Etsy Made In Canada Edmonton

This will be our second year at the Etsy Made in Canada Show in Edmonton and we are looking forward to it! The Edmonton show is the largest Etsy Made in Canada show in the country!

Etsy Made in Canada September 29 and 30th at the Shaw Conference Centre.

We have bags, wallets, Christmas stockings, tree skirts, table runners, quilts and pillows! Over the next few days I will be working on Crayon wallets too! Those are great for keeping kids entertained in a pinch when you’re out.

Save the Shipping: If you are in the Edmonton area and are planning to attend the show you are welcome to place an order now in our Etsy shop and pick it up at the show. Just write me a note to seller at checkout letting me know you want to pick it up and I will refund your shipping. This includes our supply section clear out as well! Fabric, books, Elizabeth Hartman patterns, Wonder Clips and more are 20 – 40% off.

We will be shutting down our Shopify site soon so we are directing our customers to our Etsy shop.

We have put all 34 of our digital PDF patterns on Etsy on sale 20% off starting today through Sept. 30th. (Patterns will continue even though we are clearing out supplies.)

All ready-to-ship quilts are 15% off on Etsy now through Sept. 28th.

As always my family and I thank you for your support of our small business. We hope to see some of you at the Etsy show!

Paint-By-Number Quilts 4 Animal Appliqués

Hello! I am thrilled to be here today to tell you about “Paint-By-Number Quilts” the new booklet written by my online friend, and fellow quilter, Kerry Foster and published by C&T Publishing.

Kerry is well-known as Penny Dog in the quilting world and she is originally from the United Kingdom. She is now a fellow Canadian and Albertan living in my old stomping grounds of Calgary, Alberta.

When Kerry said she was writing a ‘how-to’ on her Paint-By-Numbers quilting technique I was so excited for her! I have long admired her amazing animal quilts.

animal quilts
Paint-By-Number Quilts by Kerry Foster

The best part is that Kerry has already figured out how to make these quilts happen and she tells us all how to do it with concise, easy-to-understand instructions with step-by-step photos.

Each of the four patterns in the booklet has a colour key which is printed right along the edge of the page for easy comparison to the fabrics in your stash. So you can easily choose fabrics for your project. Each colour is also assigned a number which corresponds to it’s placement in the quilt layout. So you can’t go wrong! Just number your fabric choices with the numbers in the colour key and you’re all set.

The Grizzly Bear Wall hanging in Paint-By-Number Quilts by Kerry Foster.

I love the Grizzly Bear Wall Hanging! I’ve seen a few of these in the wild (grizzly bears, not wall hangings). Most memorably, one time in Jasper National Park when I was a young teenager, my family and I were having a picnic, of salmon sandwiches of all things, while a grizzly bear was nearby. I even said to my Mom, “Do you think it’s a good idea to eat salmon sandwiches with a grizzly bear nearby?” But my parents said the bear wasn’t bothering anybody and he was a ways away.

He was going about his business when suddenly he must have caught a whiff of our lunch because he stopped, raised his nose in the air and then turned directly towards us. Five people never cleared a picnic table and climbed into a station wagon so fast!

Anyway, I would love to make this bear wall hanging and am glad I’ve lived to have the opportunity to do so. (And I don’t even like salmon!)

Kerry’s booklet has all the pattern pieces needed as well as layout diagrams for each of the four projects. Detailed instructions are given for every step of the way from choosing fabrics and preparing to cut all the way to quilting the finished quilt top. Of course, you can use the techniques you learn from the booklet to create Paint-By-Number quilts from your own photos. (Sadly it didn’t occur to me to take a photo while running for my life with my hated salmon sandwich in my hand.)

Raccoon mug run from Paint-By-Numbers Quilts by Kerry Foster

A good project to begin with would be this adorable little Raccoon mug rug. You can get the hang of the techniques before embarking on a larger wall hanging. I have raccoon stories too from when we lived in Vancouver and New Brunswick… they all involve garbage cans.

Anyway, if you’re searching for something fun and new to try I recommend picking up a copy of Paint-By-Number Quilts and learning Kerry’s techniques for animal appliqué quilts. It is expected to be available in stores by the end of September or check C&T Publishing. Amazon will have it early too. The booklet is 32 pages long.

Kerry will be releasing some additional Paint-By-Numbers Quilts patterns to coincide with the booklet release so keep and eye on her Instagram account and blog for information on that!

