Monday, March 13, 2017

More Celebrations the Quilting Way

Celebrate-Fêtons 150
Celebrate-Fêtons 150
Since I've been writing about the many ways that the Quilting Community is celebrating Canada's 150, I've been finding all kinds of great events and patterns. I've also discovered that some of the quilt designers I've been following are Canadian!

Before I get into more Canadian celebratory patterns, here's an update on my March OMG (One Monthly Goal) the Beaver block by Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts. I'll write more about this project in an upcoming post, but I did want to show you my progress. It's now ready to quilt!

Beaver block designed by Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts
Beaver block designed by Lorna of Sew Fresh Quilts
I've also made three more slab blocks for Canada's Big Quilt Bee which is co-hosted by Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts (isn't she a busy bee!) She got her own Sew Fresh Quilt Bee going on - so make sure to check out the amazing variety of slab blocks (see Related Links at the bottom of the page).

Three more slab blocks for Canada's Big Quilt Bee
Three more slab blocks for Canada's Big Quilt Bee

Canada Eh? Mystery Table Runner
Canada Eh?
Mystery Table Runner
Here are a few more Quilt-Alongs and patterns that celebrate Canada's 150th.

Quilter's Connection Magazine as a contest and free pattern called Canada Eh? Mystery Table Runner. The link at the bottom of the page will take you to the contest details (deadline April 15, 2017) and the free PDF pattern.

I generally avoid mystery quilts because I like to know what I'm quilting and I rely on the finished picture to keep me oriented. I did download the pattern and saw the finished quilt somewhere in blog land. I was hoping to provide a link, with a spoiler alert warning, but I can't find it - so no need for the warning. I will say that it's a lovely table runner, worth putting the time and fabric into it. Make sure you link up to Celebrate - Fêtons 150 if you make one!

Canada 150 pattern by Kathy K. Wylie
Canada 150 pattern by Kathy K. Wylie
Award-winning quilter and pattern designer Kathy K. Wylie has a pattern out. Canada 150, that uses reverse appliqué with a strip-pieced patchwork maple leaf block. She calls the technique “Peek-a-boo Appliqué“. I've bought the pattern and am looking forward to using her technique. Kathy will be teaching this, along with other courses, at the Quilt Canada 2017 in June.

Canadian Sampler BOM
Canadian Sampler BOM

Sew Sisters asked 20 Canadian quilters to create blocks for a Block of the Month celebrating Canada's 150th. It's the Canadian Sampler BOM. If you want to join in, round II begins July 2017.


Oh, Canada! pattern my Cheryl Arkson
Oh, Canada! pattern by Cheryl Arkson
Another pattern that I couldn't resits is the Oh,Canada! quilt pattern by Cheryl Arkison. I just love its scrappy look. I have been following Cheryl's blog for a while, but obviously not closely enough since I didn't realize that she's Canadian.

What I learned:
  • It looks like I'm going to be spending 2017 making quilts to celebrate the 150th. That's not at all how I expected to spend my year but then, I may as well, since I may not be as productive when the 175th is here!
  • Making the slab blocks has been fun. It looks like I may be in for more fun than I thought since the small quilt calls for 12 blocks, not 9! Oh well, if I don't get the quilt top done on time, I'll just hand in my blocks at the Common Thread Quilt Guild since they will be sending tons of blocks to the quilt bee.

Featured Links:

Linking Parties: I'll be linking my slab blocks to Lorna's Sew Fresh Quilt Bee link-up
and this post to the Celebrate - Fêtons Canada 150 in March. Don't forget to join the fun and link up! Monday Making, Moving it Forward Monday, Linky Tuesday, Midweek Makers, Needle & Thread Thursday, Off the Wall Friday, Finished or Not Friday, Oh Scrap!


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    1. Thanks Em. It's going much better than I expected :-)

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  2. This is such a great post! I love that you have featured so many brilliant Canadian ideas to inspire us to celebrate our 150th!

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    1. Thanks Lorna. Check out my progress on the beaver today. I really like your pattern. It's really well done.

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  3. It's going to be fun seeing how many quilts you come up with to celebrate the 150th! Even though it's not what you planned to do all year, I'm sure you'll look back upon the experience fondly. Have fun! And thanks for sharing on Midweek Makers!

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  4. Thanks Susan. I may as well take advantage of it - I may not be as proficient in another 25 years!

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