Saturday, 6 January 2018

An Abundance of Canadian Content!

In case you were wondering, a maple leaf pantograph looks fantastic stitched over maple leaf piecing!

Maple Syrup panto
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This is what my son, Derrick, would call "meta maple leaves" - ha!

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Two of these beautiful "150" quilts crossed my frame in time for Christmas. They were destined for sisters, so names were worked into the stitching - - - to prevent future arguments, I assume!

Personalization worked into the panto
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So cozy!

Fireside backing = cuddly soft!
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Next up was a striking red and white quilt, also celebrating Canada's 150th. This one will hang in the permanent collection of a nearby community's Fine Arts Centre, and I'm thrilled it arrived in my studio for quilting! 

The Canadian Sampler, designed by Sew Sisters
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A feathery panto was chosen to complement the piecing while respecting the budget, and the result is gorgeous! This quilt will hang beautifully for years to come. :-)

Drunken Feathers panto
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I snuck the next one onto the frame over the holiday - such a fun pattern, with its dancing squares!

Strip Your Stash, by GE Designs
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The wool batting had come folded and rolled into a package, as it sometimes does, so needed time to "relax" once it was unfolded.

Yikes! The manufacturer is Not Gentle when bagging their product.
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The folds and ripples didn't completely disappear, but things did improve over time. (I felt no need to rush over the holiday, anyway.)

Methinks bagged batting is Not happy batting
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With a little extra care, the quilt came out just great! (If I do say so myself! ha!)
The combination of wool batting and Fireside backing makes this a very cozy quilt, too. 

Halcyon panto
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Meanwhile, our Guild show is up @ the DMI Gallery in the library, and GUESS WHAT???
My clients generously loaned FIREFLY DANCE for the duration of the show!!!
(Psst - click the link for its story!)

Guild show @ the gallery - ends January 11
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Last day for viewing is January 11, so please visit SOON if you'd like to see our work!

Linking up with:
Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict, for Whoop Whoop Friday!
(I'm doing the happy dance over successfully wrangling that batting - WHOOP WHOOP!)

Try, Learn, & Grow!
Carole

7 comments:

  1. Gorgeous quilts! I have that Halcyon panto too and use it a lot!! I also have another maple leaf one called Maple Dance that is perfect on fall color quilts.

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  2. Firefly dance looks beautiful on display! Looks like you had some fun projects to quilt over the holidays, and I definitely agree that bagged batting is not happy batting.

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  3. Oo, it's hard to choose a favorite in this post! Those Canadian pieces are just lovely, all that red and white :) But I'm a full color kinda gal, so those Dancing Squares are really fun. Great job on all the quilting to make each top really come to life!

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  4. Oh, I hate (well, that's a strong word, maybe I extremely, one-hundred percent, totally dislike) packaged batting, lol! I've had batting that looks like that too and thought maybe I should have ironed it before I loaded the quilt. What a pain! Glad you got it to behave whilst quilting it. Your projects are great! I really like the maple leaf quilt hanging to the left of your Firefly Dance.

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  5. You are just knocking things off the list in this new year! :-) You're right - the maple leaf panto on a maple leaf quilt IS fantastic! I really like the drunken feather too though.
    I wish I could see firefly dance in person. sigh.

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  6. Your quilting is perfect as usual! Keep up the good job!

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