Friday, 18 August 2017

Seams To Be Sew Christmas Caroling Row Along Announcement

I was invited to design a row for the Seams To Be Sew Christmas Caroling Row Along this year. Each designer has chosen a carol and designed a row based on that. My carol is "I Saw Three Ships". There are all techniques in this row along including piecing, foundation paper piecing and applique.

Find out all the details at the Seams To Be Sew blog. This is a free event with sponsored giveaways! Each designer will have a PDF download of their row pattern.

The Row Along Starts September 5, 2017 and here is the blog schedule:

Tuesday, September 14, 2017
Barbara Dieges
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
The Quilted Snail
Ms. P. Designs USA
                                                        (sponsored by Just Let Me Quilt)
Tuesday, September 21, 2017
Martina Latimer
                                                     (site will open late next week)
Quilt Fabrication
Patchwork Breeze
Patti’s Patchwork
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse
Tuesday, September 23, 2017
Cheryl LaPlante 
                                            (sponsored by Quilt In Piece)
Morning Glory
Pampered Pettit
Fun Threads

Maker's Black Friday at Craftsy and News from Daydreams of Quilts

It's Maker's Black Friday at Craftsy

Craftsy is having a sale and they're calling it Maker's Black Friday because a lot of us makers are gearing up for Christmas gifts and/or sales and are busy making holiday items or are about to be.

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August sale at Craftsy

Click Here to shop the sale!

  • Starts: FridayAugust 18th at 12:01am MST
  • Ends: SundayAugust 20th at 11:59pm MST
  • Shop Craftsy's lowest prices of the year

Now for the News from Daydreams of Quilts! I am releasing my first ebook in less than a month! My book "A Year of Pixel Heart Quilts" is launching on September 15th! I am thrilled! This project is the culmination of months of work and you've been watching it along the way here on my blog! Thank you so much for your support of my work and I look forward to sharing more with you very soon.


I have purchased all new blog buttons and installed them on my blog so my blog button problem that I wrote about a couple of weeks ago has been fixed as the button images are now hosted here on blogger. I still plan to move my blog but now I do not need to rush! (If you are on mobile and wish to see my pretty new buttons scroll to the bottom and click "view web version".)

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Summer Outdoor Market

Hello! I am popping in today to let you know where you can find us this weekend. Daydreams of Quilts will be at the White Barn Market in Thorsby, Alberta which is a nice little day trip from Edmonton. We will have quilt ladders, fabric bundles and our handmade items. The weather is expected to be beautiful so we hope to see you there if you are in the area!

There will be live music and food trucks as well so it's going to be fun! We have never been there and are looking forward to it.

We have been trying several different in-person sales events this summer and I will have a blog post for you, probably at the end of September, telling you what I have learned from these experiences.

All going well we will be at the August 26th event as well! 

We will be at the Etsy Pop-Up at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton on Sept. 23 and 24, 2017.

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I hope you are having a great summer! (Or winter if you are in winter.) Summer is passing to fast for me as always.

Friday, 4 August 2017

30% off Kona Sale!

Hello! Happy August long weekend to my Canadian friends! Whoo-hoo!

Just popping in this morning to let everyone know that my blog sponsor Studio 39 Fabrics is having a 30% off sale on all Kona solids now through Monday. They will ship worldwide so it's a great time to build up your stash of solids at a great price!

Have a great weekend (whether it's a long weekend or not)! :) I hope you get some quilting in!

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Pixel Pumpkin in a Pixel Heart Quilt

Hooray! A finished finish on WIP (work in progress) Wednesday! So it's no longer a WIP! :)

I finished my Pixel Pumpkin in a Pixel Heart Quilt and pattern today. The fabrics for the pumpkin and heart are from my stash and the background fabrics were purchased from Studio 39 Fabrics and Clinton Modern Creative.

This pattern can be found on Daydreams of and Etsy.

