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Quilting Bee Binds with a Purpose

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McLean Chapter of Northern Virginia Quilters Unlimited pose for a group photo during a brief break in the service bee.

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Connie Doberenz, the "quilt police" examines carefully each finished quilt before placing it in the completed pile.

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Anju Pringle finishes the binding of a quilt by sewing in the club label.

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Tying a quilt is one of the oldest and most traditional ways of joining the top, the batting and the back of a quilt together.

Gathering for a service bee on Tuesday, June 9, members of the McLean Chapter of Northern Virginia Quilters Unlimited finished quilts for the Arlington Public Schools Teenage Parenting Program. The quilts are presented to the students at graduation with perfect attendance. The quilts are also donated to the senior citizens through the Arlington County Social Services and quilts are also given to the Fairfax Hospital through the Assistance League of Fairfax.

Arlington resident Mary Pace has been organizing the service bees for the past eight years. When she first started, 25 quilts were made that year. The number of quilts finished now in a year exceeds 150; 75 or more quilts will be completed at Tuesday’s event.