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O Canada! (My soul belongs to thee)


This picture pieced quilt took about 18 months over 4.5 years to make. There’s ~6000 pieces not including the individual patches of batiste sewn in with every light grey and white piece. These were there to hide the seam allowances. Pieces start from the size of a pin head and work their way up. With that amount of seams, they are not going to sit nicely even in an alternate universe. Natural trapunto??? Many days of full time work would only produce about a 4” square of quilt. The quilt doesn’t photograph well. There is also a layer of batiste either side of the batting to help stabilise the quilt.

I noticed one night that the reflection of the quilt in the window gave it a lot more depth and looks very different. There’s a photo of it in reverse on my blog along with the more in depth story of the quilt. I also noticed an almost full sized face looking up in the rocks. 

I love Lake Louise and I feel I’m really a Canadian trapped in an Australian’s body. If you can’t go to Canada, bring Canada to Australia is my motto.

This quilt got me through some of the worst and best times of my life. Looking at this photo in detail becoming a quilt was a blessing during this time. I’m glad to say I’ve done a lot of healing! 

The quilt won runner up (2nd place) in pictorial quilts in our state show so I’m over the moon.

Quilt size 165.5cm x 105cm. It weighs 2 kilos.

Original photo by James Wheeler (used with permission). 


Date Added: September 01, 2019


Name of Pattern or Block Picture piecing technique
Owned By Fiona Schiffl
Name of Maker Fiona Schiffl
Name of Quilter Fiona Schiffl
Year Made 2019
Year Made is: Certain
Located in City Warrnambool
Located in State Victoria
Located in Country Australia
Condition of Quilt Mint
Design Source Adapted Original Design
Design Source - Based On Photo
Design Source - Designed by James Wheeler photographer
Genre Art Quilt
Quilt Type Wall Quilt
Quilt Width 165.5
Quilt Height 105
Measurement In: Centimeters
Fabric Used 100% Commercial Cotton, Other
Fabric Used - Other Desc. Batiste
Construction Technique Pieced
Construction Technique - Other Desc. Picture pieced
Piecing By Machine
Applique by None
Types of Quilting Machine Quilted
Embellishments - Other Desc. Fabric marker, fabric paint


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