Quilting From the Heart, the quilt shop my husband and I own, hosts a quilting retreat twice a year, in the spring and in the fall. For many years now, I send each participant a piece of fabric and challenge them to make a block with the fabric. They then donate the blocks to Quilting From the Heart. My Mom takes the blocks and makes quilt tops, which I then quilt. These tops we donate to Compassion House in Edmonton.
Compassion House is a facility in which Breast Cancer patients can stay while receiving treatment. These women are from outside the Edmonton area, so are often there alone, at a very scary time of their life. My friend Alberta Tritten made it her mission when this facility opened to make sure each and every patient receives a lap quilt to remind them they are not alone in their journey. It is a big project and she receives help from many quilting friends.
The last retreat, our fall retreat, we collected enough blocks to make 3 quilts! We have been able to make 2-3 quilts every retreat and are very pleased at the generous response our ladies have given to this project!