Free Pixelated Skull Quilt Pattern

Good Morning! I woke up this morning to a rudely written message on Instagram that said, “Thanks for copying my pattern. Not cool!” on an image I had posted of this Pixelated Skull Quilt. I then received a couple of more very unkind messages from a different person who was not the original poster.

How many similar quilt patterns are there out there? Thousands! This pattern was created from scratch and was based on a photo of a perler bead creation actually. You can ask my husband and son who watched me work on it for hours and gave me their opinions and input when I asked them.

Anyway, the issue the people sending mean messages this morning seemed to have was that this was being used as an incentive to sign up for my newsletter. So in order to rectify that situation here is the pattern for all the world for free and you don’t have to sign up for anything. 🙂 I hope you all have a wonderful day.

ETA: People are still sending me messages about this. I did not copy anyone’s quilt pattern. Below is the photo I based my free pattern on. As you can see, it is not a quilt. Quilt inspiration is found everywhere.

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.

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!

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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! 

Canadian Summer QAL Week 9 West Point Lighthouse Block

lighthouse quilt block
Welcome to week 9 in the Canadian Summer Quilt Along! This week’s block is the West Point Lighthouse Block designed by Anita of Daydreams of Quilts! (That’s me!)
lighthouse quilt block
West Point Lighthouse block designed and pieced by Anita of Daydreams of Quilts. Quilted by Dara of Stitched Quilting Co.
I didn’t really think of this when I made the quilt along schedule but yesterday was our 18th wedding anniversary. We went to Prince Edward Island for our honeymoon and one of the places we visited was the West Point Lighthouse. So it’s a fun coincidence that I am releasing this block the day after our anniversary. PEI is one of my most favourite places on earth! I have been there three times and really hope to get back again soon.
lighthouse quilt block
An unquilted shot of the West Point Lighthouse block so you can see the prints. The sandpiper and seagull fabrics were actually purchased in PEI on our honeymoon 18 years ago! Can you believe it!? It’s true! Talk about treasured fabric stash. 🙂
Glad I could help represent the East Coast in this quilt along! Even though I’m an Albertan, I do love PEI and I lived in New Brunswick for four years too. Click here to download the Lighthouse Block pattern – CSQAL West Point Lighthouse Block Pattern I can’t wait to see the lighthouses pop up this week. Post your lighthouse in the hashtag #canadiansummerqal on Instagram for a chance to win a selection of four fat quarters of Flourish from the Daydreams of Quilts shop.

Pixelated Skull Quilt Free PDF Pattern

Hello! Welcome to the Daydreams of Quilts Blog!

I can’t believe I’m saying this but it’s only two months until Halloween! I know, we’re all still enjoying the fabulous summer weather and Halloween is far from our minds. Still, with only two months to go until the big spooky day, if you want to make this amazing Pixelated Skull Quilt you might want to start now. So I’m releasing this free pattern today!

Free Pixelated Skull Quilt Pattern

I have created this Pixelated Skull Quilt pattern based on a Perler bead craft that I saw on Pinterest. My pattern offers five quilt sizes and has a colouring page as well as the instructions to make this quilt a reality.

Pixelated-Skull-Quilt-PDF-Pattern

People have been falsely accusing me of copying someone’s quilt pattern. I did not copy anyone’s pattern and did not even know one existed. Below is the photo I based my pattern on. As you can see, it is not a quilt. Quilt inspiration is found everywhere.



Canadian Summer Quilt Along Coastal Majesty Block

Coastal Majesty quilt block depicting British Columbia's majestic trees.

Hello and welcome to week 8 in the Canadian Summer Quilt Along! This week we have a beautiful foundation pieced block designed by Jean of Sophisticat Fibre Art Studio called “Coastal Majesty.”

Sophisticat Fibre Art Studio logo

Jean’s block is inspired by the beautiful trees around Vancouver in British Columbia. In her pattern she writes, “This block symbolizes the majesty of those trees growing in the mountains.”

