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Quilts of Valour Brave and Bold Bento Box Blocks

Mary Ewing
Winter 2019

Quilts of Valour – Canada Society™ (QOVC) will be at Quilt Canada 2020 in Edmonton, AB, thanks to the generosity of CQA/ACC. Special guests will be invited to drop by and sew a Brave and Bold Bento Box block or two. Quilt presentations to injured military members will take place during the three days of the show. Times for the presentations will be posted in the QOVC booth and on their website.

Once again, it will be a great opportunity to say hi to all our quilters and supporters and to encourage everyone to sew a block or two! A daily tally of the blocks, tops and finished quilts received will be posted in the QOVC booth.

It was such a wonderful experience at Quilt Canada 2019, in Ottawa, when blocks, tops and finished quilts started to pile up in the QOVC booth. QOVC received over 4,500 log cabin blocks! Finished quilts from these blocks are being assembled by quilters across Canada. All QOVC volunteers and participants are amazed at the generosity of quilters from all parts of Canada.

Log cabin blocks, tops and finished quilts continue to be donated to our representatives across Canada. Finished quilts made from the blocks gracious quilters took home are now being presented to injured military members across our great nation. A quilt will be presented during Veterans Week in November, to a retired service member who served in Afghanistan. The blocks for this quilt were dropped off at the QOVC booth at Quilt Canada 2019 by the Grouse Mountain Day Quilters Guild, North Vancouver, BC. The blocks were signed out by the Patchwork Pals of Yarmouth County, NS, assembled, quilted and will be presented in Nova Scotia. Quilters from coast to coast to coast are making a difference.

To date, QOVC has presented 13,642 quilts with a goal of 20,000 by the end of 2020. Support during Quilt Canada 2020 will help Quilts of Valour reach our goal! QOVC thanks the many generous quilters who share their time and talents making quilts for our injured military. Your support is greatly appreciated.

illistration of how to assemble a Bento Box block

QOVC is asking quilters across the country to make quilts for Canada’s injured serving military and veterans using the Bento Box quilt block. An unfinished block is 12½”; please use quarter-inch seam allowances.

Fabric Requirements

To make one block, please use:
Yellow: one 2.5″ x 2.5″ square
Reds: four 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares, four 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles, two 2.5″ x 6.5″ rectangles
Whites: three 2.5″ x 2.5″ squares, four 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangles, two 2.5″ X 6.5″ rectangles

Quilt Assembly

Download the Quilts of Valour Bento Box Block Pattern and follow the instructions. Sew five rows of six blocks to make a quilt approximately 60″ x 72″ (30 blocks total).

•  We encourage you to make blocks from Northcott® fabric, using the Oh Canada! line or any other beautiful line from Northcott.
•  You are welcome to use your fabric stash (we know you have one!) for red, whites, creams and yellow.
•  You can use the yellow block at your discretion. Both versions look wonderful.
•  No borders are necessary, simply layer, quilt and bind.
•  We ask that you also supply the binding for any Brave and Bold top you donate.

Your finished quilts, tops and blocks can be sent to a local QOVC representative or bring quilts, tops and blocks to Quilt Canada 2020 in Edmonton, AB, June 18 to 20, 2020. Questions? Please contact Mary Ewing, or Robbie Chapman.


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