Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Well, it SUCKED round here for a bit

We are gradually getting back to some sort of normality.  But, wow, it has been an really terrible couple of weeks.

That nasty Norovirus {affectionately known as the winter vomiting virus} came to stay.  Quite frankly it outstayed its welcome.  My poor little boy caught it bad and was an inch away from being rushed into hospital.  It broke my heart in two to see all the energy and fun drain out of him.  Thankfully, after just over a week of it, he has managed to start eating again and is nearly back to himself.

I have managed a little sewing here and there.  To be honest, those few stolen minutes stitching have been really soothing.

I bought a Moda Scrap Bag which, it turns out, is my idea of fabric scrap heaven;  a jelly roll style bag with each strip containing a selvedge.

I whipped up this tote in a less than an hour using the quilt as you go {selvedge} method. I did have the handles leftover from another project

Selvedge Tote Bag Untitled Selvedge Bag Side Selvedge bag

Today we have been carving pumpkins and trying out a new recipe for Pumpkin Whoopees.  They taste delicious but came out a bit more pancake than they should have.



Cheerio for now

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Giveaway Winners

The winners of the G is for Giveaway scrap bundles are...

{sorry I just can't get the Random Generator to show on here}

Comments numbered

28 - Di 

10 - PippaP

16 - Susan Standen

Congratulations ladies.  I will contact you by email today.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Bloggers' Quilt Festival 2012

Amy's Creative Side

It's Quilt Festival time again.

I am so glad that Amy organises this wonderful festival because I love reading about the stories surrounding the different quilts.

This time, I am going to enter the mini quilt that I made for the Brit Quilt Swap Round 3.

It's recipient was the lovely Clare, who is a budding photographer.  Her Flikr feed is an absolute feast for the eyes.

This was her inspiration mosaic...

Brit Quilt Swap 3 - inspiration mosaic

and I also found this photo amongst her favourites


and also a picture a bit like the one below, which I can find now.

Those images coupled with the Polaroid and the Bubble quilts from the inspiration mosaic helped me to daydream up this mini quilt/wall hanging...

"Darkroom Daydreams" mini quilt for the Brit Quilt Swap3

Darkroom Daydreams mini quilt for BQS3

Darkroom Daydreams is finished

The Specs
*Quilt Measurements  Approx 24" by 18" 
*Special Techniques used, if any - Applique, Paper Pieced Polaroids, FMQ sketching
*Quilted by… Me
*Best category – 1 to 3 categories max Mini Quilt/ Wall Hanging


The Bag I Made for Dutchcomfort

My Mouthy Stitches swap tote arrived at it's destination yesterday to, thankfully, a warm response.  So, now I can tell you a bit more about it.  I really want to show you where my inspiration came from, as full credit should go to CB Handmade.

This wonderful quilt featured in the mosaic posted by my secret partner - the super talented Nicolette who blogs at Dutchcomfort.

pantone parade :: a custom quilt.
Pantone Parade by CB Handmade

It is called Panatone Parade and is the creation of Erica who blogs at Crafty Blossom.    As soon as I saw it, I fell in love and I could just see it as a tote.

And here is what I made.

Mouthy Stitches tote 

Mouthy Stitches tote
Mouthy Stitches tote

Sorry for the delay on the competition results, my little Dandelion boy is very poorly at the moment and I haven't managed to get the winners picked as I am struggling to get the Random Generator to show on here.

Cheerio for the mo.

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Low Volume Fabric Swap

Low Volume Swap
I am so excited to hear that there is going to be another Low Volume Swap hosted by the magnificent Rebecca Lynne.
I missed out on the charm swap and I have kicked myself ever since, so when I heard that the next swap would be for layer cake size 10 inch squares, I was one super happy lady.
I think the spaces for this swap will fill up really fast, so if you are interested please visit Rebecca's fantastic blog to get your name on the list.

Click here to visit Rebecca's blog about it today.

Low Volume Swap

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Pot Holder Pandemonium

A serious sewing disaster struck this week...

My wadding supply ran out.

Arghhhh! just when I have a million ideas brewing that all need wadding to materialise.  Isn't that just always the way?

My local quilt shop didn't have any wadding in stock, but they did have some labelled *Oven Glove Wadding*.  Ooooooh, that'll be pot holders for Christmas pressies then :wink:

It's far from perfect but I have tweaked it enough to .  I found it pretty hard to quilt with the heat resistant wadding in place, even with my walking foot on.  The binding went quite badly - lots of unpicking and swearing helped to get it back on track.




If you haven't entered my giveaway, there is still time... you can find it here.

Cheerio and thanks for stopping by today.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop

A huge hello and welcome to Dandelion Daydreams.

If this is your first time here, I hope you will like what you find and you really will make my day if you decide to *Follow* too.  It is my turn on the wonderful Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop from the fantastic Plum and June blog.  Also on the Hop today is Vicki from Quilting Lodge Blog, so don't forget to hop over to her's for a nosey too. 

Plum and June

Shall we make something for Beth to say Thank You?

I have really loved the Hop so far.  There have been so many great tutorials and I have found lot of new sewing blogs/friends through it.  I am sincerely grateful to Beth of Plum and June for organising the whole thing.  I thought it would be great to organise a little something to say thank you to her for bringing us all together like this.  What do you think?  Are you up for it?????

I thought maybe everyone who has been part of it could send me a signature block {here is a brilliant tutorial on how to make one} and I will stitch them all up into a pillow or quilt depending on how many there are.

If you are *in*, just let me know in a comment below.



Here are my answers to Beth's Q&A, followed by a fast, fun tutorial for a Flowery Keyring you can whip up in less than an hour.

