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May 22, 2017
Celebrating 150 with Quilts from Quilting & Learning

150 years of quilting in Canada exhibitI've had a crazy busy week with Art with Fabric on Monday and then a two-day surface design course with Hillary Rice. I can't wait to write a post about my surface design experiments, but it'll have to wait a few days, cause today we're going to Celebrate - Fêtons 150 with some amazing quilts from the Ottawa Valley Quilter's Guild Show - Festival of Quilts 2017.

There was an exhibit of  "150 Years of Quilting in Canada" at the Festival of Quilts 2017. The quilt below fits right into our theme. The British Empire Quilt features ...

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May 21, 2017
Canada Pillows and Cross Stitch from The Cozy Quilter

I made the Canada Flag pillow in my header photo for one of my nieces for Christmas.  She is off to university in the fall and this pillow will be used to decorate her dorm room.  My daughter and I both decided that we need Canada flag pillows to to help celebrate Canada's 150th birthday this year. When Christine and I got together to sew this week, I worked on the pillows. This one is for my daughter.  I tried to pick fabrics that would mean something to her...she wears glasses and lives in a place where there ...

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May 12, 2017
Celebrate - Fêtons 150 in May from Quilting & Learning

April has whizzed by, bringing with it lots of rain and some time to quilt! In Ottawa it looks like May will follow with more rain. If you can't be in the garden, you may as well be playing inside with colours of your own choosing.

Sew Fresh Quilts
Thank you so much for making this blogging event of success. There is so much talent and a lot of it is focused on celebrating Canada's 150th. I can't wait to showcase new ideas and projects each month.

It's time for the April draw. As you may ...

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May 4, 2017
Spring! from Daphne Greig

Sharing my tulips in pots with you today.  Why pots?  The deer will eat them, the squirrels will dig up the I plant them in pots on my deck, surround them with a 'fence' over the winter and here are the results.

These are Canada 150 bulbs, developed especially for Canada's 150th birthday. The red markings look like a maple leaf, just like our flag!

I bought all these bulbs through Botanus in Vancouver. I have had excellent results with everything I have bought from them.

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April 21, 2017
More Quilts to Celebrate from Quilting & Learning

Canada Quilt by Michelle Gagné
Canada Quilt by Michelle Gagné
I was finally able to attend the Common Thread Quilt Guild meeting this month. Our guest speaker was Michelle Gagné, an Ottawa professional long-arm quilter and prolific quilter. Here is her Canada quilt. I really like the way she made her centre red leaf.

Quilts completed for
Canada`s Biggest Quilt Bee

As for Canada`s Biggest Quilt Bee, our guild members have completed over 30 quilts and over a hundred blocks. I handed in my 6 blocks at the meeting since I`m not likely to finish a quilt top before they send these ...

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April 19, 2017
I Got The Blues... from Sew Karen-ly Created...

No, not that kind of "blues" - the good kind.  The Aurifil thread kind!
So many shades of blue are now in stock, including # 1320 which is the signature Aurifil blue, used in their logo and packaging.
I also have 3 different weights (50, 28, and 12) of the shade of blue used in the Canada 150 logo, for those stitching sesquicentennial projects. (and by the way...did you know that "Canada 150" is part of the logo and needs to be included every time?)
The 28 weight is great for satin stitching:
The 12 weight can be used for either ...

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April 8, 2017
Celebrate - Fêtons 150 in April from Quilting & Learning

Welcome to the third month of Celebrate - Fêtons 150!

Let's party with quilts this year! Twice a month this year I will preview some of the great patterns and events celebrating Canada's 150th,

Canada 150 pattern by
First thing - Celebrate - Fêtons 150 in March was a success with 11 link-ups. Including those from the More Celebrations the Quilty Way post (March 13, 2017), there was a total of 16 comments. The draw was based on 27, and number 7 was the winner - which is the link up from Kathy K. Wylie Quilts. It's ...

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March 20, 2017
More Celebrations the Quilting Way from Quilting & Learning

Celebrate-Fêtons 150
Celebrate-Fêtons 150
Since I've been writing about the many ways that the Quilting Community is celebrating Canada's 150, I've been finding all kinds of great events and patterns. I've also discovered that some of the quilt designers I've been following are Canadian!

Before I get into more Canadian celebratory patterns, here's an update on my March OMG (One Monthly Goal) the Beaver block by Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts. I'll write more about this project in an upcoming post, but I did want to show you my progress. It's now ready to ...

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March 16, 2017
Show 'n' Share from Daphne Greig

I received this picture from Jean B. a while back. Jean made this quilt to celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday. She used my pattern True North to make her quilt. Great job Jean!

This pattern is being updated to include an additional version using an 
upcoming Northcott Oh Canada collection called Our Home & Native Land.

I have also designed Crossroad Squares using this collection.

These new patterns (and several more!) will be available in about a week. 

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You will receive a free pattern as ...

