Thursday, 15 October 2015

Victoria Quilts

Victoria Quilts is a great program that provides quilts to people with cancer in Canada. You can find them here at http://www.victoriasquiltscanada.com/index.html It is one of the many charities that take donated quilts and a great cause.
 This quilt became part of the Victoria quilt story when my quilting friend Joyce brought a quilt top to our Monday night meeting of the Fabric Stashers quilt guild and said she didn't want it and wondered if I could use it. Never one to turn down a bargain (this was a huge quilt!), I took the top home, thinking I might take it apart and make two quilts for Victoria Quilts sometime in the future.
 After a few times of spreading it out and looking it over, and talking it over with my long-arm quilter Marie, it was decided that we would leave the quilt top intact. She would quilt it, I would list it in my Etsy shop and when it sold, the profits would be donated to Victoria Quilts. I found a backing fabric, and brought it to Marie's for quilting.
 Fast forward a few more weeks and I receive a request for a queen size quilt for a Christmas gift. Not having any currently made and ready to ship, I sent off a quick response that I didn't have one and was not taking any more custom until 2016. Later that day, I remembered this quilt top that was waiting for quilting. I sent a note back to the customer that I did have something, not one that I personally made, but would be great for her husband's Christmas gift.

She loved the quilt and the fact that the funds would go to such a great cause! So, a quilt top that someone no longer wanted became a beautiful gift for a special person and enabled a good donation to a great cause!

Do you donate to any special causes? Have you got a project that is sitting in your closet that you no longer love? I would love to hear how you give back to your community!

--Ann