Sunday, 28 December 2014

A Tiger Dress for Baby

I was up until 1:30 a.m. last night sewing this dress. I started it sometime after 10:00 p.m. Thankfully my husband is on vacation for a month so I could sleep in this morning. I bought the four colours of the Tiger print by Alexia Marcelle Abegg for Cotton + Steel. This is from her "Hatbox" collection. I knew from the moment I saw it that I wanted to use this fabric to sew the "Ice Cream Dress" (view B) pattern from Oliver + S for my baby girl. This dress is a colour block dress which one would normally sew with solids but i think it has turned out very cute with the tiger prints. I posted a photo similar to these on Instagram today and Alexia herself left a comment on it. That was a bit of excitement for me let me tell you! :)

The smallest size of the Ice Cream Dress pattern is size 6-12 months so that what size this dress is. My daughter is 3 1/2 months so this is more like a gown on her right now. But she is growing fast and will be fitting this dress in no time.

I didn't fuss about matching up the tiger parts between the various prints. Maybe I should have but I wanted to have fabric left over for quilts (which I do - yay!) I think it's still okay the way it is though.

Is this cute or what!? She's got a tooth coming in so is busy chewing on her hands.

The background quilt is one I made for my older daughter when she was in her toddler bed. She was quite annoyed that we were using it for our little photo shoot. Hopefully she will soon be appeased as I am starting an Ice Cream Dress for her (size 6) made out of Aneela Hoey fabrics. I hope to have it finished in the next day or two. Maybe I'll be up sewing into the wee hours again tonight.

Sunday Stash - Christmas Edition

Hi! I forgot it was Sunday! Everyone in my house is off school and work for the holidays and all the days are blending together. It's 5:15 p.m. here so it's still Sunday. I have to show off my purchases that I have made with my Christmas gift money. It's been a "Heather Ross" Christmas for me. I decided I could no longer live without some of the fabrics in the Lightning Bugs line and got busy searching the Internet for the best prices I could find. I also received a Chapters.Indigo gift card from my sister so I ordered two Heather Ross books too! Can't wait for those to arrive. The sun went down here an hour ago so please forgive the flash photos.

The Banana Seat bikes from the "Lightning Bugs and Other Mysteries" line by Heather Ross. I found this on Etsy for the very fair price of just under $13.00 CDN a yard.

The dogs from "Lightning Bugs and Other Mysteries" by Heather Ross. Ordered with the bikes above at the same fair price. I love that tea cup chihuahua vibrating in his tea cup.

This is not Heather Ross but it is a Christmas gift. This beautiful fabric with the background in my favourite colour arrived from the beautiful Lori of Sew Psyched who was on a much deserved vacation in Hawaii. Thank you again Lori if you're reading this! xo

This is the fabric of my most greatest desire. I now am the overjoyed owner of one fat quarter of the Fish in Bags fabric from the "Lightning Bugs and Other Mysteries" line by Heather Ross. I have wanted this fabric for sooooo long! I will be using the individual fish one by one from this fabric. I ordered this on Etsy from the UK at a fairly reasonable cost of $29.63 CDN including shipping. Well worth every penny but this fabric is like gold to me!

This is the Girls Playing with Horses from Heather Ross' "Far Far Away III" line. It is printed on Kokka fabric of a linen and cotton blend. It's heavier weight than quilting fabric and I think I will use some of it to make a book bag for my daughter. (Sorry it's loading in sideways here.) I found this one on ebay and snapped it up for $22.13 CDN. This is a half yard cut.

