Comments – 2018

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Below are some comments received by Victoria's Quilts Canada in 2018. Where requested, the names of the submitters have been edited to protect their privacy.

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"I received one of your precious quilts through a very special friend several months ago. Late in 2017, I was diagnosed with ground glass lesions throughout both lungs and lung cancer in my upper right lobe. Shortly thereafter, my friend was diagnosed with cancer that had metastasized from her ovaries and spread throughout her body. Our relationship, already very close became a very special bond. A friend of hers contacted Victoria's Quilts Canada, and my friend received her precious quilt after her first of many surgeries. She in turn contacted Victoria's Quilts Canada for me, and I received mine shortly after my surgery. It is so beautiful! Has heart-shaped flower patches of so many gorgeous colours! When I wrapped it around me, it felt like I was being hugged by thousands of loving gentle arms and continues to do so every time. A thousand thank yous to each and every one connected with VQC. You are all angels!"
– Debra Ewart, Penticton BC

"I requested a quilt for a friend of mine last week and I think it only took two days have it delivered. I hadn't even had time to tell my girlfiend it was coming. Her husband is the one with cancer. They absolutely loved the quilt. I will be sending you a donation to help you to continue making these wonderful quilts."
– Patricia Stokes, Rockland ON

"Thank you very much for the precious gift that was given to me. I truly appreciate the love and effort that went into making it. Bless you."
– Dianne Gustavsson

"I can’t say enough about this amazing organization. It’s absolutely amazing what all these volunteers do to help bring comfort, joy, a smile, and love to so many. Having requested two quilts for dear friends who are battling cancers I can’t believe how quick they arrived. Both ladies were so surprised, overwhelmed, and so grateful. The quilts are stunning (makes me want to learn to make them). This organization deserves support. Thank you, thank you from the bottom of my heart for the angels that you all are!!!"
– Erika Liver, Thornhill ON

"Received my beautiful quilt today from the Harrowsmith Branch. It is absolutely gorgeous and made with such love that one with cancer truly appreciates. Thank you so much."
– Sharon Parks, Madoc ON

"Thank you very much for the beautiful quilt made by the Portland Branch that was given to me today by my great next door neighbours."
– Ronald Brown, Smiths Falls ON

"First, let me say that I am a cancer patient. When first diagnosed, I was extremely bitter to have this dreaded disease. Now, three months in, and many, many hospital visits later, I have come to accept that I do have cancer and there are many that understand and care about our daily struggles with this disease. One such gentleman from the London group asked if he could could come and see me regarding a quilt. I invited him to come for a chat, as I was unsure as to what he was referring to. To my extreme surprise, he came over and explained why he was there, and I was a bit taken back as he presented me with a beautiful quilt that I will cherish always. Thanks again to the London group."
– Brian Ramsey, London ON

"I just received a beautiful quilt today! What a wonderful surprise! Thank you so much for this amazing service. It sure makes a gal feel special. You are truly kind and giving volunteers to offer such a precious gift. Much love."
– Chris Miller, Regina SK

"I have been a cancer patient for 1 1/2 years. I recently received a lovely quilt made by the Ottawa Branch. The quilt was requested by a friend (also a cancer patient, who had received a quilt). This is a reminder to me of all the compassionate people donating their time to bring physical and spiritual comfort to those dealing with cancer. Thank you and Bless You."
– Shirley Dixon, Midland ON

"I just received my quilt last week. What a pleasant surprise. As you can imagin,e this past year and half have been challenging, fighting the good fight against cancer (stage 3 prostate cancer, high risk, aggressive tumor). It was a real lift to know that people out there care so much about someone they have never met but are still willing to put all this work into a beautiful quilt. Every time I look at the quilt (positioned strategically on our couch downstairs) I have a brief happy moment remembering your kindness and generosity. Thank you Victoria's Quilts Canada for your selfless act of giving. Your compassion is very much appreciated."
– Stuart Murray, Ottawa ON

"I think it's so sweet and kind that such wonderful people take the time to make these quilts for our loved ones! Thank you to every single one of you who have helped out to make someone close and dear to us feel some warmth and comfort, even if its just a quilt. It's where it came from: the heart ! Thank you all. Merry Christmas."
– Jane Peacock, London ON

"Thank you so much for your kindness and time spent on these beautiful quilts. I had requested one for a good friend just recently and didn't expect it to get to him for a few weeks, as I was sure you were very busy. But you all outdid our expectations and, for that, I am so very grateful. The quilt arrived yesterday and they love it. To all the volunteers and people who donate time and other support for something like this, thank you. Again, much love, light, energy and respect to you all."
– Vicki Searle, Mill Bay BC

"I recently received a lap quilt and it is beautiful. I love the colours and appreciate the work that went into it. I am a quilter and with any luck I will be able to give back later."
– Ricarda (Ricky) Beutler, Midland ON

