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Local women creating quilts for African orphans

BRANT LAKE - About a dozen women of the Northern Lights Quilt Guild has been meeting for months, fashioning decorative quilts to be donated to orphans in Africa.

The Guild members collectively created 15 quilts, incorporating African fabric, to be donated to children in Makhulong Children's Village, an orphanage at the Edendale Primary School, near Pretoria, South Africa.

The quilts will accompany Skidmore College students traveling to South Africa in May 2009.

The Guild members have used African fabric in each quilt so that the children will feel a sense of cultural comfort surrounding them, Guild president Gail Frenz said Monday.

Skidmore students are making quilts at Patti's Quilting & Fabrics in Glens Falls. Since they plan to deliver 140 quilts this trip, community groups including members of the Northern Lights Quilt Guild are helping the students in creating quilts.

The students' quilting project is part of Skidmore's South African Educational Study program, in which students are exposed to the history and culture of South Africa. When they return, the students share their experienced in local classrooms.

The Quilt Guild meets at 9 a.m. on the third Saturday of each month, September through May, at the Horicon Community Center in Brant Lake. The group's Dec. 20 meeting will feature a trunk show by member Nancy DiDonato of Diamond Point. New members are welcome, and visitors are welcome to attend, Frenz said.

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