I promised in my last post that I would share pictures of the completed Oh Canada quilt.
This quilt has a sordid past you could say. The fabric and pattern were procured before Christmas 2014. I had these overly ambitious plans of having it done not long after that Christmas as a belated Christmas present.
Little did I know that it would take me many hours of cutting with special rulers, piecing, pressing, trimming all blocks with special rulers, and more piecing and pressing. It probably took me approximately 5 months to finish piecing. I was super happy with the finished top. The points were so much more precise because of all the special trimming.
All I had left to do was quilt it. I had purchased some particular fabric for the back. My calculations were incorrect, and guess what? I didn’t have enough fabric for the backing. So I had to order more.
By this point it was probably May. (I had finished piecing in April). So I took the quilt to work to try and pin after work using the boardroom tables. I didn’t have a big enough batting piece with me. So, I then grabbed a bag of batting and took this and the quilt and backing (now large enough) to my parents to use their large living room floor to lay out the quilt to sandwich and pin. I laid everything out. That bag of batting had been cut into. That piece wasn’t large enough either. So, I had to steal some from my mom’s large bolt of batting (affectionately known as Bert) to get a large enough piece. I finally successfully had the quilt ready for quilting!
This quilt was taken to a quilting retreat in Colorado as I was working through all the quilting. I used Mctavishing in all of the white space, I did some funky fillers in some other species, I outlined many other areas, and did some quilt writing both with a straight stitch and a zigzag to write the words to the Canadian national anthem, as well as lots of other Canadian things.
Binding…. I used some fabulous stripe cut on the bias. I love this look. And so, hand sewing and then topstitching the binding with machine, it was completed. I then packaged it all up ready to be shipped. I realized I had yet to put a label on it. The quilt wasn’t quite ready for its journey. So, I unpacked the parcel, made a label, took a few pictures, repackaged, and it’s on it’s way.
Every quilt has a story. This one has earned its story. :-).
So, now a question – anyone interested inlearning quilt writing – one of my friends, Cyndi Souder, Moonlighting Quilts, teaches a great class. I am also willing to teach a couple of techniques here in Edmonton. Anyone interested?
Hope you enjoy the pictures! Happy quilting!