Hello quilting friends! I have designed this fun Love Letter Postcard quilt block today. You can use it for Valentine’s day or anytime of the year. It features a cute fussy cut postage stamp. Mine has a frog prince for the postage stamp.
This quilt block can be 8 x 12 inches finished or 12 x 12 inches finished if you add a top and bottom border.
Note: my sample block has borders made from the background fabric but I suggest using a different fabric so the postcard shape shows up. I think I will take my borders off and either make this into a mug rug or switching up my border fabric.
I had some fun yesterday making the Roosting Hen Pot Holder which was the other project from the Annie’s Kit Clubs fat quarter bundle that I wrote about in this post.
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This cute little project was quick to make and it’s perfect for lifting hot pot lids off of pots on the stove. I made a quick video of myself making it.
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These reusable fabric drawstring gift bags are a popular item in my Etsy shop in the run-up to Christmas.
I first learned how to make these bags on Jeni Baker’s Blog. I developed my own way of making them though because I needed a simpler faster way to make them.
Over the weekend I created a tutorial video to show you how I make these bags. You may wonder why I would share how I make one of my best sellers in my shop but the way I see it is; the more people using reusable gift wrap, the better. Plus, I cannot supply everyone and there’s room for all of us in the market.
These bags are an environmentally friendly gift wrap option that uses fabric efficiently and can be reused again and again. You can make larger sizes but this size is the most efficient use of fabric.
You can cut 2 main bag fabrics from one fat quarter and you can cut accent bands for four bags from a second fat quarter. You will need a third fat quarter from the lining or a 12.5″ x width of fabric piece will make linings for two bags. (Cut carefully, there is very little waste.)
For one bag cut the following:
cut two 9.5″ tall by 10.5″ wide main bag pieces
cut two 4.5″ tall by 10.5″ wide accent band pieces
A few weeks ago a friend of mine who is a teacher contacted me to ask me if I would consider sewing teacher aprons. I had no idea but these are much needed during the pandemic. Teachers have a lot of extra things to carry and manage throughout the day such as hand sanitizer, which they need to squirt on the elementary school kids’ hands, masks and all the other usual things like white board pens, phone, keys and so on.
Teachers are wanting aprons to help manage all these things, stay organized and keep their hands free. Maybe you know a teacher who would like one for Christmas.
My friend wanted her aprons made from this free tutorial on the Crafty Staci blog and so that is what I used. These also make fantastic vendor aprons for when we can do craft shows again.
I created a YouTube video tutorial on how to sew these as it can be a bit tricky following along on a blog post sometimes. I made the Library Books themed one below on the video. The pattern and written instructions are on the Crafty Staci blog.
I have a teacher aprons section in my Etsy shop where you can find these aprons available to purchase. I received some teacher themed fabrics I ordered on Spoonflower with math, science and general teaching motifs so more aprons will be coming soon.
Hello! Welcome to Daydreams of Quilts! Today I would like to share with you a free tutorial to make the quilt I am calling “The Cogs and Wheels” quilt. Find out how to get a free PDF download of this tutorial at the bottom of this post. Okay, let’s get started!
Cogs and Wheels Quilt by Daydreams of Quilts
Pattern Notes: This quilt tutorial makes a 68 x 68 inch quilt. All seams are ¼”. Press as directed.
4 charm packs or 104 x 4 ½” squares + 48 light 4 ½” squares
2 yards of background fabric (coral red in the sample quilt)
1 yard of border fabric
1/2 yard of binding fabric
4 yards of backing fabric
2 yards of 96” wide batting
Trim all charms to 4 ½”. Separate 48 light charms from the charm packs (trim to 4 ½”) and draw a diagonal line across the back.
Cut 12 – 12 ½” squares from coral background fabric.
Cut 13 – 4 ½” squares from coral background fabric.
Cut 8 – 4 ½” by width of fabric strips from border fabric.
Cut 7 – 2 ½” by width of fabric strips from binding fabric.
Sewing the Blocks:
Sew four light 4 ½” squares to the four corners of a 12 ½” background square. Sew on the drawn line, trim a ¼” from the line and press towards the corner.
Tip: Save the off cuts to make a matching half-square-triangle pillow cover later on!
Sew 13 nine patch blocks. Choose 8 – 4 ½” squares and one background square. Layout the nine patch with the background square in the centre. Sew the squares into three rows of three. Press seams in opposite directions. Sew the three rows together and press seams from top to bottom.
Lay out the quilt top following the quilt layout diagram. Make 5 rows of 5 blocks. Press seams in opposite directions the same as we did in the nine patch blocks. Sew the 5 rows together and press from top to bottom. Sew the border strips into four sets of two pieced end to end. Attach the borders to the side of the quilt. Trim excess fabric from the ends and then attach borders to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press towards the borders.
Quilt Layout Diagram
When the quilt top is finished make your backing by cutting the 4 yards in half to have two 2 yard pieces. Trim selvages off and piece the two pieces together with a long vertical seam. Press well.
Make a quilt sandwich by layering the quilt top on top face up, batting in the middle and backing on the bottom face down. Pin or spray baste the quilt. Quilt as desired. Trim the edges.
Sew the 7 binding strips end-to-end with biased seams. Trim ¼” from the seam and press. Fold the long binding strip in half lengthwise and press. Attach the binding to the front of the quilt with ¼” seam, fold to the back and hand sew to finish.
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I free mtion quilted this quilt with circles on strings to mimic the pattern in the background fabric. I also quilted the feathers in the border.