Thursday, 30 May 2013

A Happy Day At The Post Office!

Look what came in the mail for me today! Nine yards of "Sew Stitchy" by Aneela Hoey for Moda. (I got two yards of the aqua pins on top of the pile as that was the minimum cut on that one. No complaints here.) I am thrilled to bits! Firstly, let me say, that I did check with my local quilt shop for this fabric but they did not order it and did not seem interested in getting it in for me. So I naturally went to the Fat Quarter Shop's website and they did have the whole line. I had other things to order first and I was beginning to fear I would miss out on buying these fabrics when somehow by a miracle I stumbled upon them in the sale section a couple of months later. $ 4.30 a yard! That's less than what we pay for a fat quarter here in Canada. Even with the $20 shipping charge it's still an amazing deal especially since I can't even find it here! I could hardly click things into my shopping cart fast enough. ;) Bonus, it got here in 11 days!


The fabrics above are just too adorable to me for words. A closer shot below shows some of the little birds on some of the fabrics.


I can't say enough good things about the Fat Quarter Shop. They have never let me down. And when they have sales the prices are amazing.


I had ordered the two "chain stitch" fabrics and the aqua "cross stitch" fabric plus two yards of the quilt panels a month before for $5.38 a yard. So now I have 15 yards for a fraction of what they were when the line first came out. Sometimes it's worth the wait.


Sorry my lighting is not the best for my photos. A thunder storm was rolling in just as I was unpacking these. Now it is pouring rain so I cannot got out to mow the lawn. This means I can sit and look at my fabrics and my August 2013 issue of "American Patchwork and Quilting" that came in the mail today too. Oh, happy day! (Can you tell I'm crushed not to be doing the yard work?) I don't even have to feel guilty because I was virtuous this morning and cleaned my house all morning. Two hours of that was cleaning my 4 year old daughter's room. Why do small children like to mish mash all their toys into one big mess (I call it toy soup)? I have admonished her once again for creating a mess that took her mother so long to clean up. She has promised to put her toys away when she is finished with them. So we'll see how long that lasts... I'm betting 24 hours.

Perhaps I will have a quick peruse of my magazine and then I will bake cupcakes for my daughter's piano recital this evening. It will have to be indoors in her piano teacher's house since the weather is not cooperating. We had all hoped to be out in her beautiful back yard. Once the cupcakes are done I can settle in for a good read. I will resist rolling around in my fabrics as if I won the lottery as that will create folding and ironing. ;)

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Showing My Treasures That I Picked Up On Vacation

I have returned from a fantastic little four day vacation in the Rocky Mountains yesterday and would like to show you some of my treasures that I found on my trip. If you are going that way maybe you will find some treasures too!
On the way to Jasper I stopped in Edson, Alberta at a quilt shop called "Quilter's Quarters" which is literally right on the highway through the town. I have driven by so many times and either have not had time to stop or have stopped and it's been after business hours. I finally got to go in and I was so glad I did. It's a great little shop with loads of fabric to choose from and a great sale section. I bought this kit in the photo above. It's all French General for Moda fabric and was on sale 30% off! I was so happy. I will definitely stop the next time I am going by.

We arrived in Jasper in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta and my sister very generously took me on a shopping spree at "Stychen Tyme", a quilting and yarn shop. I chose those beautiful Fig Tree fabrics which I plan to use in my Farmer's Wife quilt along with my "Strawberry Fields" scraps from my 2011 Fat Quarter Shop Block-of-the-Month (which I am still not finished!) I started my Farmer's Wife quilt very scrappy but I do not like the way it looks. So I will put the 20 blocks I have sewn into smaller projects and start again on my Farmer's Wife but make it matchy matchy.

These stunning cross stitch patterns were also in the shop. My sister bought these two for me and she bought a couple for herself. We went back the next day and bought more. Between the two of us we have eight of these patterns. We love the native symbols behind the animals in the pictures. The stiff interfacing at the top of the photo is to make the "Project Book Pouch" pattern by Aneela Hoey. I bought the pattern from her Etsy Shop last week after I saw this post that she wrote about it.

Anyway, back to the shop in Jasper... everything in the "Stychen Tyme" shop is currently 30% off as the shop owner is closing her business at the end of June. We asked why she was closing and were told that although the business is very successful the owner would like to close after 13 years and have time for herself. She is retiring in a sense.

Then the next day my brother gave me another shopping spree at "Stychen Tyme". These shopping sprees were early birthday gifts. My birthday is not until the end of June but the sale is on now and it is very unlikely I will be back before the shop closes. Yes, I know, my family is very good to me and I am spoiled. :) I am also very grateful to them. On my second shopping spree I bought another cross stitch pattern, some gorgeous sock yarns, knitting needles, a metre and a half of fabric (I plan to use this for a pillow from a Better Homes & Gardens magazine. The owl pillow in "Bags, Pillow and Pincushions Volume 2" currently on news stands.) The thread is waxed hand quilting thread for hand quilting my Bloom Bloom Pow quilt.