How long have you been quilting
Since the summer of 2011, and I have been hooked and try to sew for an hour every evening when the children are in bed and the hubster is catching up with sport on the box.  Here are a few of the things I made in September.

September 2012 Sewing
Favorite quilting tip(s)
Don't be scared - there is always a seam ripper to undo any wrongs.  Use a quarter inch foot for sewing neat seams and cut your fabric with a rotary cutter whenever possible for a professional finish.
I also really love spray basting quilts - even huge ones.  I never believe it will work and hold all the layers but it really does.
Favorite fabric (or wish list fabric)

I have two fabrics on my {wish} list = Heather Ross - goldfish in bags and that Froggie Prince Charming by Tula Pink.  I would love to own these and if anyone sees them for sale anywhere please let me know.

Favourite children's book
Rosie's Walk
Milly Molly Mandy

Favourite quilting tools

My Quarter Inch Foot and my Rotary Cutter
Favourite music to listen to while quilting
Radio 2
Favourite TV show while hand stitching
Dexter *mwahhhhh*
Binding - by hand or by machine?
Both - I love the Red Pepper Quilts blog tutorial for machine stitching.  But sometimes I just love handstitching it.  Time is the decider for me.


Tutorial Time 

Quick and Easy Flower Keyring Tutorial

At this time of the year, I am trying to think of small, practical gifts to make for Christmas.  Maybe a quick, beautiful keyring would be perfect.  


1. Gather your supplies - you will need 5 charm squares of fabric (or 5 x 5"squares), keyring hardware, button, webbing, ribbon, needle and thread.


2.  Cut the Charm squares into circles - I used a bowl to cut round.


3.  Use your iron to fold the circle in half, wrong sides together;


4.  Iron in half again - so that you end up with a quarter circle with the right side of the fabric facing out.


5.  Repeat for all 5 charms;


6.  Sew {using a sewing machine} a strip of ribbon along the middle of your webbing.  My webbing measured 8" long;


7.  Thread a needle and sew a long basting stitch along the curved {raw} edge of your *flower* petals;


8.  Repeat with all of the petals on the same thread.  As you pull the basting stitches tight, the petals will form;


9.  Join the petals together to make the flower shape.


10.  The flower is taking shape.  I stitch the centre of the flower across the gap to pull it all really tight and secure it together;


11.  Chose a nice button for the centre of your flower.  Sew the flower {just off centre} to your webbing and attach the button at the same time;


12.  Fold the webbing in half and stitch the raw ends of the webbing together;


13.  Add the keyring hardware to the end of your webbing and press closed before hammering it securely shut.  Add keyring loop;


14.  Ta-Dah!


If you make one, then I would love to see yours so please add it to my Flikr group.
I am daydreaming a Texty fabric flower one and maybe even a spotty one too.

Don't forget.  You still have time to enter my Giveaway - just see yesterday's post for details and you could be 1 of my 3 winners.

Thanks for hopping by.
I hope you will come back again soon.

Monday, 15 October 2012

G is for Giveaway

G is for Giveaway

To celebrate it being Dandelion Daydreams turn on the fabulous Let's Get Aquainted Blog Hop this week and to say a huge thank you to all of my lovely blog *Followers*, I thought I would giveaway some fantastic scrappy bundles of fabric.

Fat quarter scrap rolls
Source: M is for Make shop site

Fat Quarter Scrap Rolls from the wonderful online fabric shop M is for Make are one of my favourite treats. The fabric stocked there is all absolutely gorgeous and as such their scrap rolls are too.  I find them very inspiring and I always manage to make my favourite things using the fabric from them.

So, I have not One, not Two, but Three bundles to giveaway today.

Yes, that is three chances to win!

How do I Win?

Simply be a *Follower* (old or new) of my blog and leave me a comment below.

How do I get an Extra Chance to Win?

Grab my Blog Button - you will find the code in my sidebar - and add it to your blog, then leave me an extra comment to let me know you did, for an extra chance.


Giveaway is open to everyone - international entries welcome.  The only stipulation is that I must be able to contact you easily, so make sure you are not a No Reply Blogger {or leave your email address}.
This giveaway will remain open for a week and the winners will be chosen at random.

I hope you'll pop back again tomorrow to find me on the Blog Hop.
See you then!

Saturday, 13 October 2012

The Sunrise Bag

I was going to call this "The Bag That Took Longer Than A Quilt" because it certainly has taken me an absolute age to complete.  It is my swap item for the Modern She Made Swap and top of my partner's wish list was a bag.

I wanted to pull out all the stops and make something amazing.  I hope I got close.

First came the ticker tape sun, which I liked but I felt like it needed something else.

Modern She Made Swap take 2

So, I worked on the other side of the bag.  My heart skipped a beat when I found Aneela Hoey's tutorial.


Then yesterday when I visited Ceri {InspiredbyFelix} an idea came to me about how to spruce up the sunny side a bit.  #clouds!


The *clouds* form an external pocket {partitioned into three}.

And there are more pockets inside.

I even did a little happy dance when I remember to add the magnetic snap to the lining; something I normally only remember once the bag is finished #doofus!


Blimey, it is so nerve-wracking waiting to find out if your secret partner likes what you made them.  I have until November to wait on this one, but boy do I hope she likes it.  It's pretty hard to let this one go.




In between torrential rain clouds today, the sun came out just long enough for me to take these snaps.

Unfortunately for me though, I was too busy looking at the bag to notice a huge puddle.  As the wet reality of soggy socks and trousers dawned on me, I hopped out of the offending puddle and went head first into a huge spiders web, which was so water laden that I got a veritable shower.  What a muppet!

Thanks so much for popping in to read today.
I would love you to come back on Monday for a giveaway here and Tuesday for the Let's Get Acquainted Hop, if you can.
Cheerio for today.