Chore Money Clipboard

I have been getting the household organized and implementing new systems along with the new school year. One of my new systems is a chore chart.

We have a regular chore chart with basic chores for the kids to help with such as laundry, sweeping, mowing the lawn/shoveling snow and cooking meals.

I have created a bonus clipboard for the kids to have a chance to earn some extra money by doing some extra chores. I recently went back to work part time after five years working exclusively from home so now I have my fulltime business and a part time job. This means I could use some help with the chores.

Chore Chart Clipboard with money the kids can earn doing extra chores.

I used some supplies I have had sitting around for years from Stampin’ Up including a chipboard clipboard and office themed stickers.

I have chores listed under each clip such as clean bathrooms and mop floors with notes to see Mom for instructions and final inspection. (My kids have never cleaned the bathroom!)

Chores along the bottom written in pencil in case I want to change them.

There were lots of cute stickers in my sticker pack and I put “Things To Do” on each clip.

Cute “Things To Do” stickers.

The kids need to show me their work before they can take the money. That way I can make sure they did a good job.

Bonus chore money envelope with a Creative Memories scrapbooking sticky envelope.

I also have a Bonus Chore money envelope where they can take the initiative to notice something that needs to be done. However, I don’t want them to invent fake jobs so they need to check with Mom and Dad if their idea qualifies for payment. 😉

Hopefully this incentivizes the kids to help out a little bit now that Mom is a bit busier.

Unboxing Annie’s Kit Clubs Charm Pack Club and My Quilt Project

I have another fun unboxing video today. This time it is of the Annie’s Kit Clubs Charm Pack Club. The subscription sends two charm packs every month. I have plans to make some patchwork bags with one of the charm packs but in this video there is a baby quilt top that I made with the Daybreak charm pack.

This (affiliate) link will take you to the sign up page for the charm pack club. Use code SHARE50 for 50% off your first month of any Annie’s Kit Club subscription.

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Annie’s Kit Clubs Charm Pack Club.

What would you make with the charm pack? A quilt, like I did, or another project?

10 Days of Giveaways for Daydreams of Quilts’ 10th Anniversary!

Daydreams of Quilts blog and Etsy shop are turning 10 years old on August 11th. To celebrate we are having 10 days of giveaways!

Physical product giveaways will be open to Canada and USA. Digital product giveaways will be open worldwide.

The first giveaway is today and it is one of our beautiful handmade double zip pencil pouches!

Handmade Double Zip Pencil Pouch by Daydreams of Quilts.

This giveaway is open to Canada and USA. To enter please go to our post on Instagram and/or Facebook.

The winner will be announced on the posts on August 11th.

DIY Your Own Grocery and Produce Bags

It’s the last day of “Plastics Free July” but that doesn’t mean we stop trying to use less plastic. In fact, we need to ramp it up with reusables! This week I published two YouTube sewing tutorials on my YouTube Channel for sewing your own!

Some of us, (ahem, me!) have a lot of polypropylene left in our sewing rooms from the big mask rush of 2020 so lets turn them into grocery bags in 2021.

I got my polypropylene here if you are looking for some.

The first video released was the grocery bag tutorial using polypropylene and bias binding.

How to Sew A Grocery Bag

You can find this video here on my YouTube Channel.

The second video was just released today and this one is for sewing mesh produce bags.

How to Sew a Mesh Produce Bag

You can find the mesh produce bag video here on my YouTube channel.

Have fun sewing and thank you for cutting down on single use plastic by using reusable bags! 🙂

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.