Making Castoffs into Creations

Photo by Erik Mclean on

I read about an enterprising group of women in the August/September 2021 issue of Country Woman magazine. The Herschel Quilting and Recycling Group of Saskatchewan, Canada meets two times a week to make quilts from collected and recycled clothing and fabric.

This group got its start in World War II when the Herschel United Church Ladies Aid donated quilts to the Red Cross for soldiers overseas. Women from the Mennonite Church were also making quilts to donate to the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC). Eventually the two groups merged into one.

The group collects discarded clothing and fabric, keeping it out of the landfill, and makes wonderful, comforting quilts. They are able to complete approximately 100 quilts a year. Half of the quilts are auctioned off each April to support charitable causes, and half go to the MCC, to be shipped overseas for relief missions.

There is a growing concern about the amount of clothing that ends up in our landfills. The Herschel Quilting and Recycling Group not only addresses that issue, but makes treasures out of this trash.

Bye for now,


“The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.”  –  Ralph Waldo Emerson

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