Disclosure: Kerry asked me if I would be interested in reviewing her booklet and I jumped at the chance. I was given a digital review copy in order to write this blog post. I was truly impressed with the booklet and the quality of the instructions and projects. All opinions expressed here, including my hatred of salmon sandwiches, are my own.

Announcing the Grand Prize Winner in the Canadian Summer QAL

The grand prize winner in the Canadian Summer Quilt Along is Becky Keizer! Congratulations to Becky! She started later in the quilt along and not only caught up but finished her quilt top! Becky is known as @keizerquilts on Instagram.

There were seven quilt tops entered in the hashtag on Instagram (not including designers in the quilt along). The winner was chosen by random draw from the names of the quilters who made those seven quilts.

This concludes the Canadian Summer Quilt along! I hope everyone had a great summer and thank you so much for sewing along. Congratulations to everyone on finishing their quilt tops!

Canadian Quilt
Canadian Summer Quilt Along Quilt Pieced by Anita LaHay. Quilted by Dara Tomasson. Designed by 12 Canadian Quilters.

My Happy Place Row Along Starts Soon

Hello! I’m popping in today to let you know about a free Row Along starting up soon! The “My Happy Place Row Along” starts September 4th on the Seams to Be Sew blog. Marian does an amazing job hosting these row alongs every year and she has lined up many, many prize sponsors.

All quilt row patterns are free for at least a week after each designer’s day so make sure to download your rows each day. After that week designers have the option of having a fee for their patterns.

Find out more here and see the other designers in the row along.

The Daydreams of Quilts Row comes out on September 27th. I can’t wait to show it to you!

Canadian Summer QAL Final Week Snowbird Block

Welcome to the 12th and final week of the Canadian Summer Quilt Along! I have seen some amazing nearly-finished quilt tops popping up on social media! So exciting!

This week’s block is designed by Julie Johnston of Owly Patterns. This one is another foundation paper pieced block and was the one that was the most challenging for me to sew.

EDITED TO ADD: If you’re easily offended then do not click through to Owly Patterns as she has designed some patterns that some people find offensive.

Snowbird Jet Quilt Block
Anita’s version of Julie’s Snowbird block. Quilted by Dara of Stitched Quilting Co. I love how Dara put the mountains into the quilting!

Julie’s Snowbird block represents the Snowbird Jets of the Royal Canadian Air Force that we see flying over special events and at air shows around the country in impressive flying formations.

Head to Julie’s Craftsy shop to download your free block pattern for the Snowbird block.

EDITED TO ADD: Julie has donated many hours of her time to create her free block pattern but if you’re easily offended then do not click through to Owly Designs. 

This is the final block in our quilt along. To enter the grand prize contest please post a picture of your quilt top in the hashtag #canadiansummerqal by September 3rd, 2018 (Labour Day).

Your quilt top does not need to be quilted or bound (a flimsy is okay) but it does need to include at least 12 of the 16 blocks from the Canadian Summer Quilt Along. They can be set however you like and you can add other blocks/elements if you wish.

To see more information about the grand prize and find links to our prize sponsors and all the blocks in the quilt along please visit the main Canadian Summer Quilt Along page.

Thank you so much for quilting along with us! Thank you to all of our prize sponsors and block designers! I couldn’t have done this without you! I can’t wait to see everyone’s quilt tops!

Thank you to Dara Tomasson of Stitched Quilting Co. for quilting my Canadian Summer Quilt Along quilt.

Canadian Quilt
Canadian Summer Quilt Along Quilt Pieced by Anita LaHay. Quilted by Dara Tomasson. Designed by 12 Canadian Quilters.

Quilt Along Sponsors
Thank you so much to our sponsors and designers! Please visit the Canadian Summer Quilt Along page for links.

Canada Quilt
A truly Canadian Quilt! Designed, pieced and quilted by Canadian quilters. Pieced by Anita LaHay. Quilted by Dara Tomasson. Designed by 12 Canadian Quilt Designers.

Get Ready for Fall Sewing with 25% off PDF Patterns and Flourish Fabric

Flourish Fabric and all Daydreams of Quilts PDF patterns are on sale 25% off now through Sunday.

A selection of four Flourish Fabrics.

These beautiful vibrant watercolour print fabrics will make stunning quilts and bags.

With Fall around the corner I have released the Jack-O-Heart Pattern and the Turkey in a Pixel Heart Pattern as stand alone patterns. These were previously only available in my ebook “A Year of Pixel Heart Quilts.”  These two are mini quilts and the Jack-o-Heart Pattern has measurements for a lap quilt.

