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Local Quilts to Comfort Wounded Soldiers posted: 8/2/2005
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Valerie Curtis (front left) enlisted the help of Kathy Kuryla (back left), Brenda Manley (front right) and Kay Roberts in a quilting project for wounded soldiers. (Karen Emerson-McPeak / Staff)

By Karen Emerson-McPeak / Review Appeal Staff Reporter
August 19, 2004
Reprinted with permission from the Williamson County Review Appeal and Karen Emerson-McPeak

Women have always stood behind their men as they went off to war. Today’s soldiers are no different.

Back on the home front, the families of our soldiers are busy sending cards, collecting boxes filled with items they can’t get there, making home videos and tapes or sending e-mails. Here in Williamson County, a group of women are busy making quilts.

According to Kathy Kuryla, co-owner of The Quilting Squares Studio in Franklin, about 40 local quilters have come together to make quilts that will be sent to Andrews Air Force Base for distribution to wounded soldiers.

The project started when Valerie Curtis received an e-mail from her friend, Sharyn Craig. The author of several quilt books, Craig and a quilting guild in Waldorf, Md., started making quilts to be given to the soldiers. But because the guild couldn’t keep up with the demand, the group sent a plea to other quilters to help.

Curtis immediately began plans. She called her friend and asked if she could teach a class here using Craig’s techniques. The class would be free, with the only requirement being that class members had to commit to one quilt and in red, white and blue. The first class filled so quickly that there were six more classes. To date, a total of 22 quilts have been completed and there are at least 22 more being worked on. Plus, there’s one more class scheduled.

“We’ve also had members of the Cumberland Valley Quilters Guild to volunteer to make the quilts but didn’t take a class,” Craig said. “The guild will also be paying the shipping of the quilts.”

The quilts are a required 30-by-30-inch size using the Half Square Log Cabin pattern. Donations of fabric, batting and money for shipping are also being accepted from those who don’t quilt but would like to participate.

Kay Roberts, the other co-owner of The Quilting Squares Studio, and Kuryla volunteered space at their studio for the classes and also gave the participants 10 percent off on fabric purchased at their studio.

For quilt lovers and makers, The Quilting Squares Studio will be on the road in August selling their wares at the Nashville American Quilt Society show. Both women will also be teaching classes, which they do here, but it will be the first time at the national show. Roberts will be teaching square-in-a-square and Kuryla will be teaching her technique for machine quilting.

For more information about classes at The Quilting Squares Studio and how to participate in making quilts for soldiers, call 794-4769. The studio is located at 103 Confederate Drive, Suite 2 in Franklin.

Reprinted with permission of the Williamson County Review Appeal
©2004 Williamson County Review Appeal and Karen Emerson-McPeak

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