I designed a mini-quilt based on my garden, which is my happy place! I used the sample piece of fabric, a background, a scrap of Kaffe Fassett and a plain rusty coloured Northcott. My fourth fabric was more of the maple leaf design which I used for the rays of sunlight. I also added seed beads. loved creating this piece which truly speaks to my passion for gardening . I also learned a bit about appliqué.
Applique, hand quilting and machine quilting make this heart stand out to represent everything that I love about my home and happy place.
I live just outside Lansdowne, Ontario. This is our sugar shack. For the last 29+ years, we look forward to Spring and tapping season. My kids (now 28 and 23) still look forward to having breakfast at the sugar shack when the first batch of maple syrup is ready. I took an old photo of our sugar shack and made a paper-pieced pattern from it. I used the Oh, Canada charm square fabric as the sap buckets and as a sign on the side of the shack (The actual sign hangs above the shack door) and added little maple leaves from the fabric to the peaks of the shack and the venting dormer.
I chose a stylized Tulip because I live in Ottawa and the Tulip Festival is one of the many festivals for which Ottawa is known. The mini is foundation paper pieced using the freezer paper technique I learned in the Zoom workshop hosted by Watergirl Quilt Co and taught by Leanne Parsons of Devoted Quilter. And ... I actually drafted this myself! I live in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario right on lake Superior. One of things we're known for is the autumn rail tour to see the autumn leaves and beautiful views of the lake!
Ottawa mini quilt. From left to right are: The Supreme Court, Vimy Memorial bridge, Dominion Observatory, Parliament building, Minto Metropole, National Art Gallery and the Maman (spider sculpture). Drawing, piecing, appliqué ,quilting and embroidery were all used in this piece. This quilt was inspired by silhouettes of the Ottawa skyline.
My garden, in Kemptville, Ontario
I have tried to represent the trees, the flowers, blue sky and the birds that visit the garden.
My garden is my sanctuary and so much smaller than my last garden so I have tried to create a space with nature all around.
I live in Ottawa, the capital of Canada which celebrates its seasons with Winterlude in the winter and skating on the world famous Rideau Canal, The Tulip Festival in the spring, and its many music festivals in the summer. I chose to highlight fall. The splendid Gatineau Hills covered in an array of colour, the Ottawa River separating the provinces of Ontario and Quebec and significant to our historic Parliament Buildings, the Peace Tower. Take a peek at the flag. Though it is not red and white there is a maple leaf adorning it.
Congratulations to our second place winner, Monique Lavigne-Patenaude.
I live in Morrisburg, Ontario which is on the St-Lawrence River. I also have the privilege to play golf there. There are 2 golf holes along the river where we can see the large cargo ships while playing or sitting on the deck.
I live in Brockville, Ontario, Canada. It is located on the shores of one of the most beautiful waterways in the world, the St. Lawrence River. Ships pass by here all the time and when they do, I am in awe. They come so close to the shore. It is a sight to see. I learned that Heat nBond is my favourite iron-on adhesive. It was so easy to use and it didn’t gum up my needle.
Congratulations to third place winner, Karen Ross.
I was inspired by a picture I found on Pinterest by Abraham Hunter, as it reminded me of the mama bear and her cubs that visit us usually every spring. I live in Northern Ontario, and I actually have a photograph, almost like this, of three bear cubs in the tree in my own backyard. I drew my own pattern, and followed Pinterest directions for a bear paw block. The quilt is tie quilted with Colonial knots to resemble berries.