Stitches from the Heart Quilt Guild members stitched together 3 beautiful quilts from Honour Blocks that were sewn by over fifty anonymous community members who wanted to show their respect and admiration for Veterans living in the Algoma District.
“Because we hosted our 2019 Quilt Show at the Royal Canadian Legion, we selected a poppy theme to honour our brave and selfless veterans for their service and dedication” stated Sandy Marshall who organized two quilt block challenges; a Poppy Block Challenge for our Guild members and an Honour Block Challenge for community members.
The Honour Block Challenge encouraged community members to sew a 10 ½” unfinished Log Cabin block using red, white and yellow fabric based on a pattern that was provided by the Quilts of Valour through the Guild. The colours were significant as the yellow center square was to symbolize the welcoming light in the window and the red and white on either side of the log cabin was to represent Canada. “We had a wonderful response to the challenge as citizens were happy with an opportunity to do something special for our veterans” stated Marshall, organizer of the first community challenge hosted by the Guild, “We were hoping to get enough blocks to make one quilt for a local veteran but the response was incredible. We ended up receiving 57 blocks. One was actually mailed to us from Florida!” About a dozen Guild members volunteered their time and expertise to make three beautiful and unique quilts from the blocks submitted by community members.
Guild members also took part in a Poppy Block Challenge as part of the 2019 Quilt Show but were given the freedom to design their own quilt blocks as long as the fabric included white and red fabric. Twenty-six members submitted beautiful and unique blocks which were stitched into three stunning quilts that were also gifted to local veterans. A total of 6 quilts were made to honour local veterans.
“We are proud to announce that all six Quilts have been accepted by Quilts of Valour who have the highest of standards as the quilt must reflect the level of gratitude that they want to demonstrate to the recipient. As a result, each quilt has the special Quilts of Valour label attached to it.” stated Cindy Connell, Co-Chair of the 2019 Quilt Show Committee.
The Quilts of Valour quilts were presented to six extraordinary veterans from the Algoma District by representatives of the Sault’s Stitches from the Heart Quilt Guild during a special Anniversary Awards meeting that was organized by the Royal Canadian Legion.
The quilts were gifted to front left to right Veterans Laurie MacKenzie, Harold Soderlund, Tammy Guay, Alan Fell, Ed Rowe and Harold Quick by Guild members back left Cindy Connell and Sandra Johnson.
“It is a privilege to live in a country that allows all citizens the freedoms we have here in Canada. We wanted to thank Veterans for their service to our Country and for their personal sacrifice in the line of duty” stated Sandra Johnson, Quilts of Valour Co-ordinator, who worked with the local Royal Canadian Legion to select veterans to receive this special gift.
“The Stitches from the Heart Quilt Guild would like to thank all 50+ community members who took part in the Challenge” stated Cindy Connell, 2019 Quilt Show Co-Chair, “your quilt block was sewn into a beautiful quilt that reminds the recipient daily that ‘we remember’ and offers a warm hug every time they use it.”
Quilts of Valour is a non-profit organization established in 2006 to distribute quilts that are handmade with love, respect and gratitude to acknowledge a veteran’s sacrifice to Canada.
They support injured Canadian Armed Forces members, past and present, with quilts of comfort. Their mission is to ensure that injured Canadian Forces members are recognized for their service and commitment to our country. Quilts of Valour has a goal to present over 20,000 injured Canadian Armed Forces members and veterans with a special quilt by the end of 2020.
The Royal Canadian Legion – Branch 25, located at 96 Great Northern Road, Sault Ste. Marie, ON, serves veterans and their dependents, promotes remembrance and acts in the service of Canada and its communities.
Stitches from the Heart Quilt Guild was formed in 1992 and has 128 members all of whom enjoy quilting. You can see some of the spectacular quilts that members have made by going to the Stitches from the Heart Quilt Guild website at saultquilts.com