September 14: Our seventh delivery day to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice was just as exciting as the previous six. There’s just something so special about this day. This year was a little different in that we delivered in mid September instead of our usual August dates. The really nice thing about this, and it just magically worked out this way, was our mini quilt show to the quilters at our September Sewing Day. We had a few new quilters who got to see first hand what we had been doing since April 2011.
Over the last five years we’ve spent a few days having a quilting/binding marathon. We did things a little differently this year. Jackie was in town and Joan put her to work piecing backings for the quilts she would do on Mabelline in between customer quilts. I quilted a couple at home and made a couple of trips to Tsawwassen to bind & label quilts. Nine quilts were long arm quilted and the other seven done on domestic machines.
The staff at Canuck Place were pretty happy with what they saw. We laid the quilts out in the Great Room and staff came in to take a look. Two were snapped up to be auctioned off at the Gift of Time and Gift of Love galas in October & February.
The picture on the right was from our first delivery day in August 2011. All the quilts had names and numbers of the players. All work was done in blue, green and white. This year we had a variety of colours and appliques and it all looked awesome, taking nothing away from, but adding to, the original I Believe in Blue quilt pattern. To see larger versions of these pictures, click on the photo. You can also see all the quilts on Maple Leaf Quilters Facebook page under the album I Believe in Blue 2017.
The lovely Nicole from Canuck Place presented MLQ with this thank you card. “To my ‘Quilting Queens.’ Thank you so much for the time, talent and heart you pour into each and every one of these quilts. We are so grateful!”
Joan and I echo this message to Doris Beckthold, Wanda Shortridge, Jackie Hatfield, Deborah Snider, Patricia Rose, Ruth McIntosh, Juli Bartholet, Lynn White, Gail MacDonnell, Kathy Campbell & Liz Tius. Yes, YOU are amazing!! As well, a thank you to Lorraine Stanley, Denise Jury, Mickey Daniels & the Strubey & Hofmann families who sponsored quilts again this year.
Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye