I decided to make a simple pieced leaf and spend my time matchstick quilting it with the word "Canada" left unquilted across the middle of the pillow. I used freezer paper letters which were traced from a printout from my computer.
I added a few lines of red thread but ended up taking them out and just using beige thread for all of the quilting. I was really pleased with how well things were coming along as I quilted my pillow over several evenings. It takes a long time and a lot of thread to do matchstick quilting.
I started with following the edge of my walking foot for each row of stitching and then dividing each interval in half two more times. When I took the paper off after I had finished all the quilting, I realized that I could not see the letters on the printed fabric. Ugh! Lesson learned! The C shows up at the beginning and the "a" at the end... I think that I will only do this on solid fabric from now on.
All of us wore red and white to the meeting to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday.
We had a Canada quiz while our guest judges picked their favourite pillows. There were Canada themed snacks including bacon with chocolate drizzled on it, butter tarts, Canadian cheddar cheese and cookies shaped like maple leaves. Everyone was given a jar of maple syrup to take home at the end of the evening,
Here is a picture of all of us with our pillows.
We each wrote a short note about the symbolism of the fabrics and patterns depicted in our pillows.
Of course, we all brought in our yellow, gray and white blocks for this month's comfort quilt as well.
It was a fun meeting! Thanks to Joanne and Julie for organizing the challenge and tonight's gathering!