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Capital High class makes quilts for nonprofits

2014-01-28T06:00:00Z Capital High class makes quilts for nonprofitsBy Derek Brouwer Helena Independent Record
January 28, 2014 6:00 am  • 

What was a box of fabric scraps will now offer a bit of comfort for someone in need, students at Capital High hope.

The students in the school’s Design 1 class stitched together a handful of “comfort quilts” last semester that they plan to give to local nonprofits.

Over the course of the class, the students learn to sew everything from pajamas to purses. Each works at a different pace, however, and in their downtime they worked to cut scraps into squares that became motley but interesting quilts.

It’s something teacher Sue Butler said her students do every year, but this group sewed with zeal to finish five quilts.

“I’ve never had a group quite like this,” she said. “These guys have really taken off with it.”

Some quilts have a patterned look, while others turned out more random. Some squares are straighter than others. Each was pulled from what the students affectionately refer to as “the treasure box.”

Last week, the class decided together where they’d like to donate the quilts. They settled on Florence Crittenton, Spring Meadow Resources, Shodair Children’s Hospital and God’s Love.

Many of the students take the class without any knowledge of sewing or quilting. Over the course of the semester, they learn in a 24-person sewing lab adjacent to the classroom.

“We didn’t really know how to make them,” student Mackenna Murphy said as she and a few other classmates demonstrated how to cut, pin and sew the squares together.

“We caught onto it really quickly,” she said.

The girls laughed as they examined some of the squares that didn’t pass muster. So many students helped make the quilts that no one remembers who worked on what pieces.

“Even though they (the quilts) are not the best looking, whoever gets it will appreciate it,” student Destry McNellis said.

“I think they’re beautiful,” Butler said.

Reporter Derek Brouwer can be reached at derek.brouwer@helenair.com or 447-4081. Follow Derek on Twitter @IR_DerekBrouwer

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