Welcome Quilts for Refugees

Calling All Canadian Quilters!

~Let's Make Quilts for Our Newest Canadians~

With the many refugees new to Canada, making welcome quilts to share with them is a perfect way for us to be involved.
We know how a quilt can be a wonderful hug plus it will keep them warm right from their first winter here!

I'm 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!
Contacting your local guild and directing them to this information page would help greatly.

There is still time to make Welcome Quilts!!


~How to Get Started~

Find a group close to you 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.


~Sharing News~

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!


Welcome Quilt #2

I've finished this quilt and it's on it's way to the little boy!
Now to begin the third Welcome quilt I want to make. :)


Welcome Quilt #2

I've made good progress on my second Welcome Quilt - which will be going to a newly arrived boy, as his cuddle quilt!


Welcome Quilt Completed

Amanda Kramer and a wonderful group of quilters from Centreville, Maryland, USA sent these baby and lap quilts (& extra fabrics) for me to find homes for!
Here's who they went to:
Hillgrove Baptist Church Refugee Sponsor
Immaculate Conception/St. John's Anglican
Brookfield, Middle Stewiacke, Upper Stewiacke
Immanuel Baptist and their partners
Refugee Support Network - Wolfville Area

A Special Note to Nova Scotia Quilters
If you're able to make a Welcome Quilt I have the contact information for a few groups sponsoring families, who are now on a list hoping for one!
Please email me for details.


Welcome Quilt Completed

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!

Welcome Quilt Label

The label I added to the back!



Welcome Quilts from Georgian Bay Quilters Guild

As 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.
The three quilts are for a family of four arriving December or January!


Welcome Quilt Progress

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!

Welcome Quilt Progress

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!! :)


Welcome Quilt Progress

I'm making good progress on a colourful Welcome quilt.
Thanks to the many blocks sent to me by Joan St. Marie and the extra evening sewing I've done this past week, I'm almost at the half way point!

Please share your pictures!

Thanks for getting involved, and keeping this page informed about your progress!

Benita Skinner
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