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"The quilt I received was beautiful. What an amazing thing do do for cancer patients. I will definitely enjoy this for many years. My friend, who also has breast cancer, sent it to me, as she received one at the beginning of her treatment too. Thank you so much."
– Val Alward, Innisfil ON

"I am a new survivor of breast cancer and during my treatment I received a beautiful quilt that my aunt requested for me. She herself was just starting her treatment for breast cancer as well. I was overwhelmed with emotion that you give your time to make these beautiful quilts for cancer patients. I have since ordered quilts for a couple of friends that are now starting their cancer treatments. They too are filled with emotion and appreciation for all that you do. Thank you. It is something I will cherish forever."
– Lisa Kouwenhoven, Chilliwack BC

"I would like to thank Victoria quilts Canada for the quilt they sent my mother. I requested one last Christmas, as a Christmas gift, and it became one of her favorite blankets to use especially when she fell asleep in her chair in the living room. When she had to go into a hospice for 24-hour care, she insisted on taking the quilt with her. We just lost her to the cancer, but knowing the comfort the quilt brought her I am going to have it framed and put up on my living room wall as a memorial to my mother. Thank you so much for this service that you have provided my family. We are eternally grateful. I will gladly tell people of your organization and the wonderful support you provide. You deserve any and all support that our society can offer. Thank you."
– Scott Sturgeon, Brantford ON

"I am Blessed! I am a pediatric nurse and find it difficult to be on this end of the care and support of others. Thank you to Tina, my neighbour, who thoughtfully put forward my name to be a recipient of the laughing quilt (yellow for good cheer). The hours of care put into the making of my quilt from you makes me feel cared for and that is the connection with people that I crave. Thank you so very much."
– Sheryl Sullivan, Duncan BC

"Being "cold" is one of the memories I have of going through chemo. Thanks to a wonderful friend, I received a Victoria's Quilt which not only warmed me physically, but warmed my heart as well. Thank you for all you do. Unfortunately, I have requested too many quilts for friends and family, but I am so grateful that you are there, providing the comfort I am unable to provide. From my heart to yours, thank you for all you do. You make a difference in our world. God bless you all."
– Lucy Saunders, Gambo NL

"I would just like to say thank you. I had never heard of Victoria's Quilts Canada until two years ago when I had beast cancer. One day, a car pulled into the driveway, and. I met the most incredible woman who shared her story with me and how she was never sick and didn't miss work when she was going through chemo. I was amazed. I thought everyone got sick from chemo. She left me the most beautiful quilt. After she left, I went inside and unfolded it and saw inside that this was made for me. I sat down on my bed and hugged my quilt, and prayed for God to watch over me and cried for the first and last time about having cancer. My quilt went with me for my chemo treatments, and I was never sick a day. Just like the lady who delivered my quilt. I was brave and optimistic and got through five months of chemo and sixteen radiation treatments. I love my quilt made just for me, a cancer patient. So to all you wonderful, caring volunteers: thank you for making it a reality. I think I was in denial up to that point in time. Thank you for sending an angel to me and thanks for my comfort quilt. I will always be grateful to you all."
– Kathy Bowland, Kingston NB

"In 2014 my wife was going through the journey with chemo. Then one day she received a package in the mail from a friend of hers. On opening the package she gave a huge smile. It was a beautiful quilt. The gift was from Victoria's Quilts Canada. It provided lots of comfort and warmth during visits in hospital and cozy naps on the couch. I bless all the hard working people that make these gifts possible, for without you, I would not have this wonderful memory of the amazing kindness of strangers. I keep this quilt in memory and honor not only of my wife, but of you. Since then, I have had the pleasure to share your gift with others."
– Brian Rhodes, Airdrie AB

"I would like to thank everyone who shares in making these quilts. I've loved mine for three years. They wash fantastic, and the one I just received for a friend is awesome. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
– Patty Blue, Smiths Falls ON

"My husband just received his quilt today. It is absolutely beautiful. Facing cancer is a daunting task and our days ahead are faced with many challenges and heart-wrenching decisions. Knowing that this beautiful quilt has been created with loving hands brings us comfort and strength. The many volunteers who so generously give of their time and talents are to be commended for their dedication to such a worthy cause. Each time he uses the quilt he will be reminded of their kindness and the love of the friends who requested the quilt for him. Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts."
– Larry Budreau, Rainy River ON

"I just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful quilt that I have received, I was so surprised when I received it. It is beautiful. I would like to thank everyone that took park in making this wonderful quilt."
– Viola Gallant, Bishops Falls NL

