIFF." (Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday!) Click on the TGIFF button in my button bar to see more quilters' finished projects or to link yours up. I am also linking up with the "Crafty Girl Linky Party". There is a button for that one on the button bar too.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

I'm Featured on "Quilter's Corner" of the "Canadian Quilt Talk" podcast today!

I am so excited to be featured in the Quilter's Corner segment of the new podcast show Canadian Quilt Talk. I submitted a humorous quilting story and I won a jelly roll from Flare Fabrics. Flare Fabrics is the sponsor of today's show. My story is at the beginning of today's podcast. You can find a link to the podcast at the  Explore Fibre blog or you can search for "Canadian Quilt Talk" on iTunes. The main topic of today's podcast is fabric and how to choose quality quilting fabric. As a Canadian show I think it is of particular interest to Canadians but the advice on choosing fabric is great for all quilters, especially those just starting their quilting journey.

The story I sent in is a bit embarrassing but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do for quilting fabric. Am I right? ;) My story is entitled "How Far Would You Go For Fabric?" I will say that this story happened 10 years ago but it seems to be a lucky story since it brought me free fabric back then and also now with the jelly roll. The photo below is the dock in the story. I hope you get a little laugh out of it if you do listen in. :)

This photo was taken on the Labour Day weekend last fall when the water was unusually high.

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Loads of Cutting on WIP Wednesday

It's WIP Wednesday and I've got myself organized and ready to work. Here is what I am working on today.

I have selected my fabrics for the "Retro" quilt in the Simply Retro Quilt Along. Sometimes picking the fabrics is half the battle. I am sewing mine all red and white with one blue square in a crib size (because that is what I have on hand). If you would like more information about this quilt along there is a button on my button bar you can click. There are some great prizes in this quilt along.

I am going to cut into the beautiful stack of fat quarters to sew a king sized bed runner for my best friend before I move away from her. These are her colours and although these are Christmas fabrics they are subtle so she can use the bed runner year-round. I am using a "Cotton Way" pattern which calls for charm squares. I only have fat quarters though so I am just going to pick and choose from these and cut charm squares. My friend had wanted a king size quilt and although she is a wonderful friend, I don't know if I will ever sew a king sized quilt. A bed runner, however, is do-able.

I have my cutting finished for the Christa Quilts "String of Pearls" quilt along so I hope to get sewing on this today. I certainly have my work "cut out for me" don't I?

I am linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Finished Swell Quilt Top - Opinions on Borders Please

I am linking up with Fabric Tuesday today for the first time. If you have clicked over to my blog from there - Welcome! If not, there's a button for it in my button bar so you can click over there to see more projects. I hope it's okay that this quilt is not completely finished but the body of the quilt top is finished. I am wanting to get opinions from my fellow quilters on how I should do the borders.

I started this "Swell" quilt from Camille Roskelley's new book "Simply Retro" on Saturday and had this quilt top done on Monday morning. I decided to join the "Simply Retro Quilt Along" and this is the first project.

I used a Moda Scrap Bag of Ruby by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. I bought this scrap bag simply because it was Ruby and I had no idea what I was going to do with it. Then is project came along and voila! The only problem was that there was not enough fabric to make the quilt the same size as the one in the book. I also used a few strips of a piece of "Bliss" yardage (that's Bliss in the top corner with the clothes pin).

The quilt in the book has one more vertical row down the side than mine for a total of 20 blocks while mine has 15 blocks. Thus, mine is quite long and skinny. So here is my question: Should I add extra borders down the sides to fatten it up? Or leave it as is and just add the 2 inch inner border and 6 inch outer border as it is in the book? It is still the same width as my charm square quilts I made in January so it is fully functional as a lap quilt.

I do love these fabrics. I am so glad I finally put them into a quilt. Thank you for visiting and I would value your opinion about the borders. :)

Monday, 8 July 2013

Voting Opens Today at Threadbias

I entered a quilt design in the Wallflowers Quilt Design Contest over on Threadbias. Voting opens today and will remain open until July 12th. You must be a member of Threadbias to vote but membership is free and it's a really fun website. This is my quilt in case you would like to vote for me. :) It is called "Pinwheels in the Garden." The designer of the Wallflowers fabric line, Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew, will choose a winner from the top five quilts. The winner will receive the fabric to make her quilt.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Swell Blocks for the Simply Retro QAL

Just a short post tonight. I am linking up with the Simply Retro Quilt-a-Long. The Week 1 quilt is "Swell" which is the first quilt in Camille Roskelley's new book. I wrote on someone's blog this week that I dared not join anymore "anything-a-longs" and even though I had seen this Quilt-a-long on the blogs I was resisting joining in. But yesterday Camille posted a link to it on Facebook and I couldn't resist any longer. I became compelled to join in after reading the posts on Jana Machado's blog. It's a sickness with me really. (My husband thinks I've lost it.) You understand... don't you?

