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Quilting for a cause

Hartley woman makes 75 quilts for Lutheran World Relief

Connie Olhausen recalls the moment she decided to adopt a new way to quilt.

"I had just finished a queen-sized one with 1,020 pieces that took 125 hours," she said. "That's when I decided this is kind of stupid. If we're going to do this, we're not going to make these kinds of quilts."

An online search yielded more speedy methods of construction, and Olhausen never looked back. She made 75 quilts this year alone as part of a local charitable group at St. Paul's Lutheran Church that sends them to places in need via Lutheran World Relief (LWR).

Overall, the group of roughly 10 Hartley-area women...

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