Spring Quilt Block Patterns by Daydreams of Quilts

I have been slowly releasing Spring Quilt Block patterns in my Etsy shop since January. Today the final block, Spring Tulips, has been released. All the Quilt Block patterns are available individually or as a digital pattern bundle. All of these blocks individually would make great Easter/Spring place mats or throw pillows. They could also be combined into table runners or table toppers or a quilt top (idea in image below.)

A Quilt Top Idea for a Spring Easter Quilt made with all the blocks.

Today’s block release is the Spring Tulips Block. Available individually here or in the pattern bundle. This is a 12″ x 12″ block.

Spring Tulips Quilt Block Pattern by Daydreams of Quilts.
The Spring Chick Quilt Block Pattern by Daydreams of Quilts was released in March.

The Spring Chick Quilt Block is also a 12″ x 12″ block. The Rabbit Quilt Block Pattern is a 12″ x 12″ block with a 6″ x 12″ carrot block and a bonus free 12″ x 12″ rainbow Easter Egg. The Easter egg is also included free in the pattern bundle.

Rabbit and Carrot blocks with bonus Rainbow Egg.
Rabbit Quilt Block pattern by Daydreams of Quilts.

The Spring Lamb Quilt Block is a 12″ x 24″ quilt block. The lambs ears are the same size as the carrot blocks.

Spring Lamb Quilt Block pattern by Daydreams of Quilts.

These quilt patterns, the pattern bundle and more can be found in the PDF Quilt Patterns section of my Etsy shop.

Now if only my tulips would come up! 🙂

My Trinket Collection So Far

I am keeping up with the Trinket Sew Along (small miracle! Ha ha!) and have my collection of Trinkets for weeks 1 and 2 to show you today.

Trinket Blocks Lines 1 to 10 for weeks one and two of the Trinket Sew Along.

Even though Foundation Paper Piecing is not my technique of choice I feel like this is going pretty well and I do love the bright vibrant colours of Alison Glass fabric. Seeing them all together like this has instilled a sense of pride and I am looking forward to seeing the whole collection of 40 blocks together at the end.

If you’re in the mood for fabric shopping (and really, who isn’t?!) visit Clinton Modern Creative who kindly provided me with the pattern for this sew along. She’s got a discount code: TRINKET15 for 15% off all in-stock merchandise in her shop. You do not have to be sewing along to take advantage of the sale. Put the coupon code in the coupon box at checkout to get the discount.

Week 2 of the Trinket SAL and a Coupon Code!

It’s week 2 of the Trinket Sew Along already! Today’s block is called Lines #6. I will be working on more blocks this afternoon while my youngest is in pre-school as I like to sew them in batches rather than one a day. These are 4″ blocks so they are pretty quick to make, even if you are challenged with foundation paper piecing like I am. 🙂

Lines #6 Block in the Trinket Sew Along.

Clinton Modern Creative is one of the sew along sponsors this week and they have a discount code for 15% off all in stock merchandise. Use code: TRINKET15 at checkout to claim your discount.

If you haven’t joined in yet but are thinking you would like to you can find all the information and sign up on the Alison Glass website.

Trinket Sew Along – I’m In!

The Trinket Sew Along starts this Sunday with the first block posts happening on Monday. Clinton Modern Creative is a sponsor of the sew along and has gathered a few Canadian bloggers to sew and blog along.

These are the bloggers in our group in case you would like to follow along

Daydreams of Quilts (you’re here!) On Instagram: @daydreamsofquilts

Quarter Inch From the Edge On Instagram: @mmeteezee

Quilts By Joanne On Instagram: @turtlequilterjo

Anya Quilts On Instagram: @anyaquilts

Made By Maeg On Instagram @madeby_maeg

The Sew Along hashtag on Instagram is: #trinketsal

Pictured below is the stack of Alison Glass fabrics I will be sewing with. I haven’t fully decided on my final layout but I may make my blocks into two pillow covers. There are some great prizes and discounts coming in the sew along plus it’s going to be fun with over 1000 people signed up.

If you haven’t signed up yet here is the information to do so. See you on the Sew Along! 🙂

Upcomoing Quilt Alongs and New Spring Listings in our Shop

Well, I survived my gallbladder surgery last Friday so you haven’t got rid of me yet. 😉 I am a fast healer so I have been back at my sewing machine already although not for as long as I’d like.

