Garden Vines Quilt in Flourish Fabrics

Horizontal photo of the Garden Vines / Morning Glory quilt.

We, very happily, had a bit of a run on quilts in our shop last month so I’m needing to get moving on some works in progress and get them listed! This quilt was finished a week and a half ago but haven’t had a chance to write about it until now with all the busyness of back to school. I am calling this quilt the Garden Vines Quilt but it was made using the Morning Glory quilt pattern by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew. Made entirely with the Flourish fabric line for quilt top and we still have some of these fabrics available here.

Garden Vines Quilt / Morning Glory Quilt in Flourish fabrics.
Garden Vines / Morning Glory Quilt pieced and quilted by Daydreams of Quilts.

I quilted ribbon candy all down the stems and leaf shaped loops on the leaves. The yellow background is quilted with meandering stippling. It took a full day to quilt this quilt on my Juki.

Machine quilting on the vines and leaves of the Garden Vines / Morning Glory quilt.
A close-up view of the quilting.
Close-up showing the machine sewn binding.
The binding is double folded and machine sewn to the front and back of the quilt.
The backing of the quilt is a mottled green fabric.
The back of the quilt is a mottled green fabric.
Close up of my maker's label.
Here is a close-up of my maker’s label from JJ Labels.

Here’s a pretty vertical image below for you to pin on Pinterest. 🙂

Vertical photo of the Garden Vines / Morning Glory quilt.
This quilt was fun to make and was a great pattern for these fabrics. The Garden Vines / Morning Glory quilt is available in our Etsy shop.

This quilt is available for sale here in the Daydreams of Quilts Etsy shop.

Three Witches Embroidery Design for Spoonflower’s Design Challenge

The voting is now open in the Halloween embroidery design challenge on Spoonflower. I created a watercolour design of three witches at a cauldron and then went in on the computer and digitally added stitch lines and a quote. I bet you can guess it. It’s a famous line from Shakespeare.

This was a fun project. As soon as I receive my first print of this design in the mail and I’m sure it prints out well I will add this design to my Spoonflower shop. The best thing is you get four on a fat quarter so you could go in with friends or have extras for gifts.

Voting is open for a week on Spoonflower. Head over and check it out! There are a lot of fabric designs, which are cool, but they don’t fit the challenge (frowning face). However, I voted for 10 designs that are actually embroidery and I would be interested in stitching several of them. So fun!

Three Witches watercolour embroidery design by Daydreams of Quilts.

Scalloped Heart Hot Air Balloon Cheater Quilt

Most of you probably know about Spoonflower. It’s an amazing place where you can print your own fabric designs, print your own quilt labels, but other designer’s awesome designs and more! Plus, you can choose the fabric you want everything printed on too!

Spoonflower hosts design challenges all the time and I often go and vote on the designs. You can vote for as many designs as you like and the top designs win prizes in the form of Spoonflower credits.

For the first time I have had the courage to enter a design! I have entered in the one-yard cheater quilt panel challenge. I designed this quilt to be pieced but I honestly haven’t had time to piece it! I may still do so one day but in the meantime a cheater panel for baby quilts sounds awesome! (A cheater quilt means it looks like a quilt but it’s all one solid piece of fabric.)

Scalloped Heart Hot Air Balloon cheater quilt panel by Daydreams of Quilts.

This prints out on a 36 x 42 inch yard of fabric so you just layer, baste and quilt. It has grid lines for quilting guides. I have ordered a panel to make sure it prints out alright and as soon as I’m sure of that (just waiting for it to arrive) I will make it public so you can order it.

In the meantime, if you would like to vote for my design or any of the other amazing designs you can head over here to view them.

Canadian Flag Heart Quilt

Canadian Flag Heart Quilt

I finished a quilt yesterday! This one was for a custom order from my Etsy shop. The customer who ordered it said it is for a gift for a new family coming to Canada from Syria. What an amazing welcome gift!

Canadian Flag in a Pixel Heart Quilt by Daydreams of Quilts

These Canadian Flag quilts are available both as a PDF Pattern and as a custom order quilt in my Etsy shop.

Yesterday was a perfect prairie day for quilt photos. I am thankful I finished yesterday because today is windy and stormy and I would not have been able to take photos.

The fabrics are almost all Moda. Mostly from Kate and Birdie’s “True North” line but there are also some French General fabrics, Moda grunge and Moda grunge dots.

There is a horse paddock at the end of our street and the horses seemed interested in what my son and I were doing with this quilt near their fence. I like to think this quilt is horse-approved. 🙂

I hope the family love their new quilt and their new country! <3

Beeswax Food Wraps – My Experience Making Them

I quit cling film food wrap cold turkey. When the last roll ran out months ago I did not buy more and I will not be buying more in the future unless the companies get with the program and produce bio degradable food wraps. Even then, I think I’m settled in with my solutions so why waste money?