I saw this feather fabric in a mini as part of the Instagram Mini Swap and asked the maker what the name of the line is. This is from the "What A Gem" line by Allison Cole. (There are gem fabrics in the line too.) I found these lovelies on Etsy and I hope to use them with projects involving embroidered and cross stitched feathers. (I apologize that this shot is a bit blurry!)
So there you have it... my Sunday Stash report on my Christmas gifts. Thank you to my Grandma and husband! I am linking up with Molli Sparkles for Sunday Stash. I mailed off some blocks for his Hash Tag Quilt project for "Sewing for Sydney" last Thursday before Christmas. I hope they reach him soon if they have not already. You can read up on the quilts he is sewing for the families of the Sydney shooting victims on his blog.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Winter Beauty in Wainwright

After several days of ice fog the sun came out today and the world was a wonder of beautiful glittering white. I took some photos around my neighbourhood and town. I think it was one of the most beautiful places in the world today. I've been sewing like crazy for a week but I can't post photos until after Christmas. Enjoy some lovely frosty trees though. :)

Saturday, 13 December 2014

SMS Giveaway Day Winners!

Thank you so much everyone for entering the giveaways on my blog this week. Thank you followers old and new. I am so happy to have you here! Okay, so lets get right to it!

 The winner of the Daydreams of Quilts blogger bundle from Country Clothesline as chosen by the Rafflecopter is Carla G. of Canada. Congratulations Carla! I have sent you an email for your mailing address.

 The winner of "Scrap Quilts for Babies & Toddlers" ebook on CD from Vivebooks as chosen by the Rafflecopter is Rebekah S. of the United States. a.k.a. The Artistic Bookworm. Congratulations Rebekah! I have emailed you for your mailing address.

The winner of the bundle of four Holiday Happy fat quarters from my stash as chosen by the Rafflecopter is Rhonda of the United States. Congratulations Rhonda! I have sent you an email for your address too. :)

Thank you for playing along everyone! I hope many of you have won this week! So far no emails for me on any wins but I'll keep my fingers crossed. :) Happy Holidays!

Friday, 12 December 2014

A Winner and A Bee

Hi All! I'm popping in quickly with a short post to tell you about two things. Firstly, the winner of the "Patchwork Postcards" ebook on CD from Vivebooks is Judy in Australia. Congratulations Judy! She has already sent me her address and her envelope is ready to go. :)

Second: Are you wanting to get into a quilting bee? Are you a beginner/newish quilter? Then I have the perfect bee for you! Open internationally. Check out Mrs. Pickles post of Dec. 11th. Two spots left. Here's a link to her blog:

A bear in Jasper National Park - Alberta, Canada. I just put this picture here because I love it (I took this photo in May) and to make this post a bit more interesting. Look at the ears! Ah! So cute! :)

Monday, 8 December 2014

Bundle of 8 Fat Quarters from Country Clothesline Giveaway

Hooray! It's the most wonderful time of the year... Giveaway Day! Thank you for visiting Daydreams of Quilts. You can learn more about me, my quilts and where I live here.

Country Clothesline has given me a fun opportunity to create my very first blogger bundle which they have generously sponsored for you to enter to win. I present to you the first ever Daydreams of Quilts Blogger Bundle!!! (I'm just a little excited about this, can you tell?) Country Clothesline is an online quilt shop in Toronto Canada with a carefully curated collection of beautiful fabrics.

I have to say I love it! I can't win it so I'm going to buy it from Country Clothesline the first opportunity I get. (You know, when my husband is not walking by my computer screen. ;) )

Okay, so here are the rules: This giveaway is open to Canadian and US residents this time. I have two international giveaways running right now too so make sure you get in on those here and here.

This giveaway is open from Dec. 8th to Dec. 12th. The winner will be emailed and announced on the blog. Please use the Rafflecopter to enter. (If you do not have Facebook you can use your email.)

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Thank you to Sew Mama Sew for hosting Giveaway day which runs all week long. Head over there to enter all the fun giveaways!

Holiday Happy Bundle of Four Fat Quarters Giveaway

Hooray! It's the most wonderful time of the year - Giveaway Day! Thank you for visiting Daydreams of Quilts. You can learn more about me, my quilts and where I live here. Please feel free to take a look around my blog.

I have a giveaway for you from my personal stash. This is four fat quarters of "Holiday Happy" by Monica Solorio-Snow a.k.a. The Happy Zombie. I love her fabrics! This is to say "Merry Christmas!" to all of my blog readers.

