Wednesday, 8 March 2017
Canada's 150th Charity Quilts
It's Canada's 150th birthday as a nation and I'm sure you all know that The Canadian Quilters Association is collecting blocks to be made into quilts for Ronald McDonald houses across the country. They are hoping to collect 1,000 quilts. My buddies and I decided to make a quilt top between the three of us, so last Saturday we got together at Wendy's and started making slab blocks out of our scraps, being sure to put the special Canadian Fabrics we purchased from Fabric Please into the blocks.
I brought all my blue, turquoise and green scraps to use in the effort and I'm sad to say that I still have loads and loads of scraps remaining.
Here are some of the blocks we made. We opted to make the kid's size which is 4 blocks by 6 blocks (24 blocks in total). We finished 18 blocks on Saturday leaving 2 each to get done at home. The blocks are 12 1/2" slabs made with the technique shared by Cheryl Arkison and Amanda Jean Nyberg in their book Sunday Morning Quilts.
The last day for mailing blocks and quilt tops is May 30th so I'm sure we will have our quilt top together well before that date. The quilt tops will then go to the Quilt Canada show in June to be quilted at a really really big bee. They are hoping that some folks will quilt their own quilts and donate them to their local Ronald McDonald houses but we have so many other commitments with our local guild that a top is what we can manage. Every little bit helps! I'm linking this post to Let's Bee Social over at Lorna's blog. If you are interested in a little more Canadian input you can check out this post where I share some of the Quilt Con quilts from my region of Ontario.