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August 5, 2017
Final Celebrate - Fêtons 150 post from Quilting & Learning

The adventure started February 13th, 2017 with the first of six linking parties to Celebrate - Fêtons 150. There are still many celebrations happening across Canada but my big party is over.

It's been a real learning experience for me to host these link-ups. Not only did I have to learn the whole linking up system (thank goodness it was relatively painless!) but I also researched, found and shared all kinds of quilting projects and events to celebrate our 150th.

"Canada On the Go" pattern
I didn't think that there would be much to say in this post, but ...

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July 30, 2017
CCS and Some Old Slow Stitching from The Cozy Quilter

I added some more cross stitches to my snowman project this week. The above picture shows how it looks now.  There was a fair bit of progress since I last posted about his project...

I will be working to the right of this section next.

Yesterday, my MIL and I went to a Canada 150 quilt show at the Lambton Heritage Museum near Grand Bend, Ontario.  They had quite a few quilts from Lambton County, all of which included a lot of hand stitching. I picked out a few to show today for Slow Sunday Stitching.  This first one was ...

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July 28, 2017
Canada 150 Pillow from The Cozy Quilter

My Canada 150 pillow is finished!  It was not done in time for Canada Day but the whole year is a celebration so in my books, I am happy with the timing of my finish. As you can see, I used prints instead of solids for my Canada 150 symbol.  I used a light grey Aurifil thread for the organic quilting.  I will try to put all of the unsewing that happened with this project behind me and just enjoyed the finished pillow!

The back is a red OXOX batik fabric that I purchased a few years ago.  Here is ...

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July 23, 2017
LFQG Summer Sewing Day from The Cozy Quilter

Today was our London Friendship Quilters Guild annual summer sewing day.  I had all of my projects, sewing machine and supplies packed up last night and ready to take out to the car this morning.  I brought along three things to sew today:

First up, I wanted to get this block quilted and made into a pillow.  I brought along some variegated thread that I thought would be perfect for the organic quilting that I had planned...I got about 2/3's done and then decided that I hated the variegated thread.

I spent the next hour and a ...

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July 21, 2017
Did you think I was on Vacation? from Daphne Greig

Not on vacation....lots going on....designing, teaching, learning, quilting! I'll tell all the stories over the next few weeks.

But today I have to share this great picture taken on Canada Day (July 1st).  

We always meet at the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast in Sidney. This year we all dressed up for Canada's 150th birthday.  The girls loved the Sidney Days parade too. We had a great day!

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July 7, 2017
Today We Celebrate - Fêtons 150 from Quilting & Learning

Happy Birthday Canada!

Northcott's Map of Canada
Northcott's Map of Canada
Today is our 150th and Canadians are celebrating across Canada.

In Ottawa it's going to be crazy busy. I hope to celebrate quietly at home with my sewing machine :-)

I'm very happy to share with you the finished version of my Canada 150 Art Quilt.

Canada 150 Art Quilt
A lovely maple leaf with a sheer overlay
and paper snowflakes encased within.
This quilt was a great opportunity to practice many of the techniques that I learned at Hillary Rice's embellishment workshop. In my progress post of June 11th ...

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June 30, 2017
Canada 150 Quilt! from Stof genoeg

Celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary with a special quilt design in red and white, using the same four simple blocks from previous posts. XXX Annika Continue reading

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June 28, 2017
Countdown to Canada - Fêtons 150! from Quilting & Learning

Quilt of Belonging coming to Ottawa
Countdown! In 9 days Canada will be 150!

As you can imagine, there are many events already under way and many more planned.

Quilt of Belonging

On June 23 the Quilt of Belonging will be displayed at the Ottawa City Hall until July 5. This should be on your list of things to see if you're in Ottawa during these dates. There are also visits planned to other Canadian cities, but if you can't make it, their website is well worth a look. See below in the Related Links.

The quilt of ...

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June 16, 2017
Finished the Red & White, moving on from living, quilting and stuff

The Red & White Canada 150 Quilt is done!

I named it "This land is your land, this land is my land"
Thanks to Mark Lipinski for the pattern, "Curvy".

Next on my list is "the Micky Mouse quilt. My friend (since we were 4) has been asking for a Mickey Mouse quilt for 10 years now... I have been secretly stashing any Mickey Mouse print in a nice cotton fabric that |I can find. My friends have also been searching this out.. I have 11 different prints now plus 2 panels. I just keep telling her that I will make ...

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June 15, 2017
Playing and Trying New Techniques from Quilting & Learning

Appliquéd English Paper Pieced flag
I've enjoyed making Canada 150 quilts, but following other people's patterns and doing traditional quilting for any length of time is difficult for me. I need time to create and play with fabrics without a pattern or clear idea of where I'm going. So I decided to create a Canada 150 art quilt with some of the techniques I learned during Hillary Rice's surface design workshop.

As you may have read in my post, several weeks ago I took a two-day surface design and embellishment course with Hillary Rice. It was ...

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June 12, 2017
Sergeant Sesquicentennial from Quilting & Learning

Completed Sergeant Sesquicentennial  block from Quilting Pleasures
Completed Sergeant Sesquicentennial
block from Quilting Pleasures
The Sergeant Sesquicentennial block from Quilting Pleasures is done! No offence, but I hope I never have to write those two words again! I keep spelling the first word wrong and I don't even want to pronounce the second - thank goodness for copy and paste. Canada's 150 will have to do!

This gentleman is part of the Northcott's Trans-Canada Block Party and is sold exclusively at Quilty Pleasures in Orleans. I picked up the kit for the block and fabric for the border and binding last month.

The piecing went ...

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June 7, 2017
Celebrate - Fêtons 150 in June from Quilting & Learning

June is here and it's only a little over a month to Canada Day, our 150th birthday!

The Celebrate - Fêtons 150 had a good month although the numbers are down for the link-ups. That's probably because everyone's slab blocks have been sent to Toronto in preparation for Canada's Biggest Quilt Bee. I don't think that I will be participating, but I hope to visit and take pictures while I'm at Quilt Canada 2017. Your intrepid reporter will bring back photos of all that's happening on the Celebrate - Fêtons 150 front!

May's winner ...

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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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