- Associated Press - Saturday, June 25, 2016

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) - A group of aspiring young quilters is wrapping up a week of camp at the National Quilt Museum.

The Paducah Sun reports (https://bit.ly/294hJSg) kids as young as 8 designed and made their own 4-by-4-foot quilts over the week.

Before they started sewing, the campers toured the museum’s collection of beautiful quilts.

“It’s fun for them to connect with the big quilts and realize that every quilter who has a quilt in there had to learn what they’re learning right now,” museum educational coordinator Becky Glasby said.

Fourteen-year-old Hannah Mabry called the museum’s quilts “cool and inspiring.” She pieced together a Disney inspired quilt this week that she calls “Under the Sea.”

Glasby said she is most proud of her campers’ eagerness to give their quilts to family members, teachers or friends.

“They’re so young, but they’re already gifting them out, these pieces they’ve worked 10, 12 hours on,” she said. “But that’s what people do with quilts, they make them to gift. It’s all about sharing that enjoyment and the thought behind it. It’s something you can wrap up in, curl up under, so it’s kind of like giving a hug to somebody when you give them a quilt.”

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