We’ve seen our quilting community rally after the Fort McMurray fires, and saw it again following the Pulse club shooting. This time it’s my local Montreal Modern Quilt Guild that has put out a Call to Action. They are asking for help in supporting the families affected by the shooting that occurred on Sunday January 31, 2017 in a Québec City mosque during prayer time.
The intent is to collect Quilted House Blocks to create quilts that will be donated to the families impacted.
There has already been a great response to the request and people from around the world have been participating, sharing their support and expressing their concerns for those affected. As I write this, there are currently 209 Instagram posts using the #quiltsforqc hashtag; and that’s just a little over a week after the call went out!
The Montreal Modern Quilt Guild has provided several links to quilted house block tutorials and Pinterest offers plenty of inspiration as well!
I wanted to design my own to bring a little extra diversity and love to the final quilts that will be made. So far, I’ve already tackled a few blocks. And hope to sneak in a few more before the deadline in early March.
To help anyone interested in participating, I’ve put together a free quilted house block pattern called Québec House that you can find here.
It’s an easy block that comes together really quick. It’s also a perfect fabric scrap buster if you’re looking for ways to make a little dent in that overflowing bin we all seem to have J
If you want to design your own, here are the quilt block requirements:
- blocks should be 12.5" square
- solid and non-figurative print fabrics are best (i.e.: no images of people or animals)
- it would be nice to have the background fabric be a light neutral (white, light grey, cream, low-volume prints, etc.) if possible
- the house can be as simple or as complex as you like, feel free to improvise and customize
- if you are located in Montreal, you can bring your completed blocks to the Montreal Modern Quilt Guild’s February 14th meeting or to the February sew-in on the 18th
You can also mail in your completed blocks to:
Montreal Modern Quilt Guild
c/o Atelier Fiber Arts
3993 rue Wellington
Verdun, Quebec, H4G 1V6
Be sure to spread the word on social media using the #quiltsforqc tag!
Sometimes there is a little good that comes out of horrible events and, although quilts won’t fix the problem, the rally of support the quilting community is showing demonstrates there is still a lot of love in this world. And knowing there is some comfort headed to the families affected by this tragedy truly warms my heart.
Whether you make a block or a few, spread the word or just send positive thoughts, any help you can lend to this call to action would be greatly appreciated. Sometimes it is the little actions that count – let’s make it count.