I had an idea almost right away as I was inspired by the neutral backgrounds with applique over it. I could piece together a background with symbols and words that represent Canada and thought of appliqueing a maple leaf and a tulip on the front to reflect my Dutch heritage. With three friends, I took part in the 401 Quilt Run shop hop in October 2016 in Eastern Ontario. Visiting the 14 shops on the shop hop gave me ample opportunity to find appropriate fabrics. Many of the fabrics represented my Mother's love of sewing and had sayings reflecting her values, love of family and gift of hospitality. I even found a fabric with rings on it symbolizing my parents engagement by mail in January 1954. My Dad had immigrated to Canada already with his whole family and my Mom followed about a year later. We still have the envelope that the ring was sent in by registered mail :-).
When I actually started the pillow, I ran stuck on the applique because I had to use the whole square of maple leaf fabric and could not think how to cut a tulip and a maple leaf out it! So, I cut out a maple leaf and appliqued it on the back and put the frame on the front and then I added some tulips to the back as well. I used up every mm of that maple leaf fabric LOL.
Last night, we had the grand reveal and Cynthia from Cherished Pieces and Jesse, one of our former members, were the judges. They sure had their work cut out for them. The pillows were amazing! Many of the backs were as nice as the front and the stories behind the quilts were very moving! It was a great exercise in stopping and pondering this great country of Canada and what we appreciate about it. (Click on the photos to enlarge them for a better view.)
|the Kimono challenge fabric|
|result of shopping excursion :-)|
|my pillow front|
|the back of the pillow|
|The group with all the pillows|