Backups…they’re awesome!

Over the years I’ve had a lot of sewing machines. I have collected them for a variety of reasons. Some I’ve used extensively, some were needed just because they were antiques and had to have a home. Many were left behind when I left Powell River.

<— This Kenmore model 1941 came with me and was hanging out and taking up space. I had someone ask about purchasing a machine and thought maybe it was time to unload a machine or two. It is a beauty, a non computerized machine which means you can do all the maintenance yourself. I pulled it apart and oiled and cleaned it. It has a great carry case and that helps to keep her nice and clean. When I was finished I thought I should take it for a drive. I had been working on some Christmas Mile-a-Minute blocks and decided to add to the block total. What a fun time it was sewing with this machine. I made another twelve 11″ blocks. The stitching is awesome. The sound is awesome. I don’t care what anyone says, these old machines need to be used more often. Yes, they are heavy and you don’t want to pack them around but you sure do want the stitches they produce. This machine isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. ;) I guess I’d best start looking for a quarter inch foot, she already has a quilting foot. Have a Little Faith in Me <– ;) I’m sure we can all relate to shedding a few tears over our sewing mishaps and machine blips. Enjoy.

Last August I wrote about both Joan’s and my Featherweight 221 machines. I used mine at our annual Pt Roberts retreat to complete my Bali Pops quilt, Tideline Splash. I’ve also taken her to Victoria and Comox. It’s the perfect size. The table extension is pretty cool too. Did I mention how awesome it sounds? And the stitching? Quilting small items is a lot of fun on this old girl. Betty is my official travel/backup machine and I can’t wait to take her on another road trip.

Back to thinking about unloading some of these extra machines. I still have the Janome Memory 7 that I wrote about (June 2014) when I switched machines to my big Janome Horizon 8900 QCP. They’re computerized so need to go into the shop for servicing. Maybe the Memory 7 can leave home? I don’t count the other two Singers I have as they are antiques and make nice table tops. :D <– This makes me laugh as I was deep in conversation with a woman at work the other day and she was telling me how she was unloading her extra machines. She has at least one serger that is looking for a new home and wondered if I would like to buy it. I managed to escape without it…hmmn.

Below is my first ever machine. I have fond memories of sewing my dolls clothes on this machine.

I received this machine for Christmas in 1961. It is a Singer made in Great Britain. It’s a hand crank that produces a chain stitch. This means it doesn’t need a bobbin. Right now it is minus a needle as I haven’t been able to find the correct size. I’d like to think it would be cool to make a dolls quilt on this little girl.

How many machines do you have? and use?

Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye


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December 2019 Christmas Sew Day

The last MLQ sew day of the last December in the decade happened on December 14th. This Sew day started out as usual with catching up and sewing. Then it was a call to the table to enjoy our pot luck lunch. Special thanks to Joan for that amazing tourtiere & Kathy for her awesome tree shaped rum cake.

After lunch we did our Secret Santa exchange and then it was on to the Ugly Sweaters!  ^Joan’s crew neck Grinch sweater.  This year we decided to make ugly sweater blocks. Those participating in making this very cute block would then be eligible to win the blocks. This pattern was designed by kidgiddy at


Jenny was the first to take Joan up on the challenge and she did indeed make an #UglySweater. There were ten completed blocks with one more block nearing completion. The winner of these blocks was Kadi, and she just happened to be the one who was still finishing her block. Can’t wait to see these 10″ paper pieced blocks all made up into a quilt.

The week before the party I went to Comox to visit Jackie and we decided to make some ugly sweater blocks. Well, truth be told, Jackie didn’t really know what I was talking about when I said let’s make some ugly sweaters!! :D

I’d taken Betty, my Featherweight 221, and a box of Christmas fabrics with me to Jackie’s. We sat down to stitch and before long we were stitch ripping and cursing. Mike gave us some Rum & Eggnog to help us along. It didn’t really help. ;) We stopped for a delicious duck dinner (thanks Mike) and then decided to finish our sweaters. We didn’t count the hrs that went into this 10″ block but I’m sure there was at least 4!! Those first two blocks were full of mistakes but they went into the sweater pile anyway. Sunday morning we decided to give the V-Neck sweaters a go. No sooner did we say, “Hey, this is way better!” than we were ripping out stitches. But once we got past the initial ripping we completed two more sweaters and they too went into the pile.

