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