Completed ‘Oh Canada’

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!   




Made it through Blue Monday

A new year, a fresh perspective, a looking forward to what’s ahead.

I did a bit of reflection at the end of 2015.  I also looked at what I want my life to look like in 2016.  Good things ahead.  Always some challenges too, as my car is deciding to start needing more care.  My bathroom faucet is leaking a bit.  My oven element is going to go (has that bright spot on it… I’m just waiting for that to happen).  Just a few minor things that we all have to deal with at one point or another.

I am choosing to enjoy the challenges of those little things I am having to deal with (like cleaning up water from trying to fix the faucet).

I can say that I finally finished a belated Christmas/Birthday gift for a dear friend of mine.  I’ll post some more pictures, but I have a few process pictures that I will share below.  I’ll try to take more pictures before I get it mailed off (I just remembered this morning that I had it all packed up and ready to mail, and I forgot to put a label on it.

This quilt “Oh Canada” has definitely been a labour of love.  The recipient is a very dear friend (sister from another mother) who shares my love of quilting.  She saw me working on it when we met at a quilt retreat in Colorado in August.  She has heard some of the stories, and I teased her with pictures along the way.  I was really happy with the binding (I  will share a picture of that next time) and overall, my quilting.  I didn’t count the hours.  The precision of the pattern (it was a Deb Tucker “Northern Neighbours” pattern) was worth the time spent.  I really was happy in how 95% of my points were nice and share.  The human element is present, so I cannot say it was 100%.  But, the effect and result was worth it.  I’ll take a few more pictures, and give you some more info next time.

And, to start the year off, I redid some of the words from my last posting of my poem.

Sleepy Sheep

  • One sheep, white sheep, looking for the gate
  • Two sheep, black sheep, trying hard to wait
  • Three sheep, red sheep, lagging far behind
  • Four sheep, green sheep, starting to unwind
  • Five sheep, purple sheep, full of smiles and sass
  • Six sheep, pink sheep, nibbling at the grass
  • Seven sheep, blue sheep, sad and standing still
  • Eight sheep, orange sheep, sitting on the hill
  • Nine sheep, yellow sheep, yawning at their plight
  • Ten sheep, rainbow sheep, wanting rest tonight
  • All sheep, tired sheep, need to go to bed
  • Sleepy sheep, cuddly sheep, laying down their heads.

May your 2016 be filled with adventure, wonder, laughter, joy, tears and balance.

Details from my quilting – the lyrics to “Oh Canada”
Overall view of the quilt top
Some detail of quilt top