Slab Blocks for Canada’s 150th

first two slab blocks
It’s the #bigquiltbee for Canada’s 150th Birthday! I joined the Canadian Quilters’ Association last year, and I’m glad to be able to contribute my time and scraps to this inspirational endeavour, to make 1000 (yes, one thousand) quilts for children and families undergoing medical treatments and staying at Ronald McDonald Houses in Canada. These houses provide a comforting place to stay for families of seriously ill children, and the charity also supports family rooms inside hospitals, and outreach programs. Because kids are still kids, even if they are sick.

I purchased two half yards of the With Glowing Hearts fabric, and started by cutting off 5″ of the Canadian Anthem print, then trimming out some of the motifs. I added a few strips cut from yardage at 2.5 inches to the pile, then happily started piecing in scraps following the directions on the CQA website. I think I’m going to make some blocks in red/pink/grey as well as the aqua/blue. I love the effect of the low volume scraps I added too. Do you like the beaver tail on the right of the lower block?–if you have never had beavertails, they are a sweet baked treat, traditionally available at outdoor skating rinks and along Ottawa’s Rideau Canal.

My Pfaff has been acting up and breaking the top thread, so I decided to put Adelaide the Singer featherweight (circa 1951) in use, and she has been purring along nicely.

my setup for slab blocks

Over the Christmas holidays, my daughter sorted my scraps–since I didn’t have a lot of different containers to use, she decided to use one for warm colours (including purple), one for cool colours, one for white/grey/black, and one for everything else–some of these are offcuts which contain more than one colour, which she didn’t know what to do with.

scrap containers

Linking up to Scraptastic Tuesday with Leanne at She Can Quilt and Share.Encourage.Win with Sandy at Upstairs Hobby Room.




  1. Sandy@UpStairsHobbyRoom · ·

    Thanks so much for linking up Lisa!! I am so happy to be a part of this awesome project too!!! Your blocks are fantastic!!! Thanks for all the extra info too!!

    1. These are so much fun to make!

  2. Love your blocks, Lisa! The fussy cutting on that one with the fireworks is perfect!

    1. I love how these are turning out too!

  3. Blocks are looking great. I just picked up some fabric to make blocks.

    1. Woohoo! Have fun! These are using up a lot of scraps, oh darn, I’ll have to buy more fabric.

  4. Love these gorgeous scrappy blocks

    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and comment!

  5. Lovely blocks, lovely project!

  6. Can you please send your daughter to me for some scrap sorting! Love the blocks too!

    1. I certainly feel that actually using the scraps is a lot more manageable now that they have been sorted. As to sharing my daughter’s amazing sorting skills, unfortunately England is a little too far to send her 😛

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