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Pieces of the past at QUILT Inc.'s show

Wilson has a background in stained glass, a craft that he says is similar in many ways to quilting. There's a lot of cutting pieces and fitting them together, of taking something old and turning it into something new.

That's a hallmark of quilting. The hobby's roots stretch back to times when there weren't fabric shops in every town. Pat Coleman grew up sewing and wanted to try making a quilt. She used anything she could get her hands on: corduroy, cotton, denim.

"Talk about rudimentary," she said.

"That's where a lot of people's history is," Bauer said. Especially before the proliferation of fabric stores, she said, people would make quilts from scraps around their houses, scraps that each had their own story.

That spirit has prevailed even as quilting material has changed. When Bauer's grandson was born, he had to spend time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. A quilt someone had donated to the NICU kept him warm.

Seeing her grandson bundled in the blanket that a stranger had put such care into creating warmed Bauer, too.

"You know that other people are there," she said.

QUILT Inc. meets on the second Friday of each month at Delmar Reformed Church, 386 Delaware Ave. Quilters of all abilities are welcome. For more information, visit www.quiltinc.org.

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