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Grove quilts her way into the hearts of kids

November 12, 2009

WILLIAMSPORT -- A self-taught quilter, Kendra Grove reached a point a few years ago when she was running out of people to receive her quilts.

"I saw a little blurb in a quilting magazine about an organization called Quilts for Kids," Grove said.

She called and was connected with Linda Arye, who founded the organization in Yardley, Pa., nine years ago. Grove said she was treated so well by Arye and the organization that she decided to start making quilts for the group.

"I was sending eight to 10 quilts a month to them ... just from me," she said.

A local chapter of Quilts for Kids Inc. has formed and met for its first workshop in September. The group meets the third Sunday of the month from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at Traditions at the White Swan at 16525 National Pike west of Hagerstown.

The group has given quilts to Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore and to the Parent Child Center of Washington County.

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"There are four or five regular quilters, but we are hoping for more interest," Grove said.

Experienced quilters work alongside novices who are learning the initial steps of quilting.

Supplies are provided and include 100 percent cotton fabrics and all-cotton threads. Those requirements are set by hospitals where the quilts are taken for children with illness or injury.

"We are always looking for fabric and thread donations," Grove said.

Grove has a studio in her home where she keeps her prized long-arm quilting machine. The machine is used for finishing quilts with batting and binding along the edges.

"People send their quilts for me to finish," Grove said.

She has 24 quilts ready to go to hospitals, including one for a local boy at a rehabilitation hospital near Baltimore with injuries from a bicycle accident in Washington County.

Grove, a Williamsport native, said she has moved 13 times in her married life.

She designs kitchens at G.A. Miller Lumber Co. in Williamsport where her husband, Jeffrey, is general manager.

The Groves have two sons and two granddaughters.

More information about Quilts for Kids can be obtained by calling 301-223-8902.

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