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Kids learn to quilt

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Sunnyside Community Center volunteer Olivia Perales (L) watches as novice quilter Clarissa Villalobos (R) attaches a quilt block to the center's heritage quilt. The appliqué-style quilt will be placed on display at the center in coming weeks. The quilting class is just one of the many summer activities being introduced to children at the center.

Each noon hour for the past three weeks, drop-ins at the Sunnyside Community Center have been learning a truly American art form.

The youngsters, ranging in age from 6 to 14, are learning the art of quilting, under the direction of center volunteer Olivia Perales.

Perales, who enjoys a variety of homemaking arts, such as embroidery and quilting, has been showing the children the rudiments of quilt design.

The quilt, which is being done in an appliqué fashion, has given the youngsters an opportunity to learn basic sewing techniques, as well as some fancy stitching, said Elizabeth Hernandez, Center youth coordinator.

Once completed the children's quilt will be placed on display in the community center's lobby for all to admire.

"They have really enjoyed learning simple things, such as threading needles, tying knots and making decorative designs," she said.

More than 15 children have taken part in Perales' quilting class, Hernandez said.

"We expect to be finished with the quilt this week," she added.

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