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Toni Dumont, right, executive director of SafeQuest Solano, thanks members of North Wind Quilters for their donated quilts during a ceremony at the Fairfield Senior Center, Tuesday morning. Looking on are, left to right, Paula Baum, with Alpha Pregnancy Resource Center in Vacaville, Cathy Blank, with Alpha Pregnancy Resource Center in Fairfield, and Donna Payne and Linda Fitzgrald, both with North Wind Quilters. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

Fairfield

Group donates 60 quilts to area programs

By From page A4 | October 02, 2013

FAIRFIELD — It takes members of the North Wind Quilters group 10 to 12 hours to craft one quilt.

The process involves cutting the fabric, sewing together the fabric, quilting the designs, binding the quilt together and laundering the quilt before donation.

Group members donated 60 quilts Tuesday to various aid organizations around Fairfield and Vacaville. The donations occurred during the quilters’ meeting at the Fairfield Senior Center.

With 50 members of the North Wind Quilters in attendance, representatives from the Alpha Pregnancy Resource Centers of Fairfield and Vacaville, Child Haven, Children’s Nurturing Project and SafeQuest Solano all received 12 handcrafted quilts.

Each group was presented with a tote bag, which bulged with all the quilts.

“This is such a blessing,” said Cathy Blank, director of client services for Alpha Pregnancy Resource Center of Fairfield.

“Sometimes people come in and share their stories, which are heartbreaking,” Blank said. “When we give them a quilt it brings tears to their eyes.”

For Toni Dumont, executive director of SafeQuest Solano, the donation of quilts demonstrated how the community can work together for a common goal.

“I’m proud how we all work together,” Dumont said. “Love goes into these blankets.”

The North Win Quilters crafted 300 quilts last year for various groups, said Donna Payne, who is community service director for the North Wind Quilters. Next up for the quilters is assisting with Operation Kid Comfort, Payne said.

Families of deployed service members are able to request that a quilt be made for each military child, according to the Operation Kid Comfort website.

The North Wind Quilters will then craft 300 patriotic pillowcases for veterans and present them to veterans during the veterans stand down event Oct. 15-17 at the Dixon May Fair fairgrounds.

“All the quilts are made with love,” Payne said.

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