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Creating quilts for tornado victims

June 02, 2011|By Lisa Dupuy
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Tornado victims in Joplin, Mo., will be able to warm themselves with a few extra quilts this month. Members of the Quilt Guild of Glendale spread out their quilt-making tools in anticipation of a day of drop-in helpers on May 28 at the Shakespeare Club in Pasadena. Many gave up their holiday weekend between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. to join the workshop to put together several dozen quilts of every hue and theme.

Guild member Denise Kristof gave credit to her daughter-in-law, Valerie Kristof, for learning where help was particularly needed in Joplin from her brother, a Joplin resident. A local hospital was destroyed by a tornado. Without missing a beat, Valerie volunteered for Red Cross training and took tips in quilting from her mother-in-law, Denise.

At the same time, Denise emailed dozens of members of the Quilt Guild of Glendale and other guilds, as well. Hundreds of quilters responded and offered to drop off their quilts at Denise’s Pasadena law office. Others showed up to volunteer at the Shakespeare Club quilt workshop. Members of Loving Hands, part of the Quilt Guild, had already completed 20 quilts and were due to bring 20 more unfinished quilts.


Valerie manned a sewing machine. Kent Kristof, Valerie’s husband, was on hand to lend moral support. Stephanie Scott, Valerie’s sister, fired up an iron and put the finishing touches on a Teddy Bear-themed quilt. La Crescenta resident Joni Kellam brought in a four-patch quilt she had sewn during most of the night. Finishing up her quilt was new guild member Eiko Cywinski and Alice Smith, a past president of the guild. The 40-by-50-inch quilt had a colorful soccer theme.

Denise plans to head to Joplin with her bounty of quilts and distribute them to the aid agencies recommended by her daughter-in-law’s brother.

“We’re going to work today until we lose the will to live,” quipped Denise.


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