Imagine my huge surprize when I was surfing on Facebook & I realized that a friend who lived with me in the same University residence while we were studying for our degrees in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa (we are not saying how many years ago, right?) was actually living here in BC too!!! We have corresponded quite a bit since then. She recently had pics of some lovely quilts on Facebook and she also recently bought a new JANOME sewing machine: the JANOME 4030QDC from our Campbell River Janome Dealer: Sew & Sews Fabrics.
Ann’s FAV features on her JANOME 4030QDC are the speed adjustment capability as well as the lock stitch feature. She is also looking forward to trying out the handlook quilt stitch on a table runner she has ready to quilt. (Check out other blog posts on the hand look quilt stitch by using the search box – top right of the home page of this blogsite).
Ann told me that she has been making quilts for Rose Harbour House – a new Women’s Shelter in Campbell River (a town on northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia). Here is a little information about this worthy cause: The building is actually almost complete now. For women seeking a safe harbour in Campbell River, there will soon be a transition house called “Rose Harbour.” The supportive housing project will be four-stories and have 27-units. It will offer support and counselling services to women as well as a roof over their heads. “Rose Harbour” is being run through the Campbell River and North Island Transition Society and offers a place for women to transition out of homelessness or some other tough situation and establish a rental history for future residences. “It’s not just a place to stay, it’s a second stage housing project,” says Georgette Whitehead of the Women’s Centre. “It’ll make a big difference because they’ll be able to get back on their feet.”
Ann tells me that she got involved with making quilts for them through the Women’s group (UCW) at her church. For the last year they have all been making blankets – knitting, sewing, quilting – so that every bed has a home made blanket when it opens. Some of the units are family units so there will be more than one bed in those units. Ann has made 2 quilts for them:
The Noah’s Ark Quilt was a panel with matching fabric 5” squares for a border. Ann quilted the sun’s rays with multi coloured thread and was very pleased with how that turned out. She then quilted on either side of the seams in the border with multi coloured thread as well. Something that any little child would be happy to see and use.
Ann says: “The other quilt I made used fleece fabric and although it looks really easy – just squares sewn together – It was way harder than I thought it would be basically because I found working with the fleece really difficult. Very hard to cut and get the squares equal sizes and then slippery to quilt – will never try that again!!”