I finished this Quilt of Valour on the weekend so I could gift it to a kind, courageous and brave Canadian soldier who has become a very dear friend of mine. I have learned so much about this man while working out with him every morning at 6:00 a.m. at the gym. I am positive, without a doubt, that he is more than deserving of the gift of a Quilt of Valour.
I will not write out his story here because it is not my story to tell but I will say it was as great an honour to make this quilt and surprise him with it as it is to know him.
This quilt is a heart shaped Canadian flag made with my Canadian Flag Pixelated Heart pattern. I would have like to have more contrast between the heart and the background but I needed to work with fabrics I had in the house.
I used “True North” fabric by Kate and Birdie for this quilt because they are perfectly Canadian fabrics. This version of the quilt measures 80″ tall x 64″ wide.
I quilted the heart with stipple quilting and the background with a quilting design I call “balls on string.” This was to differentiate the heart from the background a bit more.
The maple leaf is appliqued onto the quilt top and stitched with machine blanket stitch around the edges.
Here is a closer look at some of the fun Canadian fabrics designed by Kate and Birdie. There are fabrics from both the first and second “True North” lines in the quilt.
I added borders to the quilt to make it a nice twin size because the man receiving it is over 6 feet tall. I quilted the inner border with a half feather motif and put stippling in the outer border. The borders are Kona solids.
Making and giving this quilt gave me immeasurable joy and happiness and the quilt recipient was kind of speechless (but happy) when he received it. My friend, if you ever read this, you deserve this quilt and so much more.
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