These two sweaters are definitely the best of the four we made. These last two only took us 2 1/2 hrs each. I might not have mentioned that these are paper pieced blocks. There is something about paper piecing. Sometimes it’s easy to do and other times it’s confounding! Best part of this project was spending the weekend with Jackie and Mike and then getting to go to a MLQ Sew Day Christmas party and share them with everyone else.

I Wish Christmas Could Last Forever by Sean McCann, enjoy.

Merry Christmas and Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye


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Some Summer Sewing

August was a very busy month at the sewing machine. Not only did we have an #IBelieveInBlue quilting marathon but we had a wedding shower to prepare for. As reported earlier the Maple Beach Quilters filled a wicker basket with all kinds of wonderful items. The Apron has been much used at our beach retreat ;) so I decided to make Kadi an apron…using a vintage pattern that  I inherited from my grandmother. This pattern would be from Kadi’s great great grandmother, Sarah Tilt. It was a mail order pattern through the Vancouver Sun, dated October 1951. It cost $.35 and another $.02 to mail it.

This is what it says on the mailing envelope: Here is your ANNE ADAMS Pattern. This pattern, pre-tested for perfect fit, is simple to sew. Illustrated instructions show you every step of the way to insure complete satisfaction. Be sure to read the ANNE ADAMS feature regularly in our publication. On the pattern instructions: Made only in Misses’ Apron Sizes Small (14-16) Medium (18-20).  Apron with self fabric bias binding… (it goes on to list size of fabric needed. For purchased binding it requests 7 1/2 yds for the small sized apron)…NOTE–100lb feedbag or 39″ fabric can be used for aprons with purchased binding.

I learned to sew on a treadle machine when I was 6 yrs old but didn’t really start sewing with a pattern until I was 13 yrs old. I’ve read a lot of patterns, learned to draft patterns, taken classes in lingerie making, tailoring, and even the stretch & sew craze. Well this pattern confused me and had me asking another seamstress to read the pattern. I was so happy to know that it wasn’t just me who was having difficulty figuring it out!! I think the biggest problem was you were instructed to match and sew to dots…unfortunately these dots were not marked but punched out of the tissue. And several of these dots hadn’t actually been punched out. :D It’s a very good thing that I have some sewing experience because I just decided to go with what made the most sense.

I also decided to go with making my own binding. The smallest binding I’ve ever made. It needed to be bias & finished at 1/4″ to finish the scalloped edges of the apron. I was originally going to use my Featherweight 221 but since Betty doesn’t have a needle down option I used my big machine that has that option. That’s a lot of slow stitching to get the binding applied properly and a needle down option is like having a third hand!! :)

<— The almost finished apron. There are two apron straps that are done but need to be added during a fitting. Fabric used was Vintage Holiday by Bonnie & Camille for Moda. Did you notice the sizes ^ in the pattern instructions? Since when does a size small fit 14 – 16? It’s a very cute apron. I will make it again but will make some changes to the way it’s assembled.

I’m thinking that perhaps we should do some kind of apron challenge?! Anyone up for it? I’ll get on that for the new year.

The other piece of this summer sewing was a joint venture by Joan and I. I made the top using three Outlander panels. They were cut apart and set between pieces of  Outlander themed fabrics by Andover. The pattern is Tom’s Garden by Denise Olson.

Joan did the quilting in between other customer quilts. We got it done & labeled in time for the September Shower!!

As always, click on the photo to see the larger photo and don’t forget to use your back button!

Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye


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2019 I Believe in Blue Quilt Campaign

September 19, 2019 saw the best part of the 2019 I Believe in Blue quilt campaign, “Delivery Day.” After months of pattern designing, shipping kits, creating quilts, receiving quilts &  flimsies, marathon quilting & binding and finally labeling the quilts…we got to see #LoveHowYouGive at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice happen.

On May 4, 2011 I wrote this: Two of my favourite activities are quilting and watching the Vancouver Canucks play hockey.  With the Canucks in the race for the Stanley Cup I’ve finally decided to get my plan to make quilts for Canuck Place in gear. Canuck Place is a hospice for children living with life-threatening conditions & is family centered in its care. ( ) I’d like to be able to give the children and families as many quilts as the Canucks win games on their way to the Stanley Cup final. My hope is for 16!!! Here’s where I insert “Go Canucks Go!!” I have designed a quilt using Canuck colours of blue, green and white. The two white squares in each of the blocks can be appliquéd or embroidered with your favourite numbers or hockey symbols.

