Threads Across Nebraska and Quilting for a Cause

By: Erin Myers Email
By: Erin Myers Email

There are big ones, small ones, bright ones, even holiday themed ones. It's the 8th Annual Threads Across Nebraska and Kearney is the host.

Hundreds of quilts are on display and each one is unique. Featured Quilter Alice Torpin says the turnout has restored her faith in the future of quilting.

"At one time, i thought quilting was maybe going to go by the wayside. I don't think that anymore," said Torpin.

Torpin was born during the Depression and made her first quilt at age 16. She says the skill has allowed her to provide for her family throughout her life.

"I've made clothing for my girls, the kids, and myself all my life... Craft projects, wall hangings, things like that."

Others like Torpin find meaning in quilting through 'Quilts of Valor'. The national organization has a group of volunteers in Kearney. Members create durable quilts that are then delivered to army hospitals for American soldiers who were wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

QOV quilter and coordinator Louisa Renchen says the small gift can last forever.

"We want to give them some comfort because these are going to the wounded. We want them to have something tangible that indicates we appreciate what they've done for us. We want to comfort them in their wounded time," said Renchen.

Volunteer Amanda Benz says delivering warm quilts counters the cold feeling of a hospital.

"We've had stories of soldiers who feel safe. They are under a blanket that looks like home," said Benz.

Threads Across Nebraska continues October 13th until 4 p.m.

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