2011-2012 BOM Reveal

Arbutus Bay quilt reveal


Twelve months after Maple Leaf Quilters launched the first BOM eight of the thirteen  quilters participating were able to gather on Protection Island to reveal their creations. In September 2011 the theme was revealed as stars and the yardage was given for the entire quilt.  The blocks were built in two stages, the first being a 6 1/2″ square star block. The second stage incorporated Sharyn Squier Craig’s “Twist & Turn” method bringing the block to 13″ square.  Blocks were created using easy piecing methods for making quarter square &  half square triangles (QST & HST) and flying geese. The final quilt size was to be 52″ square. Quilting experience ranged from novice to expert. There was a suggested inner and outer border size with cornerstone blocks. All but 3 quilts utilized this technique and 4 of the quilts were made using 12 blocks instead of 9…well one began as two separate quilts and then morphed into a 16 block single quilt! :)

Pat’s BOM

The quilt to the left was made by  our sister Patricia. She had just completed all the blocks and had them in the design she liked  before taking a bad break to her right leg. It’s a good thing that she knows people in the right places. I stitched her flimsy together and Joan took over with the quilting…I’ll apply the binding and Pat can then take over the hand stitching. In her quilt she decided to forego the cornerstones and chose to have her borders added with a partial seam technique. It might have also been interesting to try adding the borders using the twist and turn technique.

We all met at the Nanaimo Boat Basin for a 10 minute ferry ride to Protection Island. That would be my first ferry ride but everyone else had to take ferries just to get to Vancouver Island. After a nice leisurely lunch at the Dinghy Dock we took a 10 minute walk to Pirate’s Park. We must have looked overly enthusiastic because I was asked if there was an event on the island. My response to them was that WE were the event! ;)   We strung clothesline between the arbutus and oak trees and hung the quilts. The colour schemes were completely different with Pat and Melinda’s being closest in colour as they chose to use golds, rusts and greens. After admiring each others quilts we headed back to the Dinghy Dock for refreshments and brainstorming on what they’d be interested in tackling next. All in all it was a pretty fine day for an outdoor quilt show. To see all the quilts go to www.mapleleafquilters.ca and click on our facebook page button. The album is called Block of the Month 2011.            Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye


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