Maple Spirit, a finished quilt

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

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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.

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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.

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The most awesome maple leaf you’ve ever seen.

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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.

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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!

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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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Getting closer…

This messy pile of crap is now a hanging sleeve for the guild charity quilt. I suppose I’m glad I didn’t get one of my own quilts into QuiltCon; I only have to attach this one sleeve.

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But I cheated and machine stitched it.

And the quilt’s been bound. I managed to fob that job off on someone else delegated that successfully. Tomorrow is for taking decent pics, adding labels, and in all likelihood, kid-wrangling and laundry. And so it goes.

Further Adventures in Bee Quilting

The magic quilting fairies are unlikely to visit in the night, as much as I keep hoping. If you volunteer to chair/lead/shepherd a project you just might have to do lots of it yourself.

First there was lots and lots of this:

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Which not only gave me a tiny bit of photokeratitis , but also made my hands vibrate I was going so fast. On the plus side, this is my second time using a poly thread and I am a #convert4lyfe as the hip kids say these days.

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Sneak peek

More tomorrow.

and so it goes…

Somehow time went from “oh there’s six weeks before christmas” to “I have only six days off between now and christmas and have you SEEN the size of my to-do list!?” I’m quite certain the jump between those two states of being happened in mere moments.

Sheesh. And in my spare time I am shepherding the guild QuiltCon charity quilt this year. I came up with a killer design and it’s going well, it just needs to get done. At least it’s quilt related.

W’s first grade teacher let me use her document camera (if an overhead projector and an opaque projector had a baby it would be a document camera) and screen today.

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Progress! I am now 7/39 of the way through this project.