2008 news

December 2008
Fundraising pays!

The many hours that Victoria’s Quilts Canada’s volunteers spent during the year in fundraising efforts have paid off!

Betty Giffin, Victoria’s Quilts Canada’s founder, was pleased to discover that her locks of hair were worth more on the floor than on her head! Betty’s head was shaved in April 2008, at the Annual General Meeting, and brought in $3,200.

The Fashion Show, presented by Talbot’s of Bayshore in early November 2008, brought in a very respectable $2,200, together with the proceeds from the silent auction.

And our three Raffle quilts raised over $5,800! From the photos of the winners, it’s obvious they are pleased with their new treasures. A new raffle will be held in 2009, so check back often for details.

November 2008
Raffle winners 2008

First prize winner

First prize winner Françoise Poirier

Second prize winner

Second prize winner Jeanne Marceau-Joyal

Third prize winner

Third prize winner Irene Lafleche

Françoise Poirier of Ottawa took home the first prize quilt, Eureka!, a queen-size bed quilt in cheerful tones of yellow and gold, punctuated with shades of blue. Françoise has been retired for one-and-a-half years, but keeps busy making quilts, directing bus tours, golfing and gardening. She is also an interior designer.

Second prize, Garland of Dreams, was won by Jeanne Marceau-Joyal. Jeanne retired from teaching a few years ago, and is currently an in-home care-giver. That leaves little time for her interests: knitting, sewing, playing bridge, reading, and getting together with her sisters and friends. She also volunteers, tutoring children in school and at home. Garland of Dreams is an antique queen-size bed quilt.

Irene Lafleche won the third prize quilt, Don’t Bug Me!, a whimsical reminder of days gone by, when children would spend summer days catching all kinds of bugs in glass jars! Irene lives in Kingston, and the picture proves she is thrilled with her win!

Victoria’s Quilts Canada would like to sincerely thank all the people who purchased tickets; the volunteers who sold tickets, both publicly and privately; and the people and organizations who allowed us to sell tickets from their locations.

This year’s raffle raised over $5,800, which will help us continue providing physical and spiritual comfort to people with cancer in Canada – one quilt at a time!

We will be holding a raffle in 2009, so please visit again to get the details and make sure you get your tickets.

Again, congratulations to Françoise Poirier, Jeanne Marceau-Joyal, and Irene Lafleche.

November 2008
Fashion Show

Victoria’s Quilts Canada was very pleased to host its annual fashion show and silent auction on Saturday, November 1 at Barrhaven United Church in Nepean. Talbot’s at Bayshore presented an impressive line-up of their classic fall fashions. Attendees agreed they enjoyed themselves immensely as they viewed the exquisite fashions and had the opportunity to feel the fabrics.

At the same time, audience members were able to bid on a silent auction comprising works of art, totes, and gift items. Together with the proceeds from the silent auction, over $2,200 was raised.

A special thank you to Talbot’s in Bayshore for their support in presenting their fashions. Another fashion show is planned for 2009, so check back often for details.

October 2008
Quilt-a-Thon 2008

How many quilts can 135 people make in one day? The answer, simply, is “many”, as in more than 125. Our hard work (and lots of fun) means that at least another 125 people diagnosed with cancer in Canada will receive one of our quilts. The quilts bring with them a sense of peace and a feeling that people care. These feelings are very important to someone who is struggling with the fear and pain of cancer.

Our sincere thanks go out to our dedicated volunteers, who worked their way through cutting, ironing, sewing and quilting. And thank you to all the people who helped organize Saturday’s event; and to our many corporate sponsors without whose support our ongoing work would not be possible.

Quilta-thon participants  Quilta-thon participants  Quilta-thon participants 

May 2008
2008 Raffle

Make sure you get your tickets for our 2008 raffle.

First prize, Eureka!, is a queen-size bed quilt in cheerful tones of yellow and gold, punctuated with shades of blue. The quilt was pieced by Betty Giffin, quilted by Cherry Tree Quilts, and bound by Dianne Dooley. It has been appraised at $1,795.

Second prize, Garland of Dreams, is an antique queen-size bed quilt. Stunning yellow flowers with green stems are hand- applique'd in a garland motif on a white background, with a scalloped border. The maker is unknown. The quilting was done by hand. This quilt has been appraised at $1,195.

Third prize, Don't Bug Me!, is a whimsical reminder of days gone by when children would spend summer days catching bugs of all kinds in glass jars! The quilt was appraised at $315.

First Prize: Eureka! quilt
First prize
Second Prize: Garland of Dreams quilt
Second prize
Third Prize: Don't bug Me wall hanging
Third prize

Tickets cost $2 each, or 3 for $5, and are available by calling us at (613) 843-9212, and at various kiosks throughout Ottawa. The draw will be held on November 8, 2008. Don't miss this chance to win one of these beautiful creations, and know that you are helping us in our mission of providing handmade quilts to people with cancer.

April 2008
Betty bares all!

In an effort to raise more funds for our important work, Betty Giffin, President, had her head shaved on Saturday, April 19, 2008, at the annual general meeting of Victoria's Quilts Canada.

Betty before
Betty before
Betty after
Betty after

"My hair was already short, so a few more inches was a small price to pay for the goal of raising more funds," said Betty. "People with cancer need to know that they are not alone in their struggle. The quilts help provide them comfort, both physical and spiritual."

Although Betty's hair may be gone, Victoria's Quilts Canada is continuing to accept pledges until May 31. Please call in your pledges and send in your cheques to push Betty over her goal of $5,000. All funds collected will be used to continue Victoria's Quilts Canada's mission of providing handmade quilts to people with cancer across Canada.

January 2008
10,000 quilts

10,000th quilt Closeup of 10,000 quilt

Victoria's Quilts members were jumping for joy today as Quilt No. 10,000 was carefully wrapped and boxed for shipment to its new home, a cancer patient in St. Andrews, near Winnipeg. The quilt, which depicts a calm winter scene with evergreen trees against a starlit sky, was crafted by Jean P.

Updated: May 22, 2015