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Rochester quilters make 6 panels for memorial quilt

Members of the Quilters' Sew-ciety in Rochester are using their skills to make a red-white-and-blue tribute to the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The national quilt project is led by Arizona quilter Amy Sue Leasure. Quilters from across the country made blocks for the World Trade Center/Pentagon/PA Memorial Quilt. Each block will be dedicated to a victim who died in the attacks.

The blocks are being machine-quilted in groups of 25 to create panels, which will be tied together to create the entire quilt.

Quilters from the Rochester area received enough blocks to make six panels.

"I think everyone of us felt helpless" after Sept. 11, said quilter Linda Hamson of Rochester. "It was a way to do something."

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Pam Geerdes of Rochester joined other quilters working on the panel that contains the block she wants to dedicate to her brother, Richard "Woody" Woodwell, who worked on the 89th floor of the south tower of the World Trade Center. He died in the attack.

The block she selected is on panel 243. Geerdes said she'll add pictures of her brother to the block before it is returned to Arizona.

Once the panels are returned to Leasure, they'll be assembled and then taken on a 15-city tour across the United States.

For more information about the project, go to www.wtcmemorialquilt.com.

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