Each year has a different theme, and this year it is "On The Go". Last year, I had the pleasure of designing Mrs Pugsley's Emporium's first Row By Row. The theme was "Home Sweet Home", and her building is a perfect home for quilters!
Mrs Pugsley's asked again for this year, tying Canada's sesquicentennial celebration to the theme seemed a perfect match: Canada On The Go! Our area was very involved in the creation of our country, as Amherst was home to four Fathers of Confederation: Edward B. Chandler, Robert B. Dickey, Johnathan McCully, and Sir Charles Tupper. I came up with a design which worked both horizontally and vertically and submitted a computer sketch to Mrs P's for approval. Once she commissioned the piece, I set about getting approval from the Canadian Heritage Commission, who owns the copyrights on Canadian symbols. The application was made in early January of this year. You can see that originally, I intended to use the 1967 centennial logo to be part of the progression, as well as our current Canada 150 logo.
Approval came for the use of the Canada 150 logo, in a very official looking 7 page document. What an honour to hold a license granted by "Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada"!
Cheryl Coville, suggested a plain maple leaf might work as well, so the design was altered slightly. Thank you, Cheryl - I think I like it even better this way. :)
For the vertical one, I quilted a feather trailing down the length of the banner.
Fort Beausejour to photograph. As a national historic site, it seemed a suitable spot.
By now, it's April...and you'll see we still had snow. The park was not yet open for the season, but there are always visitors there.
It was a bit of a go, slogging through the muck, but I was determined to get some pictures. ("Please don't let me drop that white banner here!")
the clock tower building where Mrs Pugsley's Emporium is housed. As this building was designed by Dominion architect Thomas Fuller (who also designed the first Parliament Buildings in Ottawa), it is also a fitting backdrop.
Cheryl Coville in Ontario for checking. Once that was done, everything was delivered to Beth at Mrs Pugsley's, who has the patterns professionally printed (not photocopied) in colour, and needed lots of lead time to get her proofs back before the final printing could be done. Beth personally checked and double checked to make sure everything printed to the exact size. She ordered in bolts and bolts of extra fabric to make the kits, and now she and Jackie are busily cutting and packaging.
Each of the shops involved in this program has put a great deal of effort and expense into making this a successful experience. Personally, I had a lot of fun visiting shops last summer in my travels and checking out their interpretation of the theme. Row By Row kicks off two weeks from today on June 21. You can stop in to pick up this free pattern -or purchase a kit to make it exactly as shown - from Mrs Pugsley's Emporium, 50 Victoria Street E., Amherst, Nova Scotia It's a great remembrance to mark Canada's special anniversary year.