After eighteen years and 2,500 quilts donated locally, the Scrapbag Quilters of Saugeen Shores have packed up their sewing machines for the final time.
The group, founded by long time Saugeen Shores residents Lois Harnden, Jeanette Detta and Marilyn Magda, wanted to make community outreach quilts for individuals in need within our community. In addition to providing warmth, a quilt literally wraps the recipient in a quilty hug.
In addition to individuals within our community who received a quilt due to ill health or a fire, we found that several groups would distribute quilts on our behalf. They included Woman’s House Second Stage Housing, Salvation Army, Toy Drive, Living Hope, the Food Basket, Community Living, Hampton Court, Port Elgin United Church, St. Vincent de Paul, Missionary Church, St. John Anglican Church, Goderich Family Services for post Tornado Relief, Southampton Care Centre, the Children’s Aid Society (now Bruce/Grey Child and Family Services) and the Saugeen Shores Police Services.
Each year, in early December, we tried to match the needs of the group with our current inventory of quilts. The group would receive a delivery from us and then they would distribute the quilts to their clients.
Over the years, the group has appreciated obtaining funding from several community spirited organizations, including the Bluewater Quilters Guild, the Power Workers Union Equity Disbursement Fund, the Chambettes, Bruce Power Boiler Makers Union, Persona, the Sewcializers, and Iota Phi Sorority, Port Elgin Royal Canadian Legion Ladies Auxiliary, BJ’s Video, St. John Anglican Church, the Lutheran Church, and Port Elgin United Church, in Memoriam donations and from some individuals. The monies received were primarily used to purchase batting and backings for our quilts.
Early meetings were held at the Southampton Library and then later at the Port Elgin Library. When the Port Elgin Library was undergoing its major renovation, the Port Elgin United Church offered us a work space. This location suited our needs perfectly as there was good lighting, level access and lots of work space.
The members of our group would like to thank the community of Saugeen Shores for its support over the years. We have been able to pursue our passion and at the same time provide comfort to members of our community.