Thursday, 15 March 2018

Daydreams of Quilts Blog Follower Survey and Blog News

Hello and Happy Middle of March to you! :)

I am working hard behind the scenes to make some improvements to how I serve my blog readers, newsletter subscribers and social media followers. I have created a survey which I would like to invite you to take so you can give me your opinions and feedback.

Take Daydreams of Quilts Blog/Follower Survey

I value your input and opinions! :) I am learning so many new things in an online business course right now. I am also learning how to make better YouTube videos.

Plus, I am in the process of finally moving my blog to my own self hosted Wordpress site. I will give you all the details on that as soon as I have it ready for you.

Thank you for taking my survey! Here's a comparisson of digital me versus real life me to make this post more interesting. ;)

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

My First Ever Blogging Award

I got an email last week from Anuj - the founder of Feedspot. He told me my blog was chosen as one of the top 60 Quilting blogs in Canada! I was quite surprised and honoured! I was remiss in not posting about it because I got the message when I checked my phone during a 3:00 a.m. foray into the kitchen for a glass of water and it didn't fully register that I should post about it at that time. :)

 Anuj has given me this badge to display on my blog and I must say I am very pleased. You can find all the bloggers in the category at this post and maybe you'll find some new Canadian Quilters to follow. Thank you for reading my blog!

 Canada Quilting Blogs

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

The Finished King Sized Swoon Quilt

The King Sized Swoon Quilt is finished and has been delivered to it's new home at my Aunt and Uncle's house where it was immediately placed on their bed. :)

This quilt is 106" square. In the photo above my husband and son are standing on our front deck and as you can see the quilt is touching the ground and reaches up to the downspout coming from the eaves trough. This is the largest quilt I have ever made.

All the fabrics in the quilt top are Kona Solids. The background is Kona Nightfall as is the binding. This quilt is made with the Swoon pattern by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms. The Swoon quilt has 9 squares. I made seven more to make the quilt four squares by four squares. (The squares are 24")

The backing is Alison Glass wide back from her "Diving Board" line with mermaids and octopuses on it. The batting is wool batting so I hope it is warm and cozy.

The colours in this quilt are based on the artwork in the book "O Canada" by Canadian artist Ted Harrison. This was at the request of my Aunt and Uncle who enjoy his artwork. Cutting, piecing and binding the quilt took 38.25 hours.

The quilt was long arm quilted at Extraordinary Extras in Vermilion, Alberta with a feathers and paisleys design.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Cork Baker Street Bag

Hello! I have been long awaiting the arrival of the new cork fabric I spoke of in the last post because of course I ordered some extra for myself to sew with. Yesterday I made a cork Baker Street Bag and today I made another. This pattern is a free video and pattern from Sara of Sew Sweetness.

The bags I made are sewn with cork fabric which we have availabe on our website and Etsy.

The bags themselves are also available on our website and Etsy if you are not a bag maker yourself.

I think these will be lovely for spring and summer shopping and generally being out looking fabulous! :)

I lined the bags with a cotton/linen blend from Robert Kaufman. It is their Essex yarn dyed linen.

In addition to the zipper panel bag closure there are four slip pockets on the interior of the purse.

As always the second one was easier and quicker to make than the first one but this bag can be made in an afternoon .

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Cork Fabric and Hobbs Batting have arrived!

Such excitement here today! Our first stock order of 2018 is here!

We have Natural Cork fabric with Gold Flecks from Windham Fabric. Find it in our shop here (Canadian Dollars) or on Etsy.

We also have Hobbs Heriloom 80/20 quilt batting 96" wide by the yard in our shop and on Etsy.

Heather Ross Kinder should be arriving in March along with Flourish designed by the winner of the Uppercase surface design competition.

Thursday, 22 February 2018

The King Sized Swoon Quilt Takes Up My Whole Kitchen Floor

Hi! Well, this was quite the project let me tell you! But I am now very good at sewing Swoon blocks which for some reason used to boggle my mind. I have five more blocks to go on my own Swoon quilt (the regular 80" x 80" sized "Classic Swoon".) This one is 106" x 106" and is made for my Aunt and Uncle's King sized bed. As you can see it takes up my whole kitchen floor! (Don't mind the dishwasher running in the background in the video.)

If you follow me on Instagram you saw all the blocks and their colour inspiration. The colours for these blocks are chosen from the artwork of Canadian artist Ted Harris. This was at the request of my Aunt and Uncle who love his artwork. The book of art I was using is called "O Canada" and has paintings of all the provinces and territories in Canada.

I am not about to attempt to quilt this massive quilt on my home machine so I took a little highway drive to the next town over and dropped it off for long arm quilting at the quilt shop there. While I was there I booked in my own Swoon so now I have even more motivation to get that 5 year WIP finished! (And I know I can do it now too!)

I will absolutely blog the finished quilt. Hopefully my husband and son can hold it up for me. They might need ladders though. :)

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Valentine's Flash Sale 15% off on Etsy

Hello! I've decided on the spur of the moment to have a flash sale this weekend! :) My entire Etsy shop is 15% off. This includes, well everything, but just a few examples for you...

T-Shirts (limited stock)

Supplies and more

Happy Shopping! Thank you for looking. :)