I lived in Vancouver for four years as a child while my Mom was doing her master’s degree. The trees in and around Vancouver truly are awe inspiring. Many happy days were spent climbing trees there.

I remember one time my brother, sister and I were up in a tall cedar tree and we saw our Dad who was doing maintenance on the roof of one of the buildings at the Vancouver School of Theology (where my Mom did her masters). We were eye level with him and he was on the fifth floor. We called to him “Hey Dad!” He looked around on the ground for us but couldn’t see us. “Over here! In the tree! We’re waving a branch at you!” The look of shock on his face was funny to us at the time but as a parent I can imagine the feeling he must have had now. He stayed very calm but said sternly “You kids are up too high. You climb back down now.” Ah, good times in Vancouver.

Anyway, I digress. 🙂 Here is my version of Jean’s Coastal Majesty block. Dara of  Stitched Quilting Co. did a beautiful job of the quilting on my block.

Coastal Majesty quilt block depicting British Columbia's majestic trees.
Anita’s version of Coastal Majesty. Block designed by Sophisticat Fibre Art Studio. Quilted by Stitched Quilting Co.

Normally I find foundation paper piecing so challenging that it’s not fun for me but I really enjoyed this block and it’s very possible to achieve even if you are a beginner at this technique. Jean also suggests using “improv strata” for your trees. This is basically creating fabric pieces by sewing together small strips (or you could slash and insert strips as well). Jean has a photo of this on her Instagram post (second photo).

Trees or Mountains paper pieced quilt block
Coastal Majesty before quilting to get a better representation of the fabric colours in my block.

Jean was having some technical issues with her website so she said she would try to have a tutorial up on her Facebook page if not on her site.

You can download the free Coastal Majesty pattern on Craftsy.

Giveaway: Post your blocks on Instagram using the hashtag #canadiansummerqal for a chance to win my most popular PDF pattern the “Pixel Heart in a Pixel Heart” pattern. Jean also says if you tag her on your post @sew_catstudio by August 15th she will also be offering a prize.

Pixel Heart in a Pixel Heart Pattern

Who knew so many people love handmade pillow cases?

Handmade Pillow Cases

This pillow case post was the most popular post in a long time on both Instagram and Facebook. It’s not the most beautiful photo but the fabrics are beautiful and I think maybe the story behind it really resonated with people. So in case you missed my posts (or you’re not on those social media platforms) I am posting here on my blog as well.

handmade pillow cases
Handmade pillow cases I made for my Mom using Flourish fabrics.

The caption of the post said, “My Mom is my best customer and she ordered some#flourishfabrics from my shop. When I went to deliver them she handed them back and said she would like them made into pillow cases. This is a special service I provide free of charge to customers who gave birth to me. 😂 All of these fabrics designed by #miawhittemore are available in our shop. #windhamfabrics “

I think the caption hit home with a lot of people but also the look of the pretty floral pillowcases in bright colours hanging on the line.

How I made them:

To make these pillow cases I used this tutorial . I used French seams to ensure there is no fraying inside the pillow case. To do this I sewed the end and side seams of the pillow case with the fabric right side out with about an eighth of an inch seam. Then I turned the pillow case wrong side out and pressed the seams. I sewed the seams again using a quarter inch seam. Then turned the pillow case right side out again and pressed the seams again.

For the band I folded one long edge of the band down by a quarter inch and pressed the fold. I sewed the two short ends together with a 5/8 seam and then pressed the seam open. Then I pinned the band to the pillow case right sides together matching the side seams. I sewed that seam with a 1/4 inch seam and pressed towards the band. Then I folded the other long (folded) edge up to just cover that seam and pinned in place. I top stitched that folded edge in place which enclosed all the raw edges. This ensures the pillow case will not fray.

You can find all the fabrics I used in my shop.

I am thinking I will use Sugarplum fabrics to make Christmas pillow cases and will possibly even offer some pillow cases for sale this fall.

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!

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 here CSQAL Wind Power Block

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.