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Saturday, August 03, 2013

Flags for Lac Megantic

I received an email from Teresa McRory that was urgent enough to interrupt our regularly scheduled slide show posting from yesterday’s Bow-Dacious workshop to pass on the following information.

Okay, that and the fact that it is now  10pm in Soldotna, Alaska – my body clock is saying it is 2am in North Carolina, and I don’t have the energy to stay up and edit down all the photos right now after teaching an all day workshop, and following up with an evening lecture – this girl needs some shut eye!

I thought I would post this in the regular morning slot, and then when I get up in the morning here, Alaska time – I’ll tackle the slide show and hopefully get it posted before I leave to teach tomorrow’s workshop, so be looking for it early afternoon – that is IF I can get it to post through the barely-there wifi signal I’ve been using from my iphone hot-spot.

Please read what Theresa has shared, open your hearts ---and SEW!

She writes:
Hi Bonnie,
 
I am a follower of your blog (and your website!) Fell in love with Quiltville back in 2006 when I started quilting. I am a great admirer of your talents...and your STAMINA! How do you do it???? You are constantly traveling, always in a good mood and ready to go....I am so impressed!  I watch quilt cam when I can...I think it's a great way for people who don't belong to a group or guild to feel connected to other quilters. Great job!
 
I am sure you get many requests so I understand completely if you cannot help me with this, but I thought I would ask. On July 6, the small town of Lac Megantic, Quebec had a major train derailment of oil. The tankers blew up and basically decimated the center of town, as well as killing 47 innocent people. It is a tragedy. The town has rallied and has had a lot of support from across the world, but it will takes years to rebuild and for the people effected, some will never get over this.
 
A quilt shop in Montreal is organizing the collection of flags ( like the ones made for Boston after the marathon bombings) which will be displayed at Lac Megantic in the fall to let the community know that they have the support of people around the world. I am attaching the email address of the shop, which has directions on how to make the flags and where to send them. I am sure that if you mentioned it on your blog they would receive so many flags, but again, I understand if you cannot. They need the flags by August 24.
 
I have made some flags and I must say it was a great way to feel like I am doing something to support Lac Megantic.
 
Thanks Bonnie and keep up all the great work!! (Take a vacation now and then....and Ireland trips where you work the whole time don't count!).
 
Have a great day!
Teresa
Click HERE for the link directly to the website where you can down load the pdf patterns for paper piecing the flag blocks.

Berene Campbell, the instigator of To Boston with love, has made great English tutorials:
http://vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca/blog/2013/04/to-boston-with-love/

Also check HappySewLucky:
http://happysewlucky.wordpress.com/ 
You all came through and showered Boston with love –it touched so many hearts.  If you feel so lead, would you please consider making a flag or two for Lac Megantic?

You can mail your flags to:

Courtepointe Claire
3143 Boulevard Dagenais Ouest
Laval QC H7P 1T8
Canada 

Thanks so much for all you do!  Please feel free to share this post with your facebook pages, your twitter page, your newsgroups and email lists and any other place that quilters gather.  We can, and have and will continue to make a difference by joining together!

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20 comments:

Mimi said...

It is great that the word is getting out for quilters to support the people of Lac-Megantic by making flags! I have made 4 and sent them already but am feeling that I should make some more!! As a Canadian citizen, I thank you for putting this call out there!!

Julie Kennedy said...

I am happy to make a couple, will try to post them early so they arrive but where do you post them too? Sorry but can't find that info, Mimi where did you post yours? Thanks Julie Australia.

Carole Y. said...

I found the address on the map in the "contact us" section of the store blog

Courtepointe Claire
3143 Boulevard Dagenais Ouest
Laval QC H7P 1T8
Canada

Have a nice day,
Carole Y.

Kathi Kraftyzales said...

That is an awesome idea. Thanks for including your faithful followers, Bonnie.
Kathleen
San Juan, Texas

Nancy-Rose said...

I'm passing the word along, and heading to my sewing room now. Thanks Bonnie, I likely wouldn't have heard of this initiative without you.

http://thethriftyquilter.blogspot.ca/2013/08/were-stitched-together-for-lac-megantic.html

Cynthia said...

Thanks Bonnie and Teresa for spreading the word! I made 8 flags and feel great that I've been able to help the people of Lac Megantic in some small way :)

Claddaughquilting said...

