Happy Canada Day, Eh!
|Yes, this beautiful spot is the Rideau River in Ottawa|
If you are visiting with the Stamp On It blog hop with Sew We Quilt, welcome! Special thanks to Madame Samm and Thearica for organizing such a fun hop.
There is just something so interesting and beautiful about art than can fit on a piece of paper that is usually less than 1.5" square, don't you think?
I also find it amazing that you can send a letter across Canada, to the States or internationally for less than a dollar (well, just over a dollar for outside of Canada).
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I wanted something very modern. My inspiration came from these stamps, but a maple leaf had to be my theme.
Even though the current cost of a regular domestic P (permanent) stamp is currently 63 cents, I chose $1 because Canada is known for its loonie and 1 is my favourite number. And yes, I now remember that the dollar sign should be placed before the 1. Um, design element, yeah, that's it. ;)
It measures 20" x 35".
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Meets the Rideau River
So here is my Happy Canada Day, Eh! stamp quilt. And just in time for Canada Day!
- The low volume background are 2" pieced equilateral triangles. Used the HexNMore ruler - love!
- The maple leaves, letters, numbers, cancellation mark and stamp edge are machine appliquéd.
- Quilting is mostly with Aurifil thread (#1103, 2260, 2612, and 2630). The cream on the stamp edge is Coats and Clark because that's what I had on hand and I was running out of time. My machine threw a hissy fit when I free motion quilted with it on the stamp edge and I was very close to making an emergency drive to Kanata for the matching Aurifil. Reason prevailed thankfully because I do not live close to Kanata. I did a major clean of my machine, changed the needle, rethreaded everything and managed to finish that section without too many more hiccups. Totally fabricated conspiracy theory: You know how people say that McDonalds puts something in their fries so people become addicted? I think Aurifil does something like that with their thread so our machines don't want other threads. Just putting that out there. ;)
- The quilt has a non-mitred facing to finish it off.
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If you've made it this far, kudos! Because it's Canada Day and I'm doing a happy dance right now, I'm going to share my favourite Canadian dance moves video with you to get you going too: