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.

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! 🙂