Make a Block, Make a Quilt, Make a Difference

Mary Ewing and Brenda Hulan
Summer 2019

Quilts of Valour – Canada Society (QOVCS) is celebrating its tenth anniversary and would like you to celebrate with them during Quilt Canada 2019 at the EY Centre, Ottawa, ON, June 12 to 15. Visit the QOVC booth and meet QOVC representatives from across Canada!

Exciting things are happening during this special anniversary celebration. Quilters across Canada were called on to build Log Cabin blocks for injured military members, both past and present. QOVC asked – Canadian quilters generously responded. Quilters are gathering at local libraries, church halls and community centres. They are at kitchen tables and in sewing rooms in every province and territory, building the QOVC-designed Canadian Log Cabin blocks, tops and quilts for our service-injured military. The response to this campaign has been amazing.

This year, during Quilt Canada 2019, QOVC will be doing a few things differently than previous years. Along with our regular program we have several special guests sewing Log Cabin blocks at our booth: Deborah Edwards, Northcott® fabric designer; Diane Shink, quilt appraiser; and Paul Leger, quilt designer, to mention a few. Military members from the Department of National Defence, local area Veterans and past Quilts of Valour recipients will also be sewing blocks. A schedule of special guests will be posted at the QOVC booth. Drop by and encourage our guests as they sew blocks – possibly for the first time. Download our Quilts of Valour Log Cabin Block fabric requirements and instructions and start making your own!

Please bring your blocks, tops and completed quilts to our booth if you are attending Quilt Canada 2019. We invite you to join us at 4:00 pm, June 12 to 14, and 12:00 pm on Saturday, June 15, in the Quilt Canada Lecture Hall where we will present two honoured recipients their quilts of valour. Witness your generosity in person. There will be a seating capacity for 200 attendees. You won’t want to miss these heart-warming presentations. Tissues are a must as presentations are sometimes emotional.

If attending Quilt Canada is not in the cards for you, please visit the QOVC website for an address where blocks, tops and completed quilts can be sent.

QOVC encourages quilters across Canada to continue building Canadian Log Cabin blocks, tops and completing quilts from fabric stashes. To date, blocks, tops and completed quilts have been arriving from quilters across Canada daily. Over 12,000 quilts have been donated and presented. The next goal is 20,000 quilts by 2020; all are welcomed to be a part of it. Building a Quilt of Valour is a positive way to say, “Thank you for your service and sacrifice while protecting the Nation.”

Northcott is a long-standing supporter of QOVC. Their selection of red, white and yellow fabrics are perfect for Canadian Log Cabin quilts. The Northcott Oh Canada fabric collection has a wide variety of prints and patterns in Canadian colours designed by Deborah Edwards, especially for QOVC. Visit the QOVC website for quilt pattern ideas, specifications or more information.

At QOVC, we are excited to welcome everyone to the booth at Quilt Canada 2019. Representatives invite you to view the quilts and check out the Hug Block kits, plus a few other treats. Thank you for helping QOVC make a difference.

Quilt Canada July 19-22, 2023

Quilt Canada July 19-22, 2023

Quilt Canada July 19-22, 2023 in Edmonton, Alberta