Welcome to week 380 of the Free Motion Mavericks' linking party. I'm glad to say that I'm feeling much better now and it looks like spring is finally here 😁!
Being a little patriotic on V 2.0
As a Canadian, being overtly patriotic (or anything else) is not generally part of our culture. We are very proud of and thankful to live in Canada, just usually quiet about it (unless we're talking hockey or other sports!)
|Maple leaves on V 2.0 quilt
Since the maple leaf was on the original quilt that my mother made, it had to be here also. I may be Canadian but I couldn't draw a maple leaf that looks good if my life depended on it. So... I tried a new product that was recommended by one of my readers. Thanks! It's called Golden Threads Quilting Paper. The instructions said to layer the paper and stitch through it (without thread) to mark the paper. I just traced the leaf several times instead. It worked really well and was easy to remove.
|Golden Threads Quilting Paper
Here is a photo of a row of maple leaves from the back - it's not as obvious because it almost matches the backing fabric.
|Maple leaves from the back
|More maple leaves
The next section that I'll tackle is the square (about 18") at the bottom of the quilt. It originally had a dream catcher to honour my son's First Nation heritage. As well as the dream catcher, I will add an image of Turtle Island, the Anishinaabe symbol and a medicine wheel.
I found a stylized image of a wind-blown white pine and while I was trying to draw it, I realised that the leaves looked like quilted feathers. I practiced drawing it and here is my FMQ practice piece. I'll create a template of the Turtle Island and then will quilt the tree within it.
|Practicing FMQ Turtle Island with a pine tree
What I learned
The Golden Threads Quilting Paper was lovely to work with.
- Once I traced the maple leaf, it was easy to keep tracing more of them onto the quilting paper.
- I'm glad that one more stripe is done and I'm looking forward to quilting on a larger scale in that 18" square! I will be practicing a lot to make sure that I get it right.
- Golden Threads Quilting Paper
- More on Version 2.0 with Free Motion Mavericks, April 07, 2022
- Fibre Fling 2022's Virtual Show is still on until Sunday May 8, 2022.
Free Motion Mavericks
Thanks to DonnaLee and Frédérique for linking up last time. DonnaLee has many interesting blocks on her design wall and Frédérique shared with us photos of her Journée d'Amitié doing Boro stitching.
|Journée d'Amitié doing Boro stitching with Frédérique
|DonnaLee's design board - I love those neutral blocks!
I hope that you've had some time to play this week. Feel free to link up a project!