How do you combine your love of quilting with the celebration of Canadas 150th Birthday?

On May 17 a group of Gemini employees got together to do just that. In honour of Canada’s 150 birthday celebration the Canadian Quilters Association (CQA) came up with an idea to hold the biggest quilting bee. In partnership with the Ronald McDonald House, the CQA set out on an ambitious goal to make 1000 quilts; two quilts for every room within Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada. Ronald McDonald Houses provide families of sick children a home to stay at while their child is being treated at a nearby hospital. There are 15 Ronald McDonald Houses across Canada, with over 10,000 families utilizing the homes yearly.

With the fabric generously donated by Gemini, the Gemini team produced one quilt top and several blocks to be donated to the creation of other quilts.

The big quilt bee will be held in Toronto on June 14-17 where hundreds of quilters are getting together with big name sewing sponsors like Janome, Husqvarna and Pfaff to produce the blocks and quilt tops into blankets for the children. This will include the quilt top and blocks donated by Gemini.

To date, according to the CQA website 800 of the 1000 quilts have been completed.

For more information on Canadas Big Quilt Bee visit the CQA website at

Jodi S – Gemini Corporation

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