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February 25, 2017
Canada 150 Quilting Events and Projects from Quilting & Learning

There is a whole lot of celebrating going on! Canada's 150th anniversary is a big birthday, although compared to many countries, Canada is really only 150 years young! As you'll see, quilters across the country are doing what we do best - celebrating by buying fabric :-) as well as making and giving quilts.

150 Canadian Women Quilt

Here are a few of the events and projects that I’ve come across. The links to these items are at the bottom of the post. If you find more of these, please let me know and I’ll include them in ...

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February 4, 2017
Still Sewing Red and White Subsets for Canada's 150th Birthday from living, quilting and stuff

All the curved pieces are cut, with fabric to spare. I need to step up the sewing pace... NETFLIX makes for a slow sewing partner.

The mix of many Red prints and the Kona K001 White makes me happy. I think it will look great together. If I get all these 900 pieces together.

I tried to see how many pins I needed to use to set these curved pieces together - five pins. Three pins arse not quite enough though it goes fast if I can sew through with 1 pin anchoring the work and my fingers pinching the edges ...

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January 16, 2017
On the couch with tea and hankies from Nita Dances

Dear Vi,

I congratulated myself too soon for managing to avoid the miserable colds and flu going around this winter.


Sadly,I’ve been relegated to the couch to drink gallons of milky black tea and feel sorry for myself.

At least I have furry couch company:  On a happier topic, I was featured on the Curvy Sewing Collective!!! Well, actually it’s my sewing room that’s featured. Check it out here!

On the quilting front, I’ve been thinking that I’d really like to make a quilt to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday this year.

Katherine ...

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January 3, 2017
WIP Wednesday #268 @ TN&TN from The Needle and Thread Network

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December 30, 2016
Canada 150 - Lap Quilt from Sew Fresh Quilts

It may be obvious, but it looks like this will be my final finish for 2016.

This finish is the second of two Canada 150 quilts designed for the upcoming 150th Anniversary of Canada. The Sesquicentennial anniversary.

You can see the baby size version here in last week's post.
To see all of my finishes from this year, click here to go to my Gallery.

The TRUE NORTH polar bear

The STRONG (and) FREE brown bear

The fabrics I chose for this quilt were mostly from the Artisan Spirit collections from Northcott Fabrics. A good choice, I think... quality ...

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December 25, 2016
Best 5 of 2016 and Plans for 2017 from Sew Fresh Quilts

2016 has come and gone. Another year of finishes and a year of firsts. Looking back through my gallery of finishes for this year has prompted me to reflect on all the changes that have been a part of things here at Sew Fresh Quilts during the last 12 months. And all of the things that I am so thankful for.

Today I am sharing my Best 5 makes of 2016....
And my plans for 2017.

Modernitional Bear Paw

In last year's Best 5 of 2015 and Plans for 2016 post, I announced that this would be the Year ...

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December 23, 2016
Canada 150 - Baby Quilt from Sew Fresh Quilts

With only two weeks left in the year....

I am scrambling to finish up the two Canada 150 quilts designed for the upcoming 150th Anniversary of Canada. The Sesquicentennial anniversary.

So out into the cold Canadian outdoors I go!

The fabrics I chose for this quilt were mostly from the Ambiance and Artisan Spirit collections from Northcott Fabrics. A good choice, I think... quality cotton fabrics from a Canadian manufacturer for a Canadian quilt.

When it came time for quilting, I wanted to change things up from my usual organic wavy lines. I quilted mountains in the "north" of this ...

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December 14, 2016
Let's Bee Social # 155 from Sew Fresh Quilts

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!

I have finished the baby quilt size version of the Canada 150 quilt.....

And now I have started piecing the Lap quilt size....

Don't forget.... Sale is on until the end of December. This discount applies to everything in the shop. Use SALE25 to save 25% off your total purchase of $10 or more.

Click here to check out my Etsy Shop!

Now... It's your turn for Show and Tell!!!
What have you been working on?

Sew Fresh Quilts

    • Click on at least a few of the others who have linked up.
    • In your ...

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November 30, 2016
Let's Bee Social #153 from Sew Fresh Quilts

Welcome to the Let's Bee Social!

It's the last day of November.
So that means it is only one more month until..... 

Canada's BIG Birthday! 

Canada 150th Anniversary - Lap 66" x 66"

Canada 150th Anniversary - Baby 40" x 50"

Canada will be turning 150 years old in 2017.
And I have a plan for both a baby and lap quilt design.
The pattern is written and it's testing time!

For this project I will be revisiting my MOD Bear Paw and the Forest Friends quilt designs. This time the Bear, which is the same size it ...

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November 24, 2016
Update on Projects from Quilting & Learning

I haven't been able to finish anything recently, but since I'm working on lots of projects and won't get anything done in the next week, I thought I'd post an update.

Canada's 150th Block

Canada goose block
The beginning of my Canada goose block
Many quilt guilds are creating quilts to celebrate Canada's upcoming birthday. The Common Thread Quilt Guild asked its members to make blocks representing Canada. The blocks trickled in, but I believe that we finished with over 30 blocks.

The blocks are 4" x 6" (finished) and will be made into a quilt that ...

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