In September of 2008, a group of women in southeastern Manitoba gathered in Steinbach for the purpose of making quilts for those less fortunate. As the Manitoba chapter of a national charity, we made and gifted over 500 quilts to people who were suffering from cancer from September of 2008 until December 2012.
We began our own group in January of 2013. We chose the name Heartland Quilters, and began the business of incorporating as a not for profit. Our members, as well as others who saw the value in what we were doing, all contributed funds to pay the legal costs. After incorporating in August of 2013, we applied for charity status which was granted to us in June of 2014.
In the meantime, we made and gifted 174 quilts in 2013, and another 169 quilts in 2014. Many people gave us their leftover fabrics, and these thrifty women used scraps as well as yardage from their own stash. They have dug deeply into their own pockets to make these beautiful gifts of comfort.
We decided to gift the quilts to established charities who were already in the mission of delivering comfort to the needy. These charities are Quilts of Valour (quilts given to service men and women who are suffering after returning from a tour of duty), Project Linus Canada (quilts are given to children of all ages for many reasons), Siloam Mission, and the Mennonite Central Committee.