Tuesday, 20 January 2015

A Busy Tuesday - Showing you my Schnitzel and Boo Mini

I am ready to drop right now but I want to show all of you some things and tell you about an upcoming quilt along that I am very excited about so I am going to get this blog post up and then take it easy with a hot bath and a good book. (I have volunteered for some big responsibility positions at my kids school and I have been working on things related to that for most of the day.)

First of all I want to show you my "Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap" quilt that I sent out in the mail last week. If you think you are my partner and don't want to see it (I am in Briawna's group) then look away now! If you haven't heard of the "Schnitzel and Boo" swap it's a huge swap on Instagram that is just wrapping up now. I has 950 participants and is hosted by Kristi of the blog "Schnitzel and Boo".

Okay, here it is. I saw on my swap partner's Pintrest boards that she likes the "Round and Round" quilt pattern by Camille Roskelley. My partner is a very talented quilter so I was quite nervous making for her but I knew I could probably sew this one without screwing it up. :)

She really wanted Heather Ross' Mendocino in her quilt so I have that in the centre square and also in the centres of the spinning star blocks. (I think of them a ninja stars.) I used Cotton + Steel basics for the stars. I asked my husband how he thought I should quilt it and he said with bubbles. I traced some cups and bowls with a water soluble fabric pen to do the quilting. The binding is also a Cotton + Steel Basics fabric. This mini is 24" x 24".

I ordered some fabric from Heather Ross' Spoonflower shop too and made a zipper pouch. It's lined with the octopus Mendocino fabric. It's stuffed with fat 16ths and scraps of Mendocino that I didn't use for this project. I also decorated a tea towel with a band of Mendocino and printed some Mendocino note paper which I can't show you because it is peronalized with my partner's name. I am proud of this project and I really love how the Cotton + Steel works with the Mendocino! I can't wait to see what she thinks of it.

Did you see my post from last Wednesday of the WIPs on my ironing board? I said I really was hoping to get them finished. Well, of course, I didn't get them all finished but here's what I got done. I sewed two flying geese blocks for my bee that I'm in over on Flickr. I am now in two bees. This one is called "We Bee With It". There are six of us and we make two blocks a month for six months. February is my month. Whoo-hoo!

The January Queen Bee wanted Flying Geese blocks and she said we could make any ones that we wanted. These finished up a bit small at 12" instead of 12 1/2" but she said she really likes them and that it was okay they were a bit small. Whew! I was so relieved. :)

I used scraps from my Hazel block below for the yellow flying geese above.

Here is my Hazel Block. This will be part of the upcoming Hazel Quilt Along and Blog Hop that Angie at Gnome Angel is hosting in February. Head over there or click the Hazel QAL button in my button bar to find out all about it. I am so excited to be a part of this! My Hazel is not finished yet. She still needs her glasses appliqued on but she had to get set aside for a project with an earlier deadline. (You will see that one next Tuesday.) You can get a 25% discount code for the Hazel the Hedgehog patterns by signing up for Angie's newsletter. Awesome! :) Take that deal and pick out your fabric so you can quilt along with us. Incidentally, I will be sewing only with fabrics already in my stash and I encourage you to do that too! Let's Sew Our Stash in 2015! (There's a button on my button bar for that too.)

Alright, I think that's all I had to tell you today. Thank you for coming over to see my projects. I am linking up with the Tuesday and Wednesday Linkies "Let's Bee Social" and "Sew Cute" (also found in my button bar - I love blog buttons!)

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Whimsical Woodland Mug Rug Swap

I have been sewing my heart out whenever I get a chance and I have many things I want to show you. For this post I am going to focus on the things I made for the "Whimsical Woodland Mug Rug Swap" over on Instagram.

Inspiration finally struck and I came up with this little mug rug. I have reverse appliqued adorable Heather Ross gnomes into a little mushroom house and garden.

The actual mug rug for the mug rug swap. :) To reverse applique I just put my gnomes face down on the back of the project, stitched around them and then carefully cut away the fabric from the front. The edges will fray and become fuzzy over time. I like this because it's like we all have x-ray vision and can see into the mushroom and the flower bed and see the little gnomes that are hidden in there.

