Sunday, March 20, 2011

Canadian Quilt of Valour

 So with so many getting in on the Just One Star, including me, I got to thinking we need to make at least one Quilt of Valour for Canadian service personnel. To do this I need some help.

I've designed a quilt and need people to send me some some Maple Leaf blocks. I've provided a pattern here.
We need 16 blocks of Maple Leaf with Stem, and 8 Maple Leafs without Stems, for each quilt. Both blocks are 12 1/2" unfinished. This will give us a 68"x68" quilt.

The Maple Leaf itself should be in medium to dark red, with a white/light background. I'd really prefer no blue in any of the backgrounds used. It's acceptable for the patches to be different fabrics, so scrappy blocks. Canada is a country made up of different ethnicities so why shouldn't a quilt for one who serves her not be made up of different fabrics?
Each quilt will require (8) 12 7/8" squares for the setting triangles. If you like you could send in a square with your blocks. If not that's ok. I should be able to scrounge up some.

If you're a quilt shop who'd like to donate backing/batting, or if you can't do that, sell it to me at cost I would really appreciate it.
Any long-arm quilter willing to quilt this would also be appreciated.

Ideally I'd love every person who sends in to send 2 Maple Leaf with Stem, 1 Maple Leaf without Stem, and 1 12 7/8" square.
If you can only make 1 block that's ok too! I will make up the difference in blocks.

So who's in?

Please make sure you're not set to no-reply if you want to join in. I need to be able to reply to you and give my address. If you don't hear from me that is probably the issue, just send me an email. 

The stem block has a mistake. The stem should read 6 1/2" x 1 1/2". Sorry I've fixed it now.

24 comments:

Sherrill said...

Hey Cara, I'll do one maple leaf without stem and one square to be used for tri's if that's OK. Lemme know when you need them.

Ariane said...

I'd love to join in on this. When do you want them. I think the pattern is wonderful!!! Let me know!!!

Little Creatable said...

I'm in.

Patti said...

I love this idea Cara. I'll pick up some fabric and do as many as I can over the next couple of days. Where do we send them?
Patti

susan said...

I'd love to participate!

LJ said...

I'll help!

Linda said...

I'll get busy asap! Ill email when I need a mailing address.
Lurking Linda

Lizzerd said...

have you seen http://www.ccrquilts.ca/
I'll check my stash for *your* blocks!!

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Patti said...

Has anyone started their stem square yet? I'm having a problem with the 51/4 stem being too short to fit the 4 1/2 square which is cut on the diagonal. Am I doing something wrong? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

Patti said...

Just found the answer to my question. Thanks Cara.

K-Swizzie said...

You can count me in as well, I will sit down and look at my stash and see how many i can make! looking forward to your email!

theqfarm.blogspot.com

K-Swizzie

Mimi said...

This is an awesome idea Cara and I love the design!! I would love to make some blocks and will see if my quilting friend is also interested. Where do I send them and when do you need them?

Peggy said...

Hi Cara I will one without stem and one blank send along.

Valerie said...

Hi Cara - when would you need the blocks by?

Trish said...

I'm in too.

SuperMomNoCape said...

My husband was in the Canadian Army for 25 years before he retired. I'd love to make some blocks for the quilt. When is the deadline for mailing them to you?

Nicole said...

Cara,
Great new site (sorry, behind in reading as I was travelling...).
I would like to participate, or have my little shop contribute somehow (still getting going, hardly a marketing force, but I think it is pretty cool).
For participation I also need to know timing, as I am doing the Creativ Festival in Toronto, have never done this before, and entered last minute....that isn't panic you hear....
For support, send me a note, I can likely come to some agreement on a backing with you and mail it out.
Nicole

Nicole said...

Sorry - I see the email follow up defaults to turned off so you can't find me - that wasn't on purpose!
I turned it on, my store name is part of the email but I don't want to be rude and put it in the comment....get in touch.
Nicole

sandra said...

Hi Cara, let me know when these have to be ready for, I will check my stash and see what I have in red. I just finished 2 blocks for quilts for Japan so I am sure I can do blocks for Canada. Sandra

Chantal said...

Loved chatting yesterday and hope to see you again soon.
Sign me up for this project. I still have one brother active in the military.
I'm sure I can find some red in my wall!

Chantal

Lizzerd said...

in case Cara has not let y'all in on the 'stem' correction, it needs to be at least 7" to make it edge-to-edge (my 6" attempt was a little short). Here's a photo of the three completed blocks:
http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i93/Lizzerd38/Sewing/Liz_CdnQoV.jpg

Quilter said...

Cara
I'll quilt it for you if you would like.
Send me an email if you want me to and I'll arrange to meet you or come pick it up if you want.

luv.my.longarm@gmail.com

blog
http://imaquilter2.blogspot.com

Jess said...

Hi Cara, I'd be willing to do at least one maple leaf (I have to check my stash first!), with or without stem whichever you need more...