All patterns, including the ebook, are 25% off now through Sunday.

Canadian Summer QAL Week 11 Canada Goose Cabin Block

Canada Goose Quilt block

Welcome to week 11 of the Canadian Summer Quilt Along! This week we have a Canada Goose Cabin Block designed by Tish Leupen that combines traditional piecing and appliqué.

Canada Goose Quilt block
Goose Cabin Block, designed by Tish Leupen, made by Anita of Daydreams of Quilts. Quilted by Dara of Stitched Quilting Co.

Above is my version of the Goose Cabin Block beautifully quilted by Dara Tomasson of Stitched Quilting Co. I love this block so much! And with fall coming soon I will be watching the skies for these birds flying over and I will feel a tinge of sadness as I do every year. But I know they will come back in the spring and that always brings happy excitement.

Tish is here to guest post today about her block. So without further ado here is Tish!

Finally, it is my turn to present my block for the Canadian Summer Quilt Along! I am thrilled to be part of the design team for this beautiful quilt. This week’s block should be pretty easy for everyone to put together. No paper piecing involved! This is the second last block, which means we can start sewing our quilts together and finish them in time to snuggle under this fall.

My inspiration for this block, is the iconic Canada Goose that most Canadians have a love/hate relationship with. We all know they are not the brightest birds in the world. They inundate our parks all summer and leave behind plenty of their waste. They lose their flight feathers for a short time and become earthbound, not the least bit alarmed by the cars and bikes hurtling towards them.

When autumn arrives and the days are shorter and colder though, they answer an ancient ingrained call to head south to warmer climates. Much as the Canada Geese annoy us , we can’t help but look up when we hear their flight call as huge flocks of geese are once again in their V formations flying away.

My block had to have Flying Geese in it. I was inspired by the heavy woolen socks we wear when summer ends for my colour scheme. I used grey for the main part of the block and the top suggests the traditional cream and red strip of cabin socks. It makes me sad to think that summer is coming to an end soon. School will start again in a couple weeks, and we will be have our summer memories to keep us warm in the coming months. Sigh!

I’m looking forward to seeing your colour choices for this block. Be sure to post them on Facebook or Instagram with #canadiansummerqal. There are great prizes to be won for your finished quilt tops. Check Anita’s blog @daydreamsofquilts for the dates to keep in mind.

A huge thank you, Anita, for organizing this great Canadian quilt along. I really appreciate the opportunity to be a part of it!


Thank you so much Tish for your guest post and for designing this fun block of an iconic Canadian symbol. Click the link below to download the free pattern for Tish’s block.

Thank you for visiting the Daydreams of Quilts blog today. Visit the main Canadian Summer Quilt Along page for links to all the previously released blocks and for photos and sponsors of the grand prize package being drawn on Labour Day!

Canadian Summer QAL Week 10 Seasons Block

Foundation Paper Pieced Maple Leaf Block

Welcome to week 10 of the Canadian Summer Quilt Along! This week we have the Seasons Block by Mary-Kay Colman of the blog Quilting Junkie.

Foundation Paper Pieced Maple Leaf Block
Seasons Quilt Block designed by Mary-Kay Colman and family. Pieced by Anita of Daydreams of Quilts.

I was really excited when I saw this block because, of course, the Maple Leaf fits in perfectly with the Canadian Theme but also because I had never seen it done exactly this way before. This was something new!

I was also very proud of my achievement in piecing this block because Foundation Paper Piecing has been my arch nemesis in quilting until now.

Foundation Paper Pieced Maple Leaf Quilt Block
One quarter of the Seasons Block.

Tips: I used fabric colours just as Mary-Kay had them in the pattern graphic because I get easily confused when Foundation Paper piecing. I also coloured the pattern sections with scribbles in pencil crayon in the colours that they would be sewn to to further clarify things for myself.

Please head over to Mary-Kay’s blog to read her post about her block and download her pattern. Have fun sewing this week!

Visit the main Canadian Summer Quilt Along page for the schedule, links to already released blocks and the list of prizes in the grand prize package that one lucky winner will win! Only a few weeks to the draw date!

Giveaway: Post your Seasons block in the hashtag #canadiansummerqal on Instagram before next week’s block comes out for a chance to win a copy of my newest PDF pattern “Hidden Zig Zag”.

Happy Quilting!