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Northern Needles quilt show returns to Long Lake Aug. 6-8

LONG LAKE - The 2010 Northern Needles Quilt and Needlework Show will be held Friday, Aug. 6, through Sunday, Aug. 8, at the Long Lake Town Hall.

The show will be held 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12-4 p.m. Sunday. The show is free and open to the public, but Northern Needles will be collecting donations at the show to benefit the Alzheimer's Foundation of America.

This year's show is the group's fifth bi-annual event, and promises to be a spectacular display of color, craftsmanship and beauty. Northern Needles members enjoy working in many textile media, including traditional quilting, art and landscape quilting, knitting, crocheting, felted wool, rug hooking, embroidery, cross-stitching, needlepoint, and much more.

Northern Needles is a community-based needlework group that meets twice a month at St. Henry's Parish Center in Long Lake. Its purpose is to foster a congenial atmosphere where members and visitors may gather and socialize, as well as educate, learn and perform any needlework desired. The group was formed over thirteen years ago when four local women got together once a week to sew, and has grown continuously over the years.

Northern Needles takes on at least one community project each year. They have provided countless handmade items, as well as cash donations, for the benefit of those in need. Such projects have included quilts for children in hospital, teddy bears for the town rescue squad to use with children, wheelchair and walker bags for nursing home residents, lap quilts for Alzheimer's patients, clothing for premature newborns, raffle quilts for the local library and food pantry, and a wall hanging for the local medical center.

For more information about the show or Northern Needles, call 624-5351.

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