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Costume group offers lessons in quilting

Costumes Across Cultures will teach anyone to sew a quilt this Friday during its first Quilts for Battered Women Workshop.

The event, free to students and the public, will take place from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Costume Shop, located on the second floor of Robinson Hall. All quilts made will be donated to area women's shelters.

Matthew James, secretary/treasurer for Costumes Across Cultures, invites anyone with any level of sewing experience to attend. The quilting pattern chosen is one for beginner sewers.

"All it is a bunch of squares, and squares are very easy to sew," he said. More experienced sewers will be taught embroidery and other advanced skills.

Costumes Across Cultures is a club new to the UNC Charlotte campus this year. The nine-member organization, which was created for those with an interest in costuming, currently meets every Friday at 4 p.m. in Room 161 of the College of Health and Human Services building. First year highlights include the production of last week's Hoshicon, a show honoring the costuming of Japanese animation and video games.

Six members will be on hand Friday to teach the workshop. Quilters will use fabric from past UNCC theater productions as well as remnants donated by area fabric stores for their quilts. All quilting supplies will be provided. "We have thread and scissors. We have all that," said James.

People may also bring their own material, and if they have a sewing machine they would like to learn how to use, they may bring that as well, said James.

The event is open to UNCC students as well as the public. The workshop is limited to 20 people. To sign up, email

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