Canadian designer Shania Sunga has designed a 13 block Canadian themed quilt to help us celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, 2017. Kits will be released every 6 weeks until April 2017, with a finishing kit arriving in May. I just realized that said MAY 2017! That’s going to be a very tight finish for July 1st!!
I guess the best way to stay on top of that is to do your blocks as they arrive. This is the first time I have participated in a project like this, waiting for and then receiving the next kit. It was kind of weird to make one block and then wait 6 weeks for the next one. I made the first two blocks and was puzzled by some of the instructions. Like assemble the chickadee & branch by “lightly fusing, cool and set aside.” I didn’t know you could do such a thing if you happen to have an applique pressing sheet. During our November sewing day we (Jackie & I) asked the applique expert, Liz, what the heck that meant. She showed us how to use the applique pressing sheet that Jackie owns and, wow, that makes it much easier to work with little bits! I was able to assemble Joan’s #1 New Brunswick block much faster than my own. Here is a video on how to use one of these sheets: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zv017_Dh9nQ
#2 block is Nunavut and was fairly easy to do as the applique pieces were larger. After making the first two blocks I just assumed that all the blocks would have the official bird of the province/territory. Not so as you will see with the third block.
I was intrigued with the names of the line of fabric designed for this project. The covered bridge from the first block is made of fabric utilizing the Muskoka chair.
The pieces of fabric in the kits are pretty small so we don’t get a really good idea of what the print is. This is definitely a Canadian icon buried quietly in this celebratory quilt.
Block #3 Alberta: I waited anxiously for the third block to show up in my mail box! It’s a pretty cool block too. We get a horse and not a bird! Did you know that the Great Horned Owl is the provincial bird of Alberta? I still don’t own an applique pressing sheet so just assembled as I’ve always done, one layer at at time.
I’ve seen quilters post pictures of their finished blocks and a lot of them are using satin stitch applique. I am working with raw edge applique and matching threads. I think there are way to many teeny tiny pieces to do anything but…but then that’s just my preference. And I guess there’s nothing else for me to do but wait till the end of February for the next kit, Nova Scotia. Will we get the Bluenose?
To see the different types of fabric and which province/territory will be next in line check out Contemporary Sewing https://www.csm.ca/cantik_batiks/canada-150th-birthday
Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye