Walk of Hope

Most people have a cause or charity that they support, and for many, the reason they support that particular organization is because they have been touched on a personal level. The cause that is close to my heart is The Walk of Hope for Ovarian Cancer. Seven years ago, a very special lady lost her battle with ovarian cancer. Barbara Lepitzki was an incredible person. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, mother, aunt, grandmother, cousin, and friend, who always gave freely of her time and wisdom, even when she was ill. For example, soon after she was diagnosed, she joined the Cancer Connection to help support newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families. This year marks the 11th year since Barbara and her friend Catterina brought the Ovarian Cancer Walk of Hope to Saskatoon. Her beautiful sisters continue to co-chair the Walk in Barbara’s memory. I have been asked in the past to provide a quilt for the board to raffle off to raise funds, and I was honoured to be asked to do the same this year.

My goal when asked to do a fundraising quilt is to find a universally appealing design and fabrics. It can be extremely difficult, as everyone’s tastes are different. I had a gorgeous batik Gemstone from Cantik Batiks in the Great Lakes colourway, and some coordinating yardage, so I figured that would be a good place to start.

great lakes

I played around with several ideas on EQ5 before i found one that I liked.

In the end, I went with the last layout, but I changed the borders around a bit. I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out, and I hope it brings in a good amount for the walk.



I used silver grey thread, and the Bubbles pantograph to quilt it. A pop of colour for the binding really adds to the overall look. I know it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m hopeful that it is pleasing enough to the majority of ticket buyers.

Keep an eye out for the Walk of Hope booth in and around Saskatoon this spring and summer. You’ll find them at farmer’s markets and trade shows. The Walk of Hope is usually held in September at Meewasin Park in Saskatoon. I will keep you updated as details are finalized so that you can participate in this very important cause.an find

Thanks to Jenn from A Quarter Inch From the Edge for suggesting that I put a link on here to the Ovarian Cancer Canada website. On it you can find information about ovarian cancer, support for those diagnosed with this terrible disease, and a link to the Walk of Hope site. Please take a few minutes and visit the site. It would mean the world to me!

Published by prairiecharmquilts

i live on the beautiful Saskatchewan prairie with my sweet man, my two darling boys, our dog trixie, 5 cats, three chickens, two horses, and a zillion frogs. i started sewing when i was 10 and did garment sewing for many years before i discovered quilting. i have been obsessed with quilting since 1994. i am self taught, so i may not do things 'by the book', but i don't think the quilt police are too concerned about l'il ol' me. my quilts are made to be loved and i hope i outlive them all!

7 thoughts on “Walk of Hope

  1. Thank you for creating such a beautiful quilt to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Canada. My mom worked with many women with ovarian cancer before she retired and we volunteered each year with our city’s Walk of Hope. Perhaps you could add a link to OCC in your post… so many people are unaware of the symptoms of ovarian cancer or even that the Walk of Hope exists. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF @ A Quarter Inch from the Edge!


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