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Les Cockrell: Quilting group concludes 2012 Kid Kwilt challenge

The Denton Quilt Guild recently concluded its 2012 Kid Kwilt Challenge event, the culmination of the club’s annual Kid Kwilt program.

This program encourages guild members to make and donate child-size quilts to a variety of local community organizations.

Fabric donations are assembled into Kid Kits, packs of coordinated fabric for the top and backing of child-size quilts, according to information on the guild’s website. Members pick up the kits at the monthly guild meetings, then donate their time and creativity to make child-size quilts.

This year, members made 207 quilts for donation, a spokeswoman for the group stated in an e-mail. The quilts were donated to agencies including Denton County Community Partners’ Rainbow Rooms for foster children in Denton, Lewisville and Carrollton, and Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home. Quilts were also donated to the children who were adopted at the Denton courthouse at National Adoption Day last month.

The Kid Kwilt Challenge portion of the program begins in May, when guild members receive a piece of a donated fabric selected for the challenge. The piece, known as a “fat quarter,” measures 18 inches by 22 inches. The challenge is for members to make a child’s quilt using a recognizable portion of this fabric.

Finished quilts were submitted in November, and the finished products were judged on workmanship, design, use of color and visual impact.

Judges included a representative of Court Appointed Special Advocates, a professional quilter and a sewing supply sales representative. Children at Cumberland Presbyterian Children’s Home also picked their favorites from among the entries, according to the e-mail.

The quilts were displayed a final time at the Center for the Visual Arts during the Denton Quilt Guild’s December meeting, where members got a chance to vote for Best Use of Challenge Fabric and Best of Show.

Winners included Debbie Coates, Joy Miller, Laura Harless and Mary Runyon. In addition, everyone who submitted a challenge quilt got a chance at a random drawing for a sewing machine donated by Denton Sewing Center, and the sewing machine was won by Mary Spicer.

For more information about the Denton Quilt Guild, visit


Library announces extra day for Lego Club members

The Denton Public Library’s Lego Builders Club will meet at 4 p.m. Jan. 4 for an extra building day in honor of school break, according to an announcement from Stacey Irish-Keffer, youth services librarian.

The Lego Builders Club is open to elementary-age youngsters older than 6. A different theme is picked for monthly meetings of the club, and participants can build on that theme or create their own project using the library’s Legos. There is no charge for the program.

Emily Fowler Central Library is located at 502 Oakland St. For more information, call 940-349-8718 or e-mail


Counselor, grief expert to be speaker for luncheon

Denise Donofrio, a licensed professional counselor and grief expert, will be the featured speaker for a hospice family luncheon Jan. 8 hosted by Ann’s Haven VNA, according to a news release from Ann’s Haven.

The luncheon will be from noon to 1 p.m. at the Denton Elks Lodge, 228 E. Oak St.

Donofrio is scheduled to speak on the topic “How Your Personality Style Influences Your Grief,” the news release stated.

There is no charge to attend the luncheon, but reservations are requested. To reserve a spot, call Molly Harrison, Ann’s haven VNA bereavement coordinator, at 940-349-5900.

Ann’s Haven VNA hospice family luncheons offer support to individuals who have suffered the loss of a loved one.


Food drive benefits organization in The Colony

A recent food drive at Merryhill School in Frisco resulted in a sizable donation for Metro Relief, a nonprofit organization that operates a food pantry in The Colony, according to a news release from the school.

Every student at the school participated, and more than 1,000 canned food items were collected, the news release stated.

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