Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Celebrate - Fêtons 150 in March

Celebrate - Fêtons 150 logo
Celebrate - Fêtons 150
February was the first month of the
Celebrate - Fêtons 150 link-up. Unfortunately there were no link-ups (other than my own) but it's not surprising since the link up theme is rather narrow - any post celebrating Canada's 150th or Canada in general.

The post has been read by many, so I really hope that it's gotten you thinking about making something special to celebrate Canada's 150th.

Canada 150 fabric as prizes
February's prize
I will continue to host the monthly link-up as well as giving out prizes. Don't forget that leaving a comment in one of the Celebrate - Fêtons 150 posts will also give you a chance to win the monthly prize. The February prize is 3 fat quarters of Stonehenge Oh Canada fabric by Northcott. I drew the prize winner using a random number generator. Susan of Quilt Fabrication is our winner. Congrats!

As well as showcasing some of the quilting events, patterns and fabrics created specifically to celebrate Canada's 150, I thought that I would participate and make a few of these myself.

The first one, that I mentioned in my last Celebrate - Fêtons 150 post is the Canada's Big Quilt Bee. If you didn't read about it, follow the link in the Related Links at the bottom of this post. 
Canada's Big Quilt Bee logo

Lorna, our own Canadian pattern designer of Sew Fresh Quilts is participating in the celebration by hosting her own SEW FRESH QUILT BEE. So make one or many slab blocks using at least one of the Canada 150 fabrics and then link up on her blog. She will also be giving away prizes! Join in the fun :-)

Here are my 3 slab blocks - I am hoping to make 6 more to complete a small quilt top.
Slab blocks made with Stonehenge Oh Canada fabric by Northcott
12" slab blocks made with Stonehenge Oh Canada fabric by Northcott
Sew Fresh's Canadian
Forest Friends quilt

Sew Fresh's Canada 150 lap quilt
Lorna has also made some lovely quilt and quilt block patterns to celebrate Canada. I purchased her Beaver block below and it's going to be my One Monthly Goal (OMG) for March! The plan is to have it finished by April 1 so that I can show it off at the April link-up. We'll also have a great prize courtesy of Lorna!

Sew Fresh's Beaver quilt block pattern
There's a lot in this post and since it's the beginning of the month, I also need to include my monthly goals for March.
  1. My One Monthly Goal (OMG) is to complete the Sew Fresh Beaver block pattern.
  2. I have 6 more slab blocks to complete this month.
I hope to get more done, but I think that two goals are ambitious enough at this time. As a former boss used to say: "It's better to under promise and over deliver!"

Quilting & Learning - What a Combo!  
Celebrating 150 posts

Finally, I have a special prize for this month. Not only are we celebrating Canada's 150th, but my next post will also be my 150th! WOW! I knew that I enjoyed quilting but I wasn't expecting to love blogging so much. There are fabrics purchased from Mad About Patchwork - one of my favourite online fabric stores. I hope you love them as much as I do....it's going to be difficult to part with these :-)
March's Fabric Give Away
March's Give Away

What I learned:
  • I've learned to stay optimistic about the Celebrate - Fêtons 150 link-up. As much as I dislike advertising, I didn't study business for nothing! Getting the word out there is what it's all about!
  • I am really having a great time finding fun things to include in the Celebrate - Fêtons 150 posts. There are some wonderful things happening everywhere across the country. It's going to be an awesome year!
  • I went to my first official Canada 150 event last night - it was the screening of Ti-Coq by Gratien Gelinas at Library and Archives Canada in Ottawa. The movie was restored and projected using original equipment. How cool is that! I'm really looking forward to attending more of these great events.
Featured Links:

Celebrate - Fêtons 150 posts:
Linking Parties: I will be linking to the One Monthly Goal - March Goal Setting Link-up and the SEW FRESH QUILT BEE as well as these other link-ups. Check out what everyone is up to! Main Crush Monday, Move it Forward Monday, Linky Tuesday, Midweek MakersNeedle & Thread Thursday, Oh Scrap!

Here is the button, if you want to add it to your blog!
Quilting & Learning - What a Combo!


22 comments:

  1. :( Your Canada theme is quite lovely. Hoping there are many more that join you. Don't be discouraged! (I am not from Canada... good ol West Virginia in the US)...!!! There is my pride! Many Blessings!

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    1. Thanks so much Anita. It seems that the word is getting around. Looks like we're all going to be celebrating - everyone is welcome!

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  2. Your slab blocks look fabulous, Andree! Thanks for joining in the Sew Fresh Quilt Bee!

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    1. Thanks Lorna, and thanks for taking the time to link-up.

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  3. Love your slab blocks! Such a fun celebration!

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    1. Thanks Susan. It's great to be taking out all of my scrappy fabrics - so many great quilting memories!

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  4. Cute block. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck on your project.

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    1. Thanks Patty for hosting the One Monthly Goal. So far so good. It's great to see everyone's goals, and their finishes or progress!

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  5. Love the beaver block! It's so cute!

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    1. Thanks Kathy - I have to get started soon. Make sure you leave a comment next month if you want a chance to win it!

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  6. I love your blocks! So fun and scrappy! You know, Kathy at Kathy Quilts just posted an interesting update on her quilt. It's so pretty! Thank you for sharing! Found you on Em's Scrapbag!

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    1. Hi Miaismine. Thanks for telling me about Kathy's Quilts. It's a great project.

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  7. Great idea to link up for all the Canada 150 quilts. More will come I am sure. Thank you for the invite.

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    1. Hi Cathy, thanks so much for linking up. Looking forward to visiting your blog!

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  8. What a lovely idea. I just bought some maple leaf fabrics, and pulled reds from my stash so I am jumping on the bandwagon too.

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    1. Hi Karen, the more the merrier! Don't forget to link up. I'm looking forward to seeing your blocks!

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  9. Hi Andree - thanks for stopping in at my blog. And happy 150th to Canada! I'm in the U.S., so I'm not part of this event. I hadn't realized Lorna was Canadian - I've got a flimsy of one of her patterns waiting for quilting this year. That beaver is awesome - I'd want to make it, too! Kathy at Tamarack Shack blog is in Canada - she may be interested in the 150th event. :)

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    1. Thanks Lynette. Looking forward to seeing your finished project from Lorna's pattern. Thanks for the tip - I'll check out Kathy's blog.

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  10. Good luck with your March goal!

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    1. Thanks Karen, looks like I'm at least doing great with the link-up! I've just finished cutting the fabric for the Canadian beaver - tonight I start piecing it!

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  11. This is great to see a place for all things quilty for the 150th can come together! Is the Linky only for Bloggers, or can we link up to our Flickr posts? I just completed one of my 150th projects, and would really like to show it to others .... with more to come! Thanks for hosting this Celebrate Fetons 150!

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    1. Hi, If you can figure out how to link up, it would be great to have you!

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