Nine years later! I find that so hard to believe! One hundred and forty eight quilts!! This was the first quilt design, one Crossroads block times twelve. I proposed this to Joan and the Neighbours in the Hood, Wanda and Doris, and then on May 16, 2011 I wrote this:   The dream is a reality. The “I Believe in Blue” quilt pattern and fabric kits are ready to go. We are really pleased with the enthusiasm from quilters and non quilters alike. Canuck fans are purchasing kits for their quilting friends to complete and donate to Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. The staff at Canuck Place are equally enthusiastic to receive these quilts on behalf of the children and their families… I chose to applique “Burrows 14″ on my quilt as I am a huge fan of Alexandre Burrows. Burrows made it to the NHL undrafted, working his way up from the lowest of leagues until he was signed by the Vancouver Canucks. On April 26, 2011 he had the overtime, game winning goal in game 7 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

When the 2011 quilt campaign began I called it the Run for the Cup. In 2012 we decided that we would keep on quilting for the children and their families and changed the campaign to I Believe in Blue. Every year except 2017 & 2018 has a different pattern. You can check out the “Evolution of the I Believe in Blue quilts” in the post written in August 2018. <–this is the 2019 I Believe in Blue quilt pattern. As always all the quilts made are in the I Believe in Blue 2019 album on our Maple Leaf Quilters Facebook page.



After displaying the quilts in the Great Room we had a lovely visit with Robyn that included coffee and <— these very awesome double chocolate cookies. They were so good that both Joan and I each purchased the Canuck Place Cookbook so that we can make our own!!

The year 2011 was also the 40th Anniversary of the Vancouver Canucks hockey team. This year, 2019/2020 season will mark their 50th Anniversary. How awesome would it be if they were able to repeat the 2011 Run for the Cup. And, even as a diehard fan, I have to tell you not to hold your breath! But we can still #BelieveInBlue. ;) :) :D

And to that end <—- this quilt will be the 10th and final #IBelieveInBlue quilt campaign. We will have had an awesome run with our #IBelieveInBlue quilt campaigns, finishing with at least one hundred and sixty four quilts.

As you read earlier, my favourite player is Alex Burrows. I’m so thrilled to have a ticket to go see him inducted into the Vancouver Canucks Ring of Honour on December 3rd!! What a run he had as a Vancouver Canuck…what a run we will have had as #IBelieveInBlue quilt makers for the children and families of Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

An especially loud standing ovation to Doris Beckthold, Wanda Shortridge, Jackie Hatfield and Mickey Daniels for being involved right from day one.

Happy Quilting and #LoveHowYouGive …Valerie Raye

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17 years later

It’s September and we’ve just completed our 17th annual Maple Beach Quilt Retreat. As the years go by  You’ve Got a Friend In Me and that’s the truth of it.

Over these 17 years we’ve had some spectacular weather and we would decorate the front of the cabin with completed quilts and relegate the flimsies to the back clothes line. The weather definitely takes the lead in how the weekend unfolds. <– 2006

This was the way we started out…eating civilized at the breakfast table. Over the years I’m sure we could count on one hand how many times we actually ate this way again. But no matter where or how we ate there was always too much delicious food! <– 2003

And it seems that my favourite meal is breakfast. Breakfast on the porch in the sunshine is always the best. And we are still drinking mimosas, Wanda’s tradition to the retreat.  2018 –>

<– It’s always a great day to be a Maple Beach Quilter. Cheers my friends. :)


Over the years we have found other things to do besides sewing. We’ve played games that included Quilto, Quiltopoly and Strip Poker.

We’ve made felted monkeys, cork monkeys, greeting cards and post cards. Lots and lots of creativity.

As earlier stated, the weather plays a part in what we do. Fortunately in 2011 we had high tide and a full moon for a wonderful “Swimming in the Path of the Full Moon” skinny dip ;) This past retreat the weather didn’t allow too much play at the beach.

We had a couple of fairly stormy days. Adam’s crab boat took a hit and landed on the beach. Fortunately all ended well and we were still able to enjoy some crab.

