Sunday, November 17, 2013

{Big} City Girl QAL in Vancouver!



Welcome to the penultimate stop in the {Big} City Girl Quilt Along organized by Amy During Quiet Time and Aylin! There have been some amazing blocks so far and I'm thrilled to be adding mine to the collection, representing Canada with my Vancouver block.


It's my interpretation of some iconic Vancouver landmarks, with liberal application of artistic license to make them all fit into a 12"x12" finished block!

First, we have the three North Shore mountains: Cypress on the left, Grouse in the middle and Seymour on the right. Then there is Science World's geodesic dome on the edge of False Creek, and finally the five sails of Canada Place. We're on the west coast, right at the ocean, represented by the octopi on the brown seawall. 

Would you like to make your own Vancouver block? Read on!

Select and cut fabric as follows:

2.5” square
3” square
3.5” square
Blue (Sky)
2
3
1
Dark Green (Cypress)
-
1
1
Medium Green (Grouse)
4
3
-
Light Green (Seymour)
4
2
-
Grey (Science World)
4
2
1
White (Sails)
-
3
-
Blue (False Creek)
1
1
1
Brown (Seawall)
6
-
-

Block Assembly:

1. Take 2 Sky 3” squares, 2 white 3” squares and draw diagonal line across backs.

2. Pair those marked 3” squares right sides together as follows:
White + False Creek
White + Grey
Sky + Grouse
Sky + Seymour



3. Stitch ¼” on either side of the drawn line. Cut apart along the drawn line. Press to the darker fabric, and trim to 2½” square.

4. Take the following 3” squares and cut in half along the diagonal:

One each of: Sky, Cypress, Seymour, Grey, White.
Two of: Grouse
And set aside the following triangles for future steps:  1 Grouse, 1 White.

5. Place the following pairs of triangles right sides together:
Sky + Cypress
Cypress + Grouse
Grouse + Seymour
Grouse + Grey
Seymour+Grey

6. Stitch together along the long side, press to darker fabric and trim to 2½”.

7. Cut the following 3½” squares along the diagonal: Sky, Cypress, False Creek, Grey and discard one of the triangles of each colour.

8. Place the following pairs of triangles right sides together:
Sky + Cypress
False Creek + Grey

9. Stitch together along the long side, press to darker fabric, and trim to 3” square.

10. Cut each of these HSTs in half through the diagonal to create two sets of quarter-square triangles (QSTs).

11. Now we're going to build the two units highlighted in this photo:

Pair a Sky/Cypress QST with a Grouse triangle from Step 4, and the False Creek/Grey QST with a White triangle from Step 4. Take care to select the correct QST so the colours will end up oriented properly.



Align these triangles carefully, right sides together. Stitch along long side. Press away from the QST, and trim to 2½” square.
Trim like so:

12. Arrange all 36 2½” squares according to the photo of the finished block.


13. Stitch together and press. Enjoy!


Be sure to add your block to the {Big} City Girl Flickr group!

Here are all of the Big City Girls sharing their blocks with you over the course of the Quilt Along:

01.09. Aylin - Nilya2011 from Germany with Berlin and Istanbul http://aylin-nilya.blogspot.de/
08.09. Alyce - SewBlossomHeart from Japan with Tokyo http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/
15.09. Julianna - Sewing under Rainbow from Poland with Warsaw http://jednoiglec.blogspot.co.uk/
22.09. Sil - silort from Brazil with Brasilia http://www.flickr.com/people/silort/
29.09. Sylvie - -Vivie- from France with Paris http://lafamillecreative.blogspot.co.uk/
06.10. Marit - Sy-elsk-lev from Norway with Aalesund http://www.sy-elsk-lev.blogspot.co.uk/
13.10. Amy- During Quiet Time from USA with Boston http://www.amyduringquiettime.com/
20.10. Jane - Quiltjane from Australia with Sydney http://quiltjane.blogspot.de/
27.10. Lotje - Lotje M from The Netherlands with Delft http://slootjesschilder.blogspot.co.uk/

03.11. Rachel - wooden spoon from New Zealand with Wellington http://www.flickr.com/photos/wooden_spoon/
10.11. Annabella - liferichpattern from Morocco with Marrakech http://kechquilts.blogspot.co.uk/
17.11. Felicity - felicity.quilts from Canada with Vancouver http://www.felicityquilts.com/ (you are here)
24.11. Karen - blueberry4park from UK with London http://blueberry-park.blogspot.com/


Thanks for stopping by!

16 comments:

  1. Love this Felicity! I would have recognized it as Vancouver right away, and that is a serious accomplishment in a quilt block!

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  2. I love your block, it does say Vancouver to me.

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  3. How clever you are! Well done!

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  4. Well done - it's totally Vancouver!

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  5. Looks great; now to figure out which fabrics to use for mine.

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  6. I totally see it! I'm impressed you fit it all into one block!

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  7. Nice design Felicity, congratulations on being part of the group.

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  8. lovely Felicity...it's very evocative

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  9. Wow, perfectly Vancouver. I'm homesick just looking at it!

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  10. I love it even though I am not in Vancouver.. it looks like a fun block to play with

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  11. visiting from the Blogathon. Very nice block and like the story behind it. I have a contest for the blogathon, drop by to enter.

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  12. Hi, I am visiting via the Blogathon. Stunning block of Vancouver!

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  13. Glad to meet our Canadian quilters. Thanks. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  14. I love this block Felicity! Perfect representation of Vancouver!

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