Faithful Circle Quilters answer call for the kids

October 14, 2003

Georgia Morris and Bonnie Stapleton of Faithful Circle Quilters guild challenged the group's members to produce quilts for children in crisis, based on a classic children's book character: the monkey Curious George.

The Faithful Circle Quilters outdid themselves: The project yielded 66 crib-sized quilts and 10 miniature quilts for dolls. They were hung at First Presbyterian Church, where the group meets, and celebrated Sept. 25 and 29 with two ice cream socials. Banana splits were served, in honor of the mischievous monkey.

Shari Kramer and Arlene Kutz, coordinator and assistant coordinator of the Howard County chapter of Project Linus, collected the quilts, which will be given to children in the pediatric cardiology and nephrology departments of Johns Hopkins Hospital. Project Linus, a national nonprofit, provides homemade security blankets to sick children.

The Faithful Circle produces quilts for charity each month, and this was an extra project. It took 24 to 40 hours to make each quilt, said Morris, who made three. Starting with a fabric panel imprinted with nine images of Curious George, the quilters cut, sewed, layered and quilted the quilts, and bound their edges.

Each quilt was different. One included a three-dimensional book bag that contained a fabric Curious George book.

"Our hope is that the children who receive them will feel the love that went into them and enjoy them and be comforted by them," Morris said.

The group meets from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursdays. Quilters of all skill levels are welcome to attend one or both sessions.

Information: Kristine Fisher, 301-317-4384.

-- Fay Lande

Birth

Bryce Douglas: To Troy and Tricia Ingle of Long Reach on Sept. 22.

Around Town

Cleanup: Kings Contrivance Community Association will hold an open-space cleanup Oct. 25. Residents can register at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive, at 10 a.m. Doughnuts, coffee, plastic bags, gloves and supplies will be provided. Anne Dodd, 410-381-9600, or Rachel Ticar, 410-997-9285.

Children's theater: The 26th season of Lively Arts for Little Ones at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center is scheduled to present Hawaiian Rhythms, dance, music and Hawaiian culture Nov. 14; Interact Story Theatre, Dec. 5; Kathleen Jacobs & Puppets, Jan. 9; storyteller Arianna Ross, Feb. 6; Kinderman, March 12; and Pam the Kindersinger, April 2. The performances for children ages 2 1/2 to 5 will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tickets are $4.25; $25 for a subscription. Group rates are available. 410-730-4610 or 301-596-5237.

PTA requests: Thunder Hill Elementary School PTA is looking for neighbors to join its group to help provide better, safer schools and more educational resources for children. It also seeks corporate sponsors, grants and after-school programs. Linda Lagala-Spano, 410-997-0682.

Martial arts: Oakland Mills Community Association will offer Hale Martial Arts Academy classes at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center on Mondays and Wednesdays. Classes -- which incorporate the martial arts systems of karate, tae kwon do and jujitsu -- are for children, teen-agers and adults. Tuition is $35 a month. 410-730-4610.

Bridge, mah-jongg: The 50+ Center in east Columbia is offering bridge lessons for beginners from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and from 10 a.m. to noon Mondays. Daytime and evening mah-jongg classes are also available. 410-290-5430.

Karate: Long Reach Community Association is offering karate classes for children ages 6 and older and for adults. Classes for those ages 6 to 9 will meet from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturdays. For those ages 10 and older, classes will meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursdays and from 11 a.m. to noon Saturdays. Classes for adults meet from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays. The cost for an eight-week session is $78 for one class a week and $126 for two classes a week. A 5 percent discount is offered to residents of Columbia. 410-730-8113.

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