Saturday, 19 April 2014

What I've Been Up To This Week

Today I sewed this Princess play dress for my daughter. It's a "Simplicity" costume pattern. She chose the fabrics and they were a bit difficult to work with. I am glad it's finished as I have been promising to sew it for a year. I sewed a size 5 and it's a bit big but she'll get more playtime out of it. I asked her if I should hem it up but she said no. She likes it draping onto the floor. :)
(All the photos in today's post are on Instagram so if you follow me there or on Facebook you've probably already seen them.)

 I put out my yo-you Easter egg today. I made this a couple of years ago out of leftover yo-yo's from two others I made for my Mom and my Grandma. The bunny in the snow globe is appropriate following our recent "spring" weather. I thought the Easter Bunny might have to call out Santa and the reindeer but the snow has all melted again.
 These beauties came in the mail this week from Mad About Patchwork. I ordered them on their anniversary sale. Four are Flea Market Fancy (I thought I better buy some before they were impossible to find.) And the citron is a Joel Dewberry from the Nottinghill line.
 I finally finished this pillow case that I started embroidering last spring. Now I need to do the other one. (I haven't washed or ironed it yet as you can see.)
 This is half of the first row of my "Design Your Own Sampler" quilt for the Sew Mama Sew Spring Sew Along. I finally decided what to do with my Comma Moda candy and four half yards I had! :)
Closer shot of my little sketch. I am feeling a bit ambitious and may actually sew up a Swoon block (which would be my first) for the 12 inch spot in the beginning of the second row.

I also bought a Baby Sleeping Bag pattern from Straight Grain so I can start sewing those up for the impending new arrival to our family. I went for my ultrasound on Thursday and we have been told 17.5 months (so about 18 months along now). I want a couple Straight Grain's dress patterns as well. We are pretty sure this baby is a girl but I am waiting until the next ultrasound to start sewing with pink. :)

Camille Roskelley posted a great link on her blog for a YouTube tutorial by Missouri Star Quilt Co. and I will absolutely be sewing some of these darling receiving blankets up as soon as I can get my hands on some cute flannels.

As usual, there are a million more things I want to sew but I think I did pretty well this week. This was on top of working full time at the fire hall and taking my kids to music lessons, piano practices etc. (Still working on the laundry!) Happy Easter and happy long weekend sewing to all of you!

Monday, 7 April 2014

A Couple of Finishes

I finished a couple of quilts over the past week or so. I'm pretty excited about that! :) First up is my Quilt of Valour which is now completely finished and packed up to go out in the mail. (Just waiting for payday on Wednesday.)

 This pattern, if you've missed any of my previous posts, is by Calgary quilter Cheryl Arkinson. It is called "Oh, Canada" and she sells PDF copies in her Etsy shop.
 Here are a couple of closer shots. The lovely shot cottons were received in a package of scraps that I won on Sew Mama Sew giveaway day last May from Allison at Little Island Quilting. It was so exciting to receive a package all the way from the UK.

 This is my son's dinosaur quilt that I finally got finished for him. He just turned 9 on Friday so I wanted to get it done this weekend. He loves science and these are not really babyish dinos so I figured I was still safe. I bought the fabrics a couple of summers ago in Drumheller, Alberta. There is a famous museum there called Royal Tyrrell Museum that is full of cool dinosaur fossils.
 I tried to get fancy with my machine quilting. I still need a lot of practice. My scallops turned out messy because I was going too fast so I am calling them dinosaur teeth and therefore it's all good. :)
 Here's a closer shot of some of the fabrics. I recently ordered the border fabric on Etsy because it just needed something.
 It is backed with Briar Rose because dinosaurs would eat crickets and clover. Right!?
And here is the birthday boy who had a rock climbing party for his birthday. I was up on the second floor of our communiplex to take this photo so he is actually up quite high. He made it to the top several times.

And in other news... I found out on Thursday that I am over four months pregnant! That was quite a surprise. I went in to the doctor because I thought something was very wrong with me. You know... like cancer. And I found out that yes, something is growing in my uterus but it's a little baby! So that was a relief but also a bit of a shock as I have not felt sick or exhausted as I did with the other two. So now I need to get some maternity clothes quickly as many things are not fitting anymore.

I will be finished my Government of Canada job at the end of May so that works out alright. More time for quilting and blogging! I was working as a Finance Clerk but due to budget cuts there was nothing for me to do so they moved me to the Fire Hall here on the military base that I live on. So I will help them out with clerical tasks until my casual contract is up. I just started there today and it is very interesting working in a Fire Hall.

So what's new with you? What are you working on for spring. I am designing a quilt with the Spring Sew along. You can see my design on Instagram. Or check the hashtag #dyosampler. Mine is the yellow, green and black one. I am using my "Comma" by Moda fabrics.

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.)