I also haven’t bought paper towels in about 20 years. It was just one of those things that seemed like such a huge waste of money for me and a waste of natural resources for the world.

And when I stopped buying these things did my world come crashing to a halt? No. I just kept on going like I always do and I adapted. Humans are very capable of adapting to many different things as proven by evolution. So we can adapt to creating less waste just as well.

How do I clean my house without paper towels? I use reusable cloths. I clean both bathrooms in the same time slot and wash all the cloths immediately afterwards on their own load and all is well. I try to get the dusting and floor mopping done too if I can and those cloths go in the same wash load as well.

How do I store my food without cling film? In Tupperware containers. Yes, they are plastic but I’ve had them for over twenty years and probably will have them for twenty more. And if they do break they are more easily recycled than cling film plastic.

Sometimes though, you do want to just quickly wrap something up and that’s where the beeswax food wraps come in.

My son and I spent an enjoyable afternoon in July making beeswax food wraps. He just wandered into the kitchen, saw what I was doing and jumped in to help. We used 10 fat quarters and made many wraps in several sizes. It was a great mother/son afternoon and we are proud of our work. We made way more than we needed so we sent some to family members. (Handmade gift idea for you!)

Beeswax fabric food wraps made by Daydreams of Quilts and Son.

I used a Martha Steward scalloped rotary cutter to cut the edges. You can also use pinking shears. I used locally sourced beeswax from Beary Berry Honey in Alberta. We grated the beeswax on a cheese grater and sprinkled it over the pieces of fabric on a cookie sheet and then melted the wax in the oven.

I used this YouTube tutorial for my wraps:

This was a helpful video and works well for personal use. If you wish to sell your wraps (and for future wraps that I make) I suggest this blog post and recipe that I found on Google.

I also found this post very interesting reading on this topic as well. She goes through her experiences with trying several different methods of food wraps.

My advice:

All that being said, this does make quite a mess in your kitchen. (At least the method I used did – see YouTube video above.) And it is difficult to clean up beeswax. Plus, once it’s melted it can splatter and get everywhere. Wear old clothes because it doesn’t just wash out. Use kitchen tools you have designated specifically for this task if you intend to do it often. We still have some beeswax on our cheese grater almost a month later and I’m not even bothering to try to get it off the cookie sheet which is now designated to craft projects.

Our wraps are working well for us and when they no longer work (in three to six months) they can be put in the compost as they are biodegradable.

Originally I thought I would add these as a product in my Environmentally Friendly Section but I think you really need a designated work area for these and I don’t have room or time for that. I will leave it to the makers who are making these exclusively to supply all the wonderful people who care about reducing plastic waste. I found Goldilocks Wraps and plan to order from then when my wraps get worn out.

So have fun making if you make them and if not please order some and support other makers and our planet. Definitely quit the plastic wrap addiction. It’s not as hard as you might think.

Quilt As You Go Block Joining Technique

One of my customers wrote to me this past week to ask for a video tutorial for my “In the Meadow Quilt As You Go” pattern. She said she is a visual learner and would prefer a video.

In the Meadow Quilt As You Go Quilt by Daydreams of Quilts.

Quilt As You Go Tutorial Video:

I made a quick tutorial video and I’m sharing it on my social media for everyone to learn. This is a great technique, especially if you enjoy hand sewing binding! I took my quilt on a road trip and worked on all the hand sewing while I was away from my machine.

This pattern is currently 20% off for the beginning of August along with all my other patterns and all ready-to-ship stock in our Etsy shop!

A Minecraft Quilt Friday Finish

Minecraft Quilt with sixteen Minecraft character blocks.

Today I went down to my studio and looked at the pile of quilts waiting to be finished. This Minecraft Quilt was on the top of the pile and was more than half quilted. I decided that today was the day to finish this quilt and that it would be done before the end of the day. Mission accomplished! 🙂

A Minecraft quilt with 16 Minecraft character blocks.
Minecraft quilt pieced and quilted by Anita of Daydreams of Quilts. Tutorials for blocks written by Kelli Fannin.

I quilted each block with stipple quilting and switched out the threads to match the fabrics as best I could.

Pink pig Minecraft quilt block.
The pig block quilted in pink thread.
Steve and Creeper Minecraft quilt blocks.
Minecraft Steve and Creeper blocks.

The tutorials for all of these blocks and many, many more were written by Kelli Fannin and are available on her blog.

The Mooshroom Minecraft quilt block.
The Mooshroom (red cow) block.

