Sunday, 26 March 2017

Make an Easy Quilt - The Cogs and Wheels Free Quilt Tutorial by Daydreams of Quilts

Hello! Welcome to Daydreams of Quilts! Today I would like to share with you a free tutorial to make the quilt I am calling "The Cogs and Wheels" quilt. Find out how to get a free PDF download of this tutorial at the bottom of this post. Okay, let's get started!

Cogs and Wheels Quilt by Daydreams of Quilts

Pattern Notes: This quilt tutorial makes a 68 x 68 inch quilt. All seams are ¼”. Press as directed.

4 charm packs or 104 x 4 ½” squares + 48 light 4 ½” squares
2 yards of background fabric (coral red in the sample quilt)
1 yard of border fabric
1/2 yard of binding fabric
4 yards of backing fabric
2 yards of 96” wide batting

Trim all charms to 4 ½”.  Separate 48 light charms from the charm packs (trim to 4 ½”) and draw a diagonal line across the back.
Cut 12 – 12 ½” squares from coral background fabric.
Cut 13 – 4 ½” squares from coral background fabric.
Cut 8 – 4 ½” by width of fabric strips from border fabric.
Cut 7 – 2 ½” by width of fabric strips from binding fabric.

Sewing the Blocks:
Sew four light 4 ½” squares to the four corners of a 12 ½” background square. Sew on the drawn line, trim a ¼” from the line and press towards the corner.
Tip: Save the off cuts to make a matching half-square-triangle pillow cover later on!

Make 12

Sew 13 nine patch blocks. Choose 8 – 4 ½” squares and one background square. Layout the nine patch with the background square in the centre. Sew the squares into three rows of three. Press seams in opposite directions. Sew the three rows together and press seams from top to bottom.

Make 13
Lay out the quilt top following the quilt layout diagram. Make 5 rows of 5 blocks. Press seams in opposite directions the same as we did in the nine patch blocks. Sew the 5 rows together and press from top to bottom. Sew the border strips into four sets of two pieced end to end. Attach the borders to the side of the quilt. Trim excess fabric from the ends and then attach borders to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press towards the borders.

Quilt Layout Diagram

When the quilt top is finished make your backing by cutting the 4 yards in half to have two 2 yard pieces. Trim selvages off and piece the two pieces together with a long vertical seam. Press well.
Make a quilt sandwich by layering the quilt top on top face up, batting in the middle and backing on the bottom face down. Pin or spray baste the quilt. Quilt as desired. Trim the edges.

Sew the 7 binding strips end-to-end with biased seams. Trim ¼” from the seam and press. Fold the long binding strip in half lengthwise and press. Attach the binding to the front of the quilt with ¼” seam, fold to the back and hand sew to finish.

For a free downloadable and printable copy of this tutorial with more detailed diagrams please subscribe to the Daydreams of Quilts newsletter!

Watch for the download link in the final welcome/confirmation email after you confirm your subscription. If you miss it I will have a link to the download at the bottom of every newsletter along with all the other subscriber freebies! :)

I free mtion quilted this quilt with circles on strings to mimic the pattern in the background fabric. I also quilted the feathers in the border.

Griffin Helicopter Canada Day Quilt

This Year's Trend Tex Challenge Quilt

Hi! I am popping in today to show you my Trend Tex Challenge Quilt for the Canadian Quilter's Association annual fundraiser. This quilt will be auctioned off at Quilt Canada.

The theme this year is "Stitching A Canadian Memory". My memory is of Canada Day 2013 when a Griffin Helicopter flew over my house flying the Canadian flag. My whole family was over for a bar-be-que and I jokingly pretended that I had called up the local helicopter squadron and arranged it especially for them. ;)

We had to use the five fabrics given in the kit we purchased from CQA and we were allowed to use up to three more. I just added a tiny bit of white for the flag. Here is a close-up of the appliqued helicopter.

 The flag was a combination of piecing and applique (for the maple leaf). I cross hatch quilted the whole thing.

It was hard to send this away in the mail last week. I know I can always make another one if I want to though. :)

Friday, 24 March 2017

Craftsy's March Supplies Event!

Hi! Here is the latest news and offers from Craftsy!

