Saturday, February 19, 2000

Quilts made to give away

Teen club sends warmth to Kosovo

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — The compassion of a group of high school girls is measured in the exacting patterns of color, design and care put into quilts they create for the needy.

        In recent months more than a dozen Liberty Township area girls, ages 12 to 18, have been learning the ancient art of quilting — and the precious art of charity.

        The teens, members of Liberty Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Dutchland Parkway, meet weekly to create baby quilts. The quilts are donated to relief efforts in strife-torn Kosovo.

        Their teacher is quilting expert Kelly Corbridge, who volunteers her time, home and sewing machine.

        “I'm close to the girls and I enjoy them,” said Ms. Corbridge, whose own award-winning quilting has been featured numerous times in national magazines such as McCall's Quilting Quick Quilts.

        “But the most important thing is to serve others,” she said.

        The girls have produced quilts good enough to be featured in the March issue of McCall's quilting magazine.

        But aside from national publicity, the girls' artistic work has been most rewarded by knowing that they are helping others.

        “It's really humbling,” said Elizabeth Tammen, 18, a senior from Lakota East High School. “It's doing something for someone else. To think that someone is going to get more use of it, besides decorations, is so important.”

        The quilts are sent over seas via the Humanitarian Center of the Church in Salt Lake City, Utah.

        Ms. Tammen said besides helping others, there's also a sense of accomplishment and pride. She intends to make some quilts for her own use and display.

        “They are not really something you keep in the back of your closet,” she said.

        Amanda Lindau, 15, enjoys the camaraderie that comes through the girls working together on their quilts.

        “It's really fun. We talk a lot and I've grown closer to my friends,” said Amanda, a student at Lakota Freshmen School. Hers was one of the quilts highlighted in McCall's.


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