It’s been another busy week in the sewing room for me! I have many mask panels left from 2020 as most of the panel orders came in after the big mask rush on Etsy. Now I am working on using them to make other things! My most popular post on Instagram this week was this Devon Pouch that I made with a Ruby Star Society Mask Panel as the main feature panel of the bag.
I have six more Devon Pouches in the works. They’re cut and interfaced so now they’re on deck for sewing. Meanwhile I made three more pouches with mask panels of another simpler style and jazzed them up with cork on the corners using my cork scraps. These three are listed in the Zipper Pouches Section of my Etsy shop.
I did a small shop update of knitting bags and added four new medium sized Finch Bucket Bags to my Etsy shop. I made a hyperlapse video of the making one of them.
Daydreams of Quilts is Honoured!
I got an exciting email from Anuj Agarwal, the founder of Feedspot, that Daydreams of Quilts Blog is featured in the Top 100 Quilting Blogs on the web! Thank you so much to Feedspot for this honour!
My latest YouTube videos for Etsy sellers / e-commerce sellers are:
I made the adorable Chicken Walk Oven Mitt first from a two piece set of patterns in the kit. It took me about an hour and a half to make the project. I will be making the Roosting Hen hot pad next.
Watch my unboxing and quick project video below.
The Fat Quarter Club is a quick and affordable way to build a stash for quality quilting fabrics. Sign up and receive 50% off your first month. I received 12 fat quarters plus the project booklet and was very pleased with the quality. Six of the fat quarters were from Moda Fabrics and Six were from Free Spirit Fabrics. Each month you receive six fat quarters (not 12) but there were samples for two months in the package I received.
This quilt was part of a custom order where my customer requested a two sided quilt. They wanted one side to be a Canadian flag and the other side to be an American flag. When I posted the quilt on Instagram I received request for a pattern. The Canadian flag quilt pattern was posted about here and today I am posting about the American flag quilt pattern.
This quilt is made up of two inch and four inch patchwork squares. The stars on the flag are optional. There are options given in the pattern for alternatives to the stars such as blue stripes. I used a combination of navy fabrics including star spangled fabric and pieced stars as it was a request from my customer to have some pieced stars in the quilt.
Also, don’t miss our Victoria Day long weekend sale! Our shop is on sale 15% off and today is the last day. So many gorgeous Rifle Paper Co floral bags and wallets have been added to the shop in the past couple of weeks! Happy Victoria Day!
Daydreams of Quilts was very pleased to be invited to be a contributor to the Redfin blog article How to Create the Ultimate Crafting Space for Kids. We have three very creative children who love to craft. During the pandemic they have been even more crafty than usual.
Our kids have enjoyed making paper houses, pipe cleaner animals, model tanks (in the case of our teenage son) and perler bead crafts to name a few. Our daughters each want to open an Etsy shop like their mom but we want them to hold off just a few more years.
This quilt is inspired by my love for being at home with my family. It is a nice size at 72″ x 72″. The blocks are big blocks at 16″ so it doesn’t feel like it takes forever to make.
I used all Bonnie and Camille for Moda fabrics in my quilt from several different lines. I am very pleased to say that the entire white background was made from scraps leftover from making Christmas stockings so there was very little waste there.
I used 64 flannel layer cake squares, also all Bonnie and Camille fabrics, for my backing. It is so soft and cozy!
This new pattern is 20% off in my Etsy shop through Monday March 22nd.
I found this great tutorial through Pinterest and was thrilled because this is such a great way to use scraps. The written instructions in this blog post are great! I also made a video tutorial for my YouTube channel for everyone to have a visual guide as well.
I have way too many scraps as you’ll see in the video so I have a few scrap busting projects planned and in progress.
I see so many posts in the Facebook Etsy sellers groups about how their shop has been shut down and they don’t know why.
There are 10 reasons I discuss in my video but I will list a couple here that I see happen quite often.
The first is sharing wi-fi. People have their friend over and their friend uses their wi-fi (or their room mate shares the wi-fi) and then the friend’s or room mate’s shop gets shut down. If their shop gets shut down your shop can be shut down too because your shop is associated with the same wi-fi or IP address as theirs. It looks like the shops are owned by the same person.
Likewise, if you own multiple shops and one gets shut down they all will be shut down because they all use the same IP address.
For this reason I recommend not sharing wi-fi with other Etsy sellers and not using public wi-fi services to check your Etsy shop. I always use my own cell phone data to check my shop when I’m out.
The second reason is listing items that infringe on someone else’s copyright. So many sellers do this and think they are fully within their rights to sell Disney characters or Harry Potter stuff. The copyrights for those characters are owned by big corporations (Disney and Warner Bros. etc.) If you list items, even if you made them yourself, that are using those copyrighted characters you run a high risk of having your shop shut down. Just don’t do it.