It would appear that EVERY quilter in Canada has made something with the Northcott Sesquicentennial fabric. Well, most quilters - OK a LOT of quilters. Have a look at this article about an 87-year-old male quilter! It's pretty cool. Thanks to Susan for sharing that.
It's now my turn to share a bit of some of the stuff that I've been working on. Northcott had the cutest little packs of 5-inch squares made up as a giveaway for Quilt Canada. They were highly coveted and even though it was to be one per customer for the show, I know that wasn't always the case. Guess what? Yep - we ran out! Fortunately, we had some other giveaways for the people that came by. I don't think I have a picture of that little pack. I did get one that I used for my sample but there wasn't any to spare. If you got one or more - USE IT UP! Don't hoard it!
Here's the deal. When other fabric companies give you fabric, you get just the fabric. When Northcott gives you those little packs of fabric - we also give you a FREE pattern. I know! And guess whose job it is to write those free patterns? Mine! Sometimes I'm lucky and I can pick the fabric I'm going to work with and sometimes, I have to go with what I'm given. Let's just say that each opportunity is a challenge and I LOVE a challenge. In the little pack (Northcott calls these packs of 5-inch squares chip packs), there were 5 squares of the cream and 5 squares of the red print. And this is what I made with the squares.
|10-inch (finished) maple leaf block|
Now it wasn't enough to give you a pattern for a block and fabric for one block and not know what to do with it. So I made a cushion cover by adding a couple of borders.
There is also a free download for a lap quilt (note the picture on the website is slightly different from the actual pattern). These things happen when you design with electronic files and once you get the fabric, you realize it won't work. Too wasteful or not quite the right size or whatever. I'll get the picture changed on the website next week. There is also a free download pattern for a tote bag. It's my Everyday Tote using Our Home and Native Land. I was going to aim to have it done for the booth, but that didn't happen. I did get the quilt top done and the tote bag is partially completed. Something to strive for this week????
I actually made the smaller items from the leftovers of the quilt - I fussy cut that border so it would work on all those projects. But you don't need to make the lap quilt to make the other items.
And then from the leftovers, I made this little basket. I was a real hurry when I made it and wasn't thinking at all about the size. It's supposed to be a bit longer - 5 squares long rather than 4. There's also a free download for that pattern. Actually, there are two different versions on the Northcott website.
Everyday Basket Version 1
Everyday Basket Version 2
I have more stuff to show but I left the items at work. I was supposed to be doing some project photography this weekend and totally forgot to bring the quilts home. Oh well - more time for sewing!
On that note, I'm out of here. Wait a minute, I thought I saw Lexi at the computer. Oh yes - I see she did post this morning. That dog! She and her sister, Murphy are two big trouble makers.
Have a super day!!!!