"I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. I was so utterly surprised to come home from a walk and find out that a gorgeous handmade quilt had been delivered to my home in a lovely carry bag and that it was for me! I read the card that told me who had requested the quilt and also about why it was given to me as well as about the organization and people that make and donate these quilts. It was so touching that I had a good cry. My quilt even had a Bible verse that I love sewn into it! I would like to say a huge thank you to the ladies that made this work of art. I have always loved quilts and had actually been thinking that maybe I should buy one for use during the chemotherapy treatment phase of my journey. Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to make this for me, someone you don’t even know, as well as for the joy and comfort you brought and will bring me each time I use this quilt. I hope that when I am healthy again, I can in some way, pay forward this act of kindness."
– Donna White, Nanoose Bay BC

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"Thank you so much for the beautiful quilt. It brings me love, comfort and strength. I love this quilt so much. It is on the end of my bed and I use it a lot. It keeps me safe and warm. Cancer is scary for us, but this gives us hope and cheer. Thank you so much to all the volunteers who sew these quilts."
– Lynn Graver, Saskatoon SK

"I received my beautiful quilt last Friday. My, what a wonderful gift to receive. Your thoughtfulness has touched my heart, and I loved how everyone's name who worked on it was included in the card. It certainly will give me comfort knowing it was made with loving hands. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
– Margaret Bundy, Bobcaygeon ON

"In March 2018 my husband, Gilbert, was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. I requested a quilt on his behalf and shortly thereafter received a lovely quilt. I cannot explain how happy he was with the remarkable and lovely quil. It surely brightened his day and gave him hope. Gilbert took it to his chemo appointments and finally to Elisabeth Bruyère, where he passed away. Gilbert bragged about how he received the quilt and its beauty of hope and life. I just want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude for the love, hope and kindness shown towards him, and me, for not only receiving a quilt but for everyone who participates in such a wonderful comfort. I know he is no longer in pain and is resting in peace. Thanks again for caring!"
– Laura Wooldridge, Ottawa ON

"Just wanted to send a heartfelt thank you to the London, Ontario quilters who provided a beautiful quilt to my husband while he undergoes cancer treatment."
– Nadia MacKinnon, Newmarket ON

"My mother-in-law recently lost her long and courageous battle with cancer. We have just returned home from her funeral. I want to make sure Victoria’s Quilts Canada knows how much her quilt meant to her. It gave her so much warmth and comfort during some very difficult months. I am very fortunate to have received her quilt, and I will treasure it. It will always reminds me of her. It is beautifully made and the colors are so pretty. Thank you for all that you do."
– Anonymous

"On a day when I was in the throws of recovery from severe radiation burns, in great pain (and unable to do much more than feed myself, take medications and try to rest) and extremely depressed about my progress, there was a knock on the door. The Canada Post carrier handed me a package. I wondered what this was, as the package said "fabric" and I did not order any fabric. When I opened the package, lo and behold, inside was a lovely green, blue and purple (and other colours) quilt from the Victoria's Quilt Canada Neepawa Branch. My spirits were lifted and I cried. I felt so much better knowing that someone out there understood my pain and need for comfort, especially when I was feeling so depressed. I look at the quilt now and am inspired to look forward, get better and kick this cancer, which is now healing. It has been a long hard painful struggle. I still have the cancer in me and am hoping it will not emerge again to take some other part of my body. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
– Maxine Kollar, Winnipeg MN

"I have ordered a few quilts, and the family that I requested quilts for loved them and really were so grateful to have them. We thank everyone the makes this possible to give to cancer patients and so very fast to receive them."
– Kathy Dalton, Yarmouth NS

"How does one become part of this wonderful wonderful unique support."
– Grace Butt, Cambridge ON

"My sister received a beautiful quilt. She really enjoyed it while getting her chimo, as she was always cold. She lost her battle with her cancer. Now another one of my sisters is receiving chemo for breast cancer, so she is using the quilt. It's a beautiful gift that you guys are doing."
– Sylvia Cormier, Cap Pele NB

"Thank you very much for sending me such a beautiful quilt and so promptly too. It will sure make me feel warm this fall and winter, and I hope to use it for many, many more winters to come. I thank you for being so thoughtful and for you lovely people who volunteer their time, talents, money, and other resources to create such creative and useful pieces of art. It truely warms the heart to know that there are people out there like you who care. You should be proud of your work and of this worthy organization."
– Tirzah Abraham, Richmond BC

"I just received one of your quilts in the mail and I am absolutely in love with it. It’s going to be by my side constantly through this journey of mine. Thank you so much."
– Grace Manser, Tottenham ON

"We would like to extend our sincere gratitude for fulfilling our request for a quilt for Sue. It was absolutey beautiful and is with her all of the time as she battles this disease. We hope all your volunteers realize the gift that they give by doing this – nnot only the gift of the quilt, but also the gift of letting someone know that they are not alone in this fight. Those quilts surround them with love and hope."
– Rosemarie and Jamie Whalen, Heatherton NL

