Quilters Sew For Trauma Victims

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The fabric was flying earlier this week at the American Legion hall.

The occasion was the annual three-day quilting "sewathon" staged by the Shoofly Quilters of Payson. When the last scrap of fabric was vacuumed up Wednesday afternoon the group had produced a grand total of 130 quilts in a cornucopia of colors and patterns.

"We're making baby quilts that we will give to DPS or any of the agencies that encounter children in trauma situations," community service chairperson Dorothy Tatsch said.

"We're also making adult-sized quilts that will go to the veterans in the vets hospital over in Prescott."

The quilters, about 60 strong, produce the quilts each year as their primary community service project. About 16 members showed up each day of the "sewathon."

"We love it," Tatsch said. "It's time we feel is well spent. We don't do it for accolades. We do it because we just have a lot of fun getting in here and making lots of noise."

And then there's the good the quilts do. According to veterans hospital employees, the quilts are often the only color the recipients have in their lives, Tatsch said.

Contrary to what many believe, quilting is not a dying art. In fact, Tatsch said, it's currently enjoying a revival.

Shoofly Quilters, which belongs to the Arizona Quilters Guild, meets every Tuesday at the American Legion Hall.

For more information, call Tatsch at 472-6062 or Marlla Hinds at 468-6910.

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