Garden Vines Quilt in Flourish Fabrics

Horizontal photo of the Garden Vines / Morning Glory quilt.

We, very happily, had a bit of a run on quilts in our shop last month so I’m needing to get moving on some works in progress and get them listed! This quilt was finished a week and a half ago but haven’t had a chance to write about it until now with all the busyness of back to school. I am calling this quilt the Garden Vines Quilt but it was made using the Morning Glory quilt pattern by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew. Made entirely with the Flourish fabric line for quilt top and we still have some of these fabrics available here.

Garden Vines Quilt / Morning Glory Quilt in Flourish fabrics.
Garden Vines / Morning Glory Quilt pieced and quilted by Daydreams of Quilts.

I quilted ribbon candy all down the stems and leaf shaped loops on the leaves. The yellow background is quilted with meandering stippling. It took a full day to quilt this quilt on my Juki.

Machine quilting on the vines and leaves of the Garden Vines / Morning Glory quilt.
A close-up view of the quilting.
Close-up showing the machine sewn binding.
The binding is double folded and machine sewn to the front and back of the quilt.
The backing of the quilt is a mottled green fabric.
The back of the quilt is a mottled green fabric.
Close up of my maker's label.
Here is a close-up of my maker’s label from JJ Labels.

Here’s a pretty vertical image below for you to pin on Pinterest. 🙂

Vertical photo of the Garden Vines / Morning Glory quilt.
This quilt was fun to make and was a great pattern for these fabrics.

This quilt is available for sale here in the Daydreams of Quilts Etsy shop. Sold! Thank you. 🙂

Three Witches Embroidery Design for Spoonflower’s Design Challenge

The voting is now open in the Halloween embroidery design challenge on Spoonflower. I created a watercolour design of three witches at a cauldron and then went in on the computer and digitally added stitch lines and a quote. I bet you can guess it. It’s a famous line from Shakespeare.

This was a fun project. As soon as I receive my first print of this design in the mail and I’m sure it prints out well I will add this design to my Spoonflower shop. The best thing is you get four on a fat quarter so you could go in with friends or have extras for gifts.

Voting is open for a week on Spoonflower. Head over and check it out! There are a lot of fabric designs, which are cool, but they don’t fit the challenge (frowning face). However, I voted for 10 designs that are actually embroidery and I would be interested in stitching several of them. So fun!

Three Witches watercolour embroidery design by Daydreams of Quilts.

Scalloped Heart Hot Air Balloon Cheater Quilt

Most of you probably know about Spoonflower. It’s an amazing place where you can print your own fabric designs, print your own quilt labels, but other designer’s awesome designs and more! Plus, you can choose the fabric you want everything printed on too!

Spoonflower hosts design challenges all the time and I often go and vote on the designs. You can vote for as many designs as you like and the top designs win prizes in the form of Spoonflower credits.

For the first time I have had the courage to enter a design! I have entered in the one-yard cheater quilt panel challenge. I designed this quilt to be pieced but I honestly haven’t had time to piece it! I may still do so one day but in the meantime a cheater panel for baby quilts sounds awesome! (A cheater quilt means it looks like a quilt but it’s all one solid piece of fabric.)

Scalloped Heart Hot Air Balloon cheater quilt panel by Daydreams of Quilts.

This prints out on a 36 x 42 inch yard of fabric so you just layer, baste and quilt. It has grid lines for quilting guides. I have ordered a panel to make sure it prints out alright and as soon as I’m sure of that (just waiting for it to arrive) I will make it public so you can order it.

Update: here it is all printed and quilted. You can find this panel in my Spoonflower shop.

Rainbow hot air balloon cheater quilt panel designed and quilted by Daydreams of Quilts.

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.)