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Sunday, 25 June 2017

June 2017 Block of the Month – “Canada 150 Block”

It’s our final block of the month, and this one is to commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday!



There was quite a lot of controversy about the logo, and design firms were dismayed that a student won the contest to design the logo. Ariana Cuvin won the contest to design the logo. She says that she intended the base of the maple leaf, which is made up of four diamonds, to represent the four provinces that formed Confederation. The nine other diamonds expanding outwards, were meant to represent the six other provinces and three territories. “The repeated shape is meant to create a sense of unity and the 13 shapes forming the leaf represents our togetherness as a country,” she explains.

How to Make The Block

Dana Szucs Hayden designed the block and has given us permission to use it for our block of the month. It’s a free pattern that is available at her website SeaSew

( http://sea-sew.blogspot.ca/2015/04/canada150-quilt-pattern.html )

Or you can download a copy of the pattern by clicking here.

This month’s block is foundation pieced. Remember that when you’re paper-piecing this block, you’re using a template that is a mirror image of the logo – it looks like you’re sewing the logo backward but it turns out if you follow the pattern.
The individual segments are easy to piece while the A+B+C section is the hardest part to put together. You will find it helpful to refer to the block carefully when assembling the segments.

Dana' Instagram site has some additional instructions. You do not need to have an Instagram account to look at the pictures.
These are some of the best tips:


Joining A to B:
https://www.instagram.com/p/4TZCttEh0w/?taken-by=seasew.dana


Joining A/B to C:
https://www.instagram.com/p/4Ta_O6kh2w/?taken-by=seasew.dana




Detail of A/B
https://www.instagram.com/p/4TbgS3kh3T/?taken-by=seasew.dana
 

Finished "Right" side A/B/C
https://www.instagram.com/p/4Tbr2okh3i/?taken-by=seasew.dana
 

Close-up A/B/C
https://www.instagram.com/p/4Tb0rXEh3u/?taken-by=seasew.dana

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