I woke up this lovely March 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. I worked on this pattern for hours mainly because I wanted to figure out how it could be made into a quilt. I always had the intention of making it a free pattern.
We have established that inspiration can be found in many places. I hope my quilting community will enjoy this free pattern. Please click the sign-up link below for a free PDF pattern download of this Pixelated Skull pattern and several other free patterns I have made available.
Welcome to week 7 of the Canadian Summer Quilt Along! This week we have a block pattern designed by Céleste of Meerkat Shweshwe.
Céleste imports Shweshwe fabrics from South Africa and sells them here in Canada. She is my wholesaler for the Shweshwe fabrics I bring into my shop. She sells to both wholesale and retail customers and gives great service!
Meerkat Shweshwe is sponsoring a giveaway this week. Post your Blue North Strong and Free block in the hashtag #canadiansummerqal on Instagram and tag @meerkatshweshwe for a chance to win a bundle of four fabrics that Céleste used in her block.
You can download the Blue North Strong and Free block pattern for free from either Céleste’s shop or from Craftsy. Céleste tells a bit about the inspiration for her block inside her block pattern.
Have fun sewing this block! I thought of it as like a Farmer’s Wife block as I was working on it.
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:
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!
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.
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.
Welcome to week 4 of the Canadian Summer Quilt Along!
This week’s block is called “True North” and is designed by Katy who is known as @lethargiclass on Instagram.
Katy’s block is an improv pieced block using improv curves and an appliqued Inukshuk. I was really pushing to get my quilt top finished before the quilt along started so I took a short cut and improv pieced mine with straight lines and used “slash and insert” strips for the Northern Lights. I encourage you to take a little more time and try the improv curves though because they add to the effect.
I love the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and consider it very special when I get to see them. We do sometimes see them here in Wainwright, Alberta and I also saw them vividly in Cold Lake, Alberta (just north of here) when we were there one weekend for a hockey tournament.
Katy is here today to guest post and tell you about her block. Take it away Katy!
Hi everyone! Happy post Canada Day 😊
I spent Canada Day at a family BBQ and it was really nice to just be together. I hope you had fun yesterday whatever your activities were.
I have a confession for this block. This was the first time I had done improv curves! So, if I can do it, you can do it. Don’t stress too much about it and start with larger pieces if you think that will help.
I designed this block with my nieces and nephews in mind. They are Inuit, hence the Inukshuk and they live in Inuvik now and so I wanted the northern lights. I have never seen the lights in person as I have only gone up in the summertime and there is no night. I love artwork with the lights and so used some of those as inspiration. I used to go in the northern lights display at the Canada Science and Tech Museum and you can sit there surrounded by videos of the lights and it is spectacular!
I hope you all enjoy making this block and all the rest on our trip across Canada 😊
Thank you so much to Katy for this block pattern and guest post!
Post your True North blocks in the Instagram hashtag #canadiansummerqal for a chance to win four fat quarters of Heather Ross’ “Kinder” line from Daydreams of Quilts.
Visit the main Canadian Summer Quilt Along post for the schedule and to see a list of prizes in the Grand Prize. The grand prize will be drawn on Labour Day from all the quilt tops posted in the Instagram hashtag #canadiansummerqal.
Welcome to the Week 3 Bonus Block in the Canadian Summer Quilt Along!
This week’s Bonus Block is the Impressions Block by Christine from Sew Coole.
Christine has some time saving techniques in her free pattern for this block. You can choose to use them or piece the block as you prefer. I ended up piecing the block traditionally without using the time savers. I also flipped the bottom row of my block around because I wanted it to look like mountains surrounding a lake or a river in a valley based on the fabrics I was using.
Here’s another note from Christine:
Hi again, friends! I’m back with another block that’s subtly inspired by the beautiful Canadian Rockies. I love spending time near the water in the mountains, seeing the mountains reflected in surfaces that are so calm, it’s almost glass-like. For me, this block is about the ever-present impression left by the mountains and those beautiful glacial-fed lakes and rivers.
The pattern is available on Craftsy and will remain a free pattern; it actually makes a cool quilt if you were to use this block on repeat (I might need to do that one day!). And the you can actually switch up the direction of your flying geese (pointing up or down), and it still looks awesome.
Like my previous block, I am giving away a beautiful bundle of @uppercasemag fabrics to one lucky maker. All you have to do is make this block and post a pic of your creation by July 7, being sure to use the hashtags #CooleImpressions and #CanadianSummerQuiltAlong. A winner will be chosen at random on July 8.
Happy sewing, my friends! Can’t wait to see what you all create.
Welcome to Week Three of the Canadian Summer Quilt Along!
This week’s block is the Peaks block brought to you by Christine from Sew Coole and Christine is guest posting on my blog this week.
This is my version of the Peaks block made with Kona Cotton Solids. I love the mountains and try to get away to them as often as possible so this block is near and dear to my heart.
Without further ado, here is Christine!
Hello Quilters! I am really so delighted to be a part of the 2018 Canadian Summer Quilt Along. I have long been a fan of Anita’s beautiful quilts and her blog, so I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this quilt along she was creating.
