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One stitch at a time

Wind Crest fabric arts group creates quilts for charity

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April 24th, 2012

The whir of sewing machines, the snip of scissors, the sweet sound of women s laughter. These sounds fill the creative arts studio at Wind Crest, the Erickson Living community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., every Wednesday morning. The fabric arts group, which consists of quilters, knitters, crotcheters, and one embroiderer, make blankets, table runners, tablecloths, pillowcases, and draperies. They combine their talents with camaraderie in the well-outfitted studio. One sub-group, the Wind Crest Quilters, fulfills the needs of others. Its 15 members mainly focus on making quilts for charity. They assemble to work as a team once a week, while the rest of the time they work on projects independently at home. Many of the women also quilt for the Firehouse Quilts of Colorado, Inc., which donates snuggle quilts to firehouses, EMTs, medical centers, and women s crisis centers, offering comfort for women and children going through a traumatic time. If the Wind Crest Quilters make a quilt too large to finish on their home machines or the studio machine, they assemble what they can and give it to the Firehouse Quilters to complete. But the quilting is all about connection for these ladies; even though they may be doing their own thing, they do so as a team and for a greater goal to comfort those in need. We have an expression that we use as a group, Together apart, says quilter Mary MacIlroy.