Canadian Mystery Quilt Club – Northwest Territories


NWT Block 5

Today I am going over some of the fun facts from block 5 of the Canadian Mystery Quilt Club. Block 5 is Northwest Territories located north of the 60th parallel.  It is the third largest land mass in Canada but is inhabited by an estimated 44,000 people, only a thousandth of the countries population.

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photo from http://www.uhaul.com, from Diavik Diamond Mines, Inc.

The world’s longest ice road is located in Northwest Territories; “For most of the year, the world’s longest ice road is a series of lakes strung together by 64 portages. But in winter, this rugged network is transformed into a vital supply route snaking its way across the Barren Lands from Tibbitt Lake, 70 kilometres east of Yellowknife, to Contwoyto Lake, nearly 600 kilometres north, in western Nunavut. Thousands of rigs thread their way along the frozen highway each year, hauling fuel, cement, equipment and supplies to four diamond mines and several exploration sites otherwise accessible only by air.”

polar-bear-mom-cubOne of the most recognized animals of Canada’s North is the Polar Bear. It’s discernible white fur acts a camouflage in the ice and snow of the Arctic. The largest land carnivore in North America
makes Northwest Territories one of it’s homes. In 1970, to celebrate the centennial of the territory, a  polar bear-shaped plate was introduced and is still used today.

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This “Land of the Midnight Sun” is an adventure playground for outdoor enthusiasts. Boasting six national parks Northwest Territories is a scenic and adventurous wilderness. Wood Buffalo National Park is the second largest national park in the world…larger than Switzerland. Nahanni National Park Reserve is another notable park which features the South Nahanni River, a spectacular white water river featuring four massive canyons reaching an impressive 1,000 metres in depth.

Northwest Territories, another Canadian gem to add to your list of travel destinations.

If you are looking to join the Canadian Mystery Club program it is not too late to start. You can find all the information on how to join by clicking HERE.

Simply Spring Door Quilt


Simply Spring door quilt
Spring isn’t over yet! If you are looking to spruce up an entryway but are tired of traditional wreaths try mixing things up a bit with this “Simply Spring” quilt by Cottage Creek Quilts. Brenda stitched this lovely “Backdoor” quilt which finishes at approximately 11 1/2″ x 30″, just the right size to display on a door.

The smaller size accommodates the use of fat eighths and scraps. Brenda used cotton flannels and blanket stitched by hand around each of her appliqué pieces.beehivetulipSimply Spring closer

The “Simply Spring” pattern is available HERE.

Thrifty Thursday….Honeycombs!


Honeycombs

Today’s Thrifty Thursday item is an assortment of Honeycombs. These fabric packs by Moda each contain forty 6″ (from point to point) cotton fabric hexagons.  Each fabric pack includes one plastic hexie template.  Our regular price is $17.50-$17.98. Our Thrifty Thursday price is 50% off. Click Here to order yours today!

Sew And Tell….Welcome Spring


Heather's  Welcome Spring

Back in April we featured this Kimberbell Welcome Spring bench pillow stitched up by Linda May. Today we are showing you Heather’s version which she recently brought in to share with us.

It’s fun to see the varying fabric and colour choices selected with each project by different sewers. Heather chose to stick with bright, springy colours as well following the theme of the pattern. Here are a couple of close up pictures of her flowers.Heather's  Welcome Spring FlowersHeather's  Welcome Spring Flower 2Heather's Welcome Spring Flower 1

Thanks to Heather for sharing!