Friday 6 March 2015

Canadian Maple

I've been working on a project for a while now that is finally finished and ready to give away. It began with 4 large maple leaf blocks, then it grew to include some smaller brighter ones. I had to adjust the sashing sizes to make it all fit together well, but I think it worked out OK.

The quilting was the fun/challenging part with deciding what to do - both with the leaves and the spaces. I'd seen somewhere (hard to keep track of all the sites/books/magazines I check out) a softer loopy shape within the maple leaves, so I gave that a try. Then in the sashing I did a mix of feathers for the central part with more ordinary leaves on the others. 

My Janome 1600QP works so well, with the throat space that is so helpful. I like the versatility of being able to do custom quilting but also try out a pantograph type pattern when I want to as well. It's still a challenge finding a large enough space to sandwich the quilt though - this time it was the tiled floor though at times the table tennis top has proven to be very useful too!

The quilt is for my son's girlfriend who has just arrived in Perth with the hope of working and staying for several months. Since they both worked together in Canada, I thought the maple leaf would be a nice memento for her. It's her birthday on Monday, so that's when we'll see how she likes it.

This is a photo of the backing, which shows the quilting well too.

Now that it's finished I'll have to get busy on the other projects I've set aside for a while. It's satisfying to complete something but makes me itchy to get busy with something new too. 

I'm linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict and My Quilt Infatuation

Until next time,


  1. It's beautiful. I'm sure she'll love it.

  2. Hello Lynn,

    What a wonderful quilt, and a fantastic birthday present. The quilted leaf design in the neutral squares is a really clever touch.

    Would you like to join the linky on my blog, Free Motion Mavericks? It would be great to see you there!

    Love from England, Muv

    1. Thanks Muv, enjoyed browsing your site, will keep up too!