My completed sesquicentennial project

O Canada,

O Canada

design by Cheryl Arkison, layout by Lucy (my 6 year old granddaughter), piecing and machine quilting by myself

As a proud Canadian I wanted to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017.

I started this quilt in 2016 to ensure I had it completed in 2017.  Life had different ideas and I wasn’t able to complete the quilt until 2018.

canada flag detail

Using small pieces of fabric to represent individual Canadians,  I sewed them together into slabs of different colours.  The colours represent the many diverse nationalities that have immigrated to Canada to join with our indigenous peoples.  The quilt represents the “melting pot” that is known as Canada.

A little history…….red ensign

The Canadian Red Ensign was the flag of Canada until 1965, when it was replaced by the current Maple Leaf flag. It is a British red ensign, featuring the Union flag in the canton, adorned with the shield of the coat of arms of Canada.

Also associated with the old Canadian flag was an unofficial national anthem of Canada…The Maple Leaf  Forever …which was written in 1867 by Alexander Muir.   I very proudly sang this song as a young person.   In 1997 the CBC held a contest for new alternate lyrics to the unofficial  anthem …… the winner of the 1997 contest was Vladimir Radian, a Romanian immigrant.  I have used his lyrics and my cursive writing style for the machine quilting in the coloured areas of this quilt.

Happy 150th Birthday Canada

Here are the alternate lyrics written by Vladimir Radian in 1997:

O, land of blue unending skies,                                                                                               Mountains strong and sparkling snow,                                                                                              A scent of freedom in the wind,                                                                                                        O’er the emerald fields below.

To thee we brought our hopes, our dreams,                                                                                For thee we stand together,                                                                                                                    Our land of peace, where proudly flies,                                                                                        The Maple Leaf forever.

Chorus:                                                                                                                                                    Long may it wave, and grace our own,                                                                                       Blue skies and stormy weather,                                                                                               Within my heart, above my home,                                                                                                 The Maple Leaf forever!

O, Maple Leaf around the world,                                                                                                    You speak as you rise high above,                                                                                                     Of courage, peace and quiet strength,                                                                                            Of the Canada that I love.

Remind us all, our union bound                                                                                                       By ties we cannot sever,                                                                                                               Bright flag revered on every ground,                                                                                           The Maple Leaf forever!


O Canada quilting

Above  is the backing showing the cursive writing of the lyrics.

Click HERE to see what the backing of this quilt was supposed to be.

My daughter suggested it become a quilt all on it`s own…….  so pictured below is the second sesquicentennial quilt that was created.


Still need quilting.  It will be finished by mid June so it and the Canada Flag quilt can hang in the Gwillimbury Guild Quilt Show on June 22 in the Sharon Temple in Sharon, Ontario

I did manage to complete a sesquicentennial project during 2017.  My granddaughter and I entered a challenge  for  another of my guilds  ….Region of York .  Click to see Gramma and Lucy’s Challenge Entry.  Passing my passion on to the grandchildren is the best!









6 thoughts on “My completed sesquicentennial project

  1. Hi Linda,
    Oh goodie – I was waiting to see this one finished. I just love it – not because it represents Canada, and a fabulous tribute it is. I love it more for the colors and the piecing and the layout. I think Lucy did a great job on the layout! It is just interesting to look at, and I love seeing closeups of the quilting. That is SO darn cool with the cursive writing in some areas. WOWEE. This is a huge winner for me. Post this to our shared Pinterest board, so we can get this out for others to see and enjoy! Happy Mother’s Day! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  2. I picked up on the cursive writing immediately and I am so glad that you said what it was, because you know I’d have asked! From the sneak peek you gave us earlier to now the finish, what a glorious quilt for this glorious country of ours. I am definitely going to get this pattern and make it as you did with slabs because I think that is so very fitting for our country, multi-cultural, which is a good thing! We can learn so much from each other and share so much!

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  3. Both quilts are wonderful. I’m glad you listened when your daughter spoke! Thank you for sharing the words of the anthem. I don’t believe I’ve ever been able to pick them out when sung at the Olympics. This is a beautiful poem to Canada and so appropriate that it would be written by an immigrant.

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