Monday, 31 March 2014

Quilt of Valour Progress

Now that the Minor Hockey season has finished I am getting a lot more quilting done on the weekends! :) I worked hard on my Quilt of Valour this weekend and it's almost finished.

 Here are the blocks on the floor ready to be sewn together. At this point I decided to try to get my old machine working so I could do a zig zag sitch around the edges of the leaves. (The Juki only does straight stitch.) So in a last ditch effort I changed the needle to a brand new needle and it worked! So I went around the edge of each maple leaf in matching thread on Saturday.
Pattern is "Oh, Canada" by Cheryl Arkinson. Pieced and Quilted by Anita LaHay.
Then on Sunday I sewed the top together, layered the quilt sandwich and spray basted. I quilted with stippling in the white and straight lines in the coloured side bars of the flags. Here it is trimmed and ready for batting. Oh, the complaining from my husband who was telling me how painful it was crouching down and holding this quilt up for me! You might be able to see his fingers at the top corners. Quilter's husbands have it rough eh? Last night I made the binding and sewed it to the front. Today after work I made the label and sewed it to the back. I am going to snuggle in for the rest of the evening and work on hand sewing the binding down to the backing. I'm about halfway through with that last step. I am looking forward to getting this quilt off in the mail to a Canadian soldier suffering with PTSD.

I have also added to my fabric and quilting book collections. That's the handy thing about working... less time for quilting... but more disposable income. :) I'm thinking of writing quilting book reviews on the blog so I'll keep you posted on that idea.

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Little Radiant Orchid Houses - Mini Quilt

It doesn't quite roll off the tongue the way "Little Pink Houses" does but here is my Pantone Quilt Challenge Mini. I have thought and thought about the 2014 Pantone Quilt Challenge using this year's colour of the year - Radiant Orchid. Finally I decided to purchase Camille Roskelley's "Dwell" mini quilt pattern. This pattern is available here.

I found this little quilt to be trickier than it looks. I had a bit of trouble getting the binding on as well because it was a two inch binding instead of my usual two and a half inch. However, it is done and as the saying goes; "Done is better than perfect." Especially when I am working full time and finding it hard to get sewing in. (I pushed through this little project with a bad headache but I do wish it was a bit more perfect.)
Here is a shot in the bright sun that I took in the hopes of showing the colours better. It is quite a cute little mini quilt. Mine came out at 15.5 x 12.5 inches. This will probably hang in my daughter's room. I hope to do the larger Dwell version in time for the entry deadline.

To see more quilts in the challenge click this link.

A Small Finish and a Winner!

The winner of the quilt magazine and the charm square giveaway is comment number 36, Debra from Oklahoma, who said: "Congratulations on the publication. I'm a little of both and new and growing in experience. I am working on FMQ skills now. Greetings from Oklahoma."
 Congratulations to Debra. I have contacted her and will be mailing her prize out on Monday.
Here is my little finish this week. My friend asked me to sew this pillow top for her mother and father-in-law for their anniversary. The door says "Grandma & Grandpa's est. 2004". I have another little finish which I will post right after this as it needs it's own blog post for the Pantone Colour Challenge.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

I've Been Published! I'm Celebrating With A Giveaway!

I am so happy! My first quilting article has been published in "Quilter's Connection". The Spring 2014 issue is the "modern quilting" issue and it's out now. My article is on page 8 and 9. I am a Journalism Arts graduate and have been published before but this is the first in a Quilting magazine. So exciting! :)

 To celebrate I am giving away a copy of the magazine and a charm square pack of "California Girl" by Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree & Co. for Moda. To enter please leave a comment on this post telling me if you are a traditional quilter, modern quilter or a little of both. For a second entry please spread the word about the giveaway (facebook, twitter, blog) and leave me a comment telling me how you did. Blog followers new and old get an extra entry to say "Thank you!" so please leave another comment telling me how you follow. And for a final chance (or two) follow me on Facebook and/or Instagram (daydreamsofquilts) and leave me a comment(s) that you did.

Thank you for celebrating with me! This giveaway is open to everyone. Please leave an email if you are a no-reply blogger. (See link at the bottom of this post to find out how to stop being a no reply blogger.) If you are not a blogger or cannot leave a comment for some reason please email me (anitalahay at shaw dot ca) and I will leave a comment on your behalf. The giveaway will close on Saturday March 15th at 8:00 in the evening Mountain Daylight Time. Good luck!
This is my "Maple Leaf Modern Mini" quilt that is pictured in the article. Pebble quilting is not so bad on a mini quilt. ;)

How to stop being a no-reply blogger
Adrianne at "On the Windy Side" has written this helpful post for how to stop being a no-reply blogger.

Friday, 7 March 2014

Shamrock Pin Cushion (to bring me luck at the sewing machine!)

I finished a little project! This little Shamrock pin cushion in honour of St. Paddy's day coming up. :)
I wrote up a little tutorial on it that I've posted under my "Tutorials" tab at the top of the blog. It's really easy to make. I needed something really easy! :) Hopefully it will bring me good luck in all my sewing projects (even though it doesn't have four leaves.)