Calling All Canadian Quilters!
~Let's Make Quilts for Our Newest Canadians~
the many refugees new to Canada, making welcome quilts to share with
them is a perfect way for us to be involved.
putting out a special call to all of our great Quilt
Guilds - Please get involved as a group, perhaps redirecting some
of your charity quilt making for these welcome quilts!
~How to Get Started~
Find a group close to you, either through this Canadian government link, or from information you learn locally (newspaper, city hall), that are getting ready to sponsor refugees. Let them know you would like to make a quilt(s), and find out what they will need.
For speed, quick & easy quilts would probably be best. Use your favourite easy quilt pattern. If you would like some others to make, you'll find links to free easy quilt patterns here.
You could also contact your local newspapers & radio stations to let them know you plan to make quilts for the new refugees coming and ask, and asked them to let any local people that might also like to help know.
Any good links & information you find out, that I can post on this page, which will help others looking to find local sponsors, please email me.
Also I'm hoping you will share pictures of your quilts, and the stories that go with your journey to welcome our newest Canadians! I'll post them as they come in.
If others, in other countries would also like to take this on locally - I fully encourage you to!
I've finished this quilt and it's on it's way to the little boy!
I've made good progress on my second Welcome Quilt - which will be going to a newly arrived boy, as his cuddle quilt!
Kramer and a wonderful group of quilters from Centreville, Maryland,
USA sent these baby and lap quilts (& extra fabrics) for me to find
Special Note to Nova Scotia Quilters
I just finished my first Welcome Quilt...and it's on it's way to the All Saints sponsoring group in Halifax, who are expecting a Syrian family soon!
The label I added to the back!
part of their ongoing Outreach program, the Georgian Bay Quilters Guild,
at their November 25th guild meeting, presented 3 quilts to Georgian
Bay Refugee Support, a volunteer group formed this August to sponsor
a Syrian family settling in Midland.
I have just basted the final parts together. Binding and label and then this quilt will be ready to gift to a newly arrived family!
Further progress - With the joining of the rows still to come.
5 Reasons Why I Love Making this Quilt Design
1. Each block is unique, using colourful string scraps.
2. The flip and sew method on the thin cotton batting and backing squares makes the block quilted, with no additionals quilting required.
3. There are no seams to match and is an easy project to sew, when you're tired (I've been getting blocks made when I'm too tired for other sewing).
4. Top stitching the sashing has hugely quickened the finishing process.
5. It makes a lovely quilt for a Welcome gift!
If you want to help, but can't make a quilt - Click the link above for an option!
If you are making a quilt - Please share your progress...It's good for inspiring each other!! :)
making good progress on a colourful Welcome quilt.
Please share your pictures!
for getting involved, and keeping this page informed about your progress!
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