American Flag Patchwork Throw Quilt Pattern

This quilt was part of a custom order where my customer requested a two sided quilt. They wanted one side to be a Canadian flag and the other side to be an American flag. When I posted the quilt on Instagram I received request for a pattern. The Canadian flag quilt pattern was posted about here and today I am posting about the American flag quilt pattern.

American Flag Patchwork Throw Quilt Pattern by Daydreams of Quilts.

This quilt is made up of two inch and four inch patchwork squares. The stars on the flag are optional. There are options given in the pattern for alternatives to the stars such as blue stripes. I used a combination of navy fabrics including star spangled fabric and pieced stars as it was a request from my customer to have some pieced stars in the quilt.

This American Flag Patchwork throw quilt would be great to take on picnics or to watch the fireworks.

This pattern is quite simple to make so it is possible you could still have one made in time for July 4th coming up! You can find the pattern in the Daydreams of Quilt Etsy shop.

See a short video of both sides of the quilt on my YouTube Channel here. It was quite tricky to make a two-sided quilt and I don’t know if I would do it again but it is possible to do.

Thank you for visiting my blog today! Happy quilting!

Canadian Flag Patchwork Throw Quilt Pattern Release

Our new Canadian Flag throw quilt pattern is out today in our Etsy shop and it’s on sale 40% off!

Pattern designed and pieced by Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts.

This is a nice sized throw quilt to take on a summer picnic or to watch the fireworks. It finishes at 60” wide x 72” tall.

About this Pattern:

The red patchwork for the flag is strip pieced to save time and fabric. Strips will be sewn together and then cross-cut. The maple leaf is appliqued.

The 14 page PDF pattern file comes with a colouring page, maple leaf template, links to YouTube tutorials, computer diagrams as well as written instructions and photos.

We are so pleased to have this pattern ready in time to sew for Canada Day!

Canadian Flag Throw Quilt Pattern by Daydreams of Quilts

Also, don’t miss our Victoria Day long weekend sale! Our shop is on sale 15% off and today is the last day. So many gorgeous Rifle Paper Co floral bags and wallets have been added to the shop in the past couple of weeks! Happy Victoria Day!

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Glitched on Loading Quilt Pattern

Glitched on Loading is the newest quilt pattern by Daydreams of Quilts. This fun modern quilt is a spin-off from the Around the World Quilt and it has one block that glitched on loading.

The new Glitched on Loading Quilt designed by Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts.
Glitched on Loading Quilt by Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts.

This quilt is strip pieced to save time and fabric. I made mine using fabrics from my stash of Carolyn Friedlander fabrics.

Carolyn Friedlander fabrics were used in the Glitched on Loading quilt.
Made with Carolyn Friedlander fabrics and Kona Snow all from Robert Kaufman fabrics.

One block, seen below, “glitched on loading”, a common computer problem many of us face from time to time.

The one block that "glitched on loading" with only some of the pixels in the block.
The glitched on loading block.

I used “Mystic Mushroom” from Cotton + Steel for the quilt back.

The quilt back is Mystic Mushrooms fabric from Cotton + Steel.
Mystic Mushroom on the quilt back.

This quick-to-make strip pieced quilt pattern is now available in our Etsy shop. All PDF patterns are 20% off through May 2nd to celebrate!

The Glitched on Loading Quilt flapping in the wind. It was a windy day on our photo shoot.
We were fighting the wind on our photoshoot yesterday but managed to get a few good shots.

Thank you for stopping by my blog to see my new quilt today!

Creating an Enticing Space for Children’s Crafting

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.

Come see our space over on my YouTube channel in my video on Creating a Kids Craft and Play Room with Inexpensive and Found Items.

Our advice for the article was to create a colorful display that entices the kids to use the supplies. Sometimes when all the supplies are tucked away it is easier to forget about them.

Use found items around your house and affordable storage options from places like IKEA. For example, on the wall in our kids’ creative space we have upcycled and chalk painted old pieces of wooden peg boards that my husband has framed out with trim. We hang colorful fabric buckets from IKEA and plastic baskets full of bean bags, toys, finger puppets and craft supplies on hooks where our kids can see them and get them on their own. The key is to have an inviting and colorful display that entices the kids to use the supplies.

Head over to the Redfin Blog to read all the advice from the crafting experts in the article.

Check out our peg boards and play room space on YouTube.

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.

Love Home Quilt Pattern Release

The Love Home Quilt Pattern is finished and finally out into the world! Hooray! (Happy dancing)

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.

Love Home Quilt designed, pieced and quilted by Daydreams of Quilts using Bonnie and Camille fabrics.

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.

Pieced backing of the Love Home quilt.

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.

New Video Tutorial for Easy Rainbow Scrap Buster Quilt

A new YouTube video is up today for my Easy Rainbow Scrap Buster Quilt. This quilt tutorial was originally published in 2016 on my blog in this post.

https://youtu.be/KVHuNQ4F-Lc

I have added a PDF download of the blog instructions to that post and you can grab that just below here as well.

Head over to my YouTube channel for the video tutorial.

I hope this helps you use up your scraps. Tag me on Instagram @daydreamsofquilts so I can see your scrap quilt!

Scrappy String X Block Tutorial

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.

Easy scrap busting project video tutorial on the Daydreams of Quilts YouTube channel.

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.

Coming up:

A new quilt pattern is coming out very soon so watch for a post about that.

A new YouTube scrap busting tutorial video is coming out later this week. Subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss it.

Selling on Etsy YouTube Video Series

Tips for Selling on Etsy is a new video series on the Daydreams of Quilts YouTube channel and a new video is out today on 10 Reasons Why a Shop Might Get Banned on Etsy.

New YouTube Video 10 Reasons Why a Shop Could be Banned on Etsy.

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.

For more shut-down reasons and advice from me (a 10 year, top 2% Etsy seller) check out my video on YouTube.

Ocean Themed Throw Quilt

This is a fun ocean themed throw quilt I finished last week for my Etsy shop.

Ocean Themed Throw Quilt pieced and quilted by Daydreams of Quilts.

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.

Close up of one of the large blocks.

I think the extra brain power needed was worth it in the end. This quilt is available in my Etsy shop.

This quilt is a nice size for a coverlet on a twin bed.

The backing is a fun print of tentacles coming out of the ocean waves.

Backing and binding on the ocean quilt.

This quilt was a great stash buster and used up several fat quarters. I quilted it with all over “balls on string” or in this case we can call them bubbles.

A Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial and Tips for Selling Quilts on Etsy

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.

I mentioned in the video a popular post on my blog about pricing quilts to sell and you can find that post here. It’s called 8 Ideas to Consider When Pricing Homemade Quilts.

I also mentioned in the video that I would create a PDF download of the Quick Baby Quilt tutorial so here is the download file for that.

Quick Baby Quilt Tutorial by Daydreams of Quilts.

I hope this post and video are helpful to you. Let me know in the comments or contact form if you have more questions or topics you would like me to make future posts and videos about.

Thank you for visiting my blog today.