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Brooke Chapman, 8, attentively watches her seem lines

Brooke Chapman, 8, attentively watches her seem lines as she sews around the final edges of her quilt on Thursday at Summit Church. Chapman was the youngest of the participants at the camp and kept up great with straight lines and and early finish with most of the other girls.

The Buffalo Quilting Gals hosted their annual quilting workshop for the first time since COVID-19, bringing applicants from the canceled year back to make their own quilts this year on June 24 at Summit Church. Each kid worked directly with a volunteer from the Quilting Gals to practice their sewing skills, both by hand and machine, and to make their own quilt and other items if they had time. 

Jolene Foss, 12, looks to cut the extra thread

Jolene Foss, 12, looks to cut the extra thread off as she finishes her small pillow on Thursday at Summit Church. The fabric featured leaves and silhouettes of deer.

Maya Walter practiced her hand sewing by attaching her name label

After finishing the main body of the quilt, Maya Walter practiced her hand sewing by attaching her name label to a back corner on Thursday at Summit Church. Walter attended the camp with her cousin Calista and the pair were excited to take their quilts with them to their upcoming church camp.

Kodi Boden leans over her quilt as she hand threads knots

Kodi Boden leans over her quilt as she hand threads knots on the corners square corners on Thursday at Summit Church. Kodi and her sister Tera both participated in the camp this year.

Many of the girls had time to make extra items out of fabric

In addition to making their quilts, many of the girls had time to make extra items out of fabric like small handbags and pillows on Thursday at Summit Church. The fabric and sewing machines were provided as part of the camp so the kids didn’t have to bring any of their own supplies to participate.

The girls used the sewing machines of their volunteer teachers

The girls used the sewing machines of their volunteer teachers from the Buffalo Quilting Gals on Thursday at Summit Church. The squares were pre-cut for the kids so they didn’t have to worry about cutting out squares.

Abrie Hein works on finishing the final seems of her quilt

Abrie Hein works on finishing the final seems of her quilt on Thursday at Summit Church. Most of the girls were finished with the bulk of the work a few hours early, finishing with just small touches and extra projects if they had time.

This year's quilting group

Top row, from left: Tera Boden, Abrie Hein, Claire Kozisek, Jolene Foss and Kodi Boden. Bottom row, from left: Abbie Chapman, Cairi Culliton, Brooke Chapman, Calista Walter and Maya Walter.

Photojournalist

Jessi Dodge joined the Bulletin as a photojournalist and a Report for America corp member in 2020. If you have ideas or comments, reach out at jessi@buffalobulletin.com.

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