When I got home there were more goodies in the mail! Remember I was part of "Giveaway Day" earlier this month? Well, I entered many of the giveaways too and I was very fortunate to win a few. My first prize has arrived in the mail and was gorgeous patterns by Carrie Payne of www.believemagic.com She has her patterns for sale if you are interested. I am absolutely thrilled to have won and can't wait to get started sewing these.

The winner of my jelly roll giveaway lives in Norway and she sent me an email to thank me for the giveaway prize. It got to her from here in Canada in 12 days including weekends! I am happy it was so fast.

And this book was there too! It's "Growing Up Modern" by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew
I am a big fan of her work and pre-ordered this book from Indigo. So, I guess I have a lot of sewing, knitting and cross stitching ahead of me. First I will sit down and look through my new book and patterns though. I hope you get a chance to check out some of the shops and sales I mentioned (I am not sponsored by anyone) and I hope I get to check out the quilt shop in Hinton on my next trip. That's another one I keep missing.

Here is some of the beautiful scenery I saw on my trip. This is Pyramid Mountain as seen from the path around Lake Annette in Jasper, Alberta. The kids and I had a great time with my family. Hopefully we can go on another trip soon when my husband has some time off from work.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

I Decorated My Smash Books

This is what I was up to yesterday. Well, this and making cards for my Etsy shop. These are my Smash books which are journals/scrapbooks. They're basically what scrapbooks used to be before scrapbooks became photo albums. The nice thing about these is they're not super expensive and you can just "smash" stuff into them. They don't have to be all perfect and fancy. That being said... I kind of did lean toward the perfect and fancy side when decorating them. ;) I felt very free in decorating them though because they didn't have to be perfect.
This one is my favorite, I think, although I do like them all. I plan to use this one for planning and listing sewing projects. The great thing about doing these books is that I was hoarding hanging onto some of these supplies because I couldn't bear to part with them for the perfect project and now I can still have them while using them at the same time. :)

This one with the bird I think will be used more as a journal type of book. The next photo is a shot of the back. Some of my friends were asking me what Washi tape is. That is washi tape on the corners of the bird picture.

All of these books are "Smash Books" by K & C Company except for this next photo with the spiral binding. This next one if from Stampin' Up.
 
 
Love those hexagons. Am I right? ;) This one will probably be a journal type of book as well. All the papers and stamps I have used on these are from Stampin' Up. I should really just sell for them shouldn't I? Maybe I'll think about it some more. I do love their stuff though.
 
This is the biggest Smash Book and the only one I have actually smashed stuff into so far. The papers on this one are Martha Stewart scrapbooking papers. Love her stuff too! The washi tape on the left is not sticking to the purple binding tape so I think it will be coming off soon. Live and learn I guess.
This is the back. The butterfly washi tape is not staying stuck very well but it does have the paper to cling to also. I might try glue?
You wanna see what's in my Smash book? Well, here you go. It's magazine clippings of home decor styles I like (and some crafty clippings too).
Here's another page in my book. Don't you love that blue hutch?! I do! Anyway, those are my Smash books. The two smaller ones I bought at Walmart 50% off for something like $7 or $8. I was so excited to find them at that price. I think they are usually $17 at Michael's. And the larger one I bought at Michael's with a 40% off coupon. Use a coupon for sure on that one. Otherwise they are a bit pricey. And the coil bound one from Stampin' Up I bought in a package deal with the book, paper, stickers, washi tape and a stamp all for $40. Awesome deal! The promotion may still be on so check their website or ask your consultant if you have one. (See? I should totally sell for them.) Anyway, I recommend this activity that I call "smashbooking". It's loads of fun! Thanks for checking out my work on my Smash books today.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Quilter's/Sewist's Hand Stamped Cards & Mother's Day cards

Yesterday was Mother's Day and one of my gifts from my husband and kids was some free time to make hand made cards. Here are some of my creations from my happy hours of stamping yesterday afternoon.
This is the card I made for my Mom for Mother's Day. She loves bird motifs.

This is the inside of the card. These paper's a "Martha Stewart" scrap booking papers.
This is the card I made for my Grandma. The yellow daisy paper made me think of her.
This is the inside of the card. The daisy paper is two sided so it was nice to be able to show off both sides.
Then I made several sets of quilter's/sewist's greeting cards. These one pictured here are for a family friend who is an excellent quilter and helped me along when I was first starting to quilt. I have been meaning to make her a set for ages and finally got them done.
I made four other sets in different colours. I decided to give each of my blog giveaway winners from last week a set of four cards as well as their prizes so I will pop the cards into their packages before I mail them out.
I have two sets of cards up for sale in my Etsy Shop if you would like a set.
So that's what I did on Mother's Day. What do you think? I am hatching a plan for a giveaway in June so stay tuned for that. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get time today to do some crafting.

