150 Canadian Women Quilt
By Morley Hunt
November 22, 2016 9:32pm CST
My latest project was suggested to me by my cousin. We were getting together this past weekend to celebrate my fathers 90th birthday. For this quilt we need a lot of different red fabrics, so she had suggested that we pool our resources and swap. We each bought a half metre of a dozen different red fabrics and cut them down the middle to create fat quarters. Then we swapped fat quarters so we each had two dozen different reds to use. To celebrate Canada's upcoming 150th birthday we are making 150 different quilt blocks. With each block we are learning something about a unique Canadian woman who had an impact on our society. Once a week for the next 50 weeks we will be able to acquire an information packet to make three quilt blocks and learn about three women. The first two weeks blocks are made. Now I am looking forward to next Tuesday when three more are available. This looks like it will be a fun and challenging project.
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These are my first six blocks. The women we have learned about so far are women who helped change the course of Canadian history. One of them became a Doctor and studied heart defects. She made many ground breaking discoveries. Another worked hard to change laws allowing women to keep money they earned rather than having everything automatically belong to their husbands.
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Fat quarters describes the piece of fabric so well too. It is much more practical to have a fat quarter measuring about 50cm X 55cm, then a piece of fabric measuring 25cm X 115cm. They are the same amount of fabric, but the one has more usable area.