Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Modern HST Sampler First Quarter Progress

Hello! I hope everyone had a Happy Easter who were celebrating. We had a happy Easter with a bit of an adventure when my 7-year-old daughter got separated from us and lost during an afternoon walk in a ravine. It was nearly 5:00 in the afternoon when she was missing and I was worried she would not be found before dark so I called the police to help search. My husband and son found her though before the police arrived so I cancelled the call for help. She was missing for about an hour and I was quite worried to say the least. Anyway, all's well that ends well! :)

Onto happier quilty things! Here are my six blocks for the Modern HST Sampler that Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts is hosting. She has some amazing prizes up for grabs for those who link up their first six blocks so you can bet that I am linking up! These blocks have been quite easy so far so if you are just hearing about this you still have time to sew these up and link up on her blog because the linky is open until April 4th.

My first six Modern HST Sampler blocks.
I joined in on two Cotton + Steel fat eighth swaps and two Cotton + Steel charm swaps last year so I am using my fabrics from those for my sampler quilt. I have no idea how it's going to turn out but we'll find out at the end. :)

Modern HST Sampler QAL

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Blogger Review of "Inset & Applique Circles by Machine" with Cheryl Arkison on Craftsy

If you follow me you probably know that I had surgery at the beginning of the month. I was not able to sew for a week or two during recovery and what really saved me from being quite depressed about that was watching quilting classes and videos online! I bought a Craftsy class and also watched some of the classes I had purchased previously. When you purchases classes at Craftsy  you can watch as many times as you like. You can also ask questions to your instructor and share photos of your projects.

One of the things I enjoy about Craftsy classes is that I get the opportunity to learn from well known quilters right in my own home (in my pajamas usually!). I am not in a position right now to travel to quilting conventions and retreats so this way I can still learn new techniques without the expense of travelling to take a class.

Here is my Inset Circle pillow that I made with a new technique I just learned from the latest Craftsy Class I took.

Inset circle pillow featuring West Hills Horses by Heather Ross in the centre. I am so pleased with how this turned out!
Here is the pillow back. This Cotton + Steel Basic was a perfect match!

Envelope back pillow back.
Craftsy offered me a free class to review so I chose one I had in my wishlist: "Inset & Applique Circles by Machine" taught by Cheryl Arikison.

Photo from my computer screen. :)

Craftsy is offering "Inset & Applique Circles by Machine" with Cheryl Arkison to my readers for 50% off using this link. The original price was $39.99 but you can get this class for $19.99 until March 30th, 2015 at 11:59 pm MT.

My review:
Cheryl thoroughly goes over several different techniques for adding circles to your quilts and I learned quite a few new things in this class. I have been quilting for almost 20 years and I am still learning new things all the time. I really appreciated Cheryl's clear voice and matter of fact instructions. She is comfortable being herself in the videos and her instructions made complete sense to me. She also shares tips for being frugal and economical in quilting down to the last usable scrap. This course does not require expensive extra equipment. If you have a roll of freezer paper and a compass you are ready to begin. The inset circle was the technique I wanted to try first and I made my inset circle pillow in about an hour and a half. I am so, so pleased with the results! I confidently recommend this class to you without hesitation.

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Update on "Water is Life" Quilt Exhibit at the United Nations

Today is the day that the "Water is Life: Clean Water and it's Impact on Women and Girls Around the World" opens at the United Nations in Geneva because today is World Water Day.

Quilt for Change has posted an update on their website. Updates will also be posted on their Facebook page. They will be showcasing each of the quilts and the artists' statements on their website in the coming weeks. I am very excited to see all the other quilts in the collection. Information on the challenge can be found here.

Image from Quilt For Change Facebook Page.

