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Canada’s 150 Years


This year, we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the confederation of Canada. Queen Victoria gave her assent to the British North America Act (BNA Act) on March 29, 1867, saying that on July 1, 1867 the provinces of “Canada” (which then split into Quebec and Ontario), Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick would unite and become the Dominion of Canada. Gradually, over time, Canada has grown to include ten provinces and three territories.

Each region has an official flower. In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, my friend Gladys has begun a quilted wall hanging to commemorate this special celebration. The wall hanging will feature the flower of each of the provinces and territories of Canada.

At the quilting retreat, Gladys worked on appliquéing the flowers onto a dark background. She has quilted the areas around the flowers in various patterns that she feels will enhance the subject.

The photo below shows a tentative placement of the flowers as a beginning look at some of the design possibilities, but there is much more to come in the design of the finished quilt.020Going from top to bottom and left to right, the flowers represented on the photo above are as follows:

wild rose – Alberta

western red lily – Saskatchewan

prairie crocus – Manitoba

fireweed – Yukon

mountain avens – Northwest Territories

purple saxifrage – Nunavut

white trillium – Ontario

blue flag iris – Quebec

purple violet – New Brunswick

Mayflower – Nova Scotia

lady’s slipper – Prince Edward Island

British Columbia’s Pacific dogwood and Newfoundland’s purple pitcher plant are still to be made.

Below are close-ups of some of the flowers. Notice the fine stitching around the edges of all the flowers and leaves. Then take a look at the quilting around the flower shapes, sometimes echoing the shape, sometimes offering beautiful designs of its own. By the way, for the non-quilters who are looking at this post, the yellow dots you see at the top of each flower patch  – those are the bright yellow heads of the (temporary) pins used to put the flowers on the board. They are not meant to be the sun shining on the flowers! 😉


White trillium of Ontario


Fireweed of the Yukon Territory


Mountain avens of the Northwest Territories

Gladys will put binding on these flower shapes and add some interesting designs to the wall hanging. I know that when it is finished it will be a work of art. I will do another post when she has it finished, hopefully before July 1, 2017, the big 150th birthday.

PS In case any of you are readers, please check out my other blog, Anneli’s Place, and say hello to today’s guest writer, Lori Virelli. https://annelisplace.wordpress.com/2017/03/03/ever-been-at-your-wits-end/

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34 thoughts on “Canada’s 150 Years

  1. Wow! Gladys does beautiful work. I love all of the flowers, but the Mountain avens really caught my eye. Thanks so much for sharing, Anneli.

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  2. That’s quite an inspiring project! Hope you’ll show us the final results, Anneli. It will be beautiful!

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  3. Nice work, nice flowers!

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  4. I admire people who are able to do such beautiful works of art! I am looking forward to see the finished quilt! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Beautiful job, Gladys. Amazing photos, Anneli!!! I will be excited to see the finished product!

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  6. Great art work there, and happy birthday Canada!! I would gladly stand on guard for thee. ❤️🇨🇦

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  7. Wow! Beautiful work. It must take hours and hours and so much patience.

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  8. What a tremendous project and such beautifully done work. Very nicely photographed.

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  9. Those are exceptionally well done!

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  10. beautiful and intricate!! happy birthday Canada 🙂

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  11. What a stunning quilt. My favourite is the white trillium. Beautiful.😊🤗🤗🤗

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  12. Really beautiful work – it’s interesting how the flowers vary by the different climates around Canada!

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  13. This is a lovely project and so cool to fill us in on the different provinces and territories of Canada. I liked the lilies in orange and the brightly colored multiple blossomed fireweed examples. All are beautiful and such a lovely display!

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