FVQG Quilt Show – June 24, 2017 and Happy 150th Birthday Canada!


I attended the Fraser Valley Quilters’ Guild quilt show last weekend.  The name of their show was, Patchwork Nation and featured many Canadian themed quilts.  Since today is Canada’s 150th birthday it seems appropriate to feature some of the quilts from that show.

Listen to Canadian Astronaut, Chris Hadfield and his brother, Dave sing a polite little song they wrote about Canada.


The decor outside of the show definitely gave you a hint as to the theme of many of the quilts inside.DSC_0770 DSC_0771 DSC_0772

The challenge quilts were fabulous!  Every quilter had to use the colour red in their project and one other colour that was drawn at random from a paper bag.  You can see the mandatory colours that were used in each quilt on a piece of paper next to each quilt.

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The following images were of quilts that centered around the Canadian theme. DSC_0782 DSC_0794 DSC_0795 DSC_0796

These two fabulous quilts were part of the Premie Quilt donation program that the guild supports.  This guild donates on average 500 quilts to the NICU (Natal Intensive Care Unit) at Women’s Hospital.DSC_0797

Every time I hear the story around this quilt it makes me smile.  This quilt is by Val Smith and is called, Does It Come In Other Colours?DSC_0798

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There was also a bed turning which featured quilts from Canada over the last 150 years.  This quilt was from our Centennial in 1967 and featured the symbol of Canada’s Centennial in the border.  1967 was also the year that Montreal hosted EXPO.DSC_0817 DSC_0818 DSC_0824 DSC_0825

This vintage quilt was from 1967 and featured the crests and flowers from each province.  The designs were drawn on fabric and then coloured with liquid embroidery.  I remember the tubes of Artex paint that my mother used to have.  🙂DSC_0826 DSC_0828 DSC_0829 This is another Canadian Centennial quilt that was painted with Artex.  This quilt won first prize at the PNE in Vancouver in 1967.DSC_0842 DSC_0844



Canada Day

Happy Canada Day!

We live in a very small town in  Canada.  Our Canada Day celebrations are proportionate to our population.  This is the parade that marched on our small town’s Main Street.

My husband and I walked uptown on Canada Day to participate in the celebrations.  We enjoyed a piece of this patriotic flag cake that was cut and served by the Mayor and Council members to all who attended the celebrations. 
We are not fans of the heavy traffic that seems to be on the roads on long weekends–everyone seems to be headed out of the valley.  Because of this, we tend to stay close to home on long weekends.  Low key, small town celebrations are just our speed it seems.

Happy Canada Day!

My husband and I headed out to watch the local fireworks in honour of Canada Day. These are some of the shots I was able to capture.


Canada Day II Quilt

CANADA DAY - 48.5 inches square - July 2, 2007

CANADA DAY II – 48.5 inches square                     July 2, 2007

I am starting to see the July 4th Independence Day quilts show up on American bloggers’ pages. I decided to make my own Canadian patriotic quilt to commemorate Canada Day. Our flag is red and white and so Mary’s Easy Double 4 Patch pattern seemed to fit the bill. I started this quilt last night and finished it off today.
I cut Mary’s pattern down to 48 1/2″ square.
If you want to make Mary’s quilt in the same size as mine (5 blocks x 5 blocks), the following are the number and size of each strip to cut.
For 12 four patch units: Cut 3 strips – 4 1/2″ wide from colour A and 3 strips – 4 1/2″ wide from colour B.
For 13 sixteen patch units: Cut 7 strips – 2 1/2″ wide from colour A and 7 strips – 2 1/2″ wide from colour B. (You will need to cut one strip of each colour in half.)
For the border: Cut 5 strips 4 1/2″ wide.
For the binding: Cut 5 strips 2 1/2″ wide.
Also, tonight on our news cast there was a story about some Canadian grandmothers who made a quilt that has been signed by some very famous Canadians. This quilt was made to raise awareness and funds to support African grandmothers who are raising their grandchildren who were orphaned by Aids in Africa. It is a great story and worth a look: http://www.greatcanadianquilt.com/index.html
Building a Better World… One Square at a Time.