Wait what? Yeah, I had the same thought when I read that. I made my 150, and I'll admit, I was wondering what we'd do, a 10X15 block layout? That would be 60X90 before borders, a bit of a long and narrow quilt size...put a few on the back? I certainly did not want to do that. Then when I downloaded and read the final quilt assembly instructions, I saw we were to make six extra blocks of our own choosing, or simply cut six 6.5" squares to fill in the spots because the layout was 12X13 which equals 156. Ahhh.
I knew immediately that one or two would be a maple leaf, Canada's main symbol. I knew I'd do it with my own way of constructing the block, which I did in my Freefall QAL. So I figured out the measurements to make it 6" finished, drafting the leaf point anew...wait. It was not 6" because the block is based on a 5X5 grid. So I did it at 5", simply sewing a 1" border on two sides with some of the Canada Sesquicentennial fabric by Northcott I accumulated over 2017, and I like the effect.
Two down. Four to go.
I'm reading a fantastic, eye-opening book, a gift from my mum a few years ago:
These two English women left Suffolk, England in 1832, emigrating to Upper Canada (Ontario) with their new husbands. They were both published authors in England, both husbands did not have great wealth, and thus they thought (and were wrongly convinced like so many others) that great prosperity could be theirs for the taking in Canada.
Charlotte Gray, the author, has done a wonderful job combining both Catharine Parr Traill's and Susanna Moodie's letters, their published works, and her own research into a book that reads well, and has made my eyes widen and my brain spin many many times. I've still got 90 pages to go. So many women struggled, my own grandmother among them, but 100 years later, trying to make a home, and survive in the Canadian wilderness. I've long had a profound respect for them all, since enamoured with and enthralled by the Laura and Mary Ingalls books as a young girl. I knew immediately that I would make Susanna and Catharine a log cabin block each. Susanna's is the red one with the text print in one of the light rounds. Hers has a pink maple leaf centre, a fabric scrap from Paintbrush Studio that I used in Windfall. Catharine's has a red maple leaf centre, more scraps of the same Windfall fabric, and pink rounds, flowers in one round each of pink and cream as a nod to her deep love of botany. The final cream round, a scrap of Amanda Jean's 'Good Neighbors' has a stitches motif as a nod to her fine abilities as a quilter. She was also a writer. Not only did they write and sew, but they also learned to milk cows and keep chickens and many other chores, had 16 I believe children between them, acted as midwife to neighbours, befriended Chippewa, fought cold, hunger, poverty, loneliness, depression, and all this, while lacking basic skills, having had servants in England. And yet they continued to write each day and published very successful books, both non-fiction and fiction. For which they saw little money. Perhaps because they were not born in Canada, they were omitted from Kat's 150 CA Women, but they are well-deserving of a block each in my books, pun intended. Besides, I know there are many more than 150 Fabulous CA Women of Note!
|Florence MacLeod Harper|
It took me a long time to find and decide upon a block for this incredible woman. In the end, I couldn't find one that aptly fitted her contributions, so I opened a magazine I got as a present earlier this year, Quilter's World, May, and spied this block, one of two in the quilt 'Radiance'. I like how your eye is thrown to the deepest red stripe and bounces around the four sides... and then you notice the square in a square in the centre, and then the corners. This block is for Florence MacLeod Harper, a Canadian journalist. In 1916 she hopped on a ship across the Pacific, then the trans-Siberian railroad, to get to Russia, where she was one of the first Western reporters to cover the Russian revolution. She has largely been forgotten, yet not only did she work as staff reporter for Leslie's Illustrated Weekly Newspaper based in New York, she also volunteered at the front lines as a surgical nurse during her 6 months there. You may find her memoir, Runaway Russia, now that British historians did. You can read an article about her that my mum sent me here. Thank you Mum!
|Pioneer Women and the Me Too campaign|
A Stitch in Time in Leamington, my LQS. I measured the maple leaves in this plaid-looking fabric to see if they actually were 1.5" unfinished as I thought...yesss! The girl cutting the fabric nearly choked when I told her what I was doing, needing 1" finished cornerstones, oh 156 or so of 'em.... I'm doing one sashing row with the leaves flipping this way and that, and then the next row will flip that-a-way and this, get it? No worries, I do. The lovely cream leaves fabric in the sashing and many of the blocks is an
The one Canadian woman in the title? Moi! I know I mentioned it in my last post, but just in case you missed it, I am one of the co-hosts of the 2018 New Quilt Bloggers Hop, the Canadian contingent, if you will. I said I'd bring Tim Horton's to our virtual meetings. Ha.
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