I am so proud to be Canadian, and love to share that fact, so things like this all-Canadian quilt along are right up my alley. Canada Day is my very favourite holiday (well, OK, second favourite, because Christmas really is the most wonderful time of the year), so I’m super-duper excited to have my two blocks coming out in this week leading up to Canada Day. (Full disclosure: probably part of the reason I was initially so drawn to Anita’s work is how she makes such beautifully patriotic pieces. How could you not love it?)
As a girl who grew up on the Prairies, we were only about a 4.5 hour drive from the Rocky Mountains, so it still amazes me that it took until my late teens to actually make it there to see them in person. And I fell in love, hard and fast, as soon as I saw the majestic beauty of those mountains from a distance, and then even more so as I saw them closer up.
I still marvel at the mountains every time we visit (and am delighted to be celebrating Canada Day in the mountains this year). So because of this, both my blocks are mountain-inspired.
My first block pattern, released todayon Craftsy is Peaks, and it’s a simple block with some half-square triangles and flying geese… nothing too intimidating!
I’m looking forward to seeing your interpretations of this block pattern!
For everyone who makes the block by July 7 and posts it on Instagram with the hashtags #CanadianSummerQAL and #CoolePeaks, I will be doing a random drawing for a 5 fat-quarter bundle of Uppercase fabrics.
In keeping with our Canadian theme, these fabrics are designed by Janine Vangool – creator of Uppercase Magazine, and super-cool Canadian (the magazine is a really great resource for all you creative types out there, you should check it out if you’re not already familiar with it).
Be sure to check back on Thursday when my bonus block will be released (hello, flying geese and QSTs!). Thanks for sewing along with us!
—> Visit the main Canadian Summer Quilt Along post for links to the blocks that have come out so far and for the list of prizes in the grand prize. The Grand Prize will be drawn on Labour Day from quilt tops posted in the hashtag #canadiansummerqal on Instagram.
I woke up this morning not knowing what I was going to work on but after a bit of web surfing I found this adorable free Crayon Box Mini quilt pattern by Riley Blake and decided to write a free pattern hack for a Kinder Crayon Quilt Pattern. I created this quilt with the Kinder Fabric.
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Hello! Welcome to Daydreams of Quilts! Today I would like to share with you a free tutorial to make the quilt I am calling “The Cogs and Wheels” quilt. Find out how to get a free PDF download of this tutorial at the bottom of this post. Okay, let’s get started!
Cogs and Wheels Quilt by Daydreams of Quilts
Pattern Notes: This quilt tutorial makes a 68 x 68 inch quilt. All seams are ¼”. Press as directed.
4 charm packs or 104 x 4 ½” squares + 48 light 4 ½” squares
2 yards of background fabric (coral red in the sample quilt)
1 yard of border fabric
1/2 yard of binding fabric
4 yards of backing fabric
2 yards of 96” wide batting
Trim all charms to 4 ½”. Separate 48 light charms from the charm packs (trim to 4 ½”) and draw a diagonal line across the back.
Cut 12 – 12 ½” squares from coral background fabric.
Cut 13 – 4 ½” squares from coral background fabric.
Cut 8 – 4 ½” by width of fabric strips from border fabric.
Cut 7 – 2 ½” by width of fabric strips from binding fabric.
Sewing the Blocks:
Sew four light 4 ½” squares to the four corners of a 12 ½” background square. Sew on the drawn line, trim a ¼” from the line and press towards the corner.
Tip: Save the off cuts to make a matching half-square-triangle pillow cover later on!
Sew 13 nine patch blocks. Choose 8 – 4 ½” squares and one background square. Layout the nine patch with the background square in the centre. Sew the squares into three rows of three. Press seams in opposite directions. Sew the three rows together and press seams from top to bottom.
Lay out the quilt top following the quilt layout diagram. Make 5 rows of 5 blocks. Press seams in opposite directions the same as we did in the nine patch blocks. Sew the 5 rows together and press from top to bottom. Sew the border strips into four sets of two pieced end to end. Attach the borders to the side of the quilt. Trim excess fabric from the ends and then attach borders to the top and bottom of the quilt. Press towards the borders.
Quilt Layout Diagram
When the quilt top is finished make your backing by cutting the 4 yards in half to have two 2 yard pieces. Trim selvages off and piece the two pieces together with a long vertical seam. Press well.
Make a quilt sandwich by layering the quilt top on top face up, batting in the middle and backing on the bottom face down. Pin or spray baste the quilt. Quilt as desired. Trim the edges.
Sew the 7 binding strips end-to-end with biased seams. Trim ¼” from the seam and press. Fold the long binding strip in half lengthwise and press. Attach the binding to the front of the quilt with ¼” seam, fold to the back and hand sew to finish.
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I free mtion quilted this quilt with circles on strings to mimic the pattern in the background fabric. I also quilted the feathers in the border.
Hello Halloween Houses Quilter-Alongers. It’s week 3 in the Halloween Houses Quilt Along and I must confess to you that I have not made progress on my Halloween Houses quilt this week because I have been working on other projects. I have also put in many hours volunteering for my kids’ school the past two weeks and this has really taken a lot of my energy. I will have progress to show you next Friday for sure. 🙂
In the meantime, here is my third and final tutorial video in the series of YouTube videos I made for this quilt along. This one is all about the Improv House blocks.