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Quilts for Survivors Project

Westshore Quilters' Guild has an ambitious goal - to make 50 quilts through 2024 and early 2025, and to gift them to Indigenous Survivors of Residential Schools on Vancouver Island.

Project Progress Bar - Completed Quilts To Date

We are inviting members from quilt guilds, quilters, sewists, and members of the community to come together to make these beautiful quilts.  

Community Sew Days

We will be hosting 6 Community Sew Days.  The sew days will start at 10am and finish at 4pm, and the dates are:

Wednesday, June 5th

Saturday, July 6th

Saturday, September 7th

Saturday, October 12th

Saturday, December 7th

Saturday, January 11th, 2025

All sew days will take place at the Church of the Advent, at 510 Mt. View Avenue, in Colwood.  A sandwich lunch will be provided, as well as coffee and tea.

How You Can Participate

If you are interested in participating, come to one of our Community Sew Days!  Everyone is welcome to join in.  

Bring a sewing machine, if you have one.  We will provide a pattern and the fabric needed to make a quilt top, and work together to make the quilts during each Community Sew Day.  If you don't have a sewing machine, you may be able to help with pressing, assisting others to make blocks, or hand sewing binding.  

Why Quilts for Survivors?

Westshore Quilters' Guild members use our quilting skills to make quilts for several community organizations.  In 2022, Guild members celebrated International Quilting Day by making a number of Quilts for Survivors. Inspired by this effort, the Guild wanted to have a greater impact in our communities by gifting quilts to Indigenous Survivors of Residential Schools on Vancouver Island.  

 

You are invited to contribute your skills to our effort.  Participants who join us in this opportunity are taking a meaningful personal step towards reconciliation.  We hope that our gifted quilts will provide solace, warmth, and a tangible symbol of solidarity to recipients on the Island, fostering an atmosphere of healing, understanding, and inclusiveness. 

More Information

To learn more about Quilts for Survivors, visit the Quilts for Survivors website with information on the history and program goals.  

To learn more about reconciliation, visit the National Centre for Trush and Reconciliation website.  You can also read the 94 Calls to Action, and learn more about progress to date.  

Questions

Have a question about one of our upcoming Community Sew Days or about our project goal?  Want to know how you can help?  Contact us at wsqgprograms@gmail.com.

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