Getting Ready for the Edmonton Festival of Quilts

Part 11: Quilts and Colour and the Newfoundland & Labrador block When it comes to quilting, playing with the colour palette is one of the most delightful aspects. But even with all the fabrics available today it still is sometimes a challenge to  get it just right. It must have been a challenge 150 years ago! Nature… Continue reading Getting Ready for the Edmonton Festival of Quilts

Getting Ready for the Edmonton Festival of Quilts

Part 10: Log Cabin and the Yukon block The Log Cabin design has been popular since the 1850’s reflecting the log cabin structure and its central importance to home on the frontier. The design represented the struggle of conquering the wilderness. The small central typically red square symbolized the stove or fireplace of the home. Yellow… Continue reading Getting Ready for the Edmonton Festival of Quilts

Getting Ready for the Festival of Quilts

Part 9: Patchwork the Northwest Territories block Quilt blocks typically contained geometric shapes such as squares, triangles, or rectangles. In turn these blocks were than sewed into strips. Strips were than sewn into a quilt top. Almost all geometric designs use an underlying gird that make up a certain number of equal sized squares. Some patterns… Continue reading Getting Ready for the Festival of Quilts

Getting Ready for the Festival of Quilts

Part 7: Patterns and survival, Nova Scotia block.   In the new world  resources were scare, there was little free time for women to pursue non-essential activities and quilts were needed for survival. Unlike England where quilting was mainly an upper and middle class activity, in North America during the 1800s’s quilting was a necessity for… Continue reading Getting Ready for the Festival of Quilts