After doing a show and tell of all this years quilts Liz asked for a recount of how this project came to be. As I told the tale it made me laugh how crazy that first year was.
As the story goes we were making one quilt for each win the Vancouver Canucks had on the way to, what we hoped, would be the Stanley Cup. At the time we only made the quilts as the games were won and that made for a very crazy finish. Joan and I were in Powell River on June 4, 2011 teaching a sewing day. The Canucks played and won that night! While visiting at Melinda’s home on Maple Avenue we found her husband hosting a bar-b-que for his crew and watching the game. They were so excited for hockey and our project that they sponsored four quilts on the spot. We started out with five quilters willing to take this on and picked up five more quilters as the Stanley Cup frenzy picked up. The first quilt was started in mid April and the last finished at the end of July, 6 weeks longer than the actual playoffs! We delivered 17 quilts on August 3rd, ending the first I Believe in Blue campaign.
And, as the story continues, the enthusiasm by the quilters and sponsors was so awesome that they wanted to keep making quilts for the children and their families. We’ve just completed our sixth delivery bringing our total number of quilts for Canuck Place to 100. Such an awesome achievement by all the quilters (22) and sponsors (18) over the past 6 years.
The quilts just keep getting better and better. We have moved away from all about hockey themes to themes that would appeal to anyone not actually interested in hockey. ( And I wonder how that can be as I sit here in my Team Canada hockey jersey )
Our mother, Mickey, joined us on delivery day this year. As did Poppy! Juli did an amazing job with the embroidery on this quilt and Poppy and her handler were very pleased. The middle quilt is Burr’s Tribute to LB, #100. The Rookie was a favourite of the staff and they can’t wait to show it to Jake Virtanen, the Canuck’s 2015/16 rookie.
As always, Joan and I feel blessed to have the support of all the quilters and sponsors. We couldn’t do this without you. Sincere thanks to you all.
Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye