Archive | May, 2011

A gesture of kindness to victims in Japan

20 May

When Northcott began accepting donations and offered to transport your quilt donations to Japan, we had no idea how heart-warmingly generous you would be. I mean, we knew we would have dozens, even hundreds of quilts…but here we are at over 1,500 quilts made by YOU! Wow, it is truly breathtaking to stand back and look at 1,500 quilts all stacked in one place. The countless hours invested in each one, the devotion and care that went into each stitch and seam, the careful placement of colour and design. It was hard not to get choked up just assembling the (many) stacks for our photo shoot! There are so many beautiful quilts. Cathy Miller says it best:

“May this quilt keep you safe from harm
May it be your good luck charm
I do not know your name or the mountains you face
What you hold in your arms is a quilter’s embrace”

While the photos don’t do it justice, it is at least something we can share back with all those who donated a quilt. In some cases many quilts. If you have ever felt like contributing just one thing doesn’t make a difference, have a look at what happens when 1,500 of you said I CAN make a difference. Each quilt received will be a blanket of love that someone will cherish for years to come. When tragedy strikes, it is sometimes the simple kindness of others that can be the hope that’s enough to make it through.

Today our staff has packed up the last of the remaining quilts. We will be shipping out the many boxes in short order. In addition to those already  mentioned in earlier posts, we would like to recognize the following contributors of quilts or supplies that will be packed and sent to Japan. If your name has been left off of this list, we sincerely apologize. Your quilt was not missed in the final packing.

• Castilleja Cotton, Calgary, AB

• Keepsake Quilters Guild, Sicamous, BC

• Brampton Quilt Guild

• Hilltop Quilters Guild, Hamilton, ON

• Marion MacGowan

• Cookstown (Country Cove), Kingston, ON

• Ionne McCauley, BC

• Candy Mullins, Mississauga Quilters Guild

• Jeff of Evelyn’s Sewing Centre

• Bev Smith, Warm ‘n’ Cozy

• Mayflower Quilter’s Guild

• Jannette Binder, Strathroy

• G. Bleakney, QC

• Louise Nykifourk

• Susan Cameron, Rouge Valley, QC

• So Creative, Strathroy, ON

• Cini of Cindy Bee’s, Espanola – Sudbury – Manitoulin

• The Piecemaker’s Bee of Halifax, NS

• Creemore House of Stitches

• Etobicoke Quilters Guild

• Judy Messenger

• Genie Green of Parksville, BC

• Markham Town Quilters Guild

• Quilters Cupboard, Uxbridge

• Sew Have Fun

• Quilting Gnome in Jacksons Point, ON

• Stone Cottage Crafts in Midhurst, ON

• Quilter’s Dream of Burlington, ON

• Threads that Bind, Maxwell, ON

• Creative Sewing, Kitchener, ON

• Oakville Quilters Guild

• Ye Old Fabric Shoppe, Stratford, ON

• Green Wood Quiltery, Guelph, ON

• Sara Nedd, Qualicum Beach, BC

My First Quiltmakers Blog Tour!

3 May

Fellow Quilters,
  Today is my day to post a blog on the Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Volume 3 Blog Tour, so if you are new to my blog – WELCOME!  I hope you come back to visit often, or even subscribe.  Being invited to join “100 Blocks” is such an honor – I’m tickled pink to be included.  The blog tour is actually what got me into the blogosphere.  To see all of the other participants, visit

   My High Tea block is on page 57.  It uses Northcott’s High tea 10th Anniversary collection.  I combined this block with a simple Snowball block to create this pretty twin/double quilt.
I also played with 3 other new Northcott collections to show you how the block may look in completely different fabrics.
  Midnight Madness keeps the black background, and here is a lap version of the quilt.

Snow Queen has a dark ground, but I used a light fabric in the alternate snowball blocks.
I also chose the lovely Leading Ladies Encore collection to show you how this block looks with a light background.  I like them all!  What about you?  Leave a comment by midnight tonight and let me know your favorite, and your name will be entered for a chance to win a copy of “100 Blocks Volume 3”.  I may throw in some fabrics from your favorite too!