The long promised, much vaunted quilt I designed for my guild’s QuiltCon charity challenge.
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.
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.
The most awesome maple leaf you’ve ever seen.
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.
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!
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
Number of pieces: 1,364, plus however many are in the red strip sets
Quilting: detailed above, but longarmed with Wonderfil and Invisifil threads