Saturday, June 27, 2020

Celebrating Canada

We spotted this beautiful stained glass quilt within a special exhibit at the 2020 Road to California quilt show, and wanted to show it today, as Canada Day (Fête du Canada) is coming up soon.

Canada Day celebrates the anniversary of July 1, 1867, the effective date of the Constitution Act, 1867, which united the three separate colonies of the Province of Canada, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick into a single Dominion within the British Empire called Canada.

True North - Strong and Free by Rita Kovatch (Hay River, Northwest Territories, Canada)

This striking quilt depicts a polar bear fishing on an ice pack.  The scene is backed by the Canadian flag. Designer and quilter Rita Kovatch says,  "As a proud Canadian, I wanted to represent the Canadian Flag and I chose to showcase that in the background by using my version of the stained glass and reverse applique technique." The bright red maple leaf stands out brilliantly against the sky blue background fabric.

As you can see from the closeup photo above, the polar bear is going after a fish that is leaping out of the water! The entire piece is machine stitched and quilted using a tiny zigzag stitch."

Rita says she was inspired to make True North - Strong and Free after seeing a quilt titled "Catch-A-Hold This One" by quilter Corey Ralph (you can see a photo of that quilt at Amanda Jane Textiles.)  Seeing that quilt inspired Rita to make her quilt based on the theme of fishing in the north.

Image credits:  The photo was taken by Quilt Inspiration at the 2020 Road to California quilt show.

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