Canada’s Big Quilt Bee

I’ll go for the TL;DR version. Canada is 150 this year, the national quilt guild wants to make 1000 quilts for kids at Ronald McDonald houses across the country. All the info is HERE. Blah blah blah, later I will share my very personal reasons for making a quilt.

I have to use some of this:

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Although to be fair I could have used the BEIGE or BROWN fabric…is there any kid who chooses beige over any other colour?

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And I thought I would use these fabrics to co-ordinate. Why yes, those are my MQG Riley Blake challenge fabrics that I didn’t use for the MQG Riley Blake challenge. Oops.

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And then when I was getting my backing fabric for my polaroid quilt last week I bought half a metre of this lovely to co-ordinate. 5$ for .5m is a screaming deal. And it’s pretty.

Moving on to stash now…

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I have enough of these two prints for the backing. Found in two different thrift stores three years apart. This fabric makes me laugh.

And then the pull from stash.

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I’m quite pleased with how this all looks together. Now to just whip up a quilt in the next four days.

Polaroid is now a QUILT TOP!!

One year and two days later, the top is finished.

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It measures 54″x70″ and has 221 blocks. 

For the past week or so I’ve been working hard to finish this off.

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1″ wide x 1000″ long

I made sashing strips, which I preferred instead of adding the top border to each block and then having to deal with seam allowances.

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Rows going together…

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This is my backing fabric but I’m still undecided how to quilt this. I have too many ideas and not enough confidence.

Other than that, YAYAYAYYAYAYAYYAYAY! This quilt has been exciting the whole way through.

I’m linking up with The Needle and Thread NetworkSew Fresh QuiltsMy Quilt Infatuation, and of course, Crazy Mom Quilts!

Sunday Stash snapshot…

For the polaroid quilt, since it’s getting close to needing a backing, yay!

A few weeks ago I checked out my local indie fabric store for backings but found nothing particularly awesome [for this quilt. Lots of other awesome things though.] Checked out Fabricland. Narrowed the choices down to a short list of four. Went back to buy this one:

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I thought this one was perfect as it has squares and rainbow colours. But was disappointed with the quality of the greige. Bummer.

I didn’t want to make a third trip to buy anything so I chose this instead:

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It has rainbows, so it works for the rainbow of polaroids. I had to choose a light colour fabric for the backing as I have light grey thread to use. (I like to match my thread to my quilt.)

And it has the cutest selvedge of eyeglasses. I’ve worn glasses for thirty-one years and I approve. I googled the selvedge and found it’s from a line called “Geekery” which included graph paper fabrics!