New Bag Collection Launch

Our new floral drawstring bag collection launches today in our Etsy shop!

Finch Bucket project bags at Daydreams of Quilts.

There are 14 bags total to choose from and five different sizes. Perfect for all kinds of knitting and crochet projects or just for organizing your travel bag.

Some of the bags in our new collection.

The collection includes all the sizes of the Weebraw bag and Finch Bucket bag patters. Visit our Etsy shop today to choose yours.

Weebraw bags at Daydreams of Quilts.

Round Up of the Week

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.

Devon Pouch made with a Ruby Star Society Face Mask Panel.

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.

Zipper Pouches made with Ruby Star Society Face Mask Panels.

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!

On YouTube:

My latest YouTube videos for Etsy sellers / e-commerce sellers are:

How to Add Value with Shipping Supplies

How to Shoot Listing Photos

Coming Up:

I am currently sewing the cover quilt for my next quilt pattern so watch for that coming soon. Hint: if you like my Pixelated Skull Quilt you will probably like this one!

Box Opening from Annie’s Kit Clubs Fat Quarter Club

I received some fun mail that I am happy to be sharing with you today. I have an unboxing video and fun little project too!

Adorable Chicken Walk Mitt made with Farm Fresh fabrics by Gingiber for Moda.

Note: This post contains affiliate links.

My fun mail came from Annie’s Kit Clubs. The envelope I received is from their Fat Quarter Club.

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.

American Flag Patchwork Throw Quilt Pattern

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.

American Flag Patchwork Throw Quilt Pattern by Daydreams of Quilts.

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.

This American Flag Patchwork throw quilt would be great to take on picnics or to watch the fireworks.

This pattern is quite simple to make so it is possible you could still have one made in time for July 4th coming up! You can find the pattern in the Daydreams of Quilt Etsy shop.

See a short video of both sides of the quilt on my YouTube Channel here. It was quite tricky to make a two-sided quilt and I don’t know if I would do it again but it is possible to do.

Thank you for visiting my blog today! Happy quilting!

Canadian Flag Patchwork Throw Quilt Pattern Release

Our new Canadian Flag throw quilt pattern is out today in our Etsy shop and it’s on sale 40% off!

Pattern designed and pieced by Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts.

This is a nice sized throw quilt to take on a summer picnic or to watch the fireworks. It finishes at 60” wide x 72” tall.

About this Pattern:

The red patchwork for the flag is strip pieced to save time and fabric. Strips will be sewn together and then cross-cut. The maple leaf is appliqued.

The 14 page PDF pattern file comes with a colouring page, maple leaf template, links to YouTube tutorials, computer diagrams as well as written instructions and photos.

We are so pleased to have this pattern ready in time to sew for Canada Day!

Canadian Flag Throw Quilt Pattern by Daydreams of Quilts

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!

Shop Our Victoria Day Sale!

Creating an Enticing Space for Children’s Crafting

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.

Come see our space over on my YouTube channel in my video on Creating a Kids Craft and Play Room with Inexpensive and Found Items.

Our advice for the article was to create a colorful display that entices the kids to use the supplies. Sometimes when all the supplies are tucked away it is easier to forget about them.

Use found items around your house and affordable storage options from places like IKEA. For example, on the wall in our kids’ creative space we have upcycled and chalk painted old pieces of wooden peg boards that my husband has framed out with trim. We hang colorful fabric buckets from IKEA and plastic baskets full of bean bags, toys, finger puppets and craft supplies on hooks where our kids can see them and get them on their own. The key is to have an inviting and colorful display that entices the kids to use the supplies.

Head over to the Redfin Blog to read all the advice from the crafting experts in the article.

Check out our peg boards and play room space on YouTube.

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.

Love Home Quilt Pattern Release

The Love Home Quilt Pattern is finished and finally out into the world! Hooray! (Happy dancing)

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.

Love Home Quilt designed, pieced and quilted by Daydreams of Quilts using Bonnie and Camille fabrics.

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.

Pieced backing of the Love Home quilt.

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.

New Video Tutorial for Easy Rainbow Scrap Buster Quilt

A new YouTube video is up today for my Easy Rainbow Scrap Buster Quilt. This quilt tutorial was originally published in 2016 on my blog in this post.

I have added a PDF download of the blog instructions to that post and you can grab that just below here as well.

Head over to my YouTube channel for the video tutorial.

I hope this helps you use up your scraps. Tag me on Instagram @daydreamsofquilts so I can see your scrap quilt!

Scrappy String X Block Tutorial

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.

Easy scrap busting project video tutorial on the Daydreams of Quilts YouTube channel.

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.

Coming up:

A new quilt pattern is coming out very soon so watch for a post about that.

A new YouTube scrap busting tutorial video is coming out later this week. Subscribe to my channel so you don’t miss it.

Selling on Etsy YouTube Video Series

Tips for Selling on Etsy is a new video series on the Daydreams of Quilts YouTube channel and a new video is out today on 10 Reasons Why a Shop Might Get Banned on Etsy.

New YouTube Video 10 Reasons Why a Shop Could be Banned on Etsy.

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.

For more shut-down reasons and advice from me (a 10 year, top 2% Etsy seller) check out my video on YouTube.