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Quilt raises funds for City of Refuge

Sheila Gardner

Rita Kuehn has turned her quilting hobby into a project to raise funds to provide quilts for the residents of City of Refuge which offers housing to unwed women during their pregnancies.

Kuehn, an East Valley Road resident, has donated a queen-sized bed quilt to be raffled off for City of Refuge. The raffle is Nov. 28, but the quilt will be on display at Laurill’s Fabrics, until Thursday.

After Thursday, Kuehn said the quilt will be at House of Fabrics in Carson City and the Quilt Stop in Reno. Tickets are $1 each and are available at Bouquet & Bouquet, Laurill’s Fabrics, the Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor’s Authority, Fabric Connection, Antique Junction at Lake Tahoe and Calico Books.

“I always wanted to do something,” said Kuehn. “This other lady and I heard about the City of Refuge at a meeting at Lake Tahoe and we just wanted to do it.”

Kuehn is using the proceeds from the raffle and donations to make 16 quilts for the residents of City of Refuge, operated by Dave and Diane Gamble.

In addition to displaying the quilt, Kuehn said Laurill’s Fabrics owner Laurill Tran has donated material and appliques for the quilts.

“Five of us have already made four quilts for the beds,” said Kuehn. “It was always in the back of my mind to try to do something for unwed mothers.”

Kuehn, who regularly quilts three or four hours a night, has been spending up to five or six hours each evening to make the quilts.

“My house needs to be cleaned so badly,” she laughed.

She learned to quilt six or seven years ago, shortly after she and her husband retired and moved to Carson Valley from Southern California.

“He’s been sick, so this has been good therapy for me,” she said.

The quilt to be raffled has a combination log cabin-sunbonnet Sue, sunbonnet Sam design, Kuehn said.

“I like to use wild colors,” she said. “It has a lot of bright colors. I had fun doing it. I’m not much of an artist, I just wandered into it.”