Category Archives: Canadian Mystery Quilt Club

Sew and Tell….Ronnie-Leigh


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We received a lovely email from a happy customer, Ronnie-Leigh who recently completed the Canadian Mystery quilt.  We love her addition of the “Homecoming” block at the top of the quilt. Below Ronnie-Leigh gives us some insight to her completed quilt below;

When you started the Canadian Mystery BOM, I happily signed on to tackle
this quilt as a very large (to me) project for the first time on my own, without support
from the ladies who taught me to quilt – the ladies at the Herne Bay Quilt
& Craft Club, Herne Bay, Kent, England, which I belonged to from 2011 to
2015.

I moved back to Canada in late 2015 and came upon your BOM program for this
quilt. While working full time as a Transit Operator in Ontario, 3 house
moves and 3 months with my left hand in a splint (unable to sew), I have
finally completed my Canada 150 Mystery Quilt. (I’ve had it quilted with a
maple leaf motif).

I would have loved to show you in person but I live to far away so a photo
will have to do.

I’m going back to England in a few weeks to visit and pop into the Club and am
taking my quilt with me to share with them.

We are thrilled she shared her quilt with us. It is truly beautiful!  Thank you Ronnie-Leigh!Ronnie

Canadian Mystery Quilt Club – Yukon Territory Block


Yukon Collage

Today we are taking a look at block 6 of the Canadian Mystery Quilt Club which is Yukon Territory.

Few places in the world today have been so unchanged over the course of time as has the Yukon. YukonAboriginal people, have survived for thousands of years, hunting and trapping as they always have. The Klondike Gold Rush of 1898 was the Yukon’s high point of population.

The name “Yukon” originated from the Locheux native word “Yuk-un-ah,” meaning “Great River,” referring to the Yukon River that flows across the territory into Alaska.

Yukon’s dry, continental climate results in a wide variety of weather year-round. Humidity is very low, so summers can be hot and dry while the winter coldness is less harsh than in damper climates.

At 483,450 square kilometres (186,661 square miles), the Yukon is larger than California and covers more area than Belgium, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands combined. It represents 4.8% of Canada’s total land area.

Mount LoganCanada’s five tallest mountains are in the Yukon, which includes Mount Logan the highest mountain in Canada and the second-highest in North America.

Canoe expeditions down the Yukon River are epic. You’ll appreciate the people; join the vibe of Dawson City and the bustle of Whitehorse. Whitehorse is Yukon’s capital and a major northern hub. It enjoys facilities, services and businesses far beyond the expectation of a city of 30,000. It’s a big little city surrounded by wilderness with the amenities of a much larger destination paired with the friendly demeanour of a close-knit community.Whitehorse

The Alaska Moose that ranges from Alaska to western Yukon is the largest subspecies of moose. MooseAlaska moose inhabit boreal forests and mixed deciduous forests throughout most of Alaska and most of Western Yukon. Like all moose species, the Alaska moose is usually solitary but sometimes will form small herds. Typically, they only come into contact with other moose for mating or competition for mates. During rutting season, in autumn and winter, male Alaska moose become very aggressive and prone to attacking when startled.

The Northern Lights are actually the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere. Variations in colour are due to the type of gas particles that are colliding. The most common auroral color, a pale yellowish-green, is produced by oxygen molecules located about 60 miles above the earth. Rare, all-red auroras are produced by high-altitude oxygen, at heights of up to 200 miles. Nitrogen produces blue or purplish-red aurora.Northern Lights

It’s not too late to join the Canadian Mystery Quilt Club, you can register HERE. A wallhanging quilt kit is available for the Yukon block by clicking on the image below.Yukon Wall Hanging

All information is courtesy of www.cantikbatiks.com

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.

road

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.

Canadian Mystery Quilt Club – Nova Scotia Block


Nova Scotia Collage

The fourth block in the Canadian Mystery Quilt Club is Nova Scotia. Located on the southeastern coast, Nova Scotia is the second smallest province in Canada.  With its proximity to the Atlantic Nova Scotia’s fishing is one of Nova Scotia’s main resources.  Scallops, crabs, clams, cod, haddock, pollock, herring and salmon are caught in the waters off Nova Scotia as is lobster which is shipped all across Canada.

Humpback WhaleWith 3,800 coastal islands, Nova Scotia boasts over 7,500 kilometers of coastline which is well known for its sea life. The Bay of Fundy, with its extreme and notable tides, is a sea life and whale-watching destination.  Finback, Minke, Blue whales, porpoises, dolphins and seals are regularly encountered but the bay is famously known for the Humpback Whale which is abundant in mid-June and popular because of its large size and distinct surface behaviours such as breaching.

Peggy's Cove lighthouse, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Lobster boat gathering traps in the background.Peggy’s Lighthouse is part of iconic Canadian imagery and is located in Peggy’s Cove. The first lighthouse was wood with a beacon on it and was built in 1868. It was replaced in 1914 with the current concrete lighthouse. The old wooden structure became the keepers dwelling but was removed after it was damaged in 1954 by Hurricane Edna. The lighthouse is still operated by the Canadian Coast Guard.

We have Nova Scotia wall hanging kits available if you want to make one. Just click on the quilt below.

Nova Scotia Wall Hanging

Canadian Mystery Quilt Club – Alberta Block


Alberta Block Collage

The third block in the Canadian Mystery Quilt Club is Alberta.   One of three prairie provinces Alberta is known to be one of Canada’s largest agricultural producers and the largest cattle producing province in Canada. Alberta is also a worldwide leading producer of natural gas and oil.

PalominoThe Palomino is front and centre on this block.  Loved throughout history by artists, Royalty and the “Silver Screen” Palominos are recognized by there gold coloured coat and white mane and tail.

southern alberta barn

photo by R. Brazier

With such a strong rural agricultural history there are thousands of historic barns in Alberta, most of which are known only to local farmers and community members. These old endangered barns are full of cultural and architectural interest.

 

rocky mtns

Phot by Steve Jurvetson

Gracing the background of this block are the Canadian Rockies. A majestic mountain range which runs the full length of the province. A stunning slice of heaven with three of the five national parks in Alberta.

It’s not too late to join the Canadian Mystery Quilt Club.  Get all the details by clicking here.