A closer view. I found the quote "Trust not in Sprites nor the Motivations of a Gnome" when I Googled gnome quotes. I think it's a line from a movie? Anyway, I love it for this project.

I just sewed this little needle book up this afternoon. Remember I said in this post that I wanted to make one for the swap? So here it is.
 This is a pattern in the book "Scrap Quilt Projects" from Vivebooks. The discount code for 10% off is still valid until the end of today. Click the affiliate link in the first sentence of this paragraph to get to the book. Ender the code ‘daydreamssqp’ on the basket page and click apply coupon to get the discount. (cannot be combined with any other offer.)
Here is the back.

I also decorated a tea towel for a swap extra.
This swap is going out in the mail on Tuesday. I think my partner will love it. I hope she will! :)

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

WIP Wednesday - Sewing My Stash

Hello! I'm popping in this cloudy Wednesday morning to write up a WIP Wednesday post and show you what I'm working on. I have many Works In Progress but for today in particular I am hoping to get these three items sewn up.

Here is my ironing board which I cannot iron on at the moment because it has WIPs on it. On the left is my Hazel Hedgehog 20" pillow all cut out and ready to sew. This pattern is by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson. I cannot wait to see it all put together. I'll post more about this and an upcoming event on the Gnome Angel soon. And on the right are the pieces for two flying geese blocks for my "We Bee With It" Quilt Bee. The January Queen Bee said to make any flying geese blocks we wanted. Of course I decided to make one with 12 flying geese and that means for two blocks I need to sew 24 flying geese. All fabrics here are from my stash and have been residing here for quite some time.

I finally bit the bullet and cut into my prized "Sew Stitchy" fabric for the background of this Christmas Quilted Joy wall hanging and all pieces are now cut and ready to sew together. Again I am sewing with scraps and stash fabrics only.

Photos of cut up blocks are not very exciting so here is a finish to show you. This is for my "Sew Cute Birthday Club." You may recognize some of my recent fabric acquisitions here. The January birthday girl said she likes French Bulldogs, Elephants and Gnomes and her favourite colour is orange. Do you think she will like this cushion/pillow cover? I hope so! It's going out in the mail tomorrow.
I am linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced and I hope I will have some more finishes to show you soon! :)

Also, today (Jan. 14) is the last day to enter my current giveaway over here.

Thursday, 8 January 2015

"Scrap Quilt Projects" ebook on CD Review, Giveaway and Discount Code

Hello! Happy Thursday. I am back today with another wonderful ebook from Vivebooks. This one is called "Scrap Quilt Projects" and the subtitle is "Easy mini gifts to make and sell". I love this book for so many reasons. Let me tell you about it and then at the bottom of the post there will be a giveaway for you to enter to win a copy on CD.

First of all this book is an ebook which offers many conveniences to readers such as an interactive table of contents where you can just click the name of the project you want to see and be taken there in the book immediately. There is also a supplier list where you can click the supplier and be taken to their website. You can also enable 'previous view' and 'next view' buttons on your toolbar and this will allow you to browse the book the way you browse a website.Those are the technical aspects that I like.

This book is fantastic for all skill levels. It teaches a variety of techniques for those just beginning in quilting and it has quick makes for those who have been at it for a while. There's nothing more satisfying than a finished project!

Now as you know, if you follow my blog, I am crazy about swaps right now. Usually there is something specific you are supposed to sew for a swap such as a mug rug or a mini quilt. Then it is also nice to include a few extra surprises that your partner is not expecting. These could be pin cushions, needle books, zipper pouches and so on. I found this needle  book called 'Petal Needlecase' in "Scrap Quilt Projects" that I think would be an amazing little swap extra. I love that it's not your usual rectangle and as you will see in the book it is actually not difficult to make at all.

If you are new to quilting this is a great way to learn about making Dresden Plate blades and you have a quick and satisfying little project finished in an afternoon or evening of sewing. If you've been quilting for a long time like me you probably still revel in your finishes no matter how big or small. I know I do more so than ever with three lovely little children whom I adore but who cut down my sewing time. I want to make this needle book for my Whimsical Woodland Mug Rug Swap and customize the fabrics to the theme of the swap (think gnomes!)

