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December 14, 2012

Area quilters give back to the community


The quilters have also been making heart-shaped pillows for breast-cancer patients at CVPH’s Fitzpatrick Cancer Center for the past several years.

“The breast-cancer patients use them to put under their arms on the side where the (surgery take place),” Beauharnois said.

Several guild members also donate quilts to charities of their own choosing.

“They’re just a giving, wonderful, wonderful group of people that really really care about others,” Beauharnois said of her fellow quilters.


Within the guild are several sewing groups, including the Monday Night Cut Ups — Sandy Thornton, Pat Bleakly, Karen Collins, Deborah Patnode and Sharon Svendsen — which crafted a quilt that will be raffled off to benefit the Literacy Volunteers of Clinton County. Irene Bow of Bergen machine-quilted the coverlet for the guild.

Literacy Volunteers provides free one-on-one tutoring to county residents who wish to improve their literacy skills.

The guild doesn’t make quilts upon request to benefit local organizations, rather it sews one every two years and selects a group to benefit through an application process. The chosen nonprofit sells tickets, and the winner is drawn at the guild’s biannual Quilt Show — that event will take place in October 2013 at the SUNY Plattsburgh Field House.

Nearly 600 tickets, which cost $1 each or $5 for six, have already been sold, according to Beauharnois.

“We’re off to a booming start,” Forttrell said.


The Quilters Guild typically meets the second Wednesday of every month at Stafford Middle School in Plattsburgh. The January meeting, however, will take place on Jan. 16. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and meetings begin at 6 p.m.

Anyone interested in joining the guild, Beauharnois said, is invited to attend a meeting.

In addition, the group will hold a sew-athon on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the United Way building on Tom Miller Road in Plattsburgh for its latest project, which involves making stuffed-animal pillows, or “pillow pals,” to be given to children at area hospitals and shelters. The event, open to guild members, will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

For more information about the Champlain Valley Quilters Guild of New York, visit

To view the quilt or buy raffle tickets, contact Literacy Volunteers at 564-5332.

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