I know you are busy with all these giveaways so let's get to the rules quickly. Giveaway is open to everyone worldwide. The giveaway will close Dec. 12th, 2014. The winner will be emailed and announced on the blog. Please use the Rafflecopter to enter. (If you do not have Facebook you can use your email.)

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I have another fabric giveaway here (Canada and US) and an ebook giveaway here (international).

Thank you to Sew Mama Sew for hosting Giveaway Day! Head over there to enter all the fun giveaways.

ebook on CD Scrap Quilts for Babies & Toddlers Giveaway and Discount Code

Hooray! It's the most wonderful time of the year - Giveaway Day! Thank you for visiting Daydreams of Quilts. You can learn more about me, my quilts and where I live here. Please feel free to take a look around my blog.

My blog affiliate Vivebooks has generously sponsored a giveaway of an ebook on CD of Scrap Quilts for Babies & Toddlers by Katharine Guerrier. They have also provided a discount code for all of my blog readers to receive 10% off the price of the book. To receive the discount type Discount Code: daysdreamssqbt This code will expire after December 21, 2014 and is not valid with any other offers. To get the discount, type the discount code in the box on the basket page of their website and then click Apply Coupon.

This book has ten beautiful and colourful small quilt projects suitable for babies and toddlers. There is a range of pieced patterns to fit all skill levels and budgets. These are great stash busters! I love the sailboat wall hanging on the cover. I think this would be great in my nine-year-old son's room. I have plans to sew him a sail boat quilt so I will use the scraps to make this pattern into a throw pillow. There is a beautiful rainbow HST (half square triangle) quilt. I love HSTs and if you're a beginner this is a great way to incorporate triangles into your quilts without the trouble of working with bias edges. When I first started quilting I would only sew patterns made up of squares but HST's are squares that look like triangles so they're a piece of cake. There is even a quilt for a favourite teddy bear which would also work well as a bassinet quilt for a newborn or as a car seat quilt. The Autumn pinwheels quilt (in the background above) is made with gorgeous Oakshott cottons (something on my Christmas wish list!) and it only requires 14 fat eighths so it's affordable. I recommend Scrap Quilts for Babies & Toddlers for both beginners and experienced quilters alike.

Giveaway rules: This giveaway is open to everyone worldwide. The giveaway will close on Friday December 12th. The winner will be emailed and announced on the blog. Please use the Rafflecopter to enter. (If you do not have Facebook you can use your email.)

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I have another ebook giveaway of "Patchwork Postcards and Pinboard Quilts" by Katharine Guerrier here. Open internationally until Dec. 10, 2014.

I have fabric giveaways here (Canada and US) and here (International).

Thank you to Sew Mama Sew for hosting Giveaway Day. Head over there to enter all the great giveaways!

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Japanese Colour Club

Have you heard of the blog Blossom Heart Quilts ? I've just recently started following this blog which is written by Alyce who is an Aussie expat living in Japan. Alyce is a quilter and pattern designer. You may have seen her in Make Modern Magazine (of which I am a subscriber). She has a monthly column there about quilt math and she has also designed the magazine's current block of the month quilt "Aurora". (I just ordered my background fabric for this quilt! Can't wait to start sewing once Christmas sewing is caught up.) She also has loads of excellent information for quilt bloggers and quilters in general on her blog. I highly recommend her blog!

Alyce is fortunate to be in Japan where most of our beautiful quilting cottons that we enjoy are manufactured and she is running a Japanese Colour Club through her website. I joined up for the fat quarter club but there is also a fat eighth club. Every month has a different colour. Alyce shops for the fabrics and puts together bundles of six fabrics to send out around the world. For the fat quarter club it's 3200 Yen per month including shipping worldwide. I checked that online on a currency converter and that's about $30 a month Canadian. So it's very reasonable. And what could be better than having a professional quilter personally shop for you in Japan!? How cool is that!? I'm pretty excited about it so I thought I would share in case you don't know and would want to join in the fabric loving fun. :) I'm a good enabler like that. You can find out all about the Japanese Colour Club here.

