Canadian Summer QAL Upstream Block and Halfway Point Check-in

Fish quilt block

Welcome to the halfway point in the Canadian Summer Quilt Along! Wow! You quilters are doing great and I am loving the variety of the blocks in the Instagram hashtag #canadiansummerqal.

Upstream Block

Today’s block is the “Upstream Block” designed by Natasha Just of “Just Sewing.”

Natasha’s block is inspired by summer trips to a fishing lodge in northern Saskatchewan and depicts three fish swimming upstream.

Fish quilt block
Anita’s version of the Upstream block using cotton and steel fabrics with a Carolyn Friedlander crosshatch background. Quilted by Stitched Quilting Co.

I, like many Canadian girls, have fond fishing memories too. There are so many great places to spend time outdoors in Canada.

Head to Natasha’s website to read about her block and download her block pattern and keep reading here for the Halfway Point Check-in prize information.

Halfway Point Check-In Giveaways!

To celebrate reaching the halfway point in the Canadian Summer Quilt along three fabulous Canadian quilt shops have joined us to giveaway four fantastic fabric bundles!

How to enter:

At this point in the quilt along six regular blocks and four bonus blocks have been released for a total of 10 quilt blocks. To enter the halfway point giveaways you need to post a photo of 6 of those 10 blocks in the Instagram hashtag #canadiansummerqal before the next block comes out on July 23rd. If you’ve sewn 8 or 10 and you want to show them all that is fine too but you need a minimum of 6 blocks in your photo.

Halfway Point Sponsors and Prizes:

Here are our wonderful sponsors and their prizes:

Clinton Modern Creative in has sponsored two prize bundles pictured below.

Troll Brothers Quilt Designs has sponsored the bundle below.

Fat Quarter Bundle from Troll Brothers Quilt Designs (one for halfway prize and one for grand prize)

Studio 39 Fabrics has sponsored the bundle below:

Prize bundles from Studio 39 Fabrics. One for the grand prize and one for the halfway check-in point.

You have four chances to win! I can’t wait to see your blocks in the hashtag! Happy sewing!

Please show our sponsors some love and visit their online shops to see if they have the fabric you are looking for for your next project!

Sugarplum by Heather Ross is here!

Flannel Christmas fabric

Any day that Heather Ross fabric arrives at my house is a fantastic day but more so if it’s Christmas fabric! Sugarplum has arrived at Daydreams of Quilts and we are thrilled. My Mom is already texting me that she would like pillow cases for Christmas.

Sugarplum Christmas fabric
Adorable sugarplum prints in cotton.

We have all the fabrics except for two bolts that are on back order. (We are missing aqua mice and Nutcracker mice on pink.) I have suspended bundles until we know for sure we are getting those but in the meantime all the fabrics in stock are listed. We also have all the flannels which are so nice on the back of a Christmas quilt in the wintertime.

Flannel Christmas fabric
The four flannel prints in the Sugarplum line.

Click here to shop Sugarplum in our shop.

Thank you so much for supporting our small family business.

Flourish Fabric by Mia Whittemore is here!

Flourish fabric fat quarter bundle

At long last Flourish fabric has finally arrived! I ordered this in September and it’s three months late but worth the wait!

This is one of those fabric lines that is more beautiful in person than in photos. I am very happy to have it in my shop and after a short Google search, I’m not sure, but we might be the only shop in Canada to have it. (? have you seen it anywhere ?)

Flourish fabric fat quarter bundle
Flourish by Mia Whittemore for Windham Fabrics

I love the big focal print! I definitely want to put that on some bags. I think these will be great in a Greenhouse Quilt too and have had a lap quilt planned with them for quite some time!

Find these beautiful water colour print fabrics in our shop here.

We have fat quarter and half yard bundles plus yardage of the whole line.

Here is a link to the look book.

Flourish swatch card.

Mia was the winner of Uppercase Magazine’s most recent surface design competition. So cool! I love Uppercase!

Greenhouse Quilt Along Week 7 Row 6 Plants

Here we go for the start of week 7 in the Greenhouse Quilt Along!

At this point we are experts at sewing these plant blocks so that’s all good but we may be losing some of our motivation so I am here to cheer you on today! We are getting very close to the end! Keep going! You can do it! (I am also talking to myself here as I have lagged a bit.)

Aloe Vera Quilt Block
Isn’t this “Kona Acid Green” colour crazy? I kind of love it though! It’s great for plants!

