Monday, 18 May 2015

Finishes! Light Bright Quilt and Horizon Lines Mini

I have had a productive weekend! (Long weekends are good for that!) Not only did I get my flower gardens and containers planted but I finished a throw quilt and a mini quilt.

Here is my "Light Bright" quilt made with Chicopee by Denyse Schmidt. This quilt was made to use up scraps left from my "Hashtag Quilt" which was recently raffled off by my local Military Family Resource Centre (a non-profit organization) and raised over $700.00.

"Light Bright" throw quilt designed, pieced and quilted by Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts. As you can see, we had some nice weather here today.
 The "Light Bright" quilt measures 48" (four feet) by 72" (six feet) and is available for sale here. The bright Chicopee fabrics are set against a white background and the overall feeling is light and fun. I thought this would be perfect for a tween or teen's room or lounge area but it would also fit in well in a modern decor scheme.

The colours really pop in the bright sun so that's what made me think of "Light Brights" from when I was a kid.

The backing is this very cook and funky IKEA fabric it is a whole piece of cloth with no seams.

A closer look at the backing. I quilted the quilt with 28 weight Aurifil cotton thread which is a heavier weight of thread so the stitches really show up.

A stripey binding of course. I love stripes on binding.

A closer look at the front.
 The "Light Bright" quilt was on my Q2 Finish Along list so I am so pleased to have a finish that I will be able to link up at the end of the second quarter of the year. :)

I also sewed this mini quilt for the May birthday girl in my #CanuckBirthdayClub. She loves modern and she loves Carolyn Friedlander so I came up with this design using all Carolyn Friedlander fabrics. I am calling it "Horizon Lines". To me, it's like looking through ship's portals at the ocean horizon line in different lights or different parts of the world. The squiggly quilting lines make me thing of water vapour rising from the ocean's surface.
"Horizon Lines" designed, pieced and quilted by Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts.
 I used my Drunkard's Path dies and my Sissix 'Big Shot' to cut the pieces. The circles are all from the Botanics Line and the background is from the Doe line.
This is the backing. It's loaded in sideways here. The label should be on the left. But you get the idea. :) This is a Lotta Jansdotter fabric.
I am happy I can get my birthday package out in the mail ahead of schedule this month. Thanks for stopping by to see my finished projects. :)

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Blogger's Quilt Festival Spring Fling Mini

I am entering my Spring Fling Mini Quilt into the Blogger's Quilt Festival Mini Quilt Category. I know many of you may have just seen this quilt recently as the Spring Fling Mini Swap just happened last month but I hope you won't mind seeing it here again. I loved making this quilt for my swap partner.

Spring Fling Mini Quilt. Designed, pieced and quilted by Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts.
I collected all my low volume polka dotted fabrics from the scraps in my stash to piece the background. I cut the flower stems and blooms from bright fabrics in my stash and fused them onto the backing. I then quilted everything using mono filament thread.

I used IKEA fabric for the backing. It was too perfect for a Spring themed quilt!

Here was the project in progress after fusing the flowers down but before quilting.
This was such a happy fun project to make. I hope you enjoyed seeing it. My partner was very happy to receive it. Head over to the Blogger's Quilt Festival to enjoy all the quilts entered there.

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Blogger's Quilt Festival Mini Quilt

I could not let the Blogger's Quilt Festival go by without entering and joining in the fun. I am entering my Rainbow Mini Quilt from the Rainbow Mini Swap on Instagram into the ROYGBIV category.

Rainbow Mini Swap Quilt. Designed, pieced and quilted by Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts.

Here is a photo in outdoor light.
 I hand cut, thread basted and hand pieced all the EPP pieces following a colour diagram I had designed on hexagonal graph paper. I then machine appliqued the whole rainbow piece onto white background fabric and then machine quilted feathers in all the white areas. I bound it with yellow because that is my swap partner's favorite colour. She loved it so I was very happy. I need to make one for my own mini wall now. :)

And a closer look.
Please head over to the Bloggers Quilt Festival on Amy's blog and check out all the beautiful quilts entered there.


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Monday, 11 May 2015

Announcements! Winners!

Hello! I hope all the mothers had a wonderful Mother's Day yesterday. My kids and husband were very good to me and we had a very nice day. The weather was good for a walk and we went to check out our very large and freshly tilled garden plot. Cannot wait to get planting!

Okay, so without further ado, here are the winner's of the Sew Mama Sew giveaways held on my blog last week.

The winner of the Kawaii Cacti Pin cushions pattern and kit was: Mia of California, USA
The winner of the Kawaii Cacti Drawstring bag and PDF embroidery patterns for Kawaii Cacti and Succulent Sweeties was: Lia of Germany
The winner of The Kawaii Cacti and Succulent Sweeties thread kit and PDF patterns was: Ariel of Oregon, USA
The winner of the Kawaii Cacti pin cushions and PDF pattern was: Peggy of California, USA
The winner of the Wool Felt Bundle from Fabric Spark was: Trish of Wisconsin, USA


Congratulations to all of the winners. Thank you everyone for entering and for all your wonderful comments. The positive response to my designs and blog has made me so happy. Some of you who commented are no reply bloggers and I could not email you back but I read every comment and really appreciated them.

I have uploaded a file to Spoonflower of the very popular Grumpy Cactus Pin Cushion for those who loved and want to put her in their projects but who don't embroider. As soon as I see my test swatch and all is well I will open it up to the public so you can order printed fabric of her.

Thank you so much for being here and following me around the web. I am so happy you are here! :)

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Giveaway Day - Beautiful Wool Felt from Fabric Spark

It's Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

I would like to welcome you to "Daydreams of Quilts." If you are visiting today from Sew Mama Sew for Giveaway Day this is my little home on the web! This year giveaway day runs from May 6th to 10th to give everyone time on both weekdays and the weekend to enter all the giveaways. Make sure you head over there after your visit here to enter more giveaways.

I am so happy to welcome Fabric Spark to my blog as a new sponsor today. I love Daryl's shop! Every time I visit there I find something beautiful for my stash. Fabric Spark carries so many gorgeous quilting cottons but did you know they also carry high quality wool felt?

Fabric Spark has generously donated this beautiful rainbow bundle of wool felt for our giveaway today.

I discovered the felt there this year and I was so happy because it's hard to find high quality felt. In fact, I haven't found it anywhere else. I have been happily creating with it.

Please show Fabric Spark some love for this beautiful giveaway by signing up for their newsletter. (Scroll down to the bottom of their home page and enter your email.) I am a happy newsletter subscriber and have learned about sales and special offers, such as their "Monthly Sparks" subscription program, as soon as they happen.

I made this Matryoshka Doll and wrote a pattern for her. To make her you need one sheet of "Blue Snow" and about a third of a sheet of  "Kiss Me Darling" and a two inch square of "Blushing Bride" for her face plus embroidery threads.
The pattern for this 7 inch doll is  in all my online shops but for Giveaway Day it's FREE in my Craftsy shop until May 10th.

For the duration of Giveaway Day I am pleased to offfer a coupon code for 25% off my patterns. If you are shopping on Payhip use Coupon code: GEXKTNOCFV and if you are shopping on Etsy use coupon code: GIVEAWAYDAY2015.

EU customers subject to VAT tax please use Payhip. If you buy my patterns and are drawn as a winner I will refund you through Paypal. Please note: My Matryoshka Doll pattern is FREE on Craftsy for the duration of Giveaway Day. (I do not have the option for coupon codes on Craftsy.)

This giveaway is open to residents of Canada and USA. Please use the Rafflecopter to enter. There is one mandatory entry and the rest are optional if you choose to use them for extra entries. If you do not have Facebook you can log into the Rafflecopter with your email. Thank you so much for visiting today!

This is one of three giveaway day posts at Daydreams of Quilts. Click "Home" at the top of the blog after you enter and scroll down to see all the posts.