Craftsy is offering deals on kits and supplies in their March supplies event.

If you are in the US they also now offer free shipping on orders over $99 and a flat rate of $4.99 for orders under $99 no matter how much you buy. Note: this post contains affiliate links. For more on affiliate links please see my "about" page.

Deals on all kits & supplies!
Quilting Supplies and Kits: Up to 50% off
Sewing Fabric and Kits: Up to 70% off
Knitting Supplies and Kits: Up to 50% off
Crochet Supplies and Kits: Up to 50% off
Cake Decorating Supplies: Up to 40% off

Click here to find these deals!


Just in time for spring, capture the soft glow of early morning light with fabrics from the latest Boundless collection. 

Click here to find this collection.

This would be perfect for Mother's Day sewing.


Take your vegetables from bland to bold for meals you'll love, with accessible cooking techniques and professional troubleshooting tips from cookbook author Ivy Manning!

Click here to get this deal.

*Get 50% off the full retail price of the Craftsy class, Vegetable Know-How. Limit one per customer. Cannot be combined with any other coupons. Expires April 19, 2017.

Happy shopping all! :) I am about to cut into my Boundless ombre rainbow strips that I showed you in this post.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Pond Bundle Giveaway on Instagram!

Pond Bundle Giveaway

Hi Guys! I am very excited to be hosting this sponsored giveaway over on Instagram! Head to this link and follow the steps to enter. This Pond Bundle giveaway is sponsored by Studio 39 Fabrics and they have the whole line in stock! "Pond" is designed by Elizabeth Hartman for Robert Kaufman Fabrics. I am loving these colours! Studio 39 Fabrics also has colourway bundles as well which is a very affordable option. Now pardon me while I gaze upon these fabrics with heart eyes. ;)

So pretty!

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Quilted Handmade Canadian Flag Pillows

Hi! Oh my goodness! My husband has been working insane hours at work and has not been around to help me at home. He is a soldier so I should be used to this but the past few years he has had fairly normal working hours and helps me a lot with the kids so I can sew. I got up at 6:00 a.m. yesterday to work on these pillows so I could get them finished before the kids woke up.

 It was worth getting up so early because I got them finished! Yay!

I received an email last week from a woman who saw my Canada Day pillow on Pinterest. It's one of my top five pins. She was inquiring about possibly having me make one for her. That pillow is quite huge so it is expensive and was not in the price range she was looking at. I wrote her back and said I would make up some sample pillows and send her some photos. So these are the samples.

These pillow are available to order from my website and from Etsy.

I used green painting tape called "Frog Tape" to mark off the pillows for quilting so I could get perfect cross hatches on them.

I made one out of Kona solids. The rest are prints with white Kona and Essex Yarn Dyed Linen.

These pillows are ready for the big party on Canada Day, July 1st, and Canada's big 150th birthday!

We are excited for Canada Day this year and also for the first day of Spring tomorrow! Happy Spring! :)

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

My "Water is Life Quilt" Will Appear in Uppercase Magazine

Hello! I have exciting news! My "Water is Life" Quilt titled "When the Tap is Finally Turned On" is still touring quilt shows in the United States but I will get to see it in print in the next issue of Uppercase Magazine!

If you are not yet an Uppercase subscriber you can subscribe here and use code "thirtythreethatsme" for 15% off.

Read more about this quilt and the exhibit it is part of in this post and this update post. Find a video of the exhibit in this post.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Sewing to Sell A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Craft Business Book Review

Hello and Happy Monday. Hey, I'm trying to be positive here. It's the Monday after the Spring time change so that's a double whammy but sewing makes everything better.

Those of you that read my newsletter know that I have been working very hard these past few months to learn all I can about making craft shows a success because I am signed up for four of them this year and a couple of them are pretty big. Note: this post contains affiliate links. For more on affiliate links please see my about page.

I bought the book "Sewing to Sell A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Craft Business" by Virginia Lindsay about a year ago and I have been using it A LOT these past couple of months. I am not a beginner at having a craft business but I am new to craft shows having only done one so far. There is a lot of great information in here. There are also 16 projects that you can make and are allowed to sell.