Friday, 10 May 2013

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Winners!

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the Sew Mama Sew giveaways on my blog. I appreciate all of your comments. I had never heard of a "Jelly Roll Race" quilt so it was fun learning all about that on You Tube!



The winner of the French General "Fa la la la la" jelly roll is comment #36 "oddbjorg" who wrote: "So far I haven't used jelly roll, but it would be great to win just lovely fabrics.
Thanks for the chance!"



The winner of the five fat quarters and three patterns giveaway is comment #55 "Mrs. Pickles" who wrote: "Thank you for the chance to win. I like it when the birds come back!" Here is my son after  making the draw. (He was so proud that he got to participate.)

Congratulations! I have sent you each an email.

(Each draw was done from it's own set of numbers in it's own bowl. The number of comments for the jelly roll was 243. The number of comments for the fat quarters and patterns was 86.)

Thank you everyone for participating and taking part in this fantastic event and many, many thanks to Sew Mama Sew for organising such a fun week for all of us. The number of comments on my blog was amazing to me and I'm sorry I was not able to respond personally to every one of them but please know that I really appreciate you visiting my blog. Have a great weekend everyone! And Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there.

Making Mother's Day Jewellery

I created some jewellery on Wednesday and have some pictures to show you. First up is a necklace and earring set for  my Grandma. She is a stylish lady who likes to have earrings that match her necklaces. I don't know if she will like these or not so I will be anxious to see what she thinks on Mother's Day.
I used glass beads except for the six small dark green ones at the centre drop and the dark green ones on the earrings. Those are natural stone beads called Aventurine.


After taking these photos I decided I didn't like how the little stones and crystals were hanging in the glass hoops so I wanted to put jump rings in to make them dangle better.
Well, that did not go so well. I broke the crystals while trying to undo the metal findings. How appropriate that my kids' "Trouble" game was on the coffee table where I was working because I really did run into trouble. I was saying bad words and my husband was imploring me to take a break and eat some waffles that he had made. After having waffles things went much better. ;)
Much better with the jump rings but I needed more stone beads as I only had two crystal ones left at the end. I like how they turned out though.
Sorry, this picture is not so good. The sun was going down. The next one is better. This is a necklace I made for a friend. She and I were participating in a "Craft It Forward" on Facebook. You post on your status that you will make a special gift for the first five people to comment on your post within the next year with the one condition that they must re post the status and make something for the first 5 people to comment. And so on. She and I were the only ones interested in doing this so I guess I had it easy only needing to make one gift.
Here is a better photo of the beads. The large beads in between the white seed beads are natural semi-precious stone Garnet. That is her birth stone so it was perfect I had them in my bead stash. I gave it to her this morning and she said I was "awesome" so I was happy. :)

Now, I need to figures something out for my Mom but she sometimes reads my blog so I won't be able to post it until after Mother's Day. I hope everyone has a great Mother's Day weekend. I will be drawing the winners of my two Sew Mama Sew giveaways tonight at 5:00 PST (6:00 MST) so get your entries in before then if you haven't already. (See posts from Monday and Wednesday.)

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Jelly Roll

*** GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED ***

I have been having such an awesome time visiting all the blogs on the Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day (which is actually a week) that I have decided to host another giveaway on my blog. Good thing it's a whole week instead of just one day. I am loving all the bloggers so much that I want to give you fantastic people one of my prized Jelly Rolls. I bought this baby from the Fat Quarter Shop along with a fat quarter bundle and there is no way I am going to use it all up so I am offering you this gorgeous jelly roll of Fa la la la la by French General for Moda.
It is still in it's packaging and had not been opened. I love the Fat Quarter Shop. Maybe one day they will be a sponsor on my blog? ;)

So to win this jelly roll please leave a comment on this post telling me your favourite jelly roll pattern. For a second chance please follow my blog with Bloglovin, email or your favourite means and leave a second comment telling me you did and how you did it.

I will ship internationally. Anyone can enter (you do not have to be a blogger). Giveaway closes May 10 at 5:00 p.m. PST. Winner will be drawn May 11 out of a hat (or bowl) by my husband who is an upstanding Canadian soldier and the most honest man I have ever known. I will ship by May 15 (and it will probably will be right on May 15). Thank you for visiting my little blog. I will be writing a post soon about my latest adventures in jewellery making. Please make sure I have an email address for you in your entry if you are a no-reply blogger so I can reach you if you win.

