Version 2.0 has been a long project that started roughly in 2020. I first mentioned it in my 2020 Planning Party. Here is what I wrote:
"A long time ago (apparently at least 5 years) I promised my son that I would redo his quilt, the one that his grandmother made him when he was a young boy. He has loved it to death 😊. With his input, I have bought the Kona solids that are closest to the original fabrics. He had drafted the design for me, so now all that's left is to iron the fabric and start cutting and piecing."
|The original quilt - loved to death😊
I started the actual project on February 12, 2020 and was quite anxious. "Why was I anxious? Well, my mother made the quilt based on a picture in a calendar. That means no pattern. Although she had made a few quilts, her piecing doesn't follow standard quilting block style. She didn't use HST and frankly I'm not sure how she constructed the quilt but lets just say that her MacGyver skills were excellent 😊"
I called that post, which was my 350th post, Learning quilting math the hard way. I chose the top left section of the quilt to start working on. I added many HST to the piecing to make it easier for me. You can read more about it in the post.
|Starting with Section 1
|Doing the math - not my forte!
I was easily side-tracked from piecing this quilt. My next post was November 23, 2020: Progress on my son's quilt.
|Piecing Version 2.0 one section at a time
In May, 2021, my One Monthly Goal (OMG) was to finish piecing Version 2.0 and amazingly enough, I did it! At the beginning of the month, I had pieced it all but the borders which I finished on May 27, 2021.
|Pieced with borders
I had hoped to sandwich it as soon as I had pieced the borders but discovered that I didn't have enough fabric for the backing (😔my math skills!) For June, my OMG was to sandwich the quilt. I also started planning my free motion quilting (FMQ) and then went to my girlfriend's home to sandwich the quilt.
|Part of my mother's book about
the quilting in the original quilt
I used a copy of my son's draft of the quilt, coloured it in and added notes on the quilting. I also took a lot of photos.
|My first notes on the original quilting
|PowerPoint map of my quilting plans
|Thread used to FMQ Version 2.0
|My FMQ set up in my studio
|FMQ friends and hearts
|FMQ the Canadian mountains and prairies
|Heading west with mountains, forests, river and a bear
|FMQ playing cards
|Tennis and golf - some of the many sports depicted
|It took forever to pick the tracing paper out of
those snowshoes! Finished FMQ in April.
In April 2022, I finished the sports section, added the North to the Canadian nature section and then FMQ some stars and planets.
|North section as seen from the back
|Lots of fun FMQ the sky elements
|Maple leaves in the red stripe
|Using tracing paper
to stitch the maple leaf
|Music symbols in a black stripe
|My version of Turtle Island
July was the time to fill in a stripe with books! It looks good next to the sky stripe 😊
|Lots of books free motion quilted!
|Cat-tail as seen from the front
|Wild clover, as seen from the back
|A quick line of squares and triangles
|Canada goose and bird as seen from the back
|Places and Communities as seen from the back
|Travelling Adventures was a on blue section,
where the FMQ is best seen from the back
|Images from his Magic games
|Creating the Sun with a walking foot
|Adding swirls and flames to the Sun
|Adding FMQ details to the birds sections
|It looks great from the back of the quilt!
At that time, I also filled in a last tan line with mine heads and other mining designs, since my Mother's family were miners going back a few generations.
|All that glitters is not gold....
I also filled in the First Nation section at that time.
|First Nation section filled out
|Travel Adventure section as seen from the back
|Travel Adventure includes Kokopelli
|FMQ a tapering feather heart
|Version 2.0 ✔
|Version 2.0 in its new home 😊
Here is the label. The translation reads: "The Stéphane quilt, Version 2.0 Created by grandmother, Thérèse Lamontagne, June 2000. Adapted by Mom, Andrée G. Faubert, January 2023. 💗"