Monday, 19 September 2011

Over Half Way There

Did a count today and as of Sat. Sept. 17th 402...yes 402 households have received their quilts. What an amazing world of quilters there are out there. So only another 330 households to go ....As well a total of 340 quilts have been given to children in these homes. That makes a total of 742 quilts gifted .

The past three weeks since the Quilt Show have seen another 187 quilts arrive from Whitecourt, Brooks,Fort Saskatchewan,and Drayton Valley in Alberta....Barriere and Houston in B.C....Thunder Bay and Burlington in Ontario, well as Yellowknife...P.E.I. and Nutrioso,Arizona. Thank you..thank you each and every one of you.

If you are just learning of this project and would like to donate a quilt it is the household size that we keep falling short on now. Size for them has varied from a small lap quilt to bed size .
Arrival of the quilts from Brooks,Alberta

Diane came in to let me know how much she loved the quilt her friend had choosen for her and agreed to a picture.

Quilts from another one of the Maritime Provinces ..P.E.I arrived with ones from Yellowknife. A quilter from Yellowknife brought them back with her after her vacation in P.E.I. this summer.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Quilts and Smiles

Judy,Fran,Lloyd and Doug from Barriere,B.C.

The arrival of the quilts from Barriere,B.C.

It was another week of quilts and smiles. I love seeing these smiles and know by the smiles what these quilts are doing for everyone . It was an extremely busy week beginning with lots of quilts being picked up that had been choosen at the quilt show. More names were added and still more quilts choosen. We had a total of 97 new quilts arrive including 86 that Judy &Doug and Fran &Lloyd delivered from Barriere, B.C. They made a holiday of it and even spent a couple days here in Slave Lake. They had lots to share having gone through the fire there 8years ago and a few of the ones that lost their homes here in Slave Lake  came in and met them. Thank you fro making the trip out here and was so great to meet you.
As of Saturday, August 27th 359 households have received their quilts along with 307 children from these homes for a total of 666 quilts having been gifted.  Approxiamately 850 -900 quilts have been donated so far. I have established a better system of keeping track of the ones coming in and I appoligize that initially I wasn't writing all the numbers that were coming in down and just keeping a running total in my head  so therefore the estimate. Also it seems likethere is  a large number  that haven't been given out but majority are younger children size that are remaining .
Please let me know if you or someone you know donated this quilt. This lady is the lucky recipiant and she loves it.

Monday, 22 August 2011

"THE QUILT SHOW" and The Week Leading Up To It

This was the delivery that arrived from Okotoks  with just a sampling of the quilts in it. The quilts were from ladies in Okotoks and High River.
The days leading up to the Quilt Show were very busy ones with quilts arriving almost daily.  This week we had quilts arrive from Okotoks and High River that were very generously transported by Highway 9 and  Grimshaw Trucking . We also had ones arrive this week from Flatbush , Kinuso, Biesiker,Bonnyville, Lacombe,Ponoka, Camrose,High Prairie ,Slave Lake in Alberta as well as  another drop-off from Yellowknife for a total of 101 new quilts.
Karen And Bob who drove all the way from Beiseker just to deliver the quilts from there. They camped overnight and even came down and took in the Quilt Show. Great to meet you Karen and Bob and thank you!!

Ruth and Mike dropped off another delivery from Yellowknife. Thnaks once again Yellowknife.

This is my sister Judy   from Camrose who brought quilts with her from Camrose,Ponoka,Bonnyville and Lacombe. She also helped out at the show on Saturday. Thanks so much Judy.

This is the beautiful quilt donated by Dixie  Dilts from Lacombe that was part of the delivery Judy brought.

We took 182 quilts to display on Sat. ....the weather behaved perfectly and the attendance was great. Many new names were added to the list and 84 quilts were gifted with around 50 more households having their quilts now. That is just the numbers from the show so I will give an update to where we are at a later time once I have done the count. All in all I was very pleased with the outcome and I am sure that just with the attention the quilts received word will continue to get around and more new names will continue to be added. Thank you to all the wonderful ladies of Slave Lake that came out Saturday to help out as well as to my husband Ron for all he did which was a lot!!! Enjoy the pictures!!

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Another Busy Two Weeks

Another two weeks have passed and 97 new quilts have arrived . The quilts have come via Canada Post,Greyhound and Purolater as well as being hand delivered and picked up. They have come from Arizona, Nova Scotia,B.C. Ontario as well as Wainwright,Mundare and Calgary  in Alberta and I mustn't leave out our many local contributers.  On Wed. evening of this week my husband Ron and I took a road trip into Edmonton after the store closed at 5pm to pick up quilts that had been sent to Pat White at Sew Devine again. Was a quick trip but wonderful to see Pat again and meet her husband Mike and their children. Thanks Pat for continuing to act as a drop-off  .

Most of these quilts have already been given to their new families . I have been going through the quilts still in the shop and trying to find some to represent all the wonderful indivduals,groups or communities in the "Blanket Slave Lake With Love Quilt Show" this coming Saturday,August 20th. For more information on the show please refer to the previous posting. Can't wait to share pictures from the show with you all next week.