Sunday, February 05, 2017

What can a quilter do?

What can anyone do when something as horrible as last Sunday's attack at a mosque in Québec City happens in one's country? If you're not Canadian, you might not even have heard about it. But it hit me hard. Not because I'm muslim. Not because I'm Québeçoise. But purely because I am Canadian and this happened in my country to people who were praying in their holy place. Just praying.

Deep breath. Okay. I've mentioned before that sometimes I feel paralyzed by situations to large for me to fix. But then I make something and sew some extra love in. It's corny as hell and I don't care. This week, I've been sewing some extra love into these...

Montréal Modern Quilt Guild (the other MMQG) has made a call to action.  "Nous sommes avec vous. Vous êtes chez vous... We are with you. You are at home" as said the Premier of Québec last Sunday. That said, we're making homes. House blocks to be made into quilts for each of the six families who lost someone at the mosque. And if there are enough, for each person injured. 

My blocks are paper pieced Heart of the Home blocks from Ellison Lane Handmade. They're not the 12 inch called for, but I'll add another border to bring them up to size.
I'm a little ashamed to say that I had to Google to determine what colour was significant to followers of Islam. Once I realized it was green, it was a bit of a "duh" moment.
Though I declared 2016 as the Year of the Stash, I'm still trying to work from my stash and scraps as much as possible. There's just so much good stuff in there.
If you happen to be newish to the paper piecing thing, I highly recommend the Add A Quarter Inch ruler (and not just because it has part of my blog name in it!).  I use mine constantly!
I'm working on my third block and am hoping to get a few more done before our Maritime Modern Quilt Guild meeting this week. We're gathering a bunch up and sending them en masse to Montréal.
So there you have it. A heart of Islamic green sheltered by a home of Québeçois blue with extra love sewn in. And a quilter who feels like she's at least done something.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Or good quilters. Not today... not in my country... not if I can sew extra love in. If you'd like to get involved, check out this blog post for more details. Thank you so much, Montréal Modern Quilt Guild, for your leadership on this important project! 



  1. Good work! I, too, was horrified and deeply bothered by the events. Lynn has organized a quilt from our little corner of Canada and, like you, I feel like I can help in that way.

  2. There is nothing corny about sewing extra love into quilt blocks or quilts. I am so glad you were able to channel that into these and I hope that the quilts that are made from them have an extra special glowing warmth.

  3. I think this is a wonderful way to turn nervous negative energy into positive energy. The only way to combat the negativity in the world is to turn it around into love. I had not heard about the bombing :(

  4. What a wonderful thing you are doing. Lovely blocks!

  5. Thank you for using your talent to do something positive for those who lost a loved one in this horrible act of terrorism. It's been in some of the the news in the US, but not everywhere. I'm sad to say that how it was covered here has been deeply political.

    Your work of love is important and necessary.

  6. Your blocks are great. I'm going to try to get one or two made before Thursday. Thanks for the tip on the green.

  7. Your blocks are beautiful and I can see the 'extra love' you put in to them. As a member of the Montreal MQG, I thank you for these. We cannot wait to start putting all these gorgeous blocks into quilts.


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