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Crazy Quilters group celebrates 25 years of charitable stitching

Crazy Quilters, from left, Ann Carroll, Eunice Rothermel and Julie Devine create quilts on vintage Singer Featherweights, restored by Dick Devine. Carroll’s is a 1937 model, Rothermel’s was made in 1949 and Devine’s is a 1950 machine.

The Crazy Quilters Guild of Park Rapids will mark its 25th year of stitching camaraderie with an open house and show from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, July 7 at Riverside United Methodist Church.

Admission is free.

"It’s women who like to quilt," Shirley Tobias explained of the club that has marked a quarter century. "We share ideas, techniques and tools. It’s inspiring."

The charitable organization reaches out to the community by providing quilts in time of need.

Quilts ­– a tangible expression of comfort – are donated to CHI St. Joseph’s, to various fundraisers, to those facing challenging or crisis situations, fire and disaster victims and other recipients.

An estimated 50 to 75 quilts are donated to organizations and individuals throughout the year.

Meals on Wheels receives 85 to 100 placemats and table runners to spice up their contribution.

In addition, the quilters share their wizardry with Park Rapids students during 8th hour.

They engage in retreats and "sew-ins" as an "artistic outlet."

The 48-member group (with new members welcome) meets twice monthly, on the second Thursday for a business meeting at 7 p.m. in the lower level meeting room in the Park Rapids Area Library and from 3 to 9 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of the month in the library for a "work" meeting.