"I would like to thank you all for the lovely quilt my husband received when he was diagnosed with brain cancer. He has been gone two and a half years now, but I think of him when I see the little quilt. I would like to help out in some way to thank you for your kindness. I can quilt, but it's been a while. I am hoping by being with your group I may get some inspiration to create my own work."
– Sandra Kelly, Kemptille ON

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"Received my quilt today which was requested through a beautiful co worker and friend. It is such a beautiful quilt and I thank all the sewers that put this together. Wonderful job."
– Diana Robar, Eastern Passage NS

"Yesterday, I received a beautiful quilt. It is amazing! Beautiful fall colors, warm and cozy. I would like to thank the Victoria's Quilts Canada Neepawa Branch. What a thoughtful and caring group you are. You brought a tear to my eye. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
– Anonymous

"Thank you for the beautiful quilt I received from Victoria's Quilts Canada at the request of my sister. I have taken it with me to chemo where it was much admired. Thank you again."
– Anne Harmsworth, Thunder Bay ON

"Thank you for what you do. I recently had a quilt sent to a young man going through chemo and he sent me a wonderful note of appreciation. I can't thank you enough for the service you provide. This is not the first time I have had friends receive the beautiful coverlets provided by local quilters. Each recipient has expressed their appreciation for the warmth and comfort they provide. My only wish would be that no one ever had to go through the ordeal of coping with cancer. Thank you again."
– Carol McLean, Cumberland Bay NB

"My husband , who is a pancreatic cancer patient, was recently presented with a beautiful quilt from Victorias Quilts Canada. It was unexpected and very much appreciated. He is using it every day and is enjoying the lovely warmth that it gives him. It is a powerful supportive message that a lot of caring people are helping him in this journey. Thank you"
– Barb Wishart, Scotchtown NB

"I wanted to say thanks to all the people who make this happen for families in need of some comfort. It's a great way to help with the little things, which usually end up meaning the most. I had helped my best friend for 16 years with cancer, only to lose her 4 years ago (her quilt is now with me and she loved it), and now the darn cancer is trying to take my brother! We will fight, we will love, we will hold onto one another through this fight again. Thanks very much."
– Kelly Weir-Suter, Collingwood ON

"I would like to thank all the wonderful people who made such a beautiful quilt for my husband. It was a lovely hunter-green golfing quilt and it was very much appreciated. I, myself, received a beautiful "Canadiana" quilt last year and apologize for not responding sooner. We both thank you for your generous time and your efforts of kindness shown to others. It is so heartwarming to witness people's generosity in this way. Our heartfelt thanks for these two beautiful quilts."
– Angela Bosy, Whitby ON

"I was so appreciative and enjoyed receiving my beautiful quilt and in the colors I most love. I thank you for all the volunteers who so selflessly give their time and expertise in making these wonderful quilts. I have my quilt out so everyone can see what an awesome job was done and can tell people about your organization. Thank you."
– Olive Martin, Brantford ON

"My father received a quilt yesterday from his friends in Bobcaygeon. The quilt is perfect, so beautiful, and fits his heritage (Scottish flags). I cannot express how nice and thoughtful you all are. The lady that dropped it off was so nice and presented it to my dad and had a chat. Thank you to everyone for your support during this time. So appreciated. Thank you to all the volunteers that made this possible in making this gift for him. It is so nice to know there are supportive and caring people out there; you all warmed our hearts!"
– Louise Green, Cannington ON

"I just found out about this recently, and I believe you people are angels to be doing this for cancer patients. Your work will come back to reward you tenfold. God bless you."
– Anonymous

"I have personally seen four of these quilts. Each recipient was so taken aback with them. They loved them and always held them close. So special are all those involved in these quilts... leaders, volunteers and donors right down to those that bring them to the doorstep. Thank you for bringing not only warmth but a smile to the recipients."
– Anonymous

"Just received the most touching, beautiful quilt from the Neepawa Branch yesterday. It was an emotional moment while reading the poem on the bookmark. Plus, I could feel the thoughts and prayers as I handled the quilt. Thanks from the bottom of my heart. God Bless you all!"
– Adeline Bell, Birch River NB

"I received my beautiful quilt last week. It’s hard to express the feelings I had when I opened it. I am a quilter and I give away many quilts, but I’ve never received one myself. The quilt, along with the verse from Joshua and the quote on the bookmark, made me feel so blessed. Thank you for the work that you do and the compassion you show with every quilt you give."
– Sandra Robertson, Eston SK

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"My sister-in-law called me today. She received her quilt. She was very happy. It’s just beautiful. Keep up the good work; your quilts do make a difference."
– Monique Ladouceur, Cornwall ON