We always seem to be eating and like the proverbial scrap basket, the food never stops growing!


We had a very special event during retreat this year. A Wedding Shower for Kadi. She is the youngest member of our gang and it’s been a joy to watch her graduate from knitting & playing her guitar to be  a full fledged quilter. <– her 2012 tenth anniversary beach quilt.

We’ve watched her graduate from Simon Fraser University. Go on to Queen’s University to complete her education as a physiotherapist. And now she’s getting married! We are all so proud of the young woman she is. From the Maple Beach quilters Kadi received a basket full of all the things mostly pertaining to all that we do at the cabin every September.

Congratulations Kadi! & of course Hayden!

Over the years we have experienced a lot of ups and downs.  But “We’re more than QUILTING FRIENDS…we are like a really small gang.” Together we can achieve most anything. weather or not permitting. ;)

Don’t You Wish It Was True <– for you Kadi

Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye

PS: thanks again Donna for these awesome tees.


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The Singer Featherweight 221

Betty September 19, 1945I’ve owned this Singer Featherweight 221 since 1993. I purchased it from the lovely Mrs Elizabeth Kotyck for $40. The original receipt shows it purchased from the Singer Sewing Machine Company on East Pender Street in Vancouver for $123.25. I’m thinking that was a very large sum in those days. Mrs Kotyck or Betty, as she preferred to be called, used to tell me stories of living in Holland during the war and German occupation.  I still remember her warning me of the arsenic that was in the water in Kelly Creek, a small community south of Powell River. She knew we were moving to Powell River and wanted me and my family to be “very happy, have good health, good friends…” This woman was amazing and someone I’ll never forget. This machine is named Betty. She is one of 20,000 produced on Sept. 19, 1945.

Joan recently received this little beauty from the family of a woman called Trudy in the Nelson area of British Columbia. She was telling Shelley that she was looking for an industrial machine to sew bellows for the cement plant. (She didn’t want to use my Janome 6600 anymore) Shelley had been asked if she herself would like an industrial machine but wasn’t interested. She asked her friend Stuart if the machine was still available and indeed it was and he was more than pleased to send it to Joan. His mother-in-law had used it for years as a seamstress but had developed dementia and was no longer able to use it. When the machine arrived and Joan took one look at it she said there was no way she was sewing bellows on it for the cement plant! (She has since found a real industrial machine.) This machine is now named Trudy. She is one of 10,000 produced on March 4, 1953.

These machines were built in the UK, Canada and the USA. <— this is Betty’s motor and manufacturing label. This —> is Trudy’s motor and manufacturing information. They both say they are made in Canada. Trudy’s states, St Johns, Quebec.

Below are two excerpts from the Singer Featherweight Shop.

“The Canadian Featherweight History is quite unique and can be a little bit confusing, but hopefully we will be able to shed a little bit of light on the topic.  Canada only produced the Tan 221J Featherweights in their Saint John’s Quebec factory, but they made parts like motors and cases for the Black and White Featherweights that were sold there.  It is speculated that the black and white Featherweight bases and housings were made in the Kilbowie and New Jersey factories, but the machines were finished in Canada.  We do not know why Singer would have done this, but there could have been import charges on finished products, and Singer also wanted to be able to label the machines as “Made in Canada.”

“So, what makes a Featherweight a Featherweight and why is it so lightweight? A Singer Featherweight is limited to the Singer 221 or 222 model classification only and is made of cast aluminum, weighing just over 11 pounds. It also has a quick identifying feature with the sewing surface or bed extension that flips up on the left side allowing it to compactly fit into its case.”

The Singer Featherweight Shop has some amazing reading & tutorials. Check out their website here for tonnes more information. The is a Canadian online company that also sells parts.

Both machines have been in for servicing and we have ordered  1/4″ and walking feet for these girls. We have also ordered the extension tables and they will be here in time for our September quilt retreat. There is a polishing kit that will make these machines shine and protect their decals and paint. Perhaps that will be a winter project.

I confess I have been playing with Betty…and I really should be doing other things ;)    She sews like a dream is a MP4 file that shows her sewing the maple leaf mug rug…that fabric is from my dress from the 1980′s…sewn on another Singer, the 525. And as I was playing with her I was thinking about when I first learned to sew. The sounds of sewing machines have changed and I have to say, I like the sounds of “then” better than the sounds of “now.”