This is my quilt in the exhibit:

"When the Tap is Finally Turned On" by Anita LaHay.
I sincerely hope that the quilts will help to inspire change on a global scale for the good of all humans and animals on earth with regards to water use, preservation and sustainability. You can read more about my quilt and the meaning behind it in this post.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Book Review of "Modern Selvage Quilting" by Riel Nason

I am thrilled to bring you a book review today of "Modern Selvage Quilting" written by Riel Nason. I have been a follower of Riel's blog for several years and I am so happy for her that she has a selvage quilting book coming out. I have seen photos online of so many of Riel's amazing selvage quilts and have wanted to try it myself but wasn't sure how to go about it.

Riel is an award winning Canadian novelist and her second novel is coming out later this year. "Modern Selvage Quilting" is her first quilting book. The introduction in "Modern Selvage Quilting" is artfully crafted and interesting to read as is the little trivia game section at the end of the book. As a reader one can tell she is a gifted wordsmith.

Modern Selvage Quilting
You can order the book from {affiliate link} C&T Publishing.
I mentioned to C&T Publishing that I was very interested in reviewing this new book and they kindly gave me access to an electronic review copy. Riel teaches us three techniques for selvage quilting as well as what we need to do to make sure the selvages we save are usable for our projects. I learned so much from reading this book! I have been quilting for 19 years and this is further proof that there is always something new to learn and a new technique to try. There are 17 projects in this book.

I am calling this the Slow Stitching Selvage pincushion.
This little selvage pincushion was a fun little Sunday afternoon project. I am calling it the "Slow Stitching Selvage pincushion" because of all the little turtles on it. The turtles are from Aneela Hoey's "Little Apples" fabrics. Confession: I fussy cut the little TVs off a yard of Lori Holt fabric that I just bought and haven't even cut into yet. I may be secretly thinking of cutting selvages off fabrics in my stash before I'm even ready to sew with them. As difficult as it will be to send this adorable little pincushion away I am going to give it to Diane in my #CanuckBdayClub because it is perfect for her. She loves slow stitching projects.

I very easily understood the techniques required to start making my own selvage quilting projects and one thing I learned right away is that you need a lot of selvages and they need to be cut off the fabric with a certain small amount of the fabric still attached to them to make them usable. Different techniques require different amounts of usable fabric. I soon found that many of my salvages that I had tried to save did not have enough fabric left on them. I am going to get a cute bucket and call it my selvage bucket so I can toss my selvages in there as soon as I cut them off my fabrics.

I love this quote from the book:

"Selvages are like ticket stubs you keep from a fabulous show. Selvage quilts are scrapbooks where you display them."

As Riel said in the book, selvages used for these quilt projects are free supplies because the selvage used to be something that was thrown away. I am now converted to a full fledged selvage saver! I recommend this book without hesitation. It is well written, has innovative quilting ideas and contributes to environmentally friendly crafting by using something that used to go in the garbage.

Order online from C&T Publishing.

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Friday, 18 March 2016

Giveaway for Newsletter Subscribers of "The Daydreams of Quilts Post"!

Hi All! Just in case you might have missed my social media posts yesterday on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter... I am hosting a giveaway!

A winner will be drawn using random number generator from all the names in "The Daydreams of Quilts Post"  newsletter subscriber list on March 31st to win 10 fat quarters of Art Gallery Fabrics and 10 Clover Wonder Clips. Sign-up on the sidebar or on the sign up page. You can also see past issues (including one that went out last night- issue 9) on the sign up page. Good luck to all of you! :)

Thursday, 17 March 2016

A New Iron as a Gift From my Husband and WIP on the Technicolor Galaxy

Hello from snowy Alberta Canada! I thought spring had sprung but we've had a major relapse into winter here. All the better for working on quilt projects.

If you follow me on social media and subscribe to my newsletter (sign up on the sidebar! :) ) then you probably know that I was in the hospital for surgery at the beginning of this month. My doctor was able to perform a laparoscopic hysterectomy so I am healing quite well and have been back to my sewing machine already for about a week.