This is another quick and easy beginner friendly 52" Pixel Heart Quilt in my year-long series of Pixel Heart Quilts. This one celebrates fall and is a great way to welcome the Autumn Season into your home.

It's a lovely day for quilt photos today!

I backed it with a wideback of Carrie Bloomston's Newsprint fabric purchased from Mad About Patchwork.

I quilted the pumpkin with vertical lines in orange 50 wt. Aurifil thread and the heart with wavy lines in yellow 50 wt. Aurifil thread.

The background is stipple quilted with grey 28wt. Aurifil Thread.

I am so happy to have this quilt and pattern finished today! Thank you for stopping by to see it!

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Friday, 28 July 2017

Daydreams of Quilts Blog Buttons

Hi Everyone. I am popping in today because in the near future there may be some navigation issues on this blog and I wanted to get a post up about it before it happens.

For my Navigation buttons at the top of the blog (Home, About, Shop and Tutorials) as well as the social media buttons on the side bar I host my button images on Photobucket and the images have links attached to take you to the various places on my blog or the web that the button is associated with. If you are on a mobile device you can't see these anyway (which is another problem) unless you choose to view the web version of the blog but for those of you on a laptop or desktop you can see these buttons.

Photobucket announced on July 6th that they will no longer allow "third party hosting" on the images they host unless the person using their service (me in this case) pays them $400 US a year to upgrade their Photobucket account. They have been sending me emails the past couple of weeks that my Photobucket account is going to be restricted. This means that unless I pay $400 then my blog button images will no longer show up here on my blog.

I have been thinking of moving to a self-hosted Wordpress blog for a couple of years and this is the kick in the butt I needed to do that. However, I wasn't really budgeting for this at the moment so it is going to take me a month or two to get the new blog up and running.

In the meantime I am going to put all the affected links in the body of my blog posts so that people visiting can still get around. Feel free to click over and follow me at any of the social media links below. :)

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I will put these links in the body of every post until I get the new, improved and more beautiful blog up and running. You will be the first to know the new blog address! :)

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Cute Cactus Pillow

Some of you may remember when I released the Kawaii Cacti pincushion pattern a couple of years ago. It was my very first pattern. Since then it has been featured a few times by Etsy (this is like gold to Etsy shops) and is my highest viewed listing which is fantastic. However, many of the people who see it don't sew so it isn't much use to them. They ask me if I have the pincushions for sale but so far I don't because of the length of time they take to make (about four hours). I don't feel they would be in the price range that most people would expect to pay for pincushions. Plus, does someone who doesn't sew really have a use for pincushions? So what I have listed instead is a throw pillow which takes the same amount of time but is a more useful item for people who don't sew. It was my project finish of the day yesterday. :)

I think it's pretty close to the originals. Minus the pins! ;)

I probably should have thought of this before now... but anyway, it was fun making the sample. Thanks for stopping by today to see it!

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Rainbow Bundle Giveaway

Hello! In celebration of the Shweshwe Rainbow Bundles, plus yardage, being back in stock in my online shops I am hosting a giveaway on Instagram and Facebook. Head to one or both places to enter! :) If you cannot comment for some reason then send me an email at daydreamsofquilts (at) gmail (dot) com and I will comment on your behalf. These fabrics are 100% cotton 3 Cats Shweshwe printed in South Africa. Happy entering! Open worldwide, closes Sunday night.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Pixel Star in a Pixel Heart Quilt in Pink and Aqua

I had this quilt top ready to piece together on April 10th (I know because I posted the layout on Instagram). Finally three months later I have the quilt finished! :D I got busy with custom orders which I am certainly not complaining about. Nevertheless, I am thrilled to have my quilt finished.

This is the Pixel Star in a Pixel Heart quilt version 2 from my pattern. 

(The pattern has two versions of the quilt.)

This pattern can be found at Daydreams of Quilts, on Etsy and on Craftsy.

