Tuesday, February 20, 2007

more volunteer crafting

(by the way, i tried paul newman's filled ginger cookies - sort of like oreos but instead of chocolate, they are made with ginger. they are very good. plus you HAVE to support mr newman. all of the proceeds from his products DO go to the hole in the wall organization)

Piecemakers Guild crazy for quilts

GENEVIEVE REILLY greilly@ctpost.com

BRIDGEPORT — Peggy Clinkscales picked up fabric scraps here and there, and stuffed them into a plastic grocery bag.
"Someone's going to make a quilt out of the scraps," Clinkscales said, as she picked her way through the orange snakes of extension cords that wound around the floor of the basement room at North Park Baptist Church last week.
The dozens of sewing machines lining the long tables were humming.
Some were the latest in sewing technology, with computerized stitching. Others were the highly prized Singer Featherweights — very portable as the name suggests — no longer made and selling for a premium on Ebay.
It was mid-afternoon and the leftover slices of pizza and brownies were off to the side.
Members of the Connecticut Piecemakers Quilt Guild, more than 50 of them, were back to concentrating on the task at hand — making comfort quilts for children at Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Camp.
Working in groups of three and four, the quilters pieced the materials together in either a Skewed Friendship Star or Skewed Style Log Cabin patterns.
"We're going to finish today," said Debbie Wilson of Trumbull. "We're working on the binding right now."
Her group, which included Pat Ruhanen of Stratford and Barbara Peterson of New Haven, used their scraps to piece together the binding that would wind around the quilt's edges, holding the top, batting and back together............

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