Lake Tahoe quilting group helps others in need – one stitch at a time
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — A broad and beautiful assortment of handmade quilts and quilted goods will be on display at the Incline Village Library, at 845 Alder Ave., through the end of April.
These handmade treasures have all been crafted by members of the local quilt group, known as Bee Inclined Quilters. The group meets monthly (third Thursday) in the Library’s Community Room.
In addition, the Library and Bee Inclined Quilters will host an Artist’s Conversation and show opening party on March 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. This event is free, and light refreshments will be served.
Quilters will be on hand to talk about their projects and answer any questions attendees may have.
“We’re delighted to have our work displayed for all to see,” remarks Maggi Davis, founder of the 10-year-old nonprofit organization.
Founded in August 2005, the group began with just four quilters for the purpose of promoting the art of quilting and giving back to the community.
“We’ve lost track of just how many quilts we’ve donated over the years, and are grateful for the donations of quilting cottons we continue to receive,” Davis said. “Our bi-annual Quilt Expo, coming up in October at the Library, helps fund our coffers to purchase cotton batting and backing fabrics so that more comfort quilts can be made and distributed to those in need.”
Over the past 10 years, the Bee Inclined Quilters have donated to such worthwhile causes as the victims of the Joplin, Mo., tornado in 2011 (37 quilts) and several quilts to Japan following the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami that same year.
In 2012, another five quilts where sent to New Jersey to help with relief in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
Most recently, the Bee Inclined Quilters have been making baby quilts for Casa de Vida (home for unwed teen mothers) and making youth quilts for the Northern Nevada Childrens’ Cancer Foundation.
Other projects include the 2006 Nationwide Quilt Pink Event. For this event, the group contributed a completed quilt that was selected from more than 4,000 quilts donated as one of 100 quilts for publication in the book, “Quilt Pink for Hope,” published by Better Homes and Gardens magazine.
This article was submitted on behalf of Bee Inclined Quilters. For information on the group or to learn more, contact Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 775-831-4874.
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