"I found out I had breast cancer in July. Today I came home and there was a parsel at my door. When I opened it, there was a beautiful homemade quilt inside that my twin sister ordered for me. I had never heard of Victoria,s Quilts Canada before today. Thank you to my sister and to the volunteers who made my beautiful quilt. You made my day. I love it."
– Kathy Caldwell, New Glasgow NS

"I would like to thank you for my husband's quilt, given to him in 2013, as well one for a neighbor in the fall of 2013 and, last, but not least, one to my neighbor's daughter, which was delivered last week. All three were requested by myself. Your work is so appreciated by the each person who received them."
– Monique Pilon, Gatineau ON

"I received a beautiful quilt yesterday, which was delivered by my neighbour. Thank you so much! It lifted my spirits to know that there are such wonderful people who would volunteer their time to make these beautiful gifts for people going through the traumatic experience of dealing with cancer. The act of kindness was so very much appreciated. Thank you again!"
– Anonymous

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"Thank you so much for this wonderful program. I recently had a quilt sent to a friend... she was thrilled to say the least. I'm spreading the word about Victoria's Quilts Canada and will be making a donation. It's so much time and energy by all the volunteers. It's such a special gift. I heard about this from my cousin who is involved with the volunteers. Thanks again to this caring group."
– Marlene Bailey, Fort Erie ON

"My husband received one of the quilts from you all. It was greatly appreciated. Thank you very much."
– Lon Petruic, Fort Qu'Appelle SK

"Thank you soooo very much for sending the quilt I requested for my sister who has stage 3 lung cancer. I am happy to say that she got it this week and LOVES it. I know how she feels because my husband went threw colon cancer stage 3 and got one from his parents. These quilts you do for others is such a wonderful thing. Keep up this wonderful thing you do for others. God bless each one of you Ladies."
– Sonia Bubar, Marathon ON

"I have over the last few years requested a quilt for a friend going through their chemo/cancer journey. All have been received with surprise and happiness. I had one sent to our friend in January and he was just thrilled about it. I thought I would just let you know he used it every single day and in these last few weeks of his life he would just be sitting in his chair with his quilt all wrapped around him. He passed away a few days ago, but both my husband and myself just thought it would be nice to let you know how much he really, really enjoyed this special gift from one of your wonderful volunteers. Your organization is just wonderful and so very much appreciated by those of us who request one to be sent to the person receiving it. I still use mine from 2008; such a special gift to receive. Thank you, thank you, and thank you to all the volunteers who give of their time and money to do this great charity work."
– Carol Glanvill, Blind Bay BC

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"I just received an email from me niece, and she is so very delighted to have received the quilt I ordered for her. She loves it, and plans to take it to the hospital with her... and the colors are beautiful, she said. THANK YOU so very much for your kindness, and thoughtfulness. What a wonderful way to love someone. Just wanted to let you know and to thank you very much.Your ministry makes a difference, in such a good way."
– Cheryl Dempsey, St. Stephen NB

"Thank you so much for the beautiful quilt that was sent to my brother! He absolutely loves it, and the colours are so nice and bright! Thank you to all the volunteers who work together to create and deliver these wonderful quilts that bring so much comfort and support to so many people. Many blessings to each of you!"
– Lettie Hogeveen, Ottawa ON

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"When I was receiving chemo the year of 2016, it was such a thrill to open my door to a nice lady who I didn't know at all and be given a handmade quilt in perfect colours for my sofa, where I recuperated those many months. It remains here nearby as a reminder of God's love shown to me by strangers. Thank you for your caring ministry. I now have requested a quilt for my dear friend whose cancer has returned. I am positively sure she will cry on receiving one of your beautiful quilts. God bless you."
– Dalila Reimer, Victoria BC

"In 2016, I received a lovely, warm quilt from Victoria's Quilts Canada. Although I knew it had been requested for me, it was an uplifting surprise when it arrived. This was so special because it was a close friend who had made the request. Now, another close friend has been diagnosed with breast cancer that has already metastasized. She is undergoing considerable treatment, and I just know that she will feel better snuggled under her new quilt, like I did. Thank you so much for the great work that you do. It warms the heart."
– Anonymous

"Would just like to say how much I love my quilt that I received several months ago during my battle with cancer. Me and my young kids have shared many snuggles with the quilt during these difficult months... it’s been so nice to have that comfort. I’ve now put in a request for my dad to receive a quilt, while he goes through his own battle. Thank you to all the wonderful people that make this possible. It really makes a difference!"
– Anonymous

"Today my wife was presented with a Victoria's quilt from our chemo nurse during her treatment. The clinic rooms are always cold (except for the warm loving care from all the nurses) for her. The warmth of love and comfort she felt with this quilt was so comforting and moving for both of us. I don't know from whom or how this came to be today, but I know there must be earth angels involved and we could not be more thankful. To all the quilting volunteers who have made this journey a little more bearable, we send our heartfelt thanks."
– Dan Waterhouse, Toronto ON