There's still time to join in the fun if you want to. The deadline for week one has been extended to July 8th and even if you only have 1 block done you can link up. There's a button on my button bar you can click as well. ---- >

I started this quilt today and this is what I have done so far:

Four blocks. I am using a Moda scrap bag of Ruby plus a bit of yardage of one of the Bliss fabrics. (Both lines are by Bonnie & Camille for Moda.) The scrap bag does not have quite as much fabric as a jelly roll so my quilt may not be as big as the one in the book. I'm just going to keep putting blocks together and see how big it gets. Hopefully it will be lap quilt sized. I took this photo in some of the last of the evening light. The sun stays up past 10:00 p.m. around here this time of year.
While I was out shooting my blocks I saw this little moth on our patio umbrella. What a pretty colour. I wonder if he chose to rest on the umbrella because he felt he would be camouflaged there. He's a bit raggy looking on one wing. I hope he didn't encounter a bird. I am not a fan of moths in my house but out here on the umbrella he was interesting to look at.

Maybe after reading this you will join me in my quilt-a-long disease and we can have this sickness together. ;)

Friday, 5 July 2013

10 Things This Summer

Sherri at A Quilting Life has set up a Linky for quilting bloggers to list 10 things they want to do this summer. She is hosting a giveaway for her 5th Blogiversary. Even if you don't blog you can write your 10 things in the comments and still have a chance to win so make sure you check out her post that I have linked in the first sentence.

Here is my list of 10 things I want to accomplish this summer. Although I have a lot more than 10 things I am trying to keep it real. And also keep my readers from having to read a novel here on my blog.

1. Sew A Quilt for Calgary Done! Whoo-hoo! One thing off the list. But I am taking up a spot here in my 10 things so I will say: Sew another quilt for Calgary (and area). If you do not already know, Southern Alberta suffered a devastating flood last month and hundreds of people's homes have been destroyed or badly damaged.

I cut the pieces for this quilt on Wednesday July 3 and finished the quilt top on Thursday July 4. This pattern is amazingly quick to put together. It is Piece of Cake 3 by Camille Roskelley of "Thimble Blossoms". I have her pattern from her Craftsy class called "Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple". But she also sells the pattern in her shop.

I dropped this quilt top off this afternoon at Sparrow Studioz, a long arm studio, here in Edmonton where they are generously supplying the batting and backing and quilters there will finish it for me on a long arm machine.
The fabric is Whimsy by Fig Tree Quilts for Moda. I believe this line is from 2008 but I picked it up in Drumheller, AB on vacation last summer. The border fabric is another Fig Tree fabric that I picked up in Jasper, AB last summer. I was so happy to be able to donate this quilt top and do something to help. I felt a bit powerless watching everything on the news and watching my husband head off with his fellow soldiers to help and all I could do was sit at home. Then I found calls for quilts (see this post for some links) and then I had something I could do to help.

Okay, the rest of my 10 things will not be as long as the first one. I promise. :)

2. Finish the 2012 Fat Quarter Shop Block of the Month. I only have two squares done. Ten more to go! I love that Vintage Modern fabric.

3. Finish the 2011 Fat Quarter Shop Block of the Month. Really Anita! This is getting ridiculous!

Four more blocks to go!
4. Finish my "Thimble Blossoms" Fireworks quilt. Only one block is done. 15 more to go! Note the writing on the basket. Have "Faith" Anita. You will get this done someday.

