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April 18, 2013

Stitch artists: Deep Valley Quilters hosting 2013 Quiltfest

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MANKATO —

The grand prize for the raffle is a queen-sized quilt titled “No Diamonds in the Sky.” The large quilt, which displays detailed black and brown diamond shapes, was put together by members of the guild themselves. Raffle tickets can be bought for $1.

Vogel Turbes has been sewing since she was a young girl. She began by sewing outfits for her toys, and by junior high was sewing her own clothes. She decided to join the Deep Valley Quilters guild in 2001 has been dedicated to the group ever since.

“I have developed my best friendships through this group of women,” she said.

In 35 years of existence, the guild has grown from six initial members to about 100. They meet at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month at the First Congregational United Church of Christ. It is made up of members ages 18 to well over 80, along with about a dozen mother-daughter combinations. The quilters also go on retreats two to three times a year.

The guild is always welcoming new members and will have a signup at Quiltfest for those who are interested in joining.

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