Here is what I have made so far:

The Slouch Bag (I modified the handles slightly) from the book Sewing to Sell A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Craft Business

Fabric is Luna Sol by Felice Regina. I ordered mine from Zoey and Bean Fabrics.

Made with Conservatory fabrics ordered from Studio 39 Fabrics.

Handmade Bags made by myself are available to purchase here.

I made six Kids' Craft Aprons - a slight modification of the Craft Apron pattern in the book. They are modeled here by my daughter.

I made four adult Craft Aprons out of Luna Sol Fabric. All craft aprons are available here.

Craft aprons from the book Sewing to Sell A Beginner's Guide to Starting a Craft Business.

This book, as you can see, is full of great projects, tips and tricks. For example, Virginia suggests using painters drip cloth canvas for the tote bags and the craft aprons as well as some other projects. Genius! I got an 8 ft x 12 ft canvas drop cloth from the hardware store for $30 and I can make tonnes of projects with it! This allows me to keep my price down as well and the things I made to sell are still of high quality and are in fact stronger and sturdier than sewing with only quilting cotton.

I recommend this book without hesitation if you are sewing to sell or even if you just want to make a lot of gifts affordably. She gives you options for making four at a time and six at a time of some of the projects as well. These options include fabric requirements and how to cut efficiently.

Click here to find 
 at C & T Publishing.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Craftsy's March Class Event

ALL classes under $20? Now that's how you kick off National Craft Month!

I just bought the class "Mix and Match Clutch Bags" last month and I loved it! I will post a review as soon as I finish a bag.

Retail Price: $49.99
You Save: $25.00
from: Craftsy

There are so many fun classes at Craftsy! I think I have about 10 in my class library now and I enjoy accessing them whenever I want to.

Click here to Shop Craftsy Classes.

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Spring Fling Sale at C&T Publishing and Book Review Round-Up

It's my favorite time of the year! Jump over to C&T Publishing where prices are slashed up to 90% this weekend only, through Sunday March 12th. This post contains affiliate links. If you click those links and purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.

Spring Fling Sale 2017

New Releases:

I already know that I want "Rainbow Quilts for Scrap Lovers" just by the cover. Click here to find this book.

"Modern Triangle Quilts" looks pretty cool too! Click here to find this book.

Now is a great time to pick up some of the awesome books I have reviewed on my blog:

Modern Selvage Quilting

Click the image to get to the book. Read my book review in this post.

Quilts for Scrap Lovers

Click the image to find this book. Click here to read my book review.

On the Go Bags

"On the Go Bags" is my most recent book purchase and I love it! Read my review in this post. Click the image to find the book.

And finally, "Urban Scandinavian Sewing". Click here to find the book. I loved this one too and you can find my review here.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Easter Egg in a Pixel Heart Quilt

Hooray! I have a finished quilt to show today! It's my "Easter Egg in a Pixel Heart" quilt. I finished hand binding it yesterday but it was so awfully windy that I couldn't go outside to take photos. My son, a well trained quilt holder, helped me get photos before he went to school today.

This is the third quilt in a series of Pixel Heart Quilts I have designed and am making this year. This one measures 52" x 52" but can easily be made larger by adding more background squares and/or borders.

The pattern is available on my website, Etsy and Craftsy.

I am having a lot of fun with this Pixel Heart quilts and am using up a lot of fabrics that have been hanging out in my stash for a while. The background fabrics here are from the Low Volume club at Westwood Acres Fabrics a couple of years ago. A lot of the squares in the heart are the Kona Color of the Year - Pink Flamingo - which came in a charm pack from Fat Quarter Shop. The other solids are all from my Kona stash.

I am thrilled to have this quilt pattern finished in time for quilters to sew it for Easter! Now, of only spring would come! (The windchill is -31C here today!)

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Sushi Pin Cushion and Needle Book Set Free Tutorial

Hi All! :) This pattern has been available to my newsletter subscribers since November so I think it's fair to give my blog readers a crack at it now, don't you? This cute little California Roll Sushi pin cushion and matching needle book is a fun afternoon project. You can download a free PDF of the tutorial from my Craftsy pattern shop. Click here to get there.