I can't thank you enough for your help with this Bonnie! I know that many more flags will be made as a result of your post, and the people of Lac Megantic will be very touched by the thoughtfulness of quilters around the world. Teresa McCrory

Julie Vee said...

Hi There! I have gone onto facebook, and it is in French. The photos look different, aka more pieces, than the heart pattern shows. No real directions I could read into the site.

Would like to make a flag for this cause. Any help?
JUlieinTN

Claddaughquilting said...

I hope this works...:) Here is the link to the English portion of the FB page for the project!
https://www.facebook.com/notes/courtepointe-claire/were-stitched-together-for-lac-m%C3%A9gantic/522173247852224

Barbe said...

http://deuxpetitessouris.blogspot.ca/2013/07/we-stitched-together.html

This is the link i got when i first heard about it. its in english, (i'm Canadian and only speak English). i think it helps abit more than the facebook link. you can also use the tutorial from the Boston Flag.http://vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca/blog/2013/04/to-boston-with-love/
hope this helps, the community is really devasted, over 45 people were killed, its a small town and everyone is connected, its going to be more than a decade for the center of town to be rebuilt, it was totally destroyed.:((
love to everyone out there who are sending their love, barbe

Barbe said...

i posted a comment with other links that explain things better,
http://deuxpetitessouris.blogspot.ca/2013/07/we-stitched-together.html

Barbe said...

Also it says to not use 'flame' colors (as it is fire that destroyed them) they suggest blue and greens. the flag of Quebec is blue and white

Barbe said...

also if you click on the picture of the flag or blocks it give you a pdf paper piecing pattern

cinzia said...

Thank you for opening your heart, Bonnie for helping to spread the word.

Julie Vee said...

Thank you, aka MERCI!, for the help Hunter-ites have posted.

Such a terrible tragic thing to happen ...and the Canadians are our North American Cousins. Happy to see everyone wants to make and send flags.

Super hugs to all
JulieinTN

Jean in AZ said...

So we are to make these flags exactly as pictured in the colors pictured? Clarification please.

Claire Haillot said...

Hello Everyone,
Thank you so much for participating, Bonnie and Teresa are true blessings to our cause.

Here are several english blogs that can help you make flags, they have been poste by Berene Campbell, the instigator of To Boston with Love, she has been such a huge help in making WE'RE STITCHED TOGETHER for Lac Mégantic.

http://vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca/blog/2013/04/to-boston-with-love/
http://happysewlucky.wordpress.com/

Cinzia also has one on her blog:
http://deuxpetitessouris.blogspot.ca/2013/08/where-fish-gather.html?spref=fb

Please send the flags to:
Courtepointe Claire
C/O Lac Mégantic
3143 Boul. Dagenais Ouest
Laval, Québec, H7P 1T8
Canada

We would love to receive flags to put on the fences all around the perimeter.... so that means we need LOTS of flags!

Don't hesitate to e-mail me if you have any otber questions:
courtepointeclaire@bellnet.ca

Thank you all ♥♥♥

Claire

Claire Haillot said...

HI Julie,
Here are several english blogs that can help you make flags, they have been poste by Berene Campbell, the instigator of To Boston with Love, she has been such a huge help in making WE'RE STITCHED TOGETHER for Lac Mégantic.

http://vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca/blog/2013/04/to-boston-with-love/
http://happysewlucky.wordpress.com/

Cinzia also has one on her blog:
http://deuxpetitessouris.blogspot.ca/2013/08/where-fish-gather.html?spref=fb

Claire Haillot said...

I forgot to mention that you can add your flags onto FLICKR:
http://www.flickr.com/groups/2214264@N25/

Cinzia also opened an account on instagram
#onesttisseserre

Thanks

Claire Haillot said...

NO you do not have to, go ahead and create your own personal flags. The size must be 6x8 with a 16'' cord to hang them one to the other. And please try to avoir red, yellow and orange. The colors of the city are blue and green.
Here are several english blogs that can help you make flags, they have been poste by Berene Campbell, the instigator of To Boston with Love, she has been such a huge help in making WE'RE STITCHED TOGETHER for Lac Mégantic.

http://vancouvermodernquiltguild.ca/blog/2013/04/to-boston-with-love/
http://happysewlucky.wordpress.com/

Cinzia also has one on her blog:
http://deuxpetitessouris.blogspot.ca/2013/08/where-fish-gather.html?spref=fb