Canadiana

Even when I am not sewing, I am working out blocks for my Canada sampler quilt.  Always running through my brain for iconic Canadian things.

Last night I came home to find this on my kitchen table

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That’s pretty Canadian.  I do have plans to make a beaver somewhere on the quilt, but as applique is not my strong suit, I am procrastinating with that one.

Bucky is visiting our house for one week.  My younger son is in Beaver’s and they each get a turn to take this gigantic beaver home and document some adventures with him.  Our cat is not impressed! She is curious, but leery of this big furry thing.  At least it doesn’t move.

I had easter Monday off as an extra day, yay.  The whole family was home, but I did get some time to sew.  The newest blocks in my Canada quilt are mountains,

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a totem pole

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and a lighthouse.

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things are coming along well.  I had a major fail trying to make a basketball in a 6″ block. Just too small and fiddly.  I will try a 12″ block this weekend.  Bigger= gentler curves= less likely to distort.  (FYI: a Canadian came up with the modern day version of basketball).

Guild meeting tonight. yay! I always look forward to connecting with my quilty people. Better stop typing here, and go over to the MQG Victoria blog and do my block lotto post.

Have a great rest of your week.

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belated

Happy Easter, yesterday.

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I seem to be a day behind.

The day flew by in a flurry of chocolate and sunshine.  We do a brunch and egg hunt with friends from B’s baby group(that’s 10 years running). Waffles, bacon, strawberries and whipped cream.  And coffee with a slurp of Bailey’s!  My mouth is watering.

Easter to me has so many connotations.  Christian celebration of Christ reborn; chocolate eggs; and most resonant with me is the rebirth of nature and all that comes with it.  Bright green buds appear everywhere.

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New babies arrive. ( this is my mom’s photo)Image may contain: tree, sky, grass, outdoor and nature

And flowers galore appear everywhere you look.

Walking anywhere is a pleasure to the eyes and nose.  Fragrant blooms, fresh cut grass, Everything seems bright, fresh, and new.

Enjoy a moment to look around, everything seems to be changing daily.  These blooms weren’t in the garden last time I looked!

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surprise

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busy days, rainy days, a week of not going into my backyard.  And then a lovely surprise when I finally go out there.

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I have been meaning to transplant this Azalea for a few years.  It is pretty pot bound in a pot that narrows at the neck.  But clearly still happy enough to put on a pretty display.

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This time of year you can find all kinds of surprises if you keep your eyes open.  My son and I found fawn lilies amongst the Garry Oaks on our walk today. He thought the spotted leaves were pretty cool.  “But why do the lily heads bend down mom?”  great question that I had no answer for.  It was nice to just go out for a walk together, not be racing to the baseball park.  Take the moments when them come.

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Feeling like I should (oops, bad word)…

Feeling like I want to make something quilty to recognize my country’s sesquicentennial.  150 years is worth celebrating, and quilts are good at celebrating and marking time and events.

First thought was a very scrappy flag.  But then I spotted Sew Sisters Quilt sampler.

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That looked pretty cool.  Maybe I could change it up and make my own version with different sized blocks, and make MY CANADA.  Or something like that:)  First block was a maple leaf, maybe a flag. Nope, just the leaf I think.  Grid paper is great for figuring out sewing blocks to set sizes.

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Lots of HSTs.  Then the layout and put together.

Yup, pretty happy about that.

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Now I had to put some thought into the other blocks to be done.  Don’t want to copy, but  certainly using the Sew Sisters sampler for ideas.

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And then I couldn’t resist the toque block.  Mine is slightly different as I did not use a pattern.

DSC03961There is something so nice about using solid white and red.  Such clean lines and great clear contrast.  And absolutely no thought needed for colour scheme or matching shades etc.

I am not sure how big this quilt will get, but 3 blocks in a weekend seems pretty good.  I can’t see there being more than 12 blocks, and I want to get this done before july 1, of course.  Better get sketching more ideas.  Any suggestions?

Ideas so far….patchwork prairies; pointy mountains; snowflake; How do I make an ocean block in red and white??? OOh, a beaver block?

Just keep on quilting, I say.

small projects

It is nice to have small quilty things to be done, attainable in less than a day. So often a quilt is a pleasurable, but long process.

The first small one was adding my part to the round robin block that came my way at the last guild meeting.  That was fun, sorry I can’t show you what I did.  Blind round robin, no photos published until finished.

The next was making some slab blocks for the Canadian Quilter’s association Canada 150 quilting bee.  The request was put out for quilters to make slab blocks or quilt tops made of slab blocks, using at least one piece of special Canada 150th birthday fabric.  These blocks will be gathered and quilted at a giant quilting bee and donated to Ronald McDonald House.

Slabs are great stash busters for all those small scraps.  There is some order to the chaos of this photo!

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And although I used lots, there are still many scraps left.  Maybe I should make more blocks.  We will see what time allows.

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The third little project was the upcoming month’s block lotto.  That one I cannot show yet either.  But got it done as well.

So a productive weekend overall.

Have a great week ahead.