And I know all too well what he meant!
He's been gone now ten years and I miss him still, our rendezvous at Kennedy's Coffee Shop, our lunches at Simple Pleasures, his humour, his stories, his love for his grandchildren, his love for his country. You may recall from last year's QAL, my first one, Freefall, that he used to write on the new calendar, "The Birthday of a Famous Canadian" on June 15. And snicker. As would we kids. And Mum would roll her eyes with a half-grin on her face.
So I thought it fitting that I photograph the quilt I made him in 2001 for his 75th birthday in a beautiful spot in Canada, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. It's not his beloved Alberta, but I think he'd approve.
What a perfect spot to photograph quilts! Behind my trusty quilt holder is another one of 'my' Great Lakes, Lake Ontario. Far far away to the north, on the horizon, not visible because of the width of this lake, which is 85 km at its widest, is Toronto.
Allow me to show you a collage of our view as we crested the hill from the parking lot.
|Queen's Royal Park|
Back to my Dad's quilt:
My dad, the eldest, was born in a little French town in Alberta called Legal, pronounced Le (not lee) and gal as in girl, emphasis on 'gal'. His dad, my grandpa, was a hired hand on farms during the first years of my grandparents' marriage, until they could afford to buy their own piece of land, which had a small log cabin on it.
|1992 'The Old Farm'|
So obviously I knew I'd make him a log cabin quilt. From my notes I used to keep about some of my first quilts, I wrote that it's set in the barn-raising set, because he grew up on a farm. The centres of the blocks are red, which symbolizes the heart, (love, warmth) of the home. Blue was his favourite colour, so I used three of them, brown for the logs, used three brown, and a nature print for the border with both colours in it made up the palette. I realize now that Dad influenced my love, respect and passion for nature; he had a longtime subscription to National Geographic, and watched many nature shows, the theme of one, The Nature of Things, I can still easily bring to mind.
For the quilting, I used all Sulky threads.😍
In the border I used a Sulky metallic in silver:
I bound the quilt with a 1/2" wide binding, quite a bit wider than I do now, 1/4"! The binding and the inner border is the same fabric as one of the blues in the log cabin blocks.
The quilt is still in perfect condition. I brought it home with me when I was out there in May. It will be passed on to either Dayna or Brady, who will inherit all my quilts.
|Right after he opened it at his party. Sadly all three men, his brother, and a good friend, pictured here, are no longer with us.|
While we were doing our quilt shoots....
|yep, we got some looks lol|
...I made sure to get a kind person to photograph Preeti and me with the H2H quilt I made:
Sew Sisters Quilt Shop in Toronto. The cost of postage, she said, made it prohibitive. I bought Canada 150 fabric with it, adding to it with my own money, and made this quilt, which uses the Humboldt Broncos block btw.
|The Epicurean restaurant - excellent|
|It was hot and humid! The flowers (and moi) soaked it up.|
And one last shot, on a log (had to!)
Pattern: Log Cabin
Size: 53.75" square
Fabric: Various, 100% cottons
Batting: Warm 'n Natural
Quilted: on my 1979 Elna Air Electronic, FMQ and walking foot
Threads: pieced with 100% cotton Gütermann; quilted with Sulky Blendables, Sulky Metallic, and Sulky rayon
Sorry for the delaying publishing this post; trying to put my hands on the two old photos I knew I had somewhere, took a bit longer than anticipated. And then there was a power outage as a storm went through...all good now.
My Quilt Infatuation