Have you been sewing along in the Harry Potter Quilt Along? I only have the first two blocks done but I am very happy with them.
Cupboard Under the Stairs Block designed by Kelli Fannin. Pieced by Daydreams of Quilts.
Upcoming Quilt Alongs
I have been eyeing the Meadowland Quilt for some time and since the pattern is currently on sale ahead of the upcoming Meadowland Quilt Along I decided to buy it. Now I need to pick fabrics because the quilt along starts Monday! Maybe Heather Ross fabrics? There are some good fussy cutting opportunities here.
The Trinket Sew Along is starting March 10th with Alison Glass. Daydreams of Quilts has been partially sponsored for this sew along by Clinton Modern Creative and I will be sewing along and blogging during some of the weeks as well. Clinton Modern Creative has fat eighth bundles and fat quarter bundlescurated for this sew along and is also a sew along sponsor.
New In Our Shop!
This year I will be releasing quilt block patterns. The first in my spring series is out already. The bunny block with a carrot block and bonus Easter egg block.
For our Handmade Customers: I have made several new cork wallets in the past few weeks and glitzy evening bags are coming soon in March. We have also brought back our popular personalized initial pillows which are upgraded with blanket stitching around the applique and zipper back closures.

For Easter we have added personalized Easter Baskets to the shop as well as some stuffed carrot decorations.
I hope everyone is enjoying their Saturday! 🙂

What’s New So Far for 2019?

Happy 2019! I’ve had a good break the past few weeks and am feeling refreshed. How is your new year going so far? I resolved to cut back on our plastic use this year. So far I am off to a great start! I have brought in reusable stainless steel straw sets to both our home and our online shop. I have also brought in reusable mesh produce bags as well and I’ve been using reusable grocery bags for a couple of years now. I must say, I have a great sense of pride when I’m buying my green peppers and tomatoes and I pull out my drawstring bag full of mesh produce bags. The kids are proud too and the stainless steel straws are a hit. My kids are very concerned about the environment and animal welfare.

These items and more upcoming this year can be found in the new Environmentally Friendly section of our shop. With these items I hope to help others meet their own plastic reduction goals and also inspire my fellow makers to make their own reusable items and solutions. 🙂

Straw Set at Daydreams of Quilts on Etsy.

I have been using small sample pieces of cork and fabrics that have been long-time residents of my sewing room and created 13 cork bottomed zipper pouches on a three day sewing spree!

This weekend I tried out the Metro Double Zip pouch pattern by Sew Sweetness which is this month’s Minikins Challenge bag. I have made three so far (one is pictured below) with three more cut out. These are available to purchase in my shop. I bought Minikins Season 2 with Christmas money from my father-in-law and there are several great patterns in there. I have one of the wallets cut out too.

Metro Double Zip Pouch.
Harry Potter Sew Along
The Harry Potter Sew Along starts this week on Kelli Fannin’s Blog called Seriously I Think It Needs Stitches. Being a huge Harry Potter fan I am very excited for this as are my kids. I am so happy Kelli is doing this because I was thinking of it but now I can just participate and have fun. She is teaming up with Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts who is also running a Harry Potter Sew Along at the same time.

Kelli brought us the Minecraft Quilt Along a couple of years ago and my daughter is really on my case to finish that quilt. I have just one more block to sew so that is my goal for today.
What Else is New?
I have been checking off goals and have opened two new Etsy shops!

One shop is specializing in hair bows. My two daughters are excited about this one! My hair bow shop is called It Snows Bows. Also on Instagram @itsnowsbows

I also opened a paper crafting shop called Anita Loves Paper which is currently stocked with cute Valentine’s cards. So fare the Pizza and Beer and the Bacon and Eggs cards are the front runners for getting favourites. On Instagram too @anitalovespaper
Rainbow Button Hair bow at It Snows Bows.
Pancakes and Maple Syrup card at Anita Loves Paper on Etsy.

Hope your year is off to a great start too! Have a great day! 🙂

Good-bye to Craftsy, Hello to 2019

Pixel Heart Quilt

Hello! I hope everyone who celebrates Christmas had a wonderful day. We had a very nice day in our house, our kids were happy and the turkey supper I cooked was well appreciated by all so I was happy. 🙂

I am doing my usual end-of-the-year look back and planning ahead to the next year. 2018 was a bit of a strain but it was also our best year yet for Daydreams of Quilts and we learned a lot. We almost gave up when we were being hit by so many things that were out of our control but at the encouragement of customers, friends and family we have stepped back and taken a look at things and are making some changes which we hope will be good for our customers and for our family business.

One of those changes will be to say Good-bye to our pattern shop on Craftsy. I knew this day would come when Craftsy was bought out so I am not surprised that it’s happened. For those who don’t know, Craftsy had a free pattern marketplace. Designers could upload their PDF patterns and sell them on Craftsy for free. Craftsy did not take a cut and there were no fees (other than PayPal fees.)

