Maple Spirit, a finished quilt

The long promised, much vaunted quilt I designed for my guild’s QuiltCon charity challenge.

Maple Spirit_HandwroughtQuilts FULL

We named the quilt “Maple Spirit.” The inspiration for this quilt came from an excellent conversation I had with a quilty friend: we talked about gingerbread houses, the Canadian Coast Guard, the parameters of this challenge (theme was Modern Traditionalism and a specific colour palette), Canada’s Sesquicentennial, and more.

This idea came to me fully intact and the only change I made was to adjust the placement of the maple leaf.

Maple Spirit_HandwroughtQuilts Blocks.JPG

Blocks from the guild members. We used white tone on tone fabrics for the maple leaves and white solid fabric for the background. I knew the variations in whites would give us lovely depth and variation for the background.

Maple Spirit_HandwroughtQuilts LEAF

The most awesome maple leaf you’ve ever seen.

Maple Spirit_HandwroughtQuilts Detail

The texture on this quilt is phenomenal. Each of the three parts (or colours) has a different texture: the background has a back and forth water-ish quilting pattern, the maple leaf has veins quilted in a not very dense pattern, and the leaf shadow has matchstick quilting.

Maple Spirit_HandwroughtQuilts Detail2

We agonized over which colour to use for binding but ultimately decided to include a fifth colour from the colour palette. Fussy cut binding (to add emphasis) for the win!

Maple Spirit_HandwroughtQuilts Binding

Previous blog posts about this quilt are here, here, here, and here.

Quilt Stats:

Title: Maple Spirit

Lifetime quilt no.: 72

Started: I agreed to take on the project Sept 21, 2017

Finished: quilt finished (labelled and with hanging sleeve) January 20, 2018

Size: ~72×90

Number of pieces: 1,364, plus however many are in the red strip sets

Quilting: detailed above, but longarmed with Wonderfil and Invisifil threads

Linking up with Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts and Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

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16 thoughts on “Maple Spirit, a finished quilt

  1. Oh, Nicole, this is absolutely stunning! I love the bold graphics of the leaf and it’s shadow against all that lovely pieced background. And the quilting!!!😍 I predict that it will be a fan favorite at QuiltCon and I’m looking forward to seeing it in person. Maybe you need to reconsider attending?!!

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  2. Oh, boy, this is an amazing quilt. I really love the quilts that give you more and more as you look at it longer or closer, and this sure provides that. First you have a great design with the shadowed large leaf that has its own interesting patchwork . . . but then all the ghosty low-contrast maple leafs blocks of the background show up to your eye – LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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