Pixel Star in a Pixel Heart Quilt designed, pieced and quilted by Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts.
 This quilt is made entirely of Bonnie and Camille Fabrics. There are fabrics from about six of their lines in here.

The backing is the strawberry print from the "Hello Darling" line.

 I even used some of my long treasured "Marmalade" fabrics in the heart and the star. The star is quilted with big loopy springs. The heart is stippled and the background is what I call "balls on strings".

A closer look at the star.

Here's an out take shot (too much mottled light) with my Border Collie mix puppy. He's about 5 months old and we've had him for a month. He is very high energy. I wish I had his level of energy! :)

Thank you for stopping by to see my quilt today.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Sneak Peek at Christmas in July Pattern Bundle

The Christmas in July Pattern bundle sale is coming up next and today I would like to share a sneak peek of some of the patterns that will be included.

My Pixel Tree in a Pixel Heart pattern is part of the bundle as is Blossom Heart Quilt's "DIY Block Design ebook".

We also have this beautiful "First Snow" pattern by Woodberry Way which I definitely have on my list of quilts to sew. I also love this Christmas tree by Quiet Play.

These are just a few of the patterns that will be in the bundle coming available next week! I will have a link to purchase here on the blog as soon as the pattern sale goes live on Monday. It will only be available for 72 hours.

Monday, 3 July 2017

Christmas in July is coming soon!

Heads up: The annual Christmas in July Pattern bundle sale is coming soon! Keep an eye out here for the link to purchase your bundle starting next Monday! So exciting! I am totally ready to get my Christmas sewing going!

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Purple and Turquoise "Pixel Heart in a Pixel Heart Quilt" Wedding Gift for my Cousin

Hi! I have been waiting a few days for the winds to subside here but to no avail. There have been several wind and rain storms moving through and I had to get this wedding gift wrapped up because the wedding is in two days! So here we are again in the sheltered corner of our back deck shooting quilt photos. :)

Purple and Turquoise Pixel Heart in a Pixel Heart Quilt made by Anita LaHay of Daydreams of Quilts.

You may have seen this post where I showed you the matching throw pillows I made to go with this quilt. And here is the finished quilt! This quilt was made with my Pixel Heart in a Pixel Heart Quilt Pattern.  (Pattern can also be found on Etsy and Craftsy... links in sidebar or search for Daydreams of Quilts.)

One of the main wedding colours is Purple so that is what I started with. I was trying to make the quilt all purple with a purple low volume background but I was not liking that and couldn't make headway on it. When I changed my plans to a turquoise background it was all happiness over here and I had the quilt top together in one day.

I used Lizzy House mini pearl bracelets and butterflies for the borders and mini pearl bracelets in purple for the binding. Many of the interior fabrics are from Kate Spain's Horizon line.

I used Tula Pink Free Fall wide backing for the back. It is so soft to the touch!

I am so pleased with how this turned out and I hope my cousin and his soon-to-be wife love it! :) Thank you for stopping by to see it.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Introducing Clinton Modern Creative - A new Canadian Online Quilt Shop

Hi! Today I would like to introduce you to Clinton Modern Creative! A new Canadian online quilt shop in Saskatoon, SK. 

Clinton Modern Creative has a fantastic selection of fabrics. I just ordered the Alison Glass bundle from them this morning. Darla, the shop owner behind Clinton Modern Creative, is an online friend of mine whom I met on Instagram and although we've never met in person yet I feel like I know her personally. She has curated an amazing selection of modern fabrics and the shop has a fantastic notions section as well. I have ordered several Pellon interfacing products from her Interfacing and Stabilizers section that are favorites for bag making.

Alison Glass Chroma Handcrafted Batik.

Clinton Modern Creative is now a sponsor of the Daydreams of Quilts blog so watch for more news from them soon!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Double Hidden Nine Patch Pillows

Hello! Today I have a small finish to show you! I have made two quilted pillow covers using the Double Hidden Nine Patch method from Angela Pingel's (affiliate link) Craftsy Class: Disappearing Blocks With Pre Cuts.

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My cousin is getting married next weekend and I have made him and his soon-to-be wife a quilt using my Pixel Heart in a Pixel Heart pattern. It has the borders on and is basted but still needs to be quilted. (Yikes! Yes, I'm on it.)

Double Hidden Nine Patch Pillow cover using Kona and "Horizon" by Kate Spain. Technique is taught in Angela Pingel's Craftsy Class Disappearing Blocks With Pre Cuts.

I am backing the coordinating quilt with Tula Pink's "Free Fall" 108" wide backing and I had loads left to back the two pillows as well. I put hidden zippers in the backs.

The other Hidden Nine Patch pillow with the same credits as the one above.

The second pillow back. Love that I didn't cut the bird up on this one. :)

It was a productive Sunday with getting borders on and basting the wedding quilt and an impromptu make of these pillows as a gift add-on.

Heads up: Tonight is the last night of Craftsy's June 50% off supplies and kits sale!

Click here to Shop 50% off Sale.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Today Only - 12 Classes for $12 Each at Craftsy!

Hello and Happy Tuesday! 

Craftsy has put out a special classes offer for today only! 

12 classes for $12 each!

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Click Here to shop.

Sale ends tonight at 11:59 Mountain Daylight Time.

Monday, 5 June 2017

My Finished Totes Ma Totes Bag

Hi! What did you do over the weekend? I'll tell you what I did... I sewed the Canadian flag quilt that I posted about yesterday for a customer order. Once that was finished I sewed my very first Totes Ma Totes bag. This is a bag pattern from Emmaline Bags.

tote bag

I made the bag with fabrics that were gifted to me by sewing friends. The fabric on the outside of the bag is a Kokka fabric and I am just thrilled with how it turned out on the bag. It came as a printed panel and I was very strategic in cutting it so I could use as much as possible in my bag.

totes ma totes bag

In addition to buying the pattern from Emmaline bags I also bought the hardware kit from them as well. The "Handcrafted MADE IN CANADA" bag label is not part of the kit but is a fun add-on to the bag. It is also available from Emmaline Bags. (This is not a sponsored post. I just love Emmaline Bags!)

This is the back of the bag cut from the same Kokka panel. The handles and lining were gifts from the days when I was in the Canuck B-Day Club. All the fabrics I used are heavier than quilting cotton. They are more of a canvas weight so I did not have to interface them.

I used my ever handy and useful Crop-a-Dial from my scrapbooking supplies to set the eyelets on the straps. It worked perfectly!

View from the top! The star fabric came directly from Japan. The pink sewing machines were part of the Kokka panel.

The inside of the bag. This bag has three pockets! A dual slip pocket (pink floral), a zipper pocket (barely visible above the pink floral with a pale blue zipper) and a magnetic snap pocket (blue floral).

The pattern was a challenge for me as it was my first time sewing it. I estimate it took me about five hours to make. One hour of that was cutting. I think I will get faster the more times I make it.

I would recommend this pattern for an intermediate to advanced sewist. Or as Janelle from Emmaline Bags calls us... a bagineer. I will definitely make this pattern again and I love my new bag! I plan to tote all my embroidery, cross stitch and hand sewing projects around with me in this bag this summer as the kids and I enjoy the summer weather.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

Heart Shaped Canadian Flag Pixelated Quilt

Hello Friends! Canada Day is less than a month away and this year it's Canada's 150th birthday. The impossibly difficult to say and spell Sesquicentennial. Here at Daydreams of Quilts we are in full Canada Day preparation and our shop is stocked with Canadian flag quilts and pillows.

This is another heart shaped Canadian flag quilt made from my pattern for a customer in my Etsy shop! I have had three orders for quilts from my pattern so far. One went to Calgary, one is en-route to Halifax and this one is heading out to California!

This one is made with a darker grey background and I really like it! The heart flag really pops!

I am really enjoying making these quilts! I've got it down to a science now. :)