Just before Christmas Craftsy (or Blueprint as I guess it’s now known) sent out an email to designers informing them that some pattern shops would be closed and some would be allowed to stay but not all of the patterns would remain in the chosen designers’ shops. In my email I was told I had been chosen to stay. However, when I checked my Craftsy shop today only one pattern remains. (The Pixel Heart in a Pixel Heart pattern.) So I will be closing my Craftsy shop and all PDF patterns can still be found in my Etsy shop. I did have a Shopify site for a couple of years but at $60 CDN a month any funds that came in from pattern sales were being eaten up by the monthly fee to have the website so I closed that site in October. We may revisit having an e-commerce site later in the year.

Daydreams of Quilts most popular pattern the “Pixel Heart in a Pixel Heart Quilt.”

Although Etsy has upset a few sellers with their recent fee increases (fees went from 3.5% to 5% on sales and postage) and changes to how payments are made (they now take all their fees immediately from the funds generated by a sale rather than billing at the end of the month) I feel that this way is more transparent plus I am happy not to owe them any money throughout the month. I can see exactly what I am paying Etsy for each item I sell now and can adjust my prices accordingly. So I am staying put on Etsy and am actually planning to open two more shops. More on that to come soon. 🙂

We will be offering some custom listings this year as well as some designs we plan to carry throughout the year (rather than one-of-a-kind). We hope our customers will like them. We have a few new pattern designs in the work as well.

Thank you for standing by our side and supporting myself and all the other pattern designers out there as we transition through these changes. Change can be stressful but it can also be a transforming force for better things to come. I am working on new product lines and ideas this week which I hope to have ready to show soon.

Have a Happy New Year!

Two Weeks Left to Shop our Clearance Sale and What’s next?

Hello! I hope this message finds you well. I am popping in today to give you an idea of what’s happening with Daydreams of Quilts and what direction we are moving towards in 2019.

Time is flying by this month! There are only two weeks left of our clearance sale on Etsy. We have most handmade items on sale 10% – 30% off and fabrics are 30% – 40% off. This sale ends November 30th. Items left after this sale will be gifted, donated or will go into my own stash. 🙂

Digital Patterns will continue to be available on Etsy and Craftsy.

We have learned so much this year and visited with some fantastic makers at the Etsy pop-ups. Those lovely ladies were so kind to share some insights into their businesses with me and it became very clear that we need to change our business model. I am happy to answer any questions you have if you are interested in that. Just shoot me an email or message me through the contact form on the home page.

I will be taking it more slowly for the next few months as I have a surgery (gall bladder) coming up but watch for new and different things happening with Daydreams of Quilts in 2019. Newsletter subscribers and blog readers will be the first to hear any news.

We are discontinuing quilting supplies and handmade quilts, bags and wallets but have many different ideas for products and possibly even a whole new business. Christmas Stockings will come back seasonally. We are definitely looking to environmentally friendly choices in our approach going forward. I do have more quilt pattern designs in the works as well.

The blog will continue but at a slower pace over the next few months. It has been a pleasure to serve the quilting community. I wish to thank all of you who have supported my business, my family and myself so much. You have been wonderful!

We have one last show coming up this weekend for Daydreams of Quilts. We will be at the Made in Alberta show at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton, Alberta this weekend. I hope you will stop by and say “Hi” if you come.

Thank you again for your support this year and have a wonderful Holiday Season!

The Mint Lifesavers Mini Quilt made with Circular Logic

I was thrilled and honoured to be asked to sew a quilt with the upcoming Circular Logic fabric line by Uppercase for Windham fabric. I’ve been meaning to write my Lifesavers Pattern for quite some time and this was the perfect line for it! My mini quilt is part of the new Look Book for Circular Logic. This third Uppercase line will be available in early 2019.

Lifesavers Mini Quilt
Mint Lifesavers Mini Quilt made by Daydreams of Quilts. Photo by Uppercase for the Circular Logic Look Book.

This pattern is perfect for fussy cutting fabrics and would make a fun full sized rainbow quilt too! I would call this an advanced pattern. It gives two options for the centres of the circles. You can sew the circles as inset circles, as I have, or applique them with a 1/8th inch top stitch.

The Lifesavers Quilt pattern is 25% off on Etsy through the end of the month.

The Banksy Mini Quilt and Its Subsequent Destruction

Well! The news was interesting today wasn’t it? I checked my phone while brewing my coffee first thing this morning and was immediately intrigued by the Banksy story. I am a fan of his art and so I immediately clicked in to read.

I was fascinated all day and then when he posted a video on his Instagram account I decided that I had to make a mini quilt and destroy it in admiration and tribute.

Banksy Mini Quilt
The Banksy Quilt by Anita LaHay. Appliqued Kona on Kona with embroidery. Inspired by Banksy’s “Girl With The Red Balloon”

Then, with my iPhone on a holder and with my rotary cutter and shaking hands I cut up the mini quilt! See the video below on my YouTube channel. All in all… a creative and fun day!

Destroying the Banksy Mini Quilt Video