Kathy Burgar (left)

Kathy Burgar (left)

Piecemakers create quilts for Alberta flood victims

For the many who lost their homes to the Alberta floods in June, rebuilding their homes and lives may take years.

  • Jul. 25, 2013 7:00 a.m.

By Tara Sprickerhoff

For the many who lost their homes to the Alberta floods in June, rebuilding their homes and lives may take years.

The Cariboo Piecemakers Quilt Club, however, is doing their part to make that process a little bit easier by joining quilters across Canada making beautiful quilts to send to Alberta to help those who have been displaced by the flooding.

“We just want to help,” said club president Rilla Warwick. “We’re quilters and this is what we enjoy doing. I don’t think there is anyone in B.C. who doesn’t have friends and family in Alberta.”

The quilters in Williams Lake are just creating the decorative quilt tops. Later these will be sent to My Sewing Room, a Calgary store that will put the batting in and finish the quilts. When the quilts are finished, the store will also take care of dispersing them to those in need.

As of last Wednesday morning, the club had made 15 quilt tops and had many more on the go.

“We were really, really lucky. Ibea’s craft store gave us the number of their supplier Trend-Tex so we contacted them and they donated a whole box full of beautiful fabric,” said Warwick.

Around 12 quilters had helped make the quilts finished by Wednesday morning and more were expected to join as the day progressed.

“People have been awesome about giving up their time,” said Warwick, adding that if anyone is heading to Calgary and has room for a box of quilts in their trunk to let her know.

“We just want those who lost their homes to feel good. These are comfort quilts,” she said. “It tells them that people care.”