"Thank you so much for the beautiful quilt that was delivered to my husband, who was recently diagnosed with cancer. It really was a reminder of the kindness of strangers and brought some brightness to our lives at a time we needed it most. Special thanks to June with the Moosomin Branch. I am reminded of your kindness and the generosity of your work every day."
– Marilyn Quigley, Saskatoon SK

"I requested a quilt a week ago and someone called me a few days ago to arrange for a quilt to be dropped off for my friend who is undergoing treatment for cancer. The quilt is so beautiful and I know this family will truly appreciate all the love and hard work put into making it. Thank you from all of us!"
– Nadine Senack, Pembroke, ON

"A friend sent in my name to receive a Victoria's quilt. I was diagnosed with colon and liver cancer. It was a beautiful gift to receive when facing some devastating health news. I was contacted within a few days of the request being sent in. I was given a choice between three beautiful quilts. Thank you so much to all the people who participate in this worthwhile cause. I have now sent in a request for a quilt for a friend who has just been diagnosed with cancer. It was a wonderful thing to be able to pass it forward for someone else who needs something good in their future."
– Anonymous

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"Just wanted to let you all know that we gave our best friend, Ingrid Connors, her beautiful quilt last week. She loved the bright colors and the pattern. It gave her great warmth and comfort, as she is still currently in the hospital and had surgery over the weekend. She was especially thankful to all of your volunteers when I told her where I received the quilt from. We couldn't have given her a better gift. Thank you again."
– Libby Williams, Judy Banton and Louise Hickey, NL

"I recently was very humbled and honoured as I received a beautiful quilt from some very caring people, and all I had to do was to survive a 10-hour life-saving operation - the team of surgeons and nurses did the rest. Cancer had aggressively overtaken the right side of my mouth and the majority had to be removed. I have had my share of difficulties adjusting to the aftermath of the surgery and then 30 sessions of radiation (more painful than the cancer growths had been), but I have survived. As I previously mentioned, to be honoured in this manner has been very humbling. Knowing that people I have never met poured so much of their time, pride, talent and, above all, love into creating this masterpiece of art that I will always cherish fills me with purpose. I thank God for such people extending their hand of love, filling our home with beauty, and lifting spirits. Blessings on you all."
– Ed Nordvall, Calgary, AB

"The quilt I received is beautiful. It lifted my spirits and made me feel so good. I just wanted to thank you so very much for your kindness. It is very warm, just what I need right now. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart."
– Anonymous

"I requested a quilt for my sister and she got it this week. WOW, WOW!! What a beautiful quilt; so much work in this magnificent piece of art. Thanks to all the volunteers for their precious time. We put lots of happiness in my sister's heart. I myself was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 and I received a quilt from a friend. I treasure it deeply! Thanks again!!"
– Linda Sirois, St-Joseph-de-Madawaska, NB

"Our Sista received her quilt! Thank you so much! It is beautiful! Better than any flower arrangement ever made!"
– Jan Hoddinott, Toronto, ON

"I want to express my deepest thanks for the beautiful quilt I received from Victoria’s Quilts Canada. My diagnosis was sudden, totally unexpected, and my surgery for cancer was booked for March 15. I was just reeling from everything, from the cancer to a total hysterectomy, all at once. My friend had heard of your group through a retired nurse and she requested my quilt, which was delivered almost immediately. It was made by a lady I know! I honestly didn’t know if I would use it, but as soon as I came home from the hospital, I started cuddling under it, and it was so wonderful being comforted like that! The scripture patch was a true blessing. My mother, grandmother and great-grandmother were all hand quilters and, as a little girl, I grew up having to play under the quilting frames set up in both my parent’s and my grandmother’s living rooms. I truly know the care and the love it takes to make a quilt. I’ve received a clean bill from the cancer clinic, and my wonderful doctors got everything in time. I am not requiring any further treatment. Fingers crossed. Thank you again with deepest appreciation for your wonderful program and the loving hands that make the quilts."
– Anonymous

"Just received my beautiful quilt today. Thanks to all the volunteers that help brighten a person's day and warms their heart everyday. So very grateful toward you all."
– William Singleton, Tracadie, NB

"I received a beautiful quilt yesterday and absolutely love it. The volunteer that delivered it was incredible too. Such a lovely lady. Thank you so much to this amazing organization."
– Christine Holman, London ON

"I’ve just received my beautiful quilt, requested by my beautiful friend, Maryann. I was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer that ultimately took my breast just two short weeks ago. I wanted to thank you for this beautiful quilt. It means the world to me, as I’m sure this is what I’ll reach for when my chemo and radiation start. God bless you for doing this for families who are just trying to hold it together. A little bit of sunshine on our cloudy days."
– Corina Steele, Grand Prairie AB

