The quilt campaign for the Canuck Place Children’s Hospice is beginning early this year. We already have 16 quilters/sponsors and the kits are cut and ready to go for the middle of January. (It takes 16 wins throughout the playoffs to win the Stanley Cup.)
In April 2011 we kicked off the campaign by pledging a quilt for every win of the Vancouver Canucks on their way to the Stanley Cup. There was great excitement in that first year with the Canucks doing so well, inspiring quilters and sponsors to get on board to provide quilts for the children and families. The quilts were individualized by the addition of favourite players names, team linemates, and special achievements of the Canucks over their 40 year history. We delivered 15 “winning” quilts plus two more for good measure.
In 2012 we decided to follow the same premise as the Canucks looked like they had another shot at the Stanley Cup. After the 3rd loss I tossed and turned all night worrying that we weren’t going to have enough quilts for the children. Shocked & surprised we were to see the Canucks eliminated in the first round and with only one win under their belts. But the quilters and fans really believed in what we were doing and again we delivered 16 quilts to the Children’s Hospice. Quilters and sponsors looked to some of their favourite game memories and players to individulize their quilts, doing an awesome job once again.
And then we get to the 2012-2013 season. Who even knew we were going to see any hockey at all?! This is the 3rd year of the Quilts for Canuck Place campaign. We have found out that we don’t even need hockey to create and give 16 quilts to the children and their families. I had the pattern designed last August and with one email and one phone call we had our 16 quilts. I say it’s time to let the creativity begin!
I’ve got the 2nd quilt on the design wall and will post a picture after it’s quilted. That one is all about “Bieksa’s Buddies,” the hockey players who got together, during the lockout, and raised $200,000 to benefit Canuck Place Children’s Hospice, Canucks Autism Network, and the Canucks Family Education Centre.
Can’t wait for January 19th…Go Canucks Go!!! and Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye