Island Quilter Creates Quilt of Valour

Island Quilter Creates Quilt of Valour

My name is Carol Smith and I looked into Quilts of Valour Canada (QOVC) after Moda Fabrics came out with their 150 Canada Anniversary fabric collection called "With Glowing Hearts" in August 2016. The choices of red and white fabrics, plus my desire to do a quilt with maple leaves, gave me the idea for the quilt shown in the photo.

Island Quilter Creates Quilt of Valour

Quilts of Valour-Canada Society "supports injured Canadian Armed Forces members, past and present, with quilts of comfort." Their goal is to present 10,000 members with a quilt by 2018, to honour them for their service and commitment to our country. Already 9,369 quilts have been donated and now my "Canada 150 Quilt" will be added. Check out their website at

Modifying an Eleanor Burns quilt pattern, I started out with fifteen inch blocks, which turned out to be too large. Visit the St. Joseph Island Quilt Show to see what I did with those blocks. I reduced the maple leaf block size to 10 inches. Then I added borders & sashing to reach the QOVC minimum requirements of 55 x 70 inches. All materials used on a QOVC quilts have to be made from 100% cotton, including the batting, which gives a quilt its thickness and warmth.

Pat at Life's A Stitch in the Soo, saved me when she found the two toned sashing that makes the quilt top "pop". Once the top was completed I submitted a photo to QOVC to see if it would be accepted. In answer, I received an official label and instructions on where to send it after the quilt show.

Shawna Deplonty of Aba Daba Quilts and Machine Quilting,  quilted the pantograph "Calming Waters" at no charge as her contribution to the project. Of course, I could not have completed the quilt without all the advice and encouragement from the St. Joseph Island Community Quilters and Norah McGuire's Monday Morning Quilt Cult.

Submitted by Carol Smith, Resident of St. Joseph Island

*Carol's Quilt of Valour will be on display at the Quilt Show this weekend. Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am-4pm at the Public School in Richards Landing.