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World Quilt at North Warren

CHESTERTOWN Visitors to North Warren for the next couple of months might notice some colorful fabrics hanging in the main entryway. These pieces of textile art are called the World Quilt. The giant four-panel quilt was the brainchild of the Saratoga Holistic Mentoring Program, under the auspices of Catholic Charities, where more than 60 young people collected 1,500 pieces of fabric from 75 different countries over the last several years. Susan Shanley, who was the director of the program at the time, said the kids in the program wrote letters to other children around the world, asking them for traditional fabrics. Some of these kids come from very difficult circumstances and they were connecting with other kids around the world, Shanley said. The local children also sent photos and gifts to their global penpals, describing their families, hobbies and schools. Textile artist Fancelise Dawkins agreed to help create the quilt, which is being displayed around the world to promote peace and honor children. The quilt has already been to Saratogas sister city, Chekhov, Russia, carried there by some of the Saratoga students. Shanley would like to see the quilt displayed around the globe and in schools across the country. The quilt came to North Warren thanks to Dee Beckler, who is acquainted with Shanley. She told me about the quilt and I asked her if we could have it at North Warren for awhile, Beckler said. The World Quilt has been displayed in several capital district schools and museums, and after North Warren, it will be displayed at the Wings Falls Quilters Guild show, which is June 2 and 3 at the Dome at the Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury. Shanley said the quilt is scheduled to go to Uganda next summer with someone who is traveling there. We try to send it with people who travel, she said. We have plans to send it to Vietnam, Ghana and Peru so far. The mentoring program continues to collect fabric from around the world, with a goal of collecting fabric from every country. For information, call 581-1487 or email at info@saratogamentoring.org.

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