Welcome to week 386 of the Free Motion Mavericks linking party. I'm back with some free motion quilting (FMQ) on my son's Version 2.0 quilt. This week I want to honour his First Nation's ancestry in a First Nation Space on his quilt.
FMQ a Dream Catcher
The first symbol that comes to my mind is the dream catcher. Our home has many of them, in many sizes, that protect our dreams 😊. Hopefully this one will protect my son and his girlfriend's dreams this fall!
|My dream catcher
|Drawing the dream catcher
|Stitching over the template
The Medicine Wheel is an important symbol but rather difficult to FMQ using only one thread colour! I haven't figured out if I should add anything to it, but this can be done anytime before giving him the quilt.
There is a lot to say about Medicine Wheels but I'll just state the very basic - the colours are white, yellow, red and black. I have included a couple of links in Related links below for anyone who is curious and wants to learn more about all of this information.
Turtle Island is part of many First Nation's creation story (see Related links to read it). It's such a beautiful story to quilt. In the last Free Motion Mavericks post on Version 2.0, I showed you my practice attempt at quilting it. With a better template of the turtle, I think that this was a success. I'm certainly going to keep the technique for making these windswept white pines!
|My version of Turtle Island
The whole First Nation space on the quilt is roughly 18 inches square. Here is what it looks like.
|First Nation space
There is still quite a bit of negative space in this square. I will be adding some writing (when I'm 150% certain of how to spell everything 😊). I was thinking that some small vines would be a good background to add between these four images. I will probably use a plastic over the images to draw the vines.
Since this is about Stéphane, I thought that I would share the latest addition to his (our) family!
|Stéphane with Poppy
What I learned
- With preparation, these images were not very difficult to draw.
- As I mentioned, I would like to add more details to this space but it doesn't have to be now. I want to get it right, as opposed to done!
- I find it very difficult to use and write about these important First Nation symbols. I want to get it right, and am very aware of cultural appropriation. Since these are for my son, I think that it's fine to include them.
- The links below explain these symbols much better than I could. I hope that you'll take the time to read some.
- Last post related to Version 2.0
- Music Version 2.0 style on Free Motion Mavericks, May 19, 2022
- Legend of the Dreamcatcher, NativeAmericanVault.com
- Dream catcher, PowWows.com
- Medicine Wheel Teachings, eCampusOntario Pressbooks
- What is an Indigenous Medicine Wheel? by Indigenous Corporate Training
- Anishinaabe, The Canadian Encyclopedia
- Thunderbird symbol of the Anishinabek Nation, Anishinabe Lacrosse news
- The Creation of Turtle Island, Native Art in Canada
- The Haudenosaunee Creation Story, Oneida Indian Nation
I'll be linking this post to many fun linking parties. I do hope that you will also share your quilting with us this time. Put your foot down, Needle & Thread Thursday, Off The Wall Friday, Patchwork & Quilts, Monday Making, Design Wall Monday, Midweek Makers, Wondering Camera, Peacock Party, Finished or Not Finished Friday,
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I don't have any linked projects to share today. I hope that we'll have something fun to share next time! Please consider linking up, even if you don't do FMQ.