MACKLIN, Sask. — In the past decade, volunteers in Macklin and area have made more than 1,100 quilts for those in need. The quilt-making project started under the direction of the Macklin branch of the Catholic Women’s League of Canada.
With the co-operative efforts of women from the town and surrounding area, many quilts are put together every winter.
Since ardent seamstresses with remnants left over did not want to see the materials go to waste, they put the pieces together to make quilt covers. Fibrefill batts are cut into rectangular pieces to make filling for various quilt sizes.
The multi-piece quilt cover is sewn onto a suitable backing like flannel or other soft material and turned inside out. The batt is attached to the inside of the cover with hand stitching. Then the quilt is turned right side out and the opening is sewn shut. Using wool yarn and a large needle, the yarn is pulled through the entire thickness at regular intervals, thus securing the layers. The yarn is tied, completing a durable, warm quilt.
The official quilting sessions usually begin in January, when every Tuesday afternoon the women meet at St. Mary’s Catholic Church hall to begin the work.
The number of volunteers varies from six to 12 or more, depending on weather and other commitments.
Some women cannot come to the hall but are able to work on the quilts at home. The covers are sewn at home by many women in the community. Some quilts are tied at the hall and others are given to our senior women at the assisted living facility Villa Marie, to residents at the Countryside Manor and to seniors at their homes for completion.
The quilts are taken to the Catholic Women’s League Clothing Depot in Saskatoon and made available to those in need. This season, in February 2015 alone, a total of 55 large quilts, 21 baby quilts and five pillows were delivered to the CWL Clothing Depot in Saskatoon. Some quilts are also given to the Macklin Food Bank for those in need.
Working together gives the women a sense of fellowship and a feeling of accomplishment. At the mid-session break, a light lunch of tea, coffee or juice and some baking is enjoyed. This project is also an excellent way of recycling fabrics as much material is donated to the seamstresses for making quilts.