May 16, 2003 - Pittsburg Live: Nicaragua PCV Julie McGlaughlin works with Project Dreams

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Saltsburg stitcher travels to Nicaragua

By John Jennings
Friday, May 16, 2003

Not only do the members of the Loyal Hanna Quilt Guild produce a prodigious number of quilts, they deliver. Recently Dorothy Grubach of the Saltsburg-based quilters circle joined a mission trip to Nicaragua bearing 60 quilts made for handicapped children in that Central American country.

Grubach was to have been accompanied by two other members of the guild, but wound up traveling with Denise Mahr of New Alexandria, who had approached the group in June 2002 with the idea of making the quilts, or even a square for a quilt. "It is really a third world country and the people are very poor," she wrote to the quilters.

Once asked, the guild members plunged into the work, bringing in kid-appeal fabric from home for their weekly meetings, which are held every Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Saltsburg Community Center (the old high school.) Forty women are now regulars in the guild.

Grubach and Mahr flew to Nicaragua in February; there they were met by Kathie McGlaughlin, a lifelong friend of Mahr and founder of Project Dreams, which tries to improve life in that country, and McGlaughlin's daughter Julie, a Peace Corps volunteer in San Ramon, Nicaragua.

Distributing the quilts took two days, as women carried their children for miles into the village, then back, and had to be home before dark. "They were so grateful. The children were so thankful," Grubach said. "Each gave me hugs and kisses and many 'gracias.' "

The mothers too piled on the thanks. "They wished us a very safe trip home and prayed for God to bless each and every one of us," Grubach said. She called the trip a "once in a lifetime experience," then added, "maybe I'll take another journey to a place where I can make a difference."

Next project for the Loyal Hanna Quilt Guild--the members will have a quilt show June 6-8 in Saltsburg High School's cafeteria as part of the Canal Days festival. A Redwork Irish Chain queen-size quilt is to be raffled off.

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