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Crafters create Christmas tree of quilt squares at Medina library

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 21 December 2016 at 1:54 pm
Photo by Tom Rivers: Catherine Cooper, director of Lee-Whedon Memorial Library in Medina, stands next to a tree created with 300 quilt squares.

Photo by Tom Rivers: Catherine Cooper, director of Lee-Whedon Memorial Library in Medina, stands next to a tree created with 300 quilt squares.

MEDINA – A year ago Lee-Whedon Memorial Library debuted a Christmas tree made of 175 quilt squares. That tree was so popular with library patrons that a new one was created this holiday season – with 300 quilt squares.

After New Year’s the tree will be taken down and the 10-inch squares will be used to make lap quilts for residents at local nursing homes and also at Hospice.

“There are many people in the community who are very crafty,” said Catherine Cooper, the library director. “This is a good way for them to use their talents and be generous.”

About 20 quilters created the 300 blocks for the “Giving” Christmas Tree. The tree was assembled by staff member Joy Cameron.

Lee-Whedon introduced a “Giving” Christmas Tree last year after being inspired by a similar project at a public library in Navan, Ireland. Last year’s tree featured knit and crochet squares that were donated to Roswell Park.

“Our library patrons are very generous and creative,” Cooper said. “These projects have had a great response. In addition, our Mitten Tree was overflowing this year with 184 items including 77 hand knit scarves.”

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