Note: I'm just sharing this out of my own interest. No one has asked me to share this information. :)

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Holiday Fabrics Winner

Hi! Just popping in really quickly before our power is out for the next six hours to say that the winner of the Holiday Fabric bundle from Country Clothesline is Delaine. I have sent you an email Delaine. Congratulations! :)

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

"Patchwork Postcards and Pinboard Quilts" book review, discount code and Giveaway!

I have been have a pleasant read of this ebook from Vivebooks called "Patchwork Postcards and Pinboard Quilts" by Katharine Guerrier.

This book is full of great ideas for using up your small fabric scraps, that are too precious to throw away, to make fantastic little mini quilts. I always feel like I'm throwing money in the garbage when I throw out my little scraps so this is a great alternative. The ideas in this book lend themselves well to using any style of fabrics. I can just see some of them made up with my Cotton + Steel scraps and my Kona solids.

There is also instruction on Seminole piecing which is a technique that has been around for a long time in quilting but still looks really great today and could be done using some of our fresh modern fabrics that we have available to us.

There are no patterns but there are excellent instructions on different artistic styles to get you going on improvising your own postcard and pinboard quilts. Some of the topics include; balancing colours, repetition of a shape, African, Provencal and Amish styles. There are some really cool ones in here with tiny little prairie points in the seam. I really like the "Bright Colours with Black" section and could see those as mini quilts travelling the world in swaps. There are even ideas for using other fibre scraps and embroidery on your postcard quilts. The ebook includes complete construction and finishing instructions for your quilts as well as ideas for displaying them. It is full fabulous inspiration.

The back cover of the ebook tells me that Katharine Guerrier is an acclaimed quilter, teacher and author who has written many books and trained at Camberwell school of Art in London. She has been making quilts and embroideries since 1980. As I often find with many quilting books they are fantastic inspiration for jump starting your own ideas for projects and this book is no exception.
A lovely ebook prize all shiny in it's shrink wrap ready to send to one of you! :)

Vivebooks has generously sent me a copy of "Patchwork Postcards and Pinboard Quilts" on CD to give away to one of my lucky blog readers. They are also offering a discount of 10% using discount code: daydreamspatch This discount is valid until Sunday December 14th, 2014 and will expire after that date. To get the discount, type the discount code in the box on the basket page of their website and then click Apply Coupon. This code cannot be combined with any other offer. See the bottom of this post after my snowflake postcards for the giveaway.

There is a postcard swap happening here in Canada hosted by the Canadian Quilt Talk podcast. The entries are now closed and I am awaiting my swap partner's addresses today actually. Here are the postcards I made for the swap. I made them before I read through Katharine's book so they are not nearly as intricate as hers. I will have to draw on inspiration from her for my next swap. But here they are:

 The theme of the postcard swap is Snowflakes. I used scraps of my Swedish Linen (which I would never throw away!) to make the snowflakes. I used Aurifil thread and decorative stitches on my sewing machine and then appliqued them onto my background which has a stiff fusible material on the back to give the postcard enough strength to withstand the mail system.

A close-up of one of my snowflakes. I used a blanket stitch to reinforce the edges and keep frayed pieces from catching on the postal sorting equipment.

Here is the back. I bought a little kit from My Sweet Prairie on Etsy for the fusible and the stamped backing fabric.
Please use the rafflecopter to enter the "Patchwork Postcards and Pinboard Quilts" giveaway. This giveaway is open Worldwide and will close on December 10th at midnight MST. The winner will be emailed and announced on my blog and my Facebook page.

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Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by Vivebooks. This post contains affiliate links. I received a free copy of the "Patchwork Postcards and Pinboard Quilts" ebook in order to write my review. My thoughts and opinions written here are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

IG Mini Quilt - The Great Reveal!

I cannot wait anymore to share my IG Mini Quilt! (IG is short for Instagram.) I signed up for the IG Mini Quilt swap back in August. There are over 500 quilters in the swap so we were divided up into groups. Each group has a "swap mama" who keeps track of everyone and makes sure we are all keeping our promises to sew and send our mini quilts on time. I am in Kay's group.

