Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Song. Three Muses. O Canada!

This is my piece for the challenge at Three Muses this week, which is "song".  The song I picked is the Canadian National Anthem, or Hymne National.  Two national languages, you know :) Scroll down for the words.  This is a 6x6 inch art quilt, once again using some of my hand dyed fabric, one of my maple leaf photographs transferred to fabric, stamped, stitched and foiled. 

I love the Canadian National Anthem. It is filled with incredible words and phrases like: glorious, free, true north, strong, home, love, glowing hearts. It is a powerful and moving piece.

I have lived in the United States for many years now.  It is truly a privilege to live here, and I deeply appreciate many things that living in the United States has brought to me.  It's interesting, one thing it has shown me about myself is this: you can take the girl out of Canada, but you can't take Canada out of the girl. I am so grateful to be Canadian.  Thank goodness for Canada.

And yes, I can sing the national anthem in both national languages :)

National Anthem

O Canada!
Our home and native land!
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
With glowing hearts we see thee rise,
The True North strong and free!
From far and wide,
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free!
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.
O Canada, we stand on guard for thee.

Hymne National

Ô Canada!
Terre de nos aïeux,
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!
Car ton bras sait porter l'épée,
Il sait porter la croix!
Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brillants exploits.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée,
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits.


  1. What a beautiful piece. And the colours are great!

  2. Oh my goodness, this is so inspirational, both your wonderful, wonderful art quilt and the words of the anthem. Bravo my friend.

  3. This is a gorgeous art tribute to your native land. I applaud your patriotism, and I applaud your artistic talent! Thanks for sharing both with us.

  4. I have always loved the stirring Canadian national anthem. Your fabric art is absolutely superb (am I allowed two superlatives in the same line?) It is gorgeous. The colours are sensational. Thanks so much for sharing your talent and your love of country with us.

  5. Wow again so beautiful fabric art.
    Wonderful idea and brilliant work.

  6. Oh this piece gave me chills! I love it! Truly proud to be a Canadian as well!

  7. Beautiful take on the theme! I like the idea of illustrating your national anthem.

  8. really like the way you have made this