Another fun quick project in the book is this shopping bag.

This is a great way to learn flying geese without trying to sew a whole quilt when you're first starting out (like I did) and getting overwhelmed (like I did). Again, customize this with fabrics you love and then wear it out shopping with pride.

You can see in the book cover photo that there is also a Flying Geese Quilt and a beautiful Vintage Drawstring Bag made with re-purposed vintage embroideries. If you have found some of these treasures in your local thrift or antique shops and are wondering what to do with them this is a great idea. This way they're out of the closet and drawers where you can see and enjoy them plus they're now made into a useful item.

There are 10 projects in "Scrap Quilt Projects" plus a techniques section and a suppliers section. Vivebooks has generously provided me with a CD version to giveaway to one of you! Thank you Vivebooks!

They've also offered a discount code for 10% off the price of the book. You can order either a download or a CD. The code to enter is ‘daydreamssqp’ and it is valid until January 18th, 2015 (cannot be combined with any other offer.) Enter this code in the box on the basket page and then click 'apply coupon' to get the discount.

Please use the Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway. This giveaway is open to everyone worldwide. If you do not have a Facebook account to log in with you can just use your name and email address.

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Disclosure: I was given a free copy of the book my review. All my opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way. The links in this post are affiliate links.

Thank you for visiting my blog today!

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

2015 Finish Along Q1 Goals

This is my 2015 Finish Along proposed list of finishes for the first quarter of the year. I am linking up with the Finish Along linky at On The Windy Side

For January I am motivated and focused on getting all my Christmas things-that-I-wanted-to-make-for-myself-and-didn't sewn!

These things include:
1. "Penny Candy" Christmas Quilt which my readers have heard of before. It's the project that always gets put off.
Partially pieced.

2. "Oh Christmas Tree tree skirt" designed by Sherri Falls of This and That Patterns from her Holly Jolly book.
Fabric is chosen and cut into strips.
 3. Pink Christmas Quilted Joy Wallhanging designed by Angie at Gnome Angel
Just before I started cutting. I was worried I wouldn't have enough pink.
After cutting all the pink squares needed. It doesn't even look like I took anything out of the bag! I have all fabrics cut now except the background.

4. And while I'm sewing up things that were not finished in time for holidays gone by in 2014 how about I finish my Halloween quilt? I don't think this will be finished in January but for the first quarter it will be (I hope).
All HSTs are now trimmed and squared up and ready to be pieced into blocks.

And then there's all my swaps. These have to get done so I am confident I will have finishes to show for them.
5. Schnitzel and Boo Mini Swap
6. Sew Cute Birthday Club Jan, Feb and March
7. Canuck Birthday Club Feb. and March (we have no January person)
8. Rainbow Mini Swap
9. Whimsical Woodland Mug Rug Swap
10. Marsala Colour of the Year Swap
11. There's one more swap that I'm forgetting the name of (don't have my partner yet) - may roll this into second quarter.

Just as an aside... I have a three ring binder for keeping track of all my swaps and deadlines. :) It's very motivating! Everything is in order by closest deadline to furthest deadline with sticky tab labels and everything. I also put notes from stalking partners in it and sketches of ideas for what I might want to make. I love it!

Other commitment sewing:

12. Hazel the Hedgehog Quilt
13. Washi Bag (I think? Not sure if that's a go just yet)

And just so I don't end on number 13...

14. My Swoon Quilt
In all reality I'm pretty sure this one won't be done in the first quarter but I'm putting it here anyway and will likely have to roll it over to the second quarter. But you never know... super quilter powers may be bestowed upon me.

Oh! And 15. After reading through the list I also want to sew my Gnoma Claus Christmas throw pillow (out of the same line as the photos above) before I sew up all my Gnomas and give them all away and end up with none for me!

Okay. So those are my first quarter goals. Do you think I can get them done? We'll see soon enough I guess. You should like up too. There's prizes to be won! :)

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side