5.  Start and Finish my "Thimble Blossoms" Hop Scotch quilt. I might have mentioned what a huge Camille Roskelley fan I am. When I was a teenager it was Bon Jovi and Guns n Roses. Now, it's Camille Roskelley. ;) Seriously though, she is so awesome! I've had this pattern and jelly roll for a year! I hope there are other people out there like me so I don't feel so bad about having projects lined up. I'm sure there are. Right?!
6. Finish learning to knit these sample socks before my daughter is 20 years old and there's no hope of her ever getting her feet into them. (She's 4.) I have a zillion skeins of glorious sock yarn waiting for me to finish these "learner" socks and get on with the real deal!
7. Finish this adorable "Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery" Summer Sampler. Click on the pumpkin in my button bar so see more of this. These cross stitch patterns are the cutest! I am making good progress on this though. I have two rows of frames done now. I am way behind the stitch-a-long because I started three weeks late.
8. Sew these adorable Happy Zombie fabrics into a Christmas quilt(s) already! I've been hoarding saving treasuring these for two years! And procrastinating putting other projects ahead of Christmas. Two Christmas' have gone by now. This year must be the year!

9. Survive a military move in August. Please, please, let nothing bad happen to all my craft supplies, my sewing machine or anything else that I adore during this move. Thank goodness it's only 3 hours away so I hope that minimises the risk of things being lost or broken.
10. Set up my new, improved, bigger craft room in my new PMQ (private married quarters on military base) with fantastic IKEA storage solutions. And be happy!
Do you think I can do it all? Thanks for reading. Feel free to leave comments telling me that I am not alone in having way too many projects lined up to sew/craft/knit. There's a million more it seems but you've read this far and you probably need a bathroom break or a coffee or both now. :)

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

W.I.P. Wednesday Starting a Quilt for Calgary

It's Wednesday already! So it's time to link up with W.I.P. Wednesday at Freshly Pieced. If you are visiting my blog from there, welcome and thank you for stopping by.

First up, I want to show everyone my W.I.P. from last week which is now completed. It is my Quilt of Valour quilt for a Canadian soldier using the "Freshly Pieced" pattern called "Diamond Tread."

I am so happy with how it turned out and am very proud to give it to a soldier that I know who could use a quilted hug. More about this quilt in this post.
Now that I'm finished one quilted hug it's time to work on another one. You may have heard about the devastating floods that happened here in my home province of Alberta. The city of Calgary and the town of High River were hit very hard along with  many other communities. So I am starting my "Quilt for Calgary" today.
I have chosen this "Whimsy" by Fig Tree for Moda layer cake from my stash and I am going to use Camille Roskelley's "Piece of Cake 3" pattern from her Craftsy class to make the quilt. I am going to start cutting this morning as soon as I get my cinnamon buns out of the oven.

If you would like some information on how you can help those who have lost everything you can check out Calgary quilt shop. There is also this post from a blogger and quilt book author who lives in Calgary. As well as this post which contains links to the Facebook groups set up to collect quilts.
My "String of Pearls" quilt-a-long kit from Christa Quilts came in the mail last week so I hope to get these fabrics pressed and cut today too. There is a button in my button bar for that if you want to know more about it.

Thank you for visiting 'Daydreams of Quilts' and bless you for sewing slabs or even a whole quilt for Calgary if you choose to do so.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Canada Day Pennant Flags

Yesterday was Canada Day. Happy belated Canada Day to any Canadians reading! :) I hosted a family bar-be-que at my house and had 14 people total including my own household. I wanted some cute decorations up in the yard so I made this pennant string.

I hand stitched the maple leaf on the centre flag with red embroidery thread. I used my equilateral triangle cutting ruler from the Bloom Bloom Pow Quilt to cut out the triangles, sewed down two sides and encased the third side in leftover quilt binding from the Quilt of Valour Quilt.

It has nine flags all together in red and white fabrics with maple leaves on them. I love it! I am so glad I decided to make this. It really did add to the celebration yesterday. I decided to take orders in my Etsy shop if anyone wants one for next year (button for my shop is on the button bar).

Here is the family group shot. I set my camera up on my tripod for this one. We had a great day. That's me down in front. My husband is holding our dog. The kids are mine too. I'm the only one of my generation in my entire family with kids and a dog so far!

 I also sewed bandanas that say "Happy Canada Day" on them. Here is my dog wearing one of them and I'm wearing one of them on my head in the photo above.
And look what flew over my yard! It was so perfect! This is an advantage to living on a military base. You get a great fly-by on Canada day! This is one of the helicopters from our base.
Happy Canada Day everybody! And Happy Independence Day coming up on Thursday for our American friends!

I am linking up with "Sew Cute Tuesday" at Better Off Thread. The button is in my button bar. ----> Click on it and check out some more cute projects. :)