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!

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. 🙂

May Long Weekend Sale and Check out These Adorable Pincushions

It’s the May long weekend at last! We had a fabulous weekend in Jasper in the Rocky Mountains last weekend (we always go ahead of the crowds every year). Scroll down for some photos of elk that I took on the trip.

This weekend we will be planting our vegetable garden and I will be happily sewing as always.

To celebrate the onset of happy summer days we are having a 20% off sale for our followers and subscribers. We heart all of you! Use coupon code for 20% off or just click the button below and Etsy will automatically apply the coupon.

We heart our followers! The Pixel Star in a Pixel Heart is one of the digital patterns on sale 20% off this weekend.

Newly finished and listed today are these adorable pincushions. I am having so much fun making these and picking all the different elements that go into them.

These are made with the “Deluxe Pincushion” pattern by Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt from her book “Sew Organized for the Busy Girl” which I just added to my collection last month. Sew fun!

Have a wonderful May long weekend if you’re in Canada! Or a wonderful May regular weekend if you’re not. 🙂 Here are those elk photos I promised.

An elk outside our sliding glass door very early in the morning.
Four elk swimming across Lake Annette. The left a trail of shedded winter fur in their wake.
One of the four elk all wet after her swim.

Modern Hexagon Pond Quilt

This is today’s quilt finish. It is made with Elizabeth Hartman’s Pond fabric line and coordinating Kona solids.

Hexagon Pond quilt pieced and quilted by Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts.

I cut the hexagons from 8 1/2″ strips that I had cut from my fat quarter bundles. I used the Hex n More Ruler by Jaybird Quilts for my cutting. I didn’t really have a plan or a pattern to follow I was just winging it. 🙂

I pieced this quilt yesterday. Yes, there are Y seams but once you get used to those they are a piece of cake. Here is a tutorial I did a few years ago on piecing hexagons.

I quilted 6″ hexagons inside the 8″ hexagons.

I kept the modern clean lined look of this quilt by quilting 6″ hexagons inside the 8″ hexagons using a plastic template from a Moda Honeycombs pack as a guide.

The back of the quilt is a Tim Holtz print of old fashioned ledgers.
Daydreams of Quilts label from Dutch Label Shop.

I machine sewed the binding to the front and the back of the quilt. I love my woven quilt labels from Dutch Label Shop. I’m starting to run low but my original 150 has lasted over a year.

This quilt is for sale in my Etsy shop here.

Trinket “Things” Blocks, A Giveaway and a Discount Code

Here it is Friday already! And Good Friday at that! I hope everyone will have a wonderful Easter weekend. My son and I were on a walk yesterday and we saw a Jack Rabbit who looked just like the Easter bunny!

Things 7-10 in the Trinket Sew Along

Here are my “Things” Blocks in the Trinket Sew Along! I am surprising myself that I am enjoying foundation paper piecing! Maybe I have turned a corner now. I really like today’s block “Things 10.” I tried to make mine like an amethyst gem as my husband has bought me a few lovely ones over our relationship (usually while driving through Ontario).

Clinton Modern Creative has sponsored me in this sew along and they are having a Spring Clearance sale. Use code: EASTER15 at checkout to save 15% off the last price site-wide on all in stock merchandise this weekend.

Daydreams of Quilts is hosting a book giveaway on Instagram! Head over to my Instagram account to enter!

Book Giveaway hosted by Daydreams of Quits on Instagram.

Have a Happy Easter and a great long weekend. Don’t forget to check out the sale items that are 15% off at Daydreams of Quilts too!

Things 6 and 15% Off Discounts

It’s my week to blog my blocks in the Trinket Sew Along! Today is the Things 6 block. I love this envelope shape!

Things 6 in the Alison Glass Trinket Sew Along

The symmetrical blocks are fun because they seem to be efficient to put together to me. I’ve been doing quite well for not having to rip out seams lately. I hope I haven’t just jinxed myself by writing that!

Don’t forget, you can still use code TRINKET15 for 15% off your order of in stock merchandise at Clinton Modern Creative! They also have a BOGO event for 2018 Cotton + Steel fabrics. Clinton Modern Creative is a sponsor of the Sew Along and they also sponsored me in the sew along by providing the pattern for me.

You can also save 15% off ready-to-ship items and PDF patterns at Daydreams of Quilts! No need for a code as the sale is on Etsy. Don’t forget – Mother’s Day is coming up! Maybe you need a Mother’s Day gift like these beautiful project bags made with Alison Glass fabrics!

Project Bags made by Daydreams of Quilts with Alison Glass fabrics. (Pattern hack of the Retreat Bag pattern by Emmaline Bags.)

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.