Monday, July 10, 2017

#QuiltsforQC wrap-up

Thanks to a lot of hard work from our various members and contributors, the #QuiltsforQC project is finally complete! We will be delivering 50 quilts to the Ste-Foy mosque at the end of the month and they will be distributed to the members and families that were impacted by the shooting in January. We hope that these quilts provide them with some comfort and let them know that we love and support them. 

All in all, we received contributions from 3 continents, 5 different countries, all 10 Canadian provinces and 25 States. We received blocks from modern quilters, traditional quilters and every shade in between... we received intricately appliqued blocks from expert quilters and simple but heart-felt blocks from brand new quilters. A very sincere thank you to each and every one of you who helped us out in some way... whether you sent us a completed quilt, a few house blocks, donated time or money, or simply passed along our blog post to a friend who you thought might like to help, you helped make these 50 beautiful quilts. 

It was wonderful to see the response to this project, and many of you included notes of love and support with your blocks that we will be passing on to the mosque. Our hope in taking on this project was to express our love and support to our neighbours following the attack, and also to hopefully spark an important conversation about diversity and inclusion around the dinner table or in the work place of those who participated. Seeing quilt labels like the one below on a quilt sent in by the teachers of the Peel district school board in Ontario makes us very happy indeed! :) 

We have photographed all 50 of the quilts, and rather than try to cram them all into an image-heavy blog post, you are welcome to browse them on Google Drive, or on our Facebook page (if see your block, feel free to tag yourself!). It has been a privilege to work on such a project with you all... thank you for making our quilting community such a wonderful community, and continue showing the world your love and inclusiveness! 

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