Hello! Welcome to the Canadian Summer Quilt Along 2018!
Twelve Canadian block designers have teamed up with me to bring you this fun, free and patriotic quilt along. Each designer will design a 12″ finished quilt block and offer it to Quilt Along participants for free during their week in the quilt along. Some might even offer bonus blocks. After each week is up the designers have the option of charging a fee for their blocks so make sure to follow along each week and get your downloads. Some blocks will remain free forever but it is up to each individual designer if they want to charge a fee after their week in the quilt along.
How it works:
The Quilt Along Starts June 11, 2018 and new blocks will be released every Monday. Some bonus blocks will be released on Thursdays too! All links will be added to this main Quilt Along page here on the Daydreams of Quilts Blog. The Quilt along runs through to August 27, 2018 with a grand prize winner to be announced on September 3, 2018 from a random draw of all the finished quilt tops posted in the hashtag #canadiansummerqal between August 27 and September 2.
You do not have to be a Canadian to participate. This Quilt Along is open to everyone and many of our blocks will resonate with people from all over the world.
There are many different quilting techniques offered in the blocks from traditional piecing, to curved piecing, to applique, to foundation paper piecing and improv piecing. So many learning opportunities are presented.
This is your quilt so you can feel free to make it however you like. You do not have to use all blocks and, as mentioned, there will be some bonus blocks so you can swap out blocks or use all the blocks.
Some of our designers will be offering prizes and giveaways so watch for those too in the weeks to come.
There will be a grand prize draw from all the finished quilt tops posted in the hashtag #canadiansummerqal on Instagram between August 27 and Sept 2, 2018. Prizes for the grand prize are being donated by some of the sponsors listed below. The winner will be announced on the Daydreams of Quilts blog and on Instagram and Facebook September 3, 2018. The winner will be contacted by Instagram tag and Instagram direct message. (This giveaway is not sponsored by or affiliated with Instagram.)
Note: You will need to have a public Instagram account in order for your post to show up in the hashtag for us to see and be counted in the draw. You need to add #canadiansummerqal in the comment of your public post for it to show up in the hashtag.
Grand Prize Package: (more items may be added to this list as they become known.)
Meerkat Shweshwe – set of 12 Shweshwe fat quarters
Studio 39 Fabrics – set of 5 fat quarters
Clinton Modern Creative – set of 6 fat quarters
Troll Brothers Quilt Designs – set of 4 fat quarters
Daydreams of Quilts – Fat eighth bundle of Kinder fabric
The Quilting Junkie – set of 12 fat quarters
Owly Design – 3 PDF patterns of your choice
The Quilter’s Bouquet – paper pattern
Sophisticat Studio – Pattern and 2.5″ batik strips
Sew Coole – 12 fat quarter bundle of With Glowing Hearts fabric and two spools of thread
Lethargic Lass – 3 PDF patterns
Just Sewing – 1 pattern
Fabric, Ink. – Three tins of Sew Fine Thread Gloss
Tish Leupen – a handmade typewriter themed zippered bag
Berry Birdie Designs – fat quarter pack and micro mini quilt
Stitchin At Home – 2 PDF patterns
Quilt Along Schedule:
June 4, 2018 Pre-Quilt Along Post with Canadian Flag sashing blocks.
June 11, 2018 Horseshoe Block by Jenn from Fabric, Ink. Instagram: @jennmcmillan
June 14, 2018 Curved Pieced Wheat bonus block from Daydreams of Quilts. Instagram: @daydreamsofquilts
June 18, 2018 Canadian Fall Basket block by Arlene from The Quilters Bouquet Instagram @thequiltersbouquet
June 21, 2018 Half Square Triangle pieced Wheat bonus block from Daydreams of Quilts.
June 25, 2018 Coole Peaks Mountain Block by Christine from Sew Coole Instagram: @sewcoole
June 28, 2018 Impressions Bonus Block by Christine from Sew Coole.
July 2, 2018 True North improv pieced block by Katy Instagram: @lethargiclass
July 5, 2018 Wind Power half square triangle pieced Bonus Block by Anita of Daydreams of Quilts. Instagram: @daydreamsofquilts
July 9, 2018 Beaver Block by Lesley of Berry Birdy Designs Instagram: @berry_birdy
July 16, 2018 Halfway Point Check-in Giveaways and Upstream Block by Natasha of Just Sewing Instagram: @just.sewing
July 23, 2018 Blue North Strong and Free block by Celeste of Meerkat Shweshwe Instagram: @meerkatshweshwe
July 30, 2018 Coastal Majesty block by Jean of Sophisticat Fibre Art Studio Instagram: @sew_catstudio
August 6, 2018 West Point Lighthouse Block by Anita of Daydreams of Quilts Instagram: @daydreamsofquilts
August 13, 2018 Seasons FPP Maple Leaf Block by Mary-Kay, The Quilting Junkie, and family Instagram: @mkcolman
August 20, 2018 Canada Goose block by Tish Instagram: @quiltish
August 27, 2018 Snowbird Jet block by Julie of Owly Patterns Instagram: @owlyjulie Edited to add: If you are easily offended do not click through to Owly Patterns.
September 3, 2018 Announcement of Grand Prize winner from all finished quilt tops entered in the hashtag #canadiansummerqal on Instagram.
Some bonus blocks will come out on Thursdays.