Can’t wait for the September Maple Beach retreat and sewing on Betty with a possible turn on Trudy. Anyone else have a featherweight machine? Story?

Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye, Joan, Betty & Trudy xox

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Canada Day Quilts

Most quilters I know have quilts for certain seasons of the year. Valentine’s Day, Easter, Spring, Summer, Halloween, Christmas. I am amazed at the many Halloween quilts out there. I don’t have any but then it’s never really been anything I’ve been interested in since I made the last Halloween costumes for my sons. I made, and kept, my first Christmas quilt last year. It was a split nine patch scrap quilt, using fabrics from quilts I’d made for others over the years. As I was cleaning out my quilt cupboard I began to realize that my “day” for quilts is Canada Day. I’ve made many over the years including at least 5 quilted flag quilts that I’ve given away. I’ve been hosting a Canada Day party annually since 2006. Since 2015 I’ve lived where I can hang my quilts for display each Canada Day.

There is space for at least 14 quilts, probably more should I have more to hang…and I will next year…perhaps a clothesline in the backyard too! The two banner quilts at the top  left are from the 2017 & 2018 Row x Row quilts from Mrs. Pugley’s Emporium in Amherst Nova Scotia. Perfect for this theme.

<–This is the 2016 RxR from Carola’s in Sechelt. This tag —> is on the maple leaf of my Maple Beach quilt.

<— This is one of my first Canada Day quilts (2009) and it came as a kit from the Quilted Bear in Ladner. The pattern is from Lavender Hutt designs and now out of print. A fellow Canadian saw this quilt online and contacted me for the pattern. She lives in Colorado and wanted to make it for her brother-in-laws golf course office in Ontario. This quilt won a 2nd place ribbon at the Cowichan Exhibition in 2012 for quilting…that was exciting.


The quilt here was an inspiration from a card by Kokirose. The maple leaves were traced from a broad leaf maple tree on my daughter’s property. This is one was finished in 2015. Both of these quilts were recently washed with a cup of vinegar…no red dye running. :)

<– I no longer own this flag, but it was made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our flag. It’s parts of two different patterns.

The flag to the right is one of 5 that I have made, Homecoming by Shania Sunga, 2017.

<—In the spring of 2018 I received this panel in the mail from my friend Judy.  I hadn’t seen any of the bigger quilts that quilters were using the panel in so I just decided to add a border and practice my free motion quilting. It’s a really cool panel and gets lots of comments even though I keep telling people “it’s just a panel!”


<— I’ve got 8 of the 10 flags made for this Oh, Canada! quilt by Cheryl Arkison. I may make more, I’ll just wait and see how it goes. It doesn’t feel as funny as it did to make the Canadian flag in anything but red. This quilt —–> is anything but red and does and awesome job representing Canada. Another Shania Sunga design.

<— 2017 RowxRow from Huckleberries quilt shop, Comox. This was my 2019 contribution to Canada Day.

I have a few other Canadian themed quilts and will continue to make more. Canada Day is definitely my “day” for quilts. Click on the photos if you want a closer look at the quilts.

Happy quilting…Valerie Raye

PS: I guess you could call my other “theme” quilts, Canuck Place quilts. :)

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Oh, Canada!

Just in time for Canada Day! A blog post that is. I’ve only two of the ten blocks I need for the lap size quilt. Quilt is by Cheryl Arkison at I purchased this back in 2013 and am finally getting around to making or at least working on parts of it. This quilt comes with three different layout options and sizes. I’m going with the ten block layout that will be 48″x 60.”

Like most of you I have a giant bin of scraps. It is full and now overflowing. Along the quilting path I would open the lid and chuck the scraps in. It’s amazing how much gets stuffed in there. There is no room left! Time to get at it!!


Anyway, a sewing day or two ago I dug through Joan’s scrap bag for some blue/greens. (She was really hoping that the scrap bag would go to it’s forever home but alas, it returned.) :D Like I really needed to be digging into anyone else’s scrap bin!! ;) These finish at 24 1/2″ x 12 1/2.”

I sorted through the bin last night. Trick is to start with colours and then divide those colours by value. This pile was browns, golds and beiges. Beiges got tossed and the brown & golds separated. These golds have more motif on them than that of the blue/green flag but like most scrap quilts, it works.

