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PHS quilting students show their stitching skills

Quilts made by Taylor Stammen, left, and Paityn Lund were both based on the “Turning 20” pattern. Submitted photos

Students in Mary Karkela’s beginning quilting class displayed their completed projects at Perham High School on Nov. 21.

Karkela said students start out by picking one of six easy, throw-sized patterns. From there, “they are free to create as they go.”

Jarrod Rieber’s quilt

Two quilting classes are offered at the school: beginning and advanced. Both classes can be used to fulfill art class requirements.

Karkela said she has had parents ask for advice on buying a sewing machine for their son or daughter after taking the class.

Kali Schlosser used a “rag time” pattern

“Some students do end up turning sewing into a hobby,” she said. “They’re excited about making their quilts, and many of them are taken to college. I’ve had students come back and say ‘I use my quilt every day!’”

The Perham class is unique, compared to most high school sewing classes. The Perham program utilizes two quilting machines, which are used to sew patterns onto the quilt body and hold stuffing in place.

Tristan Schlosser created a piece quilt.

“Most high schools don’t even have one,” said Karkela.