Saturday 17 September 2016

Guild BOM for 2016

I  designed my guild's BOM last year and am at it again this year. I wrestled with a few ideas and wasn't sure what I was going to design. Last year I designed the Medallion Quilt you can read about that here and here and some examples made by my guild members here.

 Inspiration finally struck! In 2017 Canada celebrates her 150th Birthday, I thought it would be nice to design something celebrating her birthday. I thought something that depicted Canada would be nice.

Maple leaf

The maple leaf is recognizable as a Canadian symbol and flies proudly on the Canadian Flag since 1965.


Ice hockey is the official national winter sport of Canada. It defines Canada like nothing else does. It started on a frozen lake as early as 1825.

mountains and moose

The Canadian Rockies are a system of multiple ranges of mountains which run from the Canadian Prairies to the Pacific Coast. Much of the range is protected by national and provincial parks.
Another Canadian symbol is the moose which represents the country's native wildlife. A bronze statue can be found in the Canadian Paliament's House of Commons. It is also featured on the coat of arms of the provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Ontario.

 Lake Erie and a lighthouse in Port Dover

Canada has about seven per cent of the world's renewable freshwater. The Great Lakes basin, is the world's largest freshwater lake system. The five great lakes are Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie and Ontario. I have been to all 5 of them and live near Lake Erie.

CN Tower in Toronto and the Beaver

The CN Tower is a 553.33 m-high concrete communications and observation tower in downtown Toronto, Ontario near the northern shore of Lake Ontario . Constructed in 1973 and completed in 1976 it was the tallest building in the world until 2010 and is now the third tallest building in the world. 
Rogers Centre, originally named SkyDome, is a multi-purpose stadium situated just southwest of the CN Tower and is home to the Blue Jays. It opened in 1989.
The national animal of Canada is the beaver. It became an official symbol in 1975 but was used as early as 1678 on the Hudson Bay Company's coat of arms.

Parliament Buildings in Canada's Capital Ottawa

Canada’s Parliament Buildings are home to the federal government in Ottawa. Designed in a gothic revival style, the buildings officially opened on 6 June 1866, about a year before Canada's Confederation.
The Parliament Buildings in Ottawa are a visually striking complex of buildings located on a promontory overlooking the Ottawa River.
Following Confederation in 1867, the newly opened Parliament Buildings became the heart of the Canadian government and a national symbol. 
They are composed of three blocks, the Centre Block and the East and West Blocks are to each side of the Centre Block and create a public plaza facing the city's urban core. The surrounding open grounds are interspersed with monuments of important political figures who helped shape Canada.

All the parts as one 'Canada'

I didn't mean for this post to turn into a history lesson, but there you have it a few facts about this great country I proudly call home.

the back
A couple pictures showing the stitching on the back.

close up of the stitching on the back

The finished quilt is actually a wall hanging measuring 36'' by 36''. I used the 'Crafted Appliqued' method for all the applique you can read more about Lara's of BuzzinBumble method here.

Thank you Sandra of mmm!quilts for testing the blocks. 


  1. Such a labor of love, Cindy. Must have taken you a long time to develop those blocks. Even the border shows your dedication. There are all these symbols of Canada. And then there is Justin Trudeau :-) He is amazing. He makes me want to be a Canadian.

  2. What a great way to celebrate your country, Cindy. I hope your guild has a great time with your design this year.

  3. I Love it! You had me at the first block and each one just got better as I scrolled down. I am looking forward to our 150th coming up next year. I remember the introduction of the "new" flag, participating in our 100th and visiting Expo '67. I have seen, first hand, all of the scenes you have created (well, maybe not the hockey one). I want to be a member of your Guild so that I can participate in your BOM, even if I can't appliqué worth a darn.

    1. I would have loved to have been able to reply to you directly but you are a no-reply blogger. Thank you for the lovely comment.

  4. Great concept and beautiful blocks! I'm sure your guild will enjoy working on this BOM.

  5. I'm blown away by all the details in the blocks of this quilt. It's just absolutely beautiful and a wonderful way to celebrate Canada's special birthday next year. I do hope you have a celebration in your town that it can be displayed at, this is a quilt that should be seen. Thank you for the little history lesson...I quite enjoyed it :)

  6. I loved your history lesson. And, I just assumed Canada as a country was as old or nearly as old as the USA. Your blocks are wonderful.

  7. Cindy, stand up and take a bow because you are getting a standing ovation from me! This is incredible work and the finished quilt is a masterpiece! It should be on exhibit somewhere! Wow! You are a star!

  8. What a beautiful quilt, along with some Canadian history! I enjoyed your post! Wendy at

  9. Impressive that this is 36" x 36" - the blocks are wonderful, especially since each one tells a Canadian story. Thank you so much for sharing this at Midweek Makers

  10. LOL Preeti's comment! She's told me that more than once! Incredible design here and yay for Lara's Crafted Appliqué!!

  11. That is just beautiful! I enjoyed the "history lesson" so I appreciate you sharing that information with us. I hope you get the accolades you deserve for this one!

  12. Beautiful depiction of our Country! We live in an amazing place your quilt shows your pride!


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