"I wanted to let you know that my cousin Helen lost her battle on Wed Apr 4. Helen and her family were so thrilled to get the beautiful quilt. She received it in a week and for that I thank you."
– Brenda McLean, Pefferlaw ON

"I would like to thank you so much for the quilt you sent my mother in Penticton, BC. She passed away in January this year and only had a short time to enjoy your beautiful gift. I have passed on the quilt to a residential care facility in Chilliwack to be used as a dignity blanket. With great appreciation to everyone who participates in this project and to your thoughtfulness and dedication."
– Anonymous

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"I requested a quilt for a friend of my daughter. She is a lovely, active, young woman with two small children. When she received her quilt she was really quite delighted and emailed me immediately to thank me. I told her about Victoria's Quilts Canada and she was so impressed that so many women would do something so wonderful for others. You really gave her a lift, with both the lovely quilt and your dedication to helping so many cancer patients. Many thanks for all you do!"
– Dawn Gillespie, Uxbridge ON

"Made my mom smile. Thank you so much. Made a donation and ordered a quilt for another person. Hope they have a big smile like my mom did. Thank you everyone, the person who ordered the quilt for my mom, and Victoria's Quilts Canada. You ROCK!!!"
– Anonymous

"I would like to say thank you from our family. My father got a blanket today. He has stomach and liver cancer. He was diagnosed only three months ago, in January. It been a really hard three months for our family, especially my father. He does chemo every three weeks for three days in that week. It’s been so hard to see his body change from someone healthy to very sick. I know this quilt will comfort him with his chemo."
– Cari Hemphill, Drayton Valley AB

"Thank you so much for the beautiful you sent to my friend Mary Jane. It arrived so quickly. Her daughter sent me a picture of her in bed with the quilt around her. It is a perfect match for her. Thank you, again and again."
– Mary Gauthier, Bathurst NB

"My friend Estelle received her beautiful quilt last week. She was also very enamoured of the lovely lady who delivered it to her. Estelle does not have a computer so she asked me to convey her sincere thank you to all of those who made her quilt for her. What a wonderful, caring group of volunteers you have."
– Lorraine Baker, Orleans ON

"What a wonderful volunteer service! Just finding out that my mother has to undergo chemo starting next week, I found this to be a comforting offer. To think that people spend their time to create such art for the comfort of others lightened my heart."
– Anonymous

"Hello to all artists and especially to Thérèse. I recently received a beautiful quilt to accompany me during my chemotherapy treatments and my convalescence at home. It is a collective work, spread over many hours, made with your passion. It makes me feel good and I thank you so much for this unimaginable gift you gave me."
– Josée Trépanier

"My Dad received his beautiful quilt this week. He was so happy to get it. It was a nice surprise that brightened his day. He's called me twice to tell me about it and describe it to me. He loves the bag that it came with as well. He said it will make it easier to take it with him on hospital stays and other times too. Thank you so much to all of the wonderful volunteers who donate their time, to all of you that donate fabric and other materials needed for these amazing cloth "hugs". I know that when he uses it he will feel the love and friendship from all who took part in making it happen. To receive a cancer diagnosis is devastating to say the least. The emotions and hard events that come after are difficult for the strongest people to face. Having a Victoria's quilt arrive on one’s doorstep to let them know that they are not alone in their fight for their life, that they are loved, it's simply amazing, heartwarming and a beautiful gesture. Thank you thank you thank you for giving to people who fight this terrible disease. Thank you for giving to those in need of a "cheer me up moment”."
– Colleen Olmats, Calgary AB

"My daughter loved the gift of a quilt she received. She puts on her bed while she is having treatment. Thank you to the volunteers who put so much time into making something so pretty to brighten her hospital bed."
– Paula McBride, Coquitlam BC

"Hello quilting angels! I received one of your beautiful quilts today, requested from my matante, Pat, in Manitoba. I was diagnosed with colon cancer in May 2017, and I’m almost done my treatment! This quilt will help keep me warm after treatments, and keep me warm long after... Thank you to all the ladies who do this, spirits are lifted because of you!"
– Danette Field, Edmonton AB

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"I thank my friends who sent one of your beautiful quilts to my husband back in 2017 or 2016. He used it all the time. Now he has passed away and I decided to give the quilt to one of our grandsons who deals with a lot of depression. I told him to wrap himself in grandpa's blanket when he is feeling down and think of how much Grandpa loved him. Our grandson graciously accepted the quilt and was very excited to receive it. I thought your group would appreciate hearing about this. Again thank you to all who participate in this program."
– Anonymous

