Well! The news was interesting today wasn’t it? I checked my phone while brewing my coffee first thing this morning and was immediately intrigued by the Banksy story. I am a fan of his art and so I immediately clicked in to read.
I was fascinated all day and then when he posted a video on his Instagram account I decided that I had to make a mini quilt and destroy it in admiration and tribute.
Then, with my iPhone on a holder and with my rotary cutter and shaking hands I cut up the mini quilt! See the video below on my YouTube channel. All in all… a creative and fun day!
My happy place has always been the mountains in Jasper National Park here in Alberta so of course my row had to depict something from there. I chose Pyramid Mountain at Pyramid Lake for the subject of my row.
I am so thankful to Northcott Fabrics for sponsoring the row along and providing fabric to all of the designers. The fabrics in my row are from Northcott’s Naturescapes line. These fabrics are available in quilt shops now.
Below is the photo I used for my design. This was taken during a family hike in May 2017. It was a cloudy day so the lake looks grey but on sunny days it can have a bright turquoise colour. I used Kona for the lake in my row.
Here is another photo of Pyramid mountain as seen from another favourite spot on Lake Edith in Jasper National Park.
Marian, the host of our row along, has lined up many prize sponsors. Click here to enter today’s giveaway on the Rafflecopter! Opens September 27th and Closes October 4th. Today’s giveaway prize is Tuscany Supreme Cotton batting twin sized. A $30 US value. This prize will ship worldwide from Hobbs Batting. Product descriptions for all the giveaways can be found here.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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!
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!
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!