The fabulous Carla from Creatin’ in the Sticks is hosting this month’s Blog Hop. I am thrilled to be participating again. I’m not sure if you know it, but several of the bloggers offer prizes on their posts. I’ve been lucky enough to win twice on Carla’s site and just placed my order using the 2 gift certificates I won last year. I’ll post a photo of all my treasures when the parcel arrives 😉
Create something inspired by the color orange.Think orange, think citrus, think orange peel, or maybe the joke about “orange you glad we didn’t say banana!” Anything orange.
When I signed up for this hop, I had some ideas of what I would like to make. Then as has been “normal” this past year and a half, life threw us another curveball. We experienced the worst heat dome with insanely high temperatures (52c in the shade on the deck) and then fire season started early with the Town of Lytton burning to the ground with only 15 minutes notice to evacuate and then fires broke out everywhere. On the worst day there were over 300 fires burning in our Province. We had 2 fires start during an electrical storm within 10 miles of my home. It came within 2 miles and we were placed on evacuation alert.
My heart was heavy thinking of the people who lost everything so I started making quilt tops, hoping that I will be able to get to the studio soon to finish them and get them to the organizers for the Quilts for Lytton Drive.
At the same time that I was doing these scrappy quilts, I was tossing around ideas for my Hop Project.
I had to run to my favourite LQS which is one and a half hours drive from home to pick up some machine needles and I came across these beautiful batiks:
It solidified the idea that had been stewing in my mind with the theme being orange.
All I can think of when I think of orange is wildfire and this was my night time view in July. 😢
A few months ago I had made this quilt for a friend that was being released from hospital after contracting Covid;
I pulled out my eagle pattern by Cheryl Phillips of Phillips Fiber Arts, did some calculating, modified the pattern pieces to suit my needs and then started cutting and sewing.
“The phoenix is a long-lived, immortal bird associated with Greek mythology(with analogs in many cultures) that cyclically regenerates or is otherwise born again. Associated with the sun, a phoenix obtains new life by arising from the ashes of its predecessor. Some legends say it dies in a show of flames and combustion, others that it simply dies and decomposes before being born again.”. Quoted from Wikipedia
So I sewed and went outside to watch the helicopters and came back in and sewed some more or did some trimming.
Once again I enjoyed this pattern and was satisfied with my slight modifications. So here is my finished quilt top:
Every year here in British Columbia we do have a fire season. They are getting worse every year, but we are resilient. We rebuild and replant and eventually the senses of humour re-assert and we find some good and even happy memories, e.g. the wonderful, brave firefighters we are lucky enough to meet, a funny story of something that got “missed” by the fire, being able to create something for those who have lost so much. I think that is why quilters are so generous to the ones who lost everything to a wildfire. It’s a way of giving back quilty hugs to our communities.
So I created these quilt tops so far:
As this is being posted I am no longer on Evacuation Alert, the wildfires are close to being contained and I am at the studio to truly get this quilt and as many of my UFO’s finished as I can on the longarm.
These are the bloggers I am sharing my day with. Be sure to pop over to their blogs to see their amazing creations. You’ll be truly inspired. I was!
Thursday, August 19th
- Creatin’ In The Sticks
- Vroomans Quilts
- Selina Quilts
- Becky’s adventures in quilting and travel
- Quilt Schmilt
- Domestic Felicity
- Stitchin At Home
Please don’t forget to make a comment on the blog posts you visit. Showing your appreciation for the designers efforts to inspire you does make them happy. If you enjoy their posts, take some time to read some of their other posts and follow them if you like what you see and are inspired by their posts.
Thank you for spending some of your time to read my post. I enjoy reading and responding to your comments 😉. Carol
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