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Quilters in Valley send quilts to Kosovo refugees

by Joyce Hollister

Quilters in Carson Valley hope to send 20 quilts to help refugees from Kosovo.

Some 12 of the quilters worked together at The Quilt House at the Raley’s Shopping Center in Gardnerville last Thursday, putting the finishing touches on a number of quilts. Owners of the new shop, Janet and Gary Pierce, offered the use of their classroom area for the project.

Several local shops have also donated materials to the quilts, said Valley quilter Merry Kay Strohm.

About 13 quilts will be sent this week to the Global Development Center in Washington, D.C., a non-profit corporation, which is organizing the Kosovo refugee quilt project nationwide. Altogether, Global Development organizers hope to send about 12,000 quilts from al over the U.S.

The quilts will go to people, regardless of ethnic background, who need the quilts the most, Strohm said.

On Monday afternoon, eight members of the junior quilt guild of Carson Valley helped to ready the quilts, and on May 22, another adult quilting group will meet at The Quilt House.

The Quilt House, a new shop, is not open for business yet, but will be in about a week, Pierce said.

About 20 adult quilters of Carson Valley will have participated by the end of the project, said Strohm.

Anyone who would like to help may call Strohm at 265-5755.