Quilt Top is Done!
Well it a few late nights but the 13 blocks are completed! With each block the points got better and more precise. I think there might also have been less unsewing too. Or at least I hope there was. I am sure the quilt police will find the flaws but I am pleased with this 1st attempt so far. I will have to review best pressing techniques and try to remember when making those ½ and ¼ square triangles, cut the initial block a bit bigger and then trim to size!!
Over all I was actually surprised how much I liked the individual blocks. I am not sure which my favourite is. You will have to pick J
Now the big nail biter is how they all would look in one quilt. The blocks were all so different. I hoped my varied selection of light to dark reds would work together and a few guest appearances blue, green and yellow would add some interest. I was also concerned what my vertical image blocks embedded in a diagonal maple leaf might look odd.
At this point I also made the decision to put the quilt in the “Canada 150” category at the show. I suppose I should have read the requirements before designing the quilt. But as luck would have it, I was able to come up with some changes. I am currently just at the maximum size, so the planned border treatments and sashing that would have given it a more traditional style look, had to be discarded. I was also able to download a Canada 150 logo that I stitched out with my embroidery machine. The end result is a quilt where 1867 style pieced blocks find a home in modern 2017 style quilt top. I could say this quilt combines 150 years of quilting evolution J …. How serendipitous given the theme of the category.
Not a great picture but here is the result! Do you remember which block represents the various provinces and territories?
Now the big dilemma, how to quilt it???? I will have to do more research on stitching styles of the 1800’s. Or perhaps I should quilt modern? Or both??? What do you think?