If you need to check the schedule on the main Greenhouse Quilt Along Post click here.

Only three more rows after this one!

Handmade Quilts are 30% off through July 20th

Handmade quilts ready-to-ship are now 30% off through July 20th at Daydreams of Quilts.

Click here to shop quilts

Here’s a look at what is available.

A modern twin sized tulip quilt
Modern Tulips Quilt pieced by Daydreams of Quilts. Quilted by Geeky Bobbin.
American Flag Heart Quilt Pixelated Heart
American Flag Heart Quilt made with strips. It is also possible to make it as a scrappy pixleated heart quilt.
LIttle Apples Child’s Quilt or Lap Quilt.
Pecking Order Quilt pieced with April Showers on Kona Nightfall.
Shweshwe modern plus child’s quilt.

Please share with those you think may be interested. Thank you! 🙂

Canadian Summer Quilt Along Beaver Block

Quilted Beaver

Welcome to Week 5 of the Canadian Summer Quilt along! Time is flying! Do you know what this means? This means next week we are halfway and we are having a halfway check-in with prizes from our sponsors. So keep sewing and I will have more information on that in next week’s post!

This week’s block is designed by Lesley Chaisson of Berry Birdie Designs. Lesley has designed a block of one of Canada’s iconic animals – the beaver.

We have quite a few beavers around here (Wainwright, Alberta) in ponds nearby. A couple of years ago we were in an animal look-out tower on the Battle River and we (my husband, kids and I) watched a beaver swimming and dragging branches along the shore for about half an hour. It was quite fascinating as you don’t often see them up close in the wild. I love their leathery tails!

Here is my version of the Beaver Block:

Quilted Beaver
The Beaver Quilt Block pieced by Anita of Daydreams of Quilts. Quilted by Dara of Stitched Quilting Co.

Dara of Stitched Quilting Co. is a longarm quilter in Nanaimo, BC and she quilted by Canadian Summer Quilt Along quilt for me. This is the amazing detail she put into my Beaver block.

Head to Berry Birdy to download Lesley’s fantastic Beaver Quilt Block Pattern.

Check out the main Canadian Summer Quilt Along page for the schedule and links to blocks that have come out so far. Photos of prizes for the grand prize package have been added now too!

Kinder is now Clearance Priced at more than 40% off!

We have just heard that Sugarplum and Flourish are shipping to us so we need to make room! Kinder is now on sale more than 40% off at $5.00/half yard. Help us made room and take advantage of this great price! This includes the last of the full collection fat quarter bundles and fat eighth bundles.

Shop 40% off sale!

Thank you for supporting our small family business!

Kinder fabric on sale
Kinder is now clearance priced at 40% off!

Canadian Summer QAL Wind Power Quilt Block

Welcome to today’s bonus block in the Canadian Summer Quilt Along! Today’s block is the Wind Power Quilt Block which is inspired by the many wind turbines that Canada has to create eco-friendly wind power.

Pinwheel Quilt Block
The wind power block is inspired by wind turbines that create electric power from the wind.

I hope that Canada will create more and more eco-friendly solutions for all aspects of our lives and commodities we consume and that Canada will be a world leader in environmental change. Because of this I chose the colours of red and white for my block.

The Wind Power Block is a free pattern in my shop. Download it here.

This is the last bonus block of our quilt along. Keep checking for the weekly blocks on Mondays. We are loving all the posts in the Instagram hashtag #canadiansummerqal.

Visit the main Quilt Along post for links to all the blocks that have been released so far and all the prizes in the Grand Prize.

Greenhouse Quilt Along Week 6 Row 5 Plants

Wow! Week six in the quilt along already! Thank you for quilting along with me and keeping me going on my rows!

A couple of my row four plants from last week. I love the Kona “Green Tea” colour on the bottom of the Prickly plant and those cacti look more prickly with that star print in them.

I finished all my row four plants in one day last Wednesday and then I got distracted with starting up sewing stock for my shop for Christmas. So I am starting off on row five today. I am enjoying posts from Lisa and Diane in the Instagram hashtag #greenhouseqal and a new participant, Sarah, just joined us and shared her fabrics and background cutting in the Daydreams of Quilts Facebook Group.

Keep going everyone! We’re more than halfway there and these quilts are going to be amazing.

The winner of the Kinder fat quarters from last week is Lisa who not only posted her rows but she almost has her quilt top together! Keep sharing for a chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Shweshwe fabrics from my shop.