Connecting Threads is a group of quilters from the community, the majority of which belong to the Prairie Piecemakers Quilters’ Guild, that meet every Thursday at the Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre to make items for donation.
Quilt tops are made from donated cotton fabric from our members and the public. Funds raised from the Guild’s quilt raffle are used to purchase quilt batting and flannelette backing for the NICU quilts.
In 2016, 434 quilts were donated to the community. 173 quilts were donated to the NICU and 212 quilts to the Pediatric and Adolescent Units and programs at the Regina General Hospital and Wascana Rehab Centre for kids with terminal and chronic illnesses and those in a traumatic situation. 20 bed sized quilts were donated to SOFIA House and a total of 29 were donated to the Syrian refugees, 4 Directions and women with advanced cancer. 228 quilted placemats are donated in December to RQHR Home Care Meals-on Wheels program. 402 colourful pillowcases are donated to the 3 Regina women’s shelters. This year we donated 49 fidget quilts to Regina’s long term care facilities for use by residents with dementia and visual impairments. All the scraps of fabric and batting were put into 150+ pet beds and donated the Regina Humane Society.
In 2016, the Prairie Piecemakers Quilters’ Guild was selected to receive a grant of $1500 from the Farm Credit Canada Regina Spirit Fund and $1000 from SaskEnergy’s Share the Warmth program. These grants will be used to purchase batting for all of our quilts and flannelette for the backings of the NICU quilts.
If you wish to donate fabric that is 100% cotton to Connecting Threads, please phone Marlene @ 306-586-5346 or Shelby @ 306-584-2748.