I sent my quilt out last week but I don't think my partner has received it yet. I am almost positive that he is not following my blog though so I am going to share my mini here even before it is seen on Instagram! So you blog readers get the sneak peek! If you think you might be my partner and you are reading this you might want to look away if you don't want your surprise to be spoiled.

Okay, so here it is!
IG Mini Quilt "Gasoline Rainbow" designed, pieced and quilted by Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts.
My partner said he (yes, he is a man - that was exciting and a different aspect to the challenge in itself!) likes dark vibrant colours and things inspired by nature. Originally I was going to have the pebble shapes make a winding pathway on the quilt. Then one rainy day I was watching water bead on my deck and make pebble shapes. Then I got to thinking about how water beads on gas and oil spills on pavement and makes rainbows. That is when I decided to make my quilt a gasoline rainbow. I found this photo on a Google search and used that as my inspiration for where to place my colours.

I free-motion quilted the entire quilt with pebbles in black Aurifil 50 weight thread. This quilt is made entirely with Kona cotton solids. I don't know the colour numbers-they were in the "New Dark Palette charm pack except for the yellow and pink in the middle which were in the New Summer 13 charm pack. The quilt measures 23.5 by 23.5 inches. (Our size limit was 24 inches.)

Quilt label.

Here is my quilt label. I had it rotated but for some reason it is uploading sideways. Anyway, you get the idea. :)

Some of you saw this image on a WIP Wednesday post a few weeks back and you thought I was crazy... but now you can see where I was going with this. :)

I am so, so proud of this quilt and it was so hard to pack it up and send it away. I hope my partner will love it as much as I do and I can't wait to see what he thinks when he gets it! If it weren't for him I wouldn't have thought to come up with this design so I have him to thank for that! Hurry up and get there little package! :)

Reminder: If you are in Canada or the US and have not entered my Holiday Fabric giveaway sponsored by Country Clothesline click here.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Quilting Goals for 2015

Andrea from The Champ Life is hosting her 2014 Inspiration Palooza on her blog. She has beautiful Bonnie and Camille charm packs for a prize so naturally I am entering on her linky! Here are my goals for 2015:

  1. Finish the Fat Quarter Shop's 2011 Designer Mystery Block of the month (Yes, now that it's 2015!)
  2. Finish the Fat Quarter Shop's 2012 Designer Mystery Block of the month (as above! oh, em, gee!)
  3. Sew my Great Granny Squared Quilt.
  4. Sew the Aurora BOM in Make Modern Magazine
  5. Sew the Pavement Puddles quilt in Make Modern Magazine issue 1
  6. Sew my charm squares from various charm swaps into a quilt
  7. Finish the Halloween quilt I started in October
  8. Sew another Halloween quilt with fabric I ordered in the summer of 2014
  9. Sew my Swoon quilt (this has been on the to-do list since Camille put the pattern out!)
  10. Sew my Briar Rose quilt
  11. Sew Allison Harris' Scout quilt
  12. Sew Allison Harris' Wall Flowers quilt
  13. Re-start and at least get several blocks done of my Farmer's Wife quilt (I decided I wanted it matchy matchy instead of really scrappy.)
  14. Sew my Tula Pink City Sampler quilt
  15. Start writing my own patterns
There's more but I think I will leave it at 15 for now! :) I did accomplish two Quilts of Valour in 2014 and a charity quilt for a Military Family Resource Centre. Plus I sewed up a few baby quilts for my new baby and two quilts for my son along with some clothes for my daughter. I also taught myself how to sew hexagons with Y seams and also to English Paper Piece hexagons. I feel that 2014 was a quilting success.

Here is my favourite quilt that I made in 2014: (You wonderful followers have seen it about a million times now.)

Quilt of Valour made for a Canadian Soldier. Pattern "Oh, Canada" by Cheryl Arkinson. Pieced and Quilted by Anita LaHay using scraps from my stash.
Linking up with Inspiration Palooza at The Champ Life.