Friday 5 February 2016

Welcome to Canada: A Finished Quilt

Check out the hashtag #quiltsforrefugees on Instagram and you will see the efforts of some local quilters who pooled their resources and had a sew in, as well as collecting quilts from around the Toronto area, to give to newcomers. With the Syrian refugee crisis looming in the media I wanted to do something to contribute and when @happysewlucky posted a call for quilts I got to work putting together something beautiful and scrappy.

Here is Welcome to Canada, a twin-sized quilt heading off to a new Canadian in the near future!
I've had this "design" in my head for ages now. I've often looked at my pile of scraps and wanted to make something just like this. #quiltsforrefugees made it a reality!

There are a lot of gems in there: Lotta Jansdotter, Honeymoon from C+S, Heather Bailey True Colours, Carolyn Friedlander Architextures, Alison Glass Bike Paths, Tim and Beck and on and on. I also used up some of my "not sure what I would ever do with these" scraps because it a scrappy quilt like this they look like they belong. This was especially true for the white-on-white scraps I had remaining from my Candy Cane quilt.

The backing is a Kona red, not sure which one, generously donated by quilty friend A. You can see the grid quilting I did in white Aurafil. Red and white- very Canadian, eh? (Plus you can really see how badly it needs a lint roller before I gift it-thanks, cats). My friend A also donated the batting, a twin-sized pack that was a really good quality.
 Berne, the woman who organized this drive, also printed Spoonflower labels for each quilt, and they're beautiful.

I was hoping for more snow in my picture but it is warm here today and all the snow from yesterday melted!

The binding is a very scrappy rainbow collection of leftover bindings from other quilts. It worked perfectly for this colourful quilt, and makes the back a bit more interesting because the binding pops against the red.

I feel good that I could take something I love to do and use it to help someone who is new to Canada adjust to their new home. I hope there is lots of snuggling underneath it, knowing they are welcome here!

Linking up to Finish It Up Friday with Crazy Mom Quilts.


  1. What a bright and cheery quilt! Sure to make anyone feel welcome. Thanks for giving your talents to this worthy cause.

  2. Beautiful quilt. Proud to be a Canadian!

  3. Gorgeous quilt! For a great cause, too.

  4. Beautiful quilt and I'm sure whatever family gets it will love it. Proud to be a Canadian!!!

  5. Wonderful quilt, and such a great gift!

  6. You did a great job. It will be surely loved by someone. Great idea.

  7. Beautiful quilt and beautiful thoughts!

  8. Love the quilt and the beautiful thought behind it. Well done.

  9. Love it and the sentiment behind it. My in-laws are helping to support a Syrian family in their community and I sent a baby quilt for their youngest. If I can manage it, I'd like to make quilts for their other three children. :)

  10. This is an amazing and innovative scheme to welcome Syrian refugees to Canada. Not only is quilting a craft and a skill, these lovely quilts show how welcoming Canada is the crisis faced by people fleeing war and looking for a better way of life. What could be more welcoming than a warm, cozy quilt for those in desperate need.

    There's a cottage industry here waiting to happen and I hope to see this scheme grow more.

    Jeannette Lewis @ Welcome Pack Canada