"I received your beautiful quilt yesterday and I'm speechless... it's so wonderful to know that somewhere, in Ottawa, your volunteers are working very hard to make these quilts for someone they don't even know. To also receive your prayers is an added bonus. I also LOVE the beautiful bag. I will surely use when I go for my chemo treatments. I will cherish this forever!"
– Francine Parent, Gatineau QC

"Thank you so much! Sending Love and Light to each of the volunteers!"
– Aimee Spencer, Kenora ON

"Just wanted to write and say thank you so much for the absolutely beautiful quilt that was sent to my aunt. I never told her I had it sent, so she was completely surprised when it arrived. She loves it, and I’m so thankful to you all. It’s wonderful to see her have some joy with everything else she is going through. Thank you all so much for doing what you do!"
– Natasha Morrison, Esterhazy SK

"Dear angels of Victoria's Quilts Canada Sudbury Branch: I just received the most beautiful quilt. I was so touched by your gesture... you are sending so much love and hope in this "interruption in our lives". I can't imagine how much time, work and patience it takes to accomplish such a piece of art. Thank you to all the volunteers (angels) who give their time and love with the goodness of their hearts. My quilt is absolutely beautiful and will be forever cherished."
– Claire Guerette, Azilda ON

"When my mother was diagnosed with cancer in in 2009 a friend of hers got her a quilt. I remember the feeling it gave my mom when she received the quilt. It was something beautiful in the mess of something so tragic. I wish I could say that was the last quilt I had to see. But I now pay it forward because I hope that it gives some comfort to others like it did for my mom. And though my mom is gone, I will still have that memory. Today, I am requesting a fourth quilt for someone's loved one who is very close to me. Thank you for all that you do, so that I can make something so awful be a little better."
– Mackenzie Yarrow, Trenton ON

"I was stuggling to come up with an idea of something I could do for my friend battling cancer, something to let him know that I cared and was thinking of him. That's when I learned of your organization. I filled out the on-line request form and asked if the quilt could be sent as soon as possible, as he had just gotten home from the hospital. To my amazement and delight, the quilt was received by him six days later! "A unique and thoughtful gift. It is beyond amazing and I will cherish it for life." This is a message my friend sent to me after receiving his quilt. It warmed my heart and did exactly what I hoped it would do... let him know I care. Thank you to all of you at Victoria's Quilts Canada for this amazing gift you have given my friend."
– Patty Soles, ON

"Thank you to the volunteer who made a beautiful blue quilt for me. It was a morale-booster for me, and I truly appreciated receiving it. Thank you to all the quilters who participate in this worthy cause."
– Callum McPhee, NB

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"I wish to thank all the ladies that donate their time and efforts to making a Victoria's quilt. I really appreciated my quilt ,as I went through ovarian cancer. As I attended chemo every week, it kept me so warm. It really is a special way to support both practically and emotionally."
– Colleen Stevenson, Black Diamond AB

"The New Brunswick Branch of Victoria's Quilts Canada owns one long-arm quilting machine and it needed a new circuit board. We were originally told the cost of the repair would be about $2000 and that it was not covered under warranty. Global did a story on our need for help last night [January 22] on the 6 o'clock news. We were inundated with offers of donations this morning. We even had an RBC branch offer to cover the entire $2000 repair. Even better the guy from Singer called to say he thinks we can get it covered under warranty now. We must be making a difference in some lives, or so many people wouldn't have come forward to help. It is nice to know that when we reach out there are lots of folks willing to come to our aid."
– Jane Sunderland, Moncton NB
(Response to Global News article, January 23, 2018: NB quilting group that combats cancer may shut down)

"I just received my quilt from the Ottawa branch. It is so beautiful and I cannot believe that someone would do this for a complete stranger!!! It has been a difficult year going through surgery and chemo and radiation, but with the support of good friends, relatives and complete strangers I did it! Thank you to the volunteers and thank you to my amazing friends, the Callahan Cross family, for referring me to your program. After reading the poem and verse I cried. Thanks again for making the lives of people with cancer so much brighter!!"
– Paula Leblanc, Dartmouth NS

"Thank you for the lovely quilt for my mother. After her death, we donated the beautiful quilt to palliative care at the local hospital. Again thank you!"
– Jane McDonald, Saint John NB

"I received a quilt as a Christmas gift in December 2017. I have been sewing since l was about 6 years old and over the past 75+ years, have taken many sewing courses. The quality of materials used and the stitching of my quilt is excellent! You can see that the makers of these quilts put love in every stitch."
– Kathy Alcock, Kenora ON

"The quilt she received was warmly welcomed and used often while she was alive. Now it hangs in the hallway by her sons' bedroom reminding them each night, as they go to bed, of the warm and kind woman she was. Symbols of her around mean so very much. Thank you for the ongoing legacy of memories and meaning your quilt will have in the years to come."
– Carolyn Klassen, Winnipeg MN

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Updated: March 24, 2019