When at the end of June the news were filled with reports of the devastating flood in High River, Alberta, a Moose Jaw Quilt Store and its customers jumped in to action.
Heather and Arlys, co-owners of Quilters’ Haven at 422 Main Street N in Moose Jaw put the word out and quilters and non-quilters across Saskatchewan lined up to helps. From Swift Current to Saskatoon, Humboldt to Lafleche and everywhere in-between, quilters switched on their sewing machines, raided their stash, made countless trips to their local quilt store. They cut, they pieced, they strip pieced and they quilted to create a mountain of quilts.
“Our goal is to send 150 quilts to High River. We will definitely reach that goal and possibly surpass it. We are at 130 quilts already and still have until the end of the month. Quilters from across the province have supported us with their creations, non-quilters have dropped by the store to make cash donations to offset the cost of batting and backing materials.” Heather shared yesterday in a short interview. “We have beautiful quilts for a wide audience. One quilt, made primarily of pinks and white has a note on it to ensure it goes to a breast cancer survivor or sufferer. This quilt was donated by one of the quilters from Humboldt. We have quilts for children and for adults. they range in size from baby quilt to king sized bed quilts. People have been so generous!”
The project is well under way, but additional donations are always welcome. Heather, Arlys and the staff at Quilters’ Haven in Moose Jaw are open Monday through Saturday. Sewers gather every Tuesday and Thursday to work on donation quilts for High River. If you have an hour or two to spare, consider helping out!
My Sewing Room quilt store in Calgary is also hosting sewing bees and accepting quilts for High River.
…and there are many more all over the country, I am sure. The one I featured, Quilters Haven in Moose Jaw, also helped out the fire victims at Slave Lake last year. They have an active mandate to create quilts for comfort for those in need!