Monthly Archives: July 2014

Indepedence Day Wall Hanging

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Veronica QuiltMy son’s girlfriend loves history. I wanted to make her something that was history-related and could be used to decorate her classroom when she becomes a teacher.

I had a collection of Americana fabric, including a panel which duplicated the Declaration of Independence.

I know that this project does not look like it took a lot of design, but it took me a week or so to figure it out.I wanted to do something fancier, such as incorporate pieces of the Declaration into blocks, but that felt a bit unpatriotic. I had a lot of Americana fabric that I wanted to use, but it made everything too busy.

It ended up that I just used the panel, made a border out of red fabric, and added the upper and lower borders from another panel. The eagle is fused.

I decided to do very simple quilting that didn’t detract from the panel. So I used my star-shaped templates and quilted it on my longarm in a neutral colored thread.

If the design was a problem, the quilting was worse. It should have been denser and the stars ended up being too messy looking.

The “highlight” was sewing a stitch through my fingertip with my longarm. My finger has a couple of puncture wounds, but I’m okay.

This is one of those project that was made with love, but didn’t turn out nearly as well as I hoped. At this point, I’m not sure if I’ll even give it to her.

 

 

Happy Canada Day!

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Canadian Fabric

Part of my collection of Canadian fabric.

Many of you know that I am originally from Canada. My husband and I moved to the United States more than 20 years ago. All of our families still live in Ontario, Canada. However both of my children were born in the United States.

If you’re unfamiliar with Canada Day, here’s the scoop. This national holiday celebrates Canada’s birthday in 1867. According to Wikipedia, Canada Day commemorates the joining of the British North American colonies (the current provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario and Quebec) into the kingdom of Canada. (England kept parliamentary control over Canada until the Constitution Act was passed in 1982.)

Several years ago, when my oldest was almost ready to graduate from high school, I finally got around to applying for my kids’ Canadian citizenship. (Just FYI, it was a whole lot faster for me to get American citizenship than to register my children as “Canadian Citizens Born Abroad.”)

As a quilter, I wanted to make my son and daughter each a quilt to acknowledge their Canadian roots. The problem was that no nice fabric was available. Thankfully Northcott has since released three fabric lines called Stonehenge Oh Canada, which I have been collecting each time I visit Canada. (I have not yet purchased anything from Oh Canada III, which has just been released.)

As you can see, I haven’t started making the quilts yet. Frankly I  might just keep buying fabric, because I think it’s really beautiful. Given that it took Canada more than 100 years to become a sovereign nation, I doubt anyone can criticize me if it takes a few more years to make these quilts.