I backed the quilt with the paper dolls fabric from the Heather Ross Kinder line which I thought was appropriate for my kids who are thrilled to finally be receiving this quilt.

The quilt back with paper dolls fabric.
The back of the quilt with paper dolls fabric.

I am so happy to have this quilt finished! I hope to get quite a few more WIPs through to the finish line over the summer. A huge thank you again to Kelli for all the amazing block tutorials!

Minecraft quilt with sixteen Minecraft character blocks.

Union Jack in a Pixel Heart Quilt Pattern

Quilted Union Jack Flag

This new Union Jack pattern is the latest to be released in our Etsy shop. I have been wanting to create this quilt for quite a while and finally felt that my Foundation Paper Piecing skills were up to snuff.

Union Jack in a Pixel Heart Quilt by Daydreams of quilts.

I love the Union Jack. It was the original flag of Canada until we got our Dominion of Canada flag which was then replaced by the Maple Leaf flag in 1965. As a teenager in the late 80’s / early 90’s I was a major British heavy metal band fan and attended many concerts thanks to my high school boyfriend. (Basically, every one that came through Edmonton at the time.) I saw Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne and Def Leppard (of course! That was my first concert) just to name a few. So the Union Jack was, and is, naturally cool by association. As an homage to my heavy metal fan days I have put Tula Pink’s Heart Eyes Skulls on the back of my quilt.

Heart Eyes Skulls by Tula Pink are on the back of my quilt. The binding is also a Tula Pink stripe.

I think too that for those of us in Commonwealth Countries like Canada that the Union Jack is like the flag of the Mother Ship if you will. I am very proud of our monarchy. HRH, The Prince of Whales is Colonel in Chief of my husband’s regiment and we see the Union Jack in several buildings around the military bases as well. We also sing “God Save the Queen” at major events such as Remembrance Day.

Foundation Paper Pieced Union Jack Flag.

I felt the best way to achieve the degree of accuracy needed for the National Flag of the United Kingdom was to foundation paper piece it so my pattern does require a knowledge of how to foundation paper piece. I have created a demonstration video for my YouTube channel but it is not a comprehensive tutorial. Check it out if you want a peek in my sewing studio.

Quilted with sippleing, half feather in the border and loops and wavy lines in the flag.

I quilted the Union Jack in a Pixel Heart quilt with stippling in the heart and background. I quilted wavy lines and loops in the flag and half feathers in the border.

Close up of some of the fabrics.

The background is almost all Lizzy House Whisper Palette fabrics with the exception of the city houses print. These have been treasured in my stash for a couple of years now and were from Studio 39 Fabrics.

So, I am very happy with how this quilt turned out and I made it within a week. 🙂

The Union Jack in a Pixel Heart Pattern is 25% off through Sunday June 16th. Newsletter subscribers will be receiving a discount code in the next newsletter for an additional 20% off. Subscribe to the newsletter here.

Colour Blocked Modern Hexagon Quilt

I made this colour blocked modern hexagon quilt this week. It was finished yesterday but it was too windy and rainy for taking quilt photos. My son was my quilt holder today and he helped me get photos of this newest finish. This quilt is for sale in my Etsy shop.

A hexagon quilt with eight inch hexagons grouped in blocks of color of pink, yellow and blue.
Colour Blocked Mermaid and Ocean Themed Hexagon Quilt by Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts.

This quilt is made entirely with fabrics by designer Alison Glass from her fabric line called “Diving Board.” The fabrics are mermaid and ocean themed. The quilt is backed with a blue fabric by Mia Whittemore from her Flourish line.

Blue fabric on the back of the quilt.
The backing is a blue print by Mia Whittemore from her Flourish line for Windham Fabrics.

I used the Hex n’ More Ruler by Jaybird Quilts to cut the 8″ hexagons and tried to fussy cut the mermaids whenever possible.

Blue mermaid touching her palm to the tentacle of an octopus.
The blue mermaid touching her palm to the tentacle of an octopus.
Florescent pink mermaid hexagon.
I needed just one more piece of pink in my pink block of colour so I added this florescent pink mermaid in.
Pink mermaid touching her palm to the tentacle of an octopus.
The pink mermaid touching the octopus.

This quilt is quilted a quarter inch on either side of all the vertical seams with bright pink thread.

The modern color blocked mermaid and ocean themed hexagon quilt is for sale in my Etsy shop.

How to do Counted Cross Stitch

I have been working on this Summer Sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery for quite some time (like, 6 years… not continuously of course. Ha Ha!) I have actually made quite a lot of progress in the last week completing three squares. Hopefully this summer is the summer I finish! So anyway, for fun today I decided to make a YouTube video on “How to do Counted Cross Stitch.” If you’ve never tried it this might encourage you to start stitching. 🙂