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A Colourful Invitation

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Background Info: The Canadian Quilters Association is hitting the road with 2 traveling quilt shows, visiting most of the provinces and territories between January and May 2015 before arriving at Quilt Canada in Lethbridge AB June 4-6, 2015. Thirty-six 12″X16″ quilts will be based on the theme “It’s Time for Colour” and will be made by award-winners from the Canadian National Juried Show. The quilts will be sold for $200, with proceeds going to The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, and a set of greeting cards will also be available to purchase.


I was honoured to be invited to join and immediately started brainstorming about what I could do that would fit the theme. A colour wheel came to mind, but the size was a bit hard to work with, and since I wanted to use only primary and secondary colours, it wasn’t working out.

I’ve been attracted to the Mariner’s Compass, after attempting to piece 2 small works over the years. Working with a good friend of mine, Jana Mead, and a copy of Mariner’s Compass Quilts by Judy Mathieson, we set to work developing a plan. Once home, armed with Judy’s pattern, my husband helped to resize the small oval and add extra “arms” and I started playing with quilting patterns.


Next came using a makeshift light box to trace the pattern using white pencil on the Black Kona Cotton, auditioning the embroidery threads and choosing the backing fabric.

Kaffe Fassett’s fabric is certainly colourful!


Finally the deadline approached so I finally got down to the business of quilting. I had traced 2 compasses, so that I could do a sample first and jumped in with the first “cool” colour, not being brave enough to start with the “hot” ones!


Burying the threads took longer than actually doing the quilting!  And I decided that I liked my sample well enough….after all, if it looks too perfect then it might just be thought to be done by embroidery machine, or computerized designs. No, doing the freehand dance at a long arm machine is much more relaxing than all the designing in the world.


Presenting “Compass”, completed with tiny loopy stippling, and a single fold binding.

Off it went to BC to join with all the other little quilts and begin its travels across Canada. Wish I could go along, but perhaps to Lethbridge for Quilt Canada 2015?

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