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Two Giveaways: Kawaii Cacti Pin Cushions with Pattern or Pattern with Kit

It's Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

I would like to welcome you to "Daydreams of Quilts". If you are visiting today from Sew Mama Sew for Giveaway Day this is my little home on the web. This year giveaway day runs from May 6th to 10th to give everyone time on both weekdays and the weekend to enter all the giveaways. Make sure you head over to Sew Mama Sew after your visit here to enter more giveaways.

I am so happy to welcome Fabric Spark to my blog as a new sponsor today. I love Daryl's shop! Every time I visit there I find something beautiful for my stash. Fabric Spark carries so many gorgeous quilting cottons but did you know they also carry high quality wool felt?

I designed a pattern using Kelly Green, Chartreuse and Light Brown wool felt from Fabric Spark.
There will be two winners on this blog post today. One person will win my PDF pattern and a kit of felt (colours pictured above) and embroidery floss (pictured below) to make these adorable Kawaii Cacti pin cushions. The felt is sponsored by Fabric Spark.



A second winner will win the two cacti pictured above that I made especially for Giveaway Day and will also receive a PDF pattern to make some more of their own.

My Kawaii Cacti PDF pattern is available in all my online shops. For the duration of Giveaway Day I am pleased to offfer a coupon code for 25% off my patterns. If you are shopping on Payhip use Coupon code: GEXKTNOCFV and if you are shopping on Etsy use coupon code: GIVEAWAYDAY2015.

EU customers subject to VAT tax please use Payhip. If you buy my patterns and are drawn as a winner I will refund you through Paypal. Please note: My Matryoshka Doll pattern is FREE on Craftsy for the duration of Giveaway Day. (I do not have the option for coupon codes on Craftsy.)

This is one of three giveaway day posts at Daydreams of Quilts. Click "Home" at the top of the blog after you enter and scroll down to see all the posts.

These giveaways are open to anyone world wide. Please use the Rafflecopter to enter. There is one mandatory entry and the rest are optional if you choose to use them for extra entries. If you do not have Facebook you can log into the Rafflecopter with your email. Thank you so much for visiting today!


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Two Giveaways: Drawstring Bag with Patterns or Embroidery Floss Kit with Patterns

It's Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

I would like to welcome you to "Daydreams of Quilts". If you are visiting today from Sew Mama Sew for Giveaway Day this is my little home on the web. This year giveaway day runs from May 6th to 10th to give everyone time on both weekdays and the weekend to enter all the giveaways. Make sure you head over to Sew Mama Sew after your visit here to enter more giveaways.

I have been inspired by the current Succulent Trend in sewing and crafting to create some patterns. I have two giveaway prizes on this post so there will be two winners.


The first prize is a drawstring bag that I created especially for Giveaway Day using my Kawaii Cacti embroidery pattern. I will send this handy project bag (8 inches wide by 12 inches tall) to one winner as well as my two PDF embroidery patterns.


The second prize is my two PDF embroidery patterns "Kawaii Cacti" and "Succulent Sweeties" and a thread kit of floss to make them (as pictured below).




For the duration of Giveaway Day I am pleased to offfer a coupon code for 25% off my patterns. If you are shopping on Payhip use Coupon code: GEXKTNOCFV and if you are shopping on Etsy use coupon code: GIVEAWAYDAY2015.

EU customers subject to VAT tax please use Payhip. If you buy my patterns and are drawn as a winner I will refund you through Paypal. Please note: My Matryoshka Doll pattern is FREE on Craftsy for the duration of Giveaway Day. (I do not have the option for coupon codes on Craftsy.)

This is one of three giveaway day posts at Daydreams of Quilts. Click "Home" at the top of the blog after you enter and scroll down to see all the posts.

These giveaways are open to anyone world wide. Please use the Rafflecopter to enter. There is one mandatory entry and the rest are optional if you choose to use them for extra entries. If you do not have Facebook you can log into the Rafflecopter with your email. Thank you so much for visiting today!



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