Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Scrappy Green Caterpillar Quilt PDF Pattern Release 20% off for the week

I don't know about you but for some reason I have a lot of green scraps! It seems like I have more green scraps than any other colour. So in April I thought up my scrappy green caterpillar quilt idea and now in July that quilt has become a reality! The PDF pattern is now in my shops and is 20% off until Saturday July 30th. No coupon is needed as the price in all three shops is set 20% lower.

Find the Scrappy Green Caterpillar Quilt on:


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The Scrappy Green Caterpillar quilt uses 4.5" x 6.5" green scraps as well as 2.5" strips. You could use jelly roll strips and layer cake squares too if you wish.



I quilted my caterpillars with loops on the bodies and horizontal lines on the faces. The background was quilted with meandering stipple quilting and I quilted leaf shapes into the leaves on the border to make them more leaf-like.

I was thinking I might list my sample quilt for sale but my toddler seems quite taken with it. The quilt is a generously sized crib or toddler bed quilt at 42" x 54".



I was searching about in my sewing room for backing fabric and I very fortunately found this green Kate Spain fabric of which I had exactly enough for a backing! Love it when that happens! :)



The PDF quilt pattern includes computer generated diagrams for piecing the caterpillar faces and leaves as well as written instructions and the quilt layout diagram (shown above).


I hope this green scrap buster quilt helps you use up some of your green scraps and create a fun quilt in the process! The price will remain marked down by 20% through July 30th for the pattern release. Shop links:

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Saturday, 23 July 2016

Quilting Tools Peg Board Organizer

Hello quilters! At last I am blogging about my Quilting Tools Peg Board Organizer. I have been waiting for the perfect lighting conditions to take a photo of my peg board organizer but let's face it... my sewing room is in the basement and the lighting conditions will never be perfect. So here we are with a less than perfect info graphic that I have created for you. :) I am not a graphic designer as you can probably tell and this is a bit of a mish mash of free Canva arrows but I hope you get the gist of what I am showing you here.




Here's how I made my peg board:

My Dad gave me some old peg boards that he had in storage for years. I chose one of the larger ones and got my husband to square it up for me with his skil saw. I bought panel edge trim at the hardware store (about $40 CDN - it was just over $2.00 a foot) which my husband cut with a mitre box. If you, or your spouse, are lucky enough to own a compound mitre saw that would make the job really easy. If not, you can get a mitre box fairly inexpensively or even easier... get the hardware store to cut them to your measurements (I know they do this at Home Depot.) Just make sure your measurements are very accurate! Maybe take along the peg board just to be on the safe side.

Attach your trim pieces to your peg board with a brad nailer. If you do not own one you can rent these types of tools by the hour from places like Home Depot. (Wear safety glasses!) If you are going the rental route try to have several projects lined up ready to nail to make it worthwhile renting the tool.

Fill the nail holes with poly fill or paintable caulking. Sand smooth and paint. I painted both my peg board and trim with Country Chic Paint all-in-one decor paint. The peg board was painted with "Tropical Cocktail" and the trim was painted with "Rocky Mountain." This is a clay based self priming paint that dries with a chalky finish. I decided the turquoise (Tropical Cocktail) was a bit too bright after two coats so I went over it with the slate grey (Rocky Mountain) and then wiped it off with a rag to give the peg board more of a grunge look.

We attached a 2 x 4 to the wall making sure to drill the screws right into the studs behind the drywall. Make sure to screw the 2 x 4 into the studs as the peg board itself has some weight and then when you add all the pegs and tools it will get really heavy. Drywall on it's own will not be able to hold it!

Then we attached the peg board to the 2 x 4 by putting screws through some of the holes at the top and drilling into the 2 x 4.

I bought all kinds of peg board hardware at Canadian Tire. I spent about $40 CDN total, including the two plastic "spa baskets" at the bottom of the board, and I have many left to make another peg board. You can also find peg board hardware at places like Walmart and Home Depot. Try to get some variety packs so you have lots of options.

I just started putting up pegs and adding my quilting tools to the board until I had all my little bits and pieces organized. I tried to think of it as setting up a display in a shop and I think it did turn out that way. So now I can "shop" my supplies. I have some empty space too so I can add more tools and supplies later.

This has made a huge difference to my productivity! I can see all my tools and find them quickly. Here is a photo without my crazy arrows all over it. :)



I hope this gives you some ideas for organizing your own tools and supplies. Thanks for visiting my blog today!






Monday, 18 July 2016

Gingham Dogs and Calico Cats PDF Quilt Pattern

Hello! I am thrilled today to have two exciting things to tell you. My latest PDF pattern release is called the "Gingham Dog and Calico Cat Quilt" and it is launching today on UpCraftClub and in my

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 shops later this week. Follow me on Etsy or Craftsy to be notified when I upload new patterns. More about my new pattern below.

But first! Did you notice my new blog header!? 

My amazing cousin Brie, who is a graduate of Emily Carr School of Art, designed it for me along with a new logo and avatar. That's little me up there daydreaming of quilts! I am ecstatic with joy over this! :) If you would like me to put you in touch with her to inquire about designing a logo for you please send me an email. (Click the envelope in the mason jars on the sidebar or leave a comment.) Or, contact her on her website at the link on her name. :)

Okay, so here is my new pattern:


Gingham Dog and Calico Cat Quilt designed, pieced and quilted by Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts. Made with "April Showers" by Bonnie and Camille for Moda Fabrics.
First, let me begin by thanking my friend Lori of SewPsychd for gifting me the fabrics I used in the quilt. Aren't they lovely!? For the longest time I couldn't think what to make with them and one day I was flipping through the book pictured below that my Mom gave to me years ago.


I was searching for inspiration when I came across this quilt:


Then it struck me that a Gingham Dog and Calico Cat quilt was the perfect use for these "April Showers" fabrics that have gingham and calico prints among them. I do like the quilt above and I do enjoy embroidery but just now in my life I did not want to embroider 12 dog and cat faces. :) So I designed a quilt using dog and cat silhouettes.

Close-up of Gingham Dog and Calico Cat Quilt.
I seem to have quite a lot of this "April Showers" fabric in my stash so I had enough on hand for the backing and binding as well.


UpCraft Club is launching my pattern today. They have it on sale for today and tomorrow for 20% off! You can find it here. On July 20th this pattern will be available in my online shops as well. I hope you will enjoy my new pattern!


This pattern makes a generous crib/toddler bed quilt at 43" x 54.5". There are suggestions for ways to size the quilt up if you prefer a larger quilt. The pattern includes three dog and two cat applique templates, a quilt layout diagram and a quilt coloring page along with instructions and fabric requirements for the toddler bed quilt. Use a bundle of fat eighths (there will be leftovers for another project) or a combination of fat eigths and 2.5" strips to make your quilt.





Monday, 11 July 2016

Christmas in July Pattern Bundle Sale and GIVEAWAYS is LIVE for 3 days


As always, my patterns can be found on

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Please share the projects you make with this bundle with hashtag #sewchristmasinjuly and please share this sale with your quilting and sewing friends.


My Being Charming is a Plus pattern is one of the patterns in the bundle. Here's what I made with my pattern for upcoming Christmas craft sales in November.




Here are some of the great projects you can make with the patterns in the bundle.






Daydreams of Quilts' Giveaway!

If you click my link and purchase please come back here afterwards and leave me a comment letting me know you did. You will be entered to win your choice of any two patterns from my Etsy shop! That's a potential two more patterns!




Sunday, 10 July 2016

The Wait is Nearly Over for Christmas in July Pattern Bundle


I have remade my "Being Charming is a Plus" pattern in Christmas themed quilts! Now you can guess that my pattern contribution to the bundle is "Being Charming is a Plus."



My pattern is one quilt, two ways. The top version is made with a solid background and all Bonnie and Camille fabrics in red, green and a few grey. The version below is a scrappier version made with all Cotton + Steel fabrics.




I indulged myself by ordering the latest releases for my backing fabrics. The new Cotton + Steel with the little reindeer and a new green dot from Bonnie + Camille's "Little Ruby" line. The binding below is from "Little Ruby" as well.


As always, my patterns can be found on

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Saturday, 2 July 2016

Christmas in July Pattern Bundle Sale is Coming

I am so excited to be part of an upcoming Christmas in July pattern bundle. Myself along with 20 other quilters will be offering a July pattern bundle at a great price. There are also prizes to be won from some great sponsors! Those who purchase will automatically be entered to win.


Keep an eye out for the cute penguin bundle logo above over the next nine days from myself and other quilters and you may get some sneak peeks!

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Recommended Courses for Sewing with Pre-Cuts

In my recent reader survey several of you told me that you would like help coming up with ideas for things to sew with your collection of pre-cuts. I am currently working on some fun patterns for you. Pattern writing is a long process because, of course, potential buyers would like to see the finished quilt before deciding on the pattern. While I am working on my quilts I would like to suggest some other quilter's courses that I have bought from Craftsy. These are all classes that I have purchased (I did not receive them for free) and I feel confident recommending them to you as an excellent source of patterns, techniques and ideas for projects to make using your pre-cuts.

There is "Smarter Strip Quilting" with Joanna Figueroa as well as her course "Simple Fresh Quilts." Both of these classes use pre-cuts to make several gorgeous quilts.

Of course there are the ever popular Camille Roskelley's courses "Playful Piecing Techniques" and "Pre-Cut Piecing Made Simple" which both use pre-cuts. Courses include some of Camille's patterns from her shop, including the iconic Swoon quilt (in the latter link) with her instructions and tips as well as some projects exclusive to the classes.

Uses a Jelly Roll.

The "Hashtag" quilt (above) and "Piece of Cake 3" quit (below) are quilts I made from Camille's Craftsy classes.

Uses a layer cake.

I have also bought Angel Pingel's class "Simple to Stunning: Disappearing Blocks with Pre-Cuts" and just tonight I bought Amy Smart's class "Pre-Cut Shortcuts: Quilt Tops in Less Time." I especially want to make Amy's Crosshatch Quilts in this class using a layer cake and a jelly roll. You can find both of these by clicking the image below.




I am really enjoying all of these classes. Sometimes it's fun to just watch the lessons without necessarily working on the projects and then go back later when you decide which ones you want to make. It's like watching "Quilt TV." :) I will be happily watching Amy Smart's class tonight in my pajamas.

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