Red & White Maple Leaf Quilts

It’s been a while since I’ve hosted a Canada Day party. Mom and I have been busy getting the yard ready for summer and decided we’d like to host a party and fly the red and white. :)  In preparation for the party I decided to quilt a flag. I have two flag patterns and used the log cabin blocks from one and the maple leaf pattern from the other. The first pattern called for log cabin blocks for the entire back ground. I made red log cabin blocks but just pieced white rectangles together as a large maple leaf would be appliqued over top. I made a mile-a-minute strata large enough to accommodate the maple leaf and then appliqued it onto the white background. I also enlarged the pattern from 20″ x 14″ to 27″ x 21.” The red portion is quilted using twin needles. The cross hatching in the white is in one inch increments. The binding was assembled in two pieces. I wanted the white fabric to have white binding. I sewed the bindings to the top and bottom of the quilt and joined them at both sides. I really like this effect.  Pattern names: Proud to be… by  http://blackeyedsusandesigns.com/ and Oh, Canada by http://www.cherylarkison.com/

With Glowing Hearts was started in 2010 and depicts my favourite memory of that year–> the month of February & the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. This quilt has been almost finished since April 2011 but there is a little bit of hand stitching left to do. I have machine quilted 14 gold medals onto the white background and they are waiting for the discipline from each sport to be added. The one to the right is Alexandre Bilodeau winning our first gold medal in moguls. The pictographs for each sport came from the Vancouver 2010 Olympic site.

<— Celebrate, another original design, was finally finished this year too! Free motion applique and quilting was used in the making of this quilt.

This one —-> Made in Canada, Made to Last is still one of my favourites. I think it’s because of the red fabrics. Satin stitch applique and cross hatch quilting with some free motion quilting in the making of this one. The pattern is The Canadian from Lavender Hutt Designs & completed in 2012.

I’m thinking it might be fun to have a mini quilt show here at the Canada Day party. Apparently I’m gathering a few red and white quilts. ;)

Celebrating the Canadian flag turning 50…Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye

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