As I write this post, I am sitting on the deck at the family cottage, enjoying the last few hours of a spectacular Canada Day. To my fellow Canucks I say “Happy Canada Day!” I am wearing the pre-requisite Canada t-shirt of course. This year, Canada Day falls on a Friday, so we get a long weekend, and our American cousins will also get a long holiday weekend as they celebrate Independence Day on Monday July 4.
Enjoy! And thank a soldier. We very often take for granted the rights and freedom that have been won on our behalf by the brave men and women in our Armed Forces.
I am “sew” excited (I couldn’t resist)! Quilter’s Newsletter magazine put out a call for quilt designs for a special Best Fat Quarter Quilts issue
on newsstands this Fall. I have never designed a quilt with fat quarters, but since Northcott has fat quarter rolls of our Stonehenge groupings, I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to play with the Stone Rolls. I chose the Maui group of 12 fat quarters.
I was allowed to use one other fabric, so I chose a white tone-on-tone from Northcott’s elements by my bud Mark Lipinski.
I downloaded the fabrics into my EQ7 program and began playing. Once I had finalized my design, I emailed it to the folks at Quilter’s Newsletter. Much to my surprise, they accepted it, and sent me details of the deadline for the finished quilt. I quickly wrote the instructions so that my oh-so-talented piecer Susanne could whip it up. Then I quilted it, Susanne bound it, and we sent it off to the magazine. We called it Hawaiian Punch. I think it is such a cheerful quilt, with its bright colors contrasting against the white background. Quilters Newsletter will be having a blog tour early October to launch the issue, and I hope to participate. There will be prizes, so check back around then to participate. The last time I participated in a blog tour was for the launch of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks issue - I showed my block in different Northcott collections. Both I and the visitors to my blog were amazed at how different the block and resulting quilts looked depending on the fabrics used. I’m not sure if Hawaiian Punch would look good in any other fabrics – we shall see!
I’m off to the kitchen now to make some butter tarts, a quintessential Canadian treat – similar to pecan tarts, but with raisins instead. Or shall I make Nanaimo bars, or maybe both…mmmm.