I did a major four-day clean of my sewing room at the end of December and in doing so I found several bundles of fabrics that I had tucked away for various project. As often happens, the original passion for the idea had faded but these fabrics needed their time to shine. Originally I had planned a quilt of all eight point stars so I had two star blocks. One of those blocks is shining front and centre on this recently finished pixel heart quilt.
The front of this heart quilt is made entirely out of the fabrics from the first Uppercase fabric line by Janine Vangool for Windham Fabrics.
To make this quilt I used my Canadian Flag Pixelated Heart pattern and put the star block where the maple leaf block was. Then I changed the red bars on either side of the maple leaf back to regular pixel squares. I added two inch borders of black fabrics from the fabric line.
The centre star block is made up of 16 three inch squares. Four regular squares in the corners and half square triangles make up the star.
This bright beautiful throw quilt is available here in our Etsy shop.
This pattern uses two layer cakes! And you don’t have to buy additional background fabric. That’s my kinda pattern! The Angular Rectangular pattern is the newest PDF quilt pattern from Daydreams of Quilts and it’s currently 20% off!
I used a layer cake of “Honeymoon” and a layer cake of “Paper Bandana” from the original group of Cotton + Steel designers for my quilt. This shows that your layer cakes don’t have to be the same but can be coordinating.
I have written a free quilt pattern for this sailboat quilt! It’s fun to make and finishes up at a good size at 64″ x 76″. Scroll down to the bottom of this post and sign up for my maker’s email list to get this free pattern.
I used a charm pack for the sails and a few fat eighths for the boats. This is a nice quilt for any gender and of course it’s perfect for sailing enthusiasts.
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I have been busy making these lovely wristlets for our Etsy shop! For their first time ever being in our Etsy shop we are having a flash sale for two days only! These bags are 20% off but newsletter subscribers to our handmade buyer’s list can get a “double dip” on the discount so make sure to get on that list!
I made these bags in a variety of styles and with various materials such as cork and fractured vinyls.
These were made using the “Clematis Wristlet” pattern from Blue Calla Patterns. They are a bit more challenging than a regular wristlet or zipper pouch because they have curves but they’re fun to make!
The fires in Australia have been absolutely devastating to the people and the many wonderful animals who live there. It has been so heart breaking to watch the news and see the pain and suffering of the animals and people and feeling powerless to help. Thankfully the internet connects all of us and I have been able to find a way to put my skills to use to help.
There are two Facebook groups that I have joined this week. Animal Rescue Craft Guild and Canadian Animal Rescue Craft Group. In the “files” section of these groups they have the patterns for making bat wraps and joey pouches. They are in need of these items. Their “stoplight” graphic says they are not in need of koala mittens at this time. They also have knitting and crochet patterns too!
I made four bat wraps yesterday and posted in the Animal Rescue Craft Guild (the Australian group) to say that we are sending all our love from Canada and are working to help in any way that we can. The outpouring of thanks was overwhelming! I just wanted the people of Australia to know that we love them, their country and their animals and we want to help. I wasn’t expecting such a heart warming response but I should have known because Aussies are wonderful people.
When I was in high school we had several Australian exchange students and I hung out with them all that year. They were great friends!
I had quite a bit of Harry Potter flannels left over from sewing pyjama pants for my kids for Christmas and I had two flannel baby blankets (Bonnie and Camille fabrics) from when my last child was a baby. So this has been a great use for those fabrics.
The bat wraps are very easy (and fun!) to make and are beginner friendly. The joey pouches are also easy and I would say a beginner could make those as well. There are also tutorial PDFs in the Facebook group files.
Luckily for me my friend is the hub coordinator for Alberta and she lives about 200 feet from my house. She knows a man who is flying to Australia on Friday and she can get my animal gifts to him in Edmonton before he goes so they can be on the ground very quickly. I’m just going to sew some Sugar Glider pouches and then I will hand everything over to her. 🙂
Hopefully this post inspired you to help if you can.
If you want to be on both lists that’s great too! I will be tailoring my emails to each audience this year and moving forward so I don’t bore you with things you are not interested in.
I spent the last four days of December cleaning my craft room. Like, deep cleaning it! I pulled the room apart section by section and dusted, vacuumed, sorted and organized. I realized there are quite a few fabrics that, while very nice, are no longer as precious to me as they once were. So I’m sewing with those first!
I also have a goal of building my own e-commerce site this year. We’ll see how that goes.
Happy New Year and I hope 2020 is off to a great start for you!
Our Cyber Week sale continues and because it’s Small Business Saturday we have a special offer today. I have made five of these adorable Polar Express hoops to give away as free gifts with purchase for the first five orders over $30. This is to say “Thank you!” for supporting my small business.
We still have a few of our handmade pot holder gifts with purchase too so if your order is over $75 you could potentially receive two free gifts in your package! Keep them for yourself or give them as gifts this season!
Our Cyber Week sale started on Monday and is still going strong! A few listings have sold out but there are still loads of great items to choose from. Plus, I added three new listings this week!
You haven’t missed out!
Our Cyber week promotions include a free handmade pot holder gift-with-purchase for every order over $75 (Canadian dollars) and there are still 8 pot holders ready to go out. We also have a special little gift with purchase just for Small Business Saturday coming up.
We have the whole shop 20% off! If your purchase is over $100 (CDN) use code 2019CYBER25 for 25% off instead. If your purchase is over $300 use code 2019CYBER30 for 30% off instead.
Cork leather is a great alternative over animal leather for wallets and handbags. For ladies living the vegan or animal friendly life-style these wallets are a thoughtful one-of-a-kind gift.
With today’s environmental concerns many people are looking for alternatives and ways to reduce their impact on the environment. Even if you are not living the vegan lifestyle cork is a nice material for a wallet. Of course, if you are shopping for a gift for a vegan or animal rights advocate a gift made of cork is a way to show you care about their values.
I recently started making the Fiona Wallet Pattern and I really like it. You can find this pattern here. Find the Necessary Clutch Wallet pattern here.
I purchase my cork from Canadian supplier MM Cork Supply. On her website she explains why cork is a good choice.
” Cork is an ecofriendly alternative to leather that is natural, sustainable, vegan, and PETA certified. The cork bark is peeled from the tree by skilled labourmen without harming the tree. The same tree can be reharvested every 9 years for up to 300! Cork leather is as strong as it’s animal counterpart, water resistant and has naturally occurring antibacterial & antimildew properties. “
MM Cork Supply Website FAQ
I have been sewing wallets with cork for over two years now and I really enjoy working with it. One of the most fun parts of the process is choosing the fabrics to go with the cork.
Want to update your holiday decor this year? We have several options at Daydreams of Quilts that will up the cozy factor. Here’s a showcase of what we have available for 2019.
First up are the quilts of course! Quilts are the epitome of cozy at the holidays and year-round. The quilt above is the dark version and you can read more about it and the fabrics that are used in it in this post.
If you prefer a more whimsical look for your holiday decor I created this adorable Santa gnome tree skirt with a mash-up of Sugarplum and Winterkist fabrics. More tree skirts can be found in our tree skirt section.
We also have little mug rugs or snack mats to set on your side table or desk for your coffee break or milk and cookies.