Friday 12 February 2016

Canadian Wilderness: A Finished Quilt

My husband's cousin and her husband are expecting their first child in March. They have opted not to find out the baby's sex, and thinking of the interests of this outdoorsy (and patriotic) couple, this line I've had floating around seemed like the perfect fit to whip up a baby quilt.

I went with a tumbler pattern because it is visually interesting yet simple (especially with my tumbler template for 5" squares from the Missouri Quilt Company) and I thought it would look nice with this line.

This is a Birch Fabrics Jay-Cyn line (maybe early Elk Grove?) that I think I ordered from Fabricworm about three years ago.

Here is Canadian Wilderness!

This quilt holder is a little shorter than my usual 6'1" hubby, but she complained a lot less about standing in the woods holding up a quilt for ages than he would have. The binding is a tone on tone Pearl Bracelet in gold that has this slight shimmer. I totally love how it frames the quilt.

I straight line quilted on either side of each seam which is practical and I think suits this pattern. It does involve a lot of starting and stopping, though, to turn the quilt in line with the tumbler blocks. I also added a Kona solid (I think this might be Teal Blue? My Kona card is still missing) that I think breaks it up visually.

I've had this backing in my stash since I first began sewing. I've looked at it many times and was starting to give up hopes I would ever use it. It was perfect for this quilt!

You can see the echo of the quilting on the reverse, and this more clearly shows the pretty trees that appear in these fabrics.

Since it is called Canadian Wilderness, I thought a shot of it "in the wild" was called for. Note that this "wilderness" is actually a tiny patch of forest right next to my house. I won't tell if you won't!
This quilt should be shipped this week, and though the recipients have been seeing it on Instagram they have no idea it is for them. I hope it is a welcome surprise!

Off to my next quilt adventure!


  1. It's beautiful. Great job. The backing is perfect.

  2. I wasn't too sure about your backing selection from the first photo. Then I saw the close-up. It's perfect. I am in Calgary, and our yard is about 20% snow covered and 80% bare, just like your backing.

  3. Another lovely baby quilt! The Pearl Bracelet is perfect as the binding. I've never made a tumbler quilt, but you're tempting me again!

  4. Awesome baby quilt! It will be perfect for a boy or girl.

  5. It is not easy to make a quilt fitting for boy and girl IMO. Your really rocked it. Love the colours and the design!