I sewed some of the pieces together last night and finished up this morning. This seems a lot faster to piece than the mile-a-minute scrap quilt. I guess I’ll see as there are still waaaay more scraps left in the piles I created!!

<— There are several different coloured piles laying about on my sewing room floor. I want to have my flags on the darker side with the gold one being the lightest. Dare I do a grey/black flag…seems a little blasphemous for a Canadian flag!

I host a Canada Day party every year and like to have at least one new Canadian themed quilt to hang. I saw this Peace Dove panel and knew it was needed. I’m not really fond of panels as they are often printed off grain and so was this one. I dug into my Canadiana stash for the flying geese but couldn’t resist the border fabric. The Way Home to Canada by Jennifer Pugh. This quilt is 40″ x 56.” A really nice size to practice different free motion quilting patterns.

Well here’s to another Canada Day #152! Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye

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Lightning Strikes…Boomerang

I saw this pattern from Jaybird quilts a long time ago and knew that I would have to make it. The pattern includes paper templates but there is a ruler, the Super Sidekick, that makes cutting a little bit, well, a lot easier. As we all know rulers are pretty expensive and I was hemming and hawing about purchasing one. Do I really need this quilt? Of course I didn’t but I really wanted to make it. :D

One day I was visiting with my son while one of his friends was over. I showed Putney the quilt picture and said that I wanted to make the quilt and buy a new ruler, would he like a quilt? Really? Yes! He loves red and so red and black scrappy it would be. I pulled reds and blacks from my stash and a few other stashes I know about. ;) After working on four blue & green Canuck quilts I decided to change it up.

It’s a really simple pattern. Sew two   3 1/2″ strips together and cut. Sew two mirror cuts together to form the diamond. Now the tricky part is to lay out the diamonds in a pleasing setting.

Since I did not use the 23 fat quarter or 1/4yd cuts suggested in the pattern, my layout is more of a straight line zig zag. Guess the next one will be a boomerang!

I’m really looking forward to quilting this one. I will need to make a trip to the LQS to purchase backing fabric but haven’t decided what I will use. Fireside? Hmmn.

In the meantime, I must finish the last two Canuck quilts…and enjoy the faeries in my woodland garden. Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye


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2018 Canuck Quilt Delivery Day

Just a little late writing this post for September 2018. Three of my favourite things: September, porches and quilts for Canuck Place Children’s Hospice. It worked out that delivery day would be in September again this year. All the quilts made the trip to Pt Roberts for the final touches and a small quilt show. I was very content to sit on the porch and work on them.

The quilts took up most of the space but there was a chair or two left for company to sit and visit. 

We used the 2017 pattern again this year. It was popular with the quilters and if it keeps everyone happy, why not? <— The quilt to the left is called Poppy & the Heart Tree. The tree was cut out and appliqued. I used felt fabric pens to colour the hearts. Poppy is an applique, hand drawn by me. I used free motion stitching to add the details to Poppy. I’m so glad that I did a Poppy quilt this year as she passed away on November 14, 2018. We had also purchased the book, The Dog by Helen Mixter, to give to Canuck Place. The Dog in the book was modeled after Poppy.


We arrived at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice on September 13th. It wasn’t a warm sunny day so we laid the quilts out in the sun room. We had just finished getting them laid out for the photography when they had to be moved to the dining room. When the residents need a space in a hurry, you move in a hurry. We scooped them all up and draped them over chairs in the dining room so Nicole could finish shooting pictures and picking the one to go to the Gift of Time Gala in October.

#ThankYouSedins was the quilt chosen to go into the silent auction at the Gala. This quilt looks different but it is the 2017/18 pattern. The blue fabrics are placed in different directions so that it gives it a totally different look. It makes me think of 1st place ribbons. There are several different blues used, all from previous years quilts. The dark blue in the centre is a backing fabric from the 2011 season. I figured this was appropriate since they were the ones there from the beginning and this year was their last year. This is year eight and the total number of quilts is 132! It’s always a great day when we get to see the smiling faces at Canuck Place Children’s Hospice.

Check out all the I Believe in Blue albums on the Maple Leaf Quilters Facebook page to see all the awesome quilts. The 2019 album is starting to fill up too!

Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye

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