Color Wheel block of the Technicolor Galaxy Quilt.
Last year I signed up for the Technicolor Galaxy Block of the Month from Pile o' Fabric {informational links}. I was so busy with swaps last year that I didn't get a chance to start it. I started it in February of this year and this is my first block all ready for quilting. The second ring that goes around this circle was the part I was nervous about because it is foundation paper piecing (FPP) but as soon as I was well enough to sew I tried my first Star Point Block.

My first of 12 Star Point block in Technicolor Galaxy.
I can honestly say that Alyssa has cured my Foundation Paper Piecing phobia with her excellent lesson and video on FPP. I only had to rip one seam. I am so pleased! Huge thanks to Alyssa!

My sewing set-up. Sorry for the dark photo. My studio is in the basement.
One really important things I learned is that organization and efficiency are key to success with foundation paper piecing. My husband and I made a pressing board to fit the available space on my sewing desk (to the right of the machine.) He cut a piece of plywood to fit and we covered it with one layer of bamboo batting and one layer of cotton upholstery fabric. White canvas muslin would be a better choice but we were working with what we had on hand. We just stapled the fabric and batting to the back of the board. I am not concerned with damaging my sewing desk but some people cover the back of their pressing boards with felt to keep the staples from scratching work surfaces.

 I have a small rotating cutting mat, add-a-quarter-ruler, rotary cutter, glue and foundation templates from the pattern on the left side of the machine.

Mini travel iron for quick pressing. A gift from my husband. Better than flowers and chocolate, no? ;)
My husband bought me this adorable little travel iron at our local quilt shop (LQS) for quickly setting glue in glue basting and pressing the seams after sewing. This means no more running back and forth across the room to the ironing board and makes FPP go much quicker and easier.

I checked {affiliate link} Craftsy and their regular price is the same as my LQS but right now these little irons are on sale 30% off! Just search "iron" under supplies on their site to find it. It's called the "Steamfast Travel Iron" on there.

#ad Sale-A-Bration alert! For a very limited time, you'll find top designers, beloved brands and much more marked down on Craftsy. With up to 60% off best-selling kits and supplies, you can shop 'til you drop! Hurry, the deals end SundayClick here to go to Craftsy.

I'm heading over to check out the fabric sales! :) Thank you for stopping by to see my WIP on the Technicolor Galaxy.

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Saturday, 12 March 2016

My Jumping Framed Squares Quilt Pattern is out in Make Modern Magazine

Daydreams of Quilts has a new pattern out in issue 10 of Make Modern Magazine. This quilt is called "Jumping Framed Squares" because the squares jump up and down across the rows. The squares are in rainbow order in the rows but they also form interesting colour patterns on the vertical and diagonal of the quilt.

Jumping Framed Squares Quilt designed and quilted by Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts.

This is a bed sized quilt at about 80 x 100 inches so it has a nice drop on the bed and can also be tucked with the pillows if you make your bed in that style. It is easy to add or delete rows to change the size.

I quilted it with wavy feathers in the vertical columns and meandering stipple stitches around the rainbow coloured squares. 

 I wanted to make this quilt to showcase my long treasured Heather Ross "Briar Rose" prints that I have been hoarding since they came out. Finally I loved them so much that I wanted to see them everyday instead of having them folded on my shelves. Now they are on my bed for me to enjoy. My eye jumps around the quilt to each frame looking for the next cute creature.

This quilt is great for showcasing fussy cuts of your favorite prints.

It took my son on a ladder and my husband to hold up the quilt for me and it's hanging off the deck to keep it off the ground. This is the largest quilt I have ever made and quilted.
Thank you so much for stopping by to see my quilt today. There are so many amazing quilters in issue 10. I am very humbled to be among them. I hope you will get a chance to check out this issue of Make Modern.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Magazine Giveaway to Celebrate my First Magazine Published Pattern

Hello! Happy Monday! It was a happy mail day for me because "Quilter's Connection" sent me a bundle of copies of their Spring 2016 issue which has my "Modern Circles Rainbow Quilt" in it. Naturally I would like to host a giveaway here on the blog to celebrate my first official pattern published in a magazine. "Quilter's Connection" is a Canadian Quilter's magazine.

My baby girl napping under the rainbow. <3

I have a thing for sewing curved seams lately and I always love a rainbow. My pattern gives fabric requirements for both this baby quilt and a lap/twin sized quilt.

If you are new to sewing curved seams please check out my YouTube video to see how easy this actually is!

Please leave me a comment here on this blog post to enter to win a copy of the magazine! :) Open to everyone. I will choose a winner at the end of the day on Wednesday March 9th, 2016 and the winner will be emailed and announced on the blog. If your email is not public on your account please make sure I have your email address in the comment so I can contact you if you win.

For another chance to win please feel free to follow, like and comment over on this photo on Instagram.

Giveaway is now closed: Comment #30 Ioleen is the winner! Congratualtions Ioleen!
(winner chosen using random.org random number generator)

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Block 88 Rosemary in the Farmer's Wife 1930s QAL

Hello, and welcome to Daydreams of Quilts for Block #88 - Rosemary - in The Farmer's Wife 1930s quilt along hosted by Gnome Angel and sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop and Marti Mitchell.

Block 88 Rosemary pieced by Daydreams of Quilts.

Okay, so this block is a bit overwhelming when you first start looking at it - all those tiny pieces! I myself was feeling a bit overwhelmed. That's okay. Feel a bit overwhelmed and even have a little freak out if you want to. Then, like all things in life, break it down into manageable steps and get to it. :) In fact, I have broken it down into steps for you right here. So let's sew!

Begin by cutting all your pieces and lay them out according to the diagram in your book.

Cut all the pieces for the block and lay them out. I found it helpful to use colors similar to the diagram in the book just to keep it straight in my head. I used a rotary cutter and layered my fabric to cut four pieces at a time. I used the paper templates from the book as a guide for cutting.

Step 1:
Piece the "G" four patches. Press seams towards the solid fabric to create nesting seams. Chain piece the four patches together and press the center seam open. Then place them back in their places on your design board or mat. Whenever you finish a step put the pieces back where they go in the block on your board. (I'm just using an IKEA plastic tray with batting on it.)

Four patches pieced.
 Step 2:
Piece A triangles to the four patch G units. Press seam towards A.

Step 3:
Chain piece F triangles together and press seams open

The photo below shows what you have after these two steps are complete.

After step 2 and 3 are complete.
 Step 4:
Sew F triangle units to either side of G + A units. Press seams toward F units.

After Step 4 is complete.
 Step 5:
For each of the four corners: Sew one E triangle to one D square. Sew one E triangle to one shape C. Press both towards E. See photo below.

After step 5 is complete. It's starting to look easier now. :) Keep going.

Step 6:
Sew D + E units to C + E units. Press seams open.

Photo shows what you should have after Step 6. Group into three groups as shown to complete step 7.
 Step 7:
Sew the pieces together into three sections as arranged in the photo above. Press seams open.

This is what the block looks like after Step 7. Just two more seams to complete the block!
 Step 8:
Sew the two side triangles to the center strip. Press seams open.

Ta-da! Finished! We made it! Thanks for sewing with me today. :)

Information about the book:

This Quilt Along is hosted by Angie Wilson of Gnome Angel
This Quilt Along is sponsored by Fat Quarter Shop and Marti Mitchell

List of Blogger's For March:

Sunday Link Party

Don't forget if you're making blocks as part of the sew-along please come and link up on the Sunday Link Party at GnomeAngel.com


The page with all the Frequently Asked Questions (and answers) in relation to the sew-along can be found by clicking here.


The hashtag for this sew-along is #FQS1930FarmersWife and #fw<blocknumber><blockname>

Facebook Groups

The public Facebook Group can be found by clicking here.


The Flickr Group can be found by clicking here.