Star in a Pixelated Heart Quilt

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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.

Star in a Pixelated Heart Quilt by Daydreams of Quilts available in our Etsy shop.

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.

Canadian Flag Pixelated Heart Quilt by Daydreams of Quilts.
The centre star block. Fabrics are the Uppercase line by Janine Vangool for Windham Fabrics.

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.

Free motion quilted with wavy lines in the heart and stipple quilting on the background.

This bright beautiful throw quilt is available here in our Etsy shop.

Angular Rectangular Layer Cake Quilt Pattern

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!

Angular Rectangular layer cake quilt pattern uses two layer cakes.
“Angular Rectangular” designed and Pieced by Daydreams of Quilts.

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.

Angular Rectangular quilt pattern cover.
The pattern includes computer diagrams, written instructions, photographs and a colouring page. Find it here.

The cover quilt is also available for sale and is part of our current 20% off sale! This is a nice throw size at 59″ x 64″.

Angular Rectangular layer cake quilt pattern by Daydreams of Quilts.
There are sloths on this quilt and this is not the environment you would find them in but one can dream. This quilt is also available for sale 20% off.

This quilt was a fun one to make and it’s very satisfying to use up layer cakes from my stash! Thank you for visiting my blog today!

Free Sailboat PDF Quilt Pattern

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.

Sailboat quilt made by Daydreams of Quilts with Daysail fabrics.

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.

Free sailboat quilt pattern.
My husband and son are behind the quilt struggling to hold it against the breeze.

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New Wristlet Bags and They're on Sale!

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.

Clematis Wristlets at Daydeams of Quilts

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 flash sale ends January 23rd at midnight MST.

Crafting for Wildlife in Australia

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.

The joey pouches and bat wraps (or Mumma rolls) that I have sewn so far.

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.

The photo I posted that got such an amazing response.

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!

A Harry Potter themed wildlife pouch I made this morning.

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 first bat wrap I made yesterday.

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.

Sending all my love to Australia! xo

Happy New Year! Last Weekend for our Boxing Week Sale! Plus, get on the right email list.

Hi! Happy New Year! Did you make any New Year’s resolutions or goals? Let me know in the comments! I’ll write about mine below.

Happy New Year from Daydreams of Quilts!

Last Chance to shop Boxing Week / Clearance Sale!

This is the last weekend of our Boxing Week / Clearance Sale on Etsy. Our shop, including PDF patterns, is on sale 20 – 30% off.

Shop Boxing Week / Clearance Sale at Daydreams of Quilts on Etsy.

Are you on our email list? We have two lists: one for handmade buyers and one for quilters and handmade makers.

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.

What are your resolutions? Let me know in the comments!

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!

It's Small Business Saturday!

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.

Decorative hoop gift with purchase from Daydreams of Quilts.

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!

Cyber Week and Black Friday at Daydreams of Quilts

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.

Black Friday / Cyber week gift with purchase of $75 or more (CDN) from Daydreams of Quilts. Handmade by Anita.

Promo Codes:

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.

The coupon codes are in our shop header and shop announcement.

New this week:

This week our new listings are drawstring fabric gift bags made with high quality Oxford cotton from Daily Like Canada. And roller derby zipper pouches!

Poinsettia Drawstring Fabric Gift Bag at Daydreams of Quilts.
Polar Bears drawstring fabric gift bag at Daydreams of Quilts.
Roller Derby / Roller Skate Zipper pouches with Black Glitter Vinyl at Daydreams of Quilts.

Thank you so much for your support of our small business. 🙂

Cork Wallets Make Unique One of a Kind Vegan Friendly Gifts

Fiona Wallet made with cork and Tula Pink fabrics.

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.

A Necessary Clutch Wallet made with Cork for the body and strap and Rifle Paper Co. canvas for the flap. Find this wallet here.

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.

A Fiona Wallet made with cork for the body and Tula Pink cotton for the flap available here.

Pattern Sources:

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.

Another colour option of Rifle Paper Co. Canvas and Guilded Bark Cork. Find this wallet here.

Shop one-of-a-kind cork wallets at Daydreams of Quilts for unique gifts for the holidays!

Christmas Decor at Daydreams of Quilts

Christmas Throw Quilt at Daydreams of Quilts

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.

Christmas Throw Quilt at Daydreams of Quilts.

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.

Holiday Lodge Throw Quilt
Christmas Throw Quilt the lighter version.

We also have a lighter version which you can read more about in this post.

Throw pillows with the classic red Christmas truck are up next.

Red Christmas Truck throw pillow covers.

We also have matching gift bags and Christmas stockings with this motif.

Farmhouse Tree Skirt at Daydreams of Quilts.

The farmhouse tree skirt above completes the look and there are matching gift bags and stockings for this one as well.

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.

Snowmen mug rug/snack mat at Daydreams of Quilts.

Order now to cozy up your home for December! 🙂