In July, Island Batik Ambassadors received a new box. I was so excited as I received two thing I knew would work perfectly together – the Accquilt BOB (block on board) die* for the Crossed Canoes block and the fabric collection Sand Bar from Island Batik This month’s theme is child’s play, and I will tell you a little about how this quilt developed. Disclaimer: I received the fabric, thread, cutting dies and batting from Island Batik and their industry partners through this program.]
Originally, I was thinking a really playful quilt – something a little different from my recent traditional with a modern twist approach. I already knew this would be fun to piece as I had done some test blocks (here).
Unfortunately, this fabric collection was not leaning to the bright, childlike whimsical quilt I was initially thinking about. So, as I often do, I used Electric Quilt 8 and put the fabric collection in and began to come up with the idea of using some of the images that were featured in the fabric in alternate blocks.
The crossed canoe block looks oh so modern, but it is an old block. It dates as far back as the late 1800’s. It was published in the Ladies Art Company as pattern number 89. Ruby McKim also published it in the Detroit Free Press in 1929 and in her book in 1931. [Quilt Index]. Much of this information can be found on the Loudon Country Barn Quilt Trail. There are other names for this block:Crossed Canoes, Santa Fe Quilt, Indian Canoes, The Dragon Fly, Twinkling Star and Tippecanoe.
I am not sure why the canoes cross, but I know what I was going to do. There would be a story with island children exploring in the bay explaining the lovely friends that grace this quilt as well as the story that inspired the quilt. Welcome to “Dodge the Fog” and the story of its origin.
The day began like others at this time of year. The mists of the morning fog are still hanging around the outcroppings of rocks along the Maine coast. P, B & J decide to take the canoes out for a little bit of dodge the fog and see what is lurking in the mists.
There is an old civil war fort nearby, with many rocks and one must be careful, but their friends kept reporting interesting things near the fort. They couldn’t resist so they paddled their way to the outcropping of rocks and the fort.
The turtles were happily swimming by but they knew they heard rumors of more interesting things in the water.
An octopus floated in and about the seaweed, but there was something else. It is odd, but near the sea is the ever-present mystery of what lurks in or near the water… extra large fish, sunken ships, widowed ghosts and strange creatures. These children are of the 21st century and assume all the fantastic stories are just that.
Thump! Something bumped one canoe. Then THUMP! again another canoe was bumped. Was it the rocks? No, there was something was playfully knocking and dodging between their canoes, what could it be? Well, the answer is in this quilt! It was their lucky day of play in the fog and low and behold, a group of mermaids also decided this would be the perfect time to play. So…
they were so distracted by the exciting things about them that they started paddling erratically and before you knew it….their canoes crossed. A little back paddling and forward paddling and a little shove from some of their new friends, would help them get going in the right direction. Their mother created this quilt to commemorate the fantastic day, and that is how the block came to be named Crossed Canoes.
Now, back to some of the quilting details. Piecing I always use a #50wt Aurifil, and this time I used an old favorite, #2600 Dove. The background for the alternate appliqué squares is an Island Batik called Whip Cream and the dotted backing is called EggWhite.
Tabitha, my HandiQuilter Sweet Sixteen was used to for quilting and did not fail. It is so much fun quilting now that I can move the machine rather than the quilt. Waves or curves were needed and I borrowed a pantograph that worked quite well – a 10″ design called Spiral Rings.
I used a Hobbs Tuscany Batting that is a wool and cotton blend and really like the way it quilted. I will definitely be using more of this. I will note the size before I wash and follow their instructions…a report on that will follow.
Dodge the Fog: 45″ x 60″
Accuquilt Crossed Canoe Die
Aurifil threads, 50wt #1147 & #2600; 40wt #2402
Handiquilter Simply Sixteen
Pantograph: Spiral Rings
Hobbs Tuscany Batting, Cotton Wool Blend
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