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Locals participate in quilting bee for charity

Special Photo. Ann Murphy of Grayson teaches Marilyn Wall, left, and Jerrie Evans, right, both of Dacula, how to properly thread the yarn for tying a baby quilt.

Special Photo. Ann Murphy of Grayson teaches Marilyn Wall, left, and Jerrie Evans, right, both of Dacula, how to properly thread the yarn for tying a baby quilt.

By Deanna Allen

Staff Writer

deanna.allen@gwinnettdailypost.com

LILBURN -- A recent service project completed by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will bring comfort to infants and children who have been hospitalized and placed in foster care.

More than 100 blankets and quilts were made during a recent quilting bee held in Lilburn, where members of 12 LDS congregations, including churches in Gwinnett, Rockdale and Newton, lent their quilting and sewing talents to creating the gifts, which will be given to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Gwinnett County Department of Family and Children Services and other organizations.

"So many children have to be away from their families when they are in the hospital or when they are placed in foster care," said Ardie Brackett, president of the LDS women's organization known as Relief Society. "Sometimes all they have for security is a blanket. We are excited to be able to share these blankets and quilts made with such love."

About 100 women participated in the project and many had been working on blankets and quilts over the past few months, bringing along about 200 completed quilts and blankets to the quilting bee.

The collection of blankets included pieced quilts, machine-stitched quilts, tied quilts, crocheted and knitted blankets, fleece blankets and others.