Here is the rear view of the jelly roll. :)

Monday, 6 May 2013

Claiming my Blog on Bloglovin

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Sorry for this odd post. It's just me claiming my blog on Bloglovin. In light of the upcoming shake-up in the blogging world of the end of Google Reader I got myself set up over there so people can follow me and I can follow other people. :)

Giveaway Day

*** GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED ***

Hello. Welcome to "Daydreams of Quilts." Thank you for stopping in on Giveaway Day (which actually runs all week). This fun activity was started by Sew Mama Sew and it's a fun way for all of us to get to know each other. There are lots of givaways over there so go check it out. Look for this link button on my button bar at right for the original post.



By way of a small introduction; I am a wife and mother who loves to quilt, knit and paper craft and I love to blog about everything I create. I live in Edmonton, Alberta Canada, I have two kids and my husband is a soldier in the Canadian Military.

For my giveaway items today I have some lovely things from my stash. I have five fat quarters and three patterns for you.
The patterns are (from left): "Woodlands Shirt" by Sew Liberated. It's an adorable little shirt that you can sew in sizes 2T-4T or sizes 5-10. The middle one is "Cabin Paws" by MH Designs. It is a paper foundation pattern. The last is "Wheat Bag Puppies" by L.A. Designs. Make your own wheat bag to heat in the microwave and put on your shoulders after a long day of crafting. All of these fabrics are new and in the original packaging. I have had them for years and haven't sewn them up so I thought one of you might like to sew them.

Here is a closer look at the five fat quarters. The three on the right are "Fern Hill Vintage Originals Collection 2" for Camelot Cottons. The other two I do not have the full name on the selvage. They are all quilt shop cottons.

I am looking forward to a weekend this month when my family takes an annual trip to stay in a chalet in Jasper National Park. There is a quilt and knitting shop there that I love to visit but sadly I hear she is closing soon so this will be my last visit to her shop. This trip is a multigenerational trip that my family does and it really is quality time in an idyllic setting.

To enter my giveaway please leave me a comment on this post telling me your favorite springtime tradition. The giveaway is open until May 10. I will put all the numbers in a hat and my 8-year-old son will draw the winner. I will ship internationally so anyone can enter. The winner will be posted here by May 12th. Please include your email with your comment so I can contact you if you are the winner. Thank you for stopping by and please take a look at some of my other blog posts while you're here.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Briar Rose Quilt Design Competition - Please Vote

Tomorrow is the day that voting opens in the Briar Rose Quilt Design Competition on Threadbias. Here is the quilt that I designed using their quilt design tool. I am calling it "Bumble Berry Paradise."
Contestants were to design a quilt using the fabrics from the upcoming fabric line "Briar Rose" by Heather Ross for Windham Fabrics. The designs were to be created using the Threadbias quilt design tool. I really enjoyed using the tool and will buy a subscription in the future to design more quilts with it. The prize for the winner is the fabrics to make their quilt. So please go vote at Threadbias tomorrow. I would love it if you would vote for mine but if you love someone else's quilt please vote for the one you want to win. You must be a member of Threadbias to vote but it's free to join up and it's an interesting website. It's mainly for people who like to craft with needle and thread kind of like Ravlery is for knitters. I hope you'll go vote! :)

My quilt has purple cone flowers appliqued on the quilt top. The yellow fabric has honeycombs and little bees so it was perfect for the flower centres. The border fabric has adorable little frogs on logs and fishing in their frog pond. I added the zig zag down the side for a more modern pop and a bit of interest. It also balances out the weight of the cone flowers which I offset to the left. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my quilt design. Come back tomorrow as it's "Give Away Day" (see button at right) and I will be giving away fat quarters and patterns from my stash.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Quilt Tops

I have two quilt tops finished. These represent April's work. Both are waiting on payday to buy supplies needed to finish the quilts.
This is my Bloom Bloom Pow quilt all sewn together. I just finished it this morning. I need to trim the sides to make straight edges. Then I need batting, backing and binding. I am thinking I will hand quilt this one so I can have the stitches on each bloom match the fabric. It will likely be quite some time before this quilt is officially finished. I plan to sew a rod pocket on the back to have it hang on the wall in my craft room.

Here is the work so far on my Father's Day Quilt for my Dad. It is fishing and outdoors themed and all done in flannels. (Not flannelette mind you, that is not a good quilting choice. But flannel from a quilt shop is.) I will do the borders, binding and backing in flannel as well and plan to have bamboo batting. This quilt will be so soft and cozy. I will post close-ups when it is finished. I am also sewing another one very similar to this for my husband for Father's Day. Thank you for stopping by my blog today to see my works in progress. There is no snow on the ground in these photos! And we had the first bar-be-que of the year yesterday! Could it be that spring is finally here?!

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Bloom Bloom Pow Layout

I have my Bloom Bloom Pow quilt laid out and ready to sew into a quilt top! :)
I'm going to try to get the quilt top completely sewn together tonight and ready for the last set of instructions tomorrow. It's so exciting when it all comes together.