To me, this pattern is a little bit different, but A LOT special! Here’s a breakdown of what each block represents:
This block was inspired by the towering forests found on the west coast of Canada. The strips are pieced on an angle to be reminiscent of mountains. I chose greens for the bottom half of the block to represent the trees, and blues for the top half to represent the sky. The singular red strip is for the red cedar trees, and the yellow strip is for the sun in the sky.
I used half square triangles to abstractly represent a mountain. The two sides are different colours to represent the leeward and windward side of a mountain that often have different weather and climate. As a little joke (mostly for myself), I placed the deep red colour in the centre of the “mountain” to represent lava - fully knowing that not every mountain is a volcano!
This block is inspired by prairie fields and how they look from an aerial shot. Each square looks like it could be a different field or crop divided by mile roads. I know in many farming communities, the crops are much more fluid shapes. However, in the prairies (at least here in Manitoba), it is very common for crops to be very square and grid-like.
This block was inspired by the bays in northern Canada where thousands of Beluga whales travel each year to give birth and gather together. You will notice the bottom half of the block has blue “water” surrounded by the lightest colour (a soft yellow/white) to represent snow. The top half of the block has a darker blue to represent the Arctic sky, with a brighter yellow to represent the midnight sun.
Great Lakes/St. Lawrence
This block was designed to represent the lakes and waterways found in Ontario and Quebec. I placed the colours to look similar to a topographic map, with the darkest colour in the centre for the deepest water. The colours get lighter until you eventually reach “land”, which is why the outside of the block is green. I also used a log cabin block style to represent the large amount of cabin country in the Great Lakes area.
First and foremost, this block was inspired by nautical flags. They are bold and graphic - and very similar to quilt blocks. However, I also wanted to represent land meeting water, which is how I chose the colours for the block. I used the two shades of blue to represent the ocean. Then, I intentionally used the soft yellow to represent sand and red for the red soil that is commonly found in Prince Edward Island.
The Boreal Forest Quilt Pattern is an excellent pattern for beginners and a fast finish for seasoned quilters! It includes 4 sizes:
- Baby - 37" x 48"
- Throw - 56" x 72"
- Twin - 74" x 96"
- Bed - 90" x 96"
And here are the fabric requirements!
Now, let me tell you all about the Boreal Forest cover quilt!
I used the following Kona Cotton colours:
I also sent this one off to Shelly from Ma Tante Quilting to do this AMAZING wood grain pantograph!
Right from the initial design stages of the Boreal Forest Quilt, I imagined making it in 100% Essex Linen. And let me tell you...it did not disappoint!
I used the following Yarn-Dyed Essex Linen colours:
Next up… you guessed it! I made a TBS green version! I really enjoy making my patterns in a monochromatic colourway to give a different look than the more colourful quilts. I used the following Kona Cotton greens:
I machine quilted this one with a diamond grid pattern to add some nice texture!
I also hand quilted this cute baby size quilt!
This is one of my all-time favourite colour combos. I actually used the same blues, peaches and purples for the cover quilt of my Birch Point pattern AND for one of the versions of my Pine Falls pattern!
The Kona Cotton colours I used are:
But wait, there’s more!
Because of my excitement for the Boreal Forest Quilt Pattern, I decided to do some extra special things for its release!
First, I created Boreal Forest fabric bundles using the cover quilt colours, available to grab in my shop right now! You can either choose a bundle that includes the dark grey background, or one that just includes the block colours!
Second, I created these curated hand sewing kits that include all of my favourite hand quilting tools packaged in the most adorable zipper pouch that I ever did see!
I had so much fun collaborating with Heather from Heather Design Co. (Instagram: @heatherdesignco) to create the zipper pouches! We designed the fabric for the zipper pouch exclusively for the Boreal Forest pattern release!
Heather is a VERY talented lady! You can check out all of the other lovely things she creates at @thecozyprairiequilt.
Soon, I'll be telling you all about the fabulous pattern testers I got to work with for this launch, including pictures of their AMAZING versions of the Boreal Forest Quilt!
As a settler, living and working on Treaty 1 Indigenous Land, a portion of all sales from the Boreal Forest Quilt Pattern will be donated to the IRSSS (Indian Residential School Survivors Society).
Will you be making the Boreal Forest Quilt? Which block is your favourite? Let me know in the comments!