Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Canada Day Celebrations

Two days ago (July 1) I celebrated Canada Day by cutting out the pieces for my contribution of  8 blocks to Quilts of Valour - Canada (see ). These quilts are given to Canadian Armed Forces personnel who have been injured in the line of duty as a way of thanking them for their service and providing comfort and moral support.

It seemed an appropriate thing to do as I recalled that Newfoundland has, since the first world war, remembered the sacrifice of hundreds of soldiers of the NL regiment who gave their lives at the battle of Beaumont Hamel in France on July 1st. As a girl, I was one of the crowd of people who gathered at the War Memorial in St. John's to pay tribute to that momentous event in Newfoundland's history. It was always very moving to hear the Last Post being played by the solitary bugler and watch wreath after wreath being laid in deepest respect for the sacrifice of so many of Newfoundland's young men.

My blocks will join other blocks donated from across Canada and be sewn together into quilts for the Quilts of Valour - Canada project "quilted hugs from across the nation."

The fabrics in these blocks are from Northcott's  Stonehenge line. Linda  Ludovico  created the fabric collection  OH CANADA in support of Quilts of Valour - Canada. Northcott is sponsoring QOV through the sales of this line.
My blocks are very simple, but go the QOV website using the link above and you will see the amazing variety of blocks and quilts that have been donated so far to this great cause.
Happy Quilting!