Daydreams of Quilts was very pleased to be invited to be a contributor to the Redfin blog article How to Create the Ultimate Crafting Space for Kids. We have three very creative children who love to craft. During the pandemic they have been even more crafty than usual.
Our kids have enjoyed making paper houses, pipe cleaner animals, model tanks (in the case of our teenage son) and perler bead crafts to name a few. Our daughters each want to open an Etsy shop like their mom but we want them to hold off just a few more years.
This quilt is inspired by my love for being at home with my family. It is a nice size at 72″ x 72″. The blocks are big blocks at 16″ so it doesn’t feel like it takes forever to make.
I used all Bonnie and Camille for Moda fabrics in my quilt from several different lines. I am very pleased to say that the entire white background was made from scraps leftover from making Christmas stockings so there was very little waste there.
I used 64 flannel layer cake squares, also all Bonnie and Camille fabrics, for my backing. It is so soft and cozy!
This new pattern is 20% off in my Etsy shop through Monday March 22nd.
I found this great tutorial through Pinterest and was thrilled because this is such a great way to use scraps. The written instructions in this blog post are great! I also made a video tutorial for my YouTube channel for everyone to have a visual guide as well.
I have way too many scraps as you’ll see in the video so I have a few scrap busting projects planned and in progress.
I see so many posts in the Facebook Etsy sellers groups about how their shop has been shut down and they don’t know why.
There are 10 reasons I discuss in my video but I will list a couple here that I see happen quite often.
The first is sharing wi-fi. People have their friend over and their friend uses their wi-fi (or their room mate shares the wi-fi) and then the friend’s or room mate’s shop gets shut down. If their shop gets shut down your shop can be shut down too because your shop is associated with the same wi-fi or IP address as theirs. It looks like the shops are owned by the same person.
Likewise, if you own multiple shops and one gets shut down they all will be shut down because they all use the same IP address.
For this reason I recommend not sharing wi-fi with other Etsy sellers and not using public wi-fi services to check your Etsy shop. I always use my own cell phone data to check my shop when I’m out.
The second reason is listing items that infringe on someone else’s copyright. So many sellers do this and think they are fully within their rights to sell Disney characters or Harry Potter stuff. The copyrights for those characters are owned by big corporations (Disney and Warner Bros. etc.) If you list items, even if you made them yourself, that are using those copyrighted characters you run a high risk of having your shop shut down. Just don’t do it.
This is a fun ocean themed throw quilt I finished last week for my Etsy shop.
I used the Red Velvet quilt pattern by Thimble Blossoms which is a layer cake pattern but I changed mine up to use quarter yards and fat quarters. I had quarter yard cuts of the main ocean fabrics and fat quarters of Kona and Blueberry Park fabrics.
It was a bit tricky because I wasn’t following the cutting instructions in the pattern so I sewed one row at a time. I quickly realized that decisions on one row affect the next row after it so there was some minor seam ripping involved.
Welcome to The Daydreams of Quilts blog! I made a YouTube video today with tips for selling quilts on Etsy and included a free Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial.
My main takeaway tips from the video are:
-Make quilts that are quick and simple. Heirloom quilts will take a long time to sell as you have to wait for just the right buyer to come along and that buyer has to have an understanding of the value of the quilt
-Find ways to speed up the quilting process so you don’t need to charge as much for time. Some of my tips in the video are drawing guidelines on your sewing machine, chain piecing and machine binding.
These reusable fabric drawstring gift bags are a popular item in my Etsy shop in the run-up to Christmas.
I first learned how to make these bags on Jeni Baker’s Blog. I developed my own way of making them though because I needed a simpler faster way to make them.
Over the weekend I created a tutorial video to show you how I make these bags. You may wonder why I would share how I make one of my best sellers in my shop but the way I see it is; the more people using reusable gift wrap, the better. Plus, I cannot supply everyone and there’s room for all of us in the market.
These bags are an environmentally friendly gift wrap option that uses fabric efficiently and can be reused again and again. You can make larger sizes but this size is the most efficient use of fabric.
You can cut 2 main bag fabrics from one fat quarter and you can cut accent bands for four bags from a second fat quarter. You will need a third fat quarter from the lining or a 12.5″ x width of fabric piece will make linings for two bags. (Cut carefully, there is very little waste.)
For one bag cut the following:
cut two 9.5″ tall by 10.5″ wide main bag pieces
cut two 4.5″ tall by 10.5″ wide accent band pieces
This quilt looks great in red and green for Christmas but would also be perfect in other complementary colour schemes for year round quilts.
Hot cocoa is trending right now in a huge way so I designed these cute little appliqué hot cocoa mugs with hearts on them to add to the quilt if you wish. Inside the PDF file there are two additional quilt layout diagrams with different placement options for the mugs.
I drew the mugs in EQ7 (quilt design software) and I love how they turned out! The templates are included in the pattern.
I made my test blocks into a cute runner for my hot cocoa bar that I set up on the top of my deep freeze. Hot cocoa bars are the in thing right now according to my kids who have been thoroughly enjoying ours.
Another idea is so sew a bed runner for the foot of a bed at the holidays. Just add a few more blocks to the runner above.