Sunday, 8 January 2017

Celebrate Canada's 150th Anniversary with The Canadian Sampler

I am very excited to share with you a project I'm participating in with 19 other Canadian designers -- The Canadian Sampler. Sew Sisters Quilt Shop asked us each to design a block to celebrate Canada's sesquicentennial as part of a Block of the Month (BOM) Club for 2017. It didn't even take me two seconds so say, "Hell ya!"

Here is the finished quilt. Didn't they do a great job laying out all the different blocks?

You don't have to lay yours out this way, of course -- you can lay it out any way you want!

Designers worked with Northcott ColorWorks Premium Solid 9000-241 Cardinal and 9000-10 Snow to design and create a block that expressed their appreciation for this country. I think there's such a great variety of blocks in this quilt that can appeal to all types of quilters. I especially love that "Eh!" block! Eh? (sorry, couldn't resist)

My block is the Canada By Code block (the lower right one below). That's Canada written in Morse code. I'll tell you more about it in February, when my block is up.

The BOM kicks off this month and I can't wait to get started. If you'd like to participate, check out the Sew Sisters Quilt Shop website. Instructions for two blocks are sent out each month, with the instructions for the layout and sashing coming in the 11th month. Could be done for Christmas...just sayin'...

What a great way to celebrate 150 years, eh? 


  1. Cool idea for a quilt block!

  2. Congratulations. One of our guild members made a wall hanging with Morse code, and I've been toying with the idea.

  3. It's a great looking quilt and your block is a really fun take on making a representation of Canada - it's not regional or cliche or anything else. (Granted, it might take some guess work or specialized knowledge to know it's Morse Code and what it says, but oh well!)

    I kind of wanted to participate, but even though it makes me feel like an asshole to say it: I'm just too cheap. It's a pretty pricey quilt pattern, all things considered! Maybe when the year is up if they release it as a single mail out, so it's not 11 months of postage as well as the pattern itself.


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