Canadian Summer Quilt Along Fall Basket Block

Welcome! Today’s block in the Canadian Summer Quilt Along is the Canadian Fall Basket Block by Arlene of The Quilter’s Bouquet.

This block is another great opportunity for some slow stitching outside if you choose to hand sew the blanket stitching around the applique. Or, if you prefer faster stitching you can use your sewing machine to secure the edges of your applique with machine stitches such as zig zag, satin or blanket stitch depending on what your machine has. Here is the link for my short little YouTube video tutorial on hand sewing blanket stitches on applique.

This is my version of Arlene’s Canadian Fall Basket block. I chose to blanket stitch the edges with my sewing machine before sewing this block into my quilt top. I just love chickadees! Such sweet little birds.

Canadian Summer Quilt Along Fall Basket Block
Anita’s version of the Canadian Fall Basket applique block in the Canadian Summer Quilt Along.

Giveaway

This week Daydreams of Quilts is sponsoring a giveaway of some Cotton Shweshwe fabrics from our shop. These 100% cotton fabrics come from South Africa and feature beautiful vibrant colours. The hibiscus print and the orange are fat quarters and the yellow circled dot is a 13.5″ x width of fabric cut. The Quilter’s Bouquet is also giving away one of their PDF patterns this week.

South African Shweshwe Fabric
Cotton South African Shweshwe fabrics from Daydreams of Quilts

To enter to win all you need to do is publicly post your Fall Basket block in the Instagram hashtag #canadiansummerqal before next week’s post on June 25th. Remember you will need a public Instagram account in order for your post to show up in the hashtag.

For this giveaway, if you are not on Instagram you can email me a photo of your block at: daydreamsofquilts (at) gmail (dot) com so I can post it on your behalf but please consider Instagram as you will need it to enter for the grand prize at the end of the quilt along plus it’s a great quilting community there.

Head over to Arlene’s website to download your block pattern!

See the full schedule in our main Canadian Summer Quilt Along page.

Modern Tulips Quilt

A modern twin sized tulip quilt

A quilt finish to show! Hooray! This is the Modern Tulips Quilt. This quilt was pieced by Daydreams of Quilts and professionally long arm quilted by Geeky Bobbin.

 

A modern twin sized tulip quilt
Modern Tulips Quilt pieced by Daydreams of Quilts. Quilted by Geeky Bobbin.

This quilt was made with “Sweet Orchard” fabrics by Sedef Imer of Down Grapevine Lane on the tulip flowers. The base of the flower heads is a Kona green solid. The stems and leaves are Carolyn Friedlander crosshatch fabric in green. The background is Kona Nautical.

Sweet Orchard fabric in tulips
A close up of the Sweet Orchard fabrics in the tulip flowers and Geeky Bobbin’s quilting.

This was a fun quilt to make because other than the tulip flowers and leaves it was improvised. Bobbie from Geeky Bobbin said she had a lot of fun quilting it too. She has hidden a butterfly, a snail and a dragonfly in the quilting. The bottom edge of the quilt has ferns and grass quilted in green thread.

The tulip pattern was from the Fat Quarter Shop 2011 Block of the Month for the tulip heads and leaves.

Machine Quilting Details:

Butterfly machine quilting
The butterfly hidden in the quilting.
Machine Quilted Flowers
Some of the details of the quilting in green thread along the bottom edge.

The quilt is backed with wideback of Carolyn Friedlander’s Crosshatch fabric in grass green.

Crosshatch Wideback Quilt back
Wideback crosshatch fabric quilt backing in grass green.

I am so happy with the custom work Bobbie did on this quilt! This is only my second time sending a quilt to a long arm quilter and I see more travelling to Bobbie in Toronto in the future.

The Modern Tulips Quilt will be in our booth this weekend at the Etsy Made in Canada Pop-Up in Edmonton.

This quilt can also be found on our website.

Greenhouse Quilt Quilt Along is Coming Soon and one more too!

Hi! Exciting news! Several of you have requested that I host quilt alongs and I am now taking the plunge and hosting not one but two! The first one to start is the Greenhouse Quilt Along. That one is starting in three weeks on May 30, 2018. We will be sewing the large Greenhouse Quilt designed by Elizabeth Hartman. The main page for that quilt along can be found by clicking here. The posts for this quilt along will post on Wednesdays and I will add links to the main page. Our hashtag is #GreenhouseQAL on social media.

 

The second quilt along coming up starts on June 11th and is the Canadian Summer Quilt Along. This one will have posts on Mondays with bonus blocks on some Thursdays. You do not have to be a Canadian to participate. You can get a sneak peek at what this one is about on the main Canadian Summer Quilt Along page.

I hope you will be able to join me for one, or both, because I am doing this for all of you! Let’s have fun and be social! (But only if you want to of course. I am a proud introvert and I get it. LOL!) Leave me a comment and let me know if you think you will join in.

Lastly, I am a newbie at WordPress and I tried to add a bit of Pinterest code to my site and I think something might have gone wrong with that and prevented me from showing up on Bloglovin. I have reinstalled my blog from a backup of the day before I tried the coding thing so I may or may not have fixed the issue. I lost two blog posts but I hope I now show up on Bloglovin. In case I do not please subscribe to my newsletter or subscribe via RSS email so you don’t miss any posts. Those links can be found on my blog sidebar. Sorry if my little screw up was annoying. Thank you for being here.

Quilts for Humboldt Broncos

Hello quilting friends.

I’m sure everyone has heard about the terrible bus accident on the highway in Saskatchewan involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team. The loss of life and serious injuries to the passengers is tragic. The effects of the accident are far reaching and the hearts of the entire country have been touched as well as those of friends beyond our borders.

A quilt drive and blocks drive has been organized. Please visit this post on Clinton Modern Creative’s website to find out how you can help. https://www.clintonmoderncreative.com/pages/quilts-for-broncos

I plan to sew at least one quilt and am getting started cutting fabrics this morning.

The Broncos team logo and team colours with hashtag quilts for broncos
The Humboldt Broncos team logo and the Instagram hashtag for #quiltsforbroncos from Clinton Modern’s Instagram.

Kinder by Heather Ross is in Our Shop

It was an exciting day yesterday here at Daydreams of Quilts because the entire line of Kinder arrived at our door despite a crazy spring snowstorm. The courier had to wade through heavy wet snow withe heavy boxes of fabric. Hooray for couriers! I wasn’t expecting him until Monday and hadn’t been outside to shovel yet.

Kinder Fabric at Daydreams of Quilts Shop

This fabric line is so fun and colourful! And of course features amazing illustrations in Heather Ross’ signature style. I love everything about it.

The is the first time we have been able to offer a whole line in our shop so we are very excited and hope this is the beginning of many great things to come!

The whole line of Kinder Fabric at Daydreams of Quilts shop.

Shop for Kinder fabric at Daydreams of Quilts shop.

The New Blog Address for Daydreams of Quilts

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Hi! I am writing this post for two reasons:

  1. to claim my new blog on Bloglovin and
  2. to let you know my blog has moved!

I am feeling proud of myself that I managed all this technical stuff without hiring anyone. Hopefully I haven’t screwed anything up badly. (Please let me know if you see something crazy wonky on my new site.)

The new blog address is: https://daydreamsofquiltsblog.com/

Whew! Now, back to quilting! 🙂

Daydreams of Quilts Blog Follower Survey and Blog News

Hello and Happy Middle of March to you! 🙂

I am working hard behind the scenes to make some improvements to how I serve my blog readers, newsletter subscribers and social media followers. I have created a survey which I would like to invite you to take so you can give me your opinions and feedback.

Take Daydreams of Quilts Blog/Follower Survey

I value your input and opinions! 🙂 I am learning so many new things in an online business course right now. I am also learning how to make better YouTube videos.

Plus, I am in the process of finally moving my blog to my own self hosted WordPress site. I will give you all the details on that as soon as I have it ready for you.

Thank you for taking my survey! Here’s a comparisson of digital me versus real life me to make this post more interesting. 😉

My First Ever Blogging Award

I got an email last week from Anuj – the founder of Feedspot. He told me my blog was chosen as one of the top 60 Quilting blogs in Canada! I was quite surprised and honoured! I was remiss in not posting about it because I got the message when I checked my phone during a 3:00 a.m. foray into the kitchen for a glass of water and it didn’t fully register that I should post about it at that time. 🙂

 Anuj has given me this badge to display on my blog and I must say I am very pleased. You can find all the bloggers in the category at this post and maybe you’ll find some new Canadian Quilters to follow. Thank you for reading my blog!

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The Finished King Sized Swoon Quilt

The King Sized Swoon Quilt is finished and has been delivered to it’s new home at my Aunt and Uncle’s house where it was immediately placed on their bed. 🙂

This quilt is 106″ square. In the photo above my husband and son are standing on our front deck and as you can see the quilt is touching the ground and reaches up to the downspout coming from the eaves trough. This is the largest quilt I have ever made.

All the fabrics in the quilt top are Kona Solids. The background is Kona Nightfall as is the binding. This quilt is made with the Swoon pattern by Camille Roskelley of Thimble Blossoms. The Swoon quilt has 9 squares. I made seven more to make the quilt four squares by four squares. (The squares are 24″)

The backing is Alison Glass wide back from her “Diving Board” line with mermaids and octopuses on it. The batting is wool batting so I hope it is warm and cozy.

The colours in this quilt are based on the artwork in the book “O Canada” by Canadian artist Ted Harrison. This was at the request of my Aunt and Uncle who enjoy his artwork. Cutting, piecing and binding the quilt took 38.25 hours.

The quilt was long arm quilted at Extraordinary Extras in Vermilion, Alberta with a feathers and paisleys design.

Cork Baker Street Bag

Hello! I have been long awaiting the arrival of the new cork fabric I spoke of in the last post because of course I ordered some extra for myself to sew with. Yesterday I made a cork Baker Street Bag and today I made another. This pattern is a free video and pattern from Sara of Sew Sweetness.

The bags I made are sewn with cork fabric which we have availabe on our website and Etsy.

The bags themselves are also available on our website and Etsy if you are not a bag maker yourself.

I think these will be lovely for spring and summer shopping and generally being out looking fabulous! 🙂

I lined the bags with a cotton/linen blend from Robert Kaufman. It is their Essex yarn dyed linen.

In addition to the zipper panel bag closure there are four slip pockets on the interior of the purse.

As always the second one was easier and quicker to make than the first one but this bag can be made in an afternoon .