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Neighborhood Networks Center at Allied Jewish Apartments
Helps Residents Design and Sew Quilts

[Photo 1: Allied Jewish quilters (l-r) Celia Cohen, Mathew Frances (computer teacher), Rochelle Oganz, Naomi Hill, Sherri Kraut (seated), Jane Draine, Lavon Moore]
Allied Jewish quilters (l-r) Celia Cohen, Mathew Frances (computer teacher), Rochelle Oganz, Naomi Hill, Sherri Kraut (seated), Jane Draine, Lavon Moore.
[Photo 2: Group quilt]Group Quilt
[Photo 3: Many quilts on display]Many quilts on display

Allied Jewish Apartments (AJA), a HUD-subsidized senior housing development, recently hosted a reception and quilt exhibit to showcase the beautiful quilts made by residents using an innovative computer program. Family members and other guests met the resident crafters and learned about AJA and its unique programming, including the E-quilting computer class.

Celia Cohn, an AJA resident who completed a small lap quilt, said, �E-quilting was very challenging and interesting. It is remarkable that you can design a quilt on a computer, it was a real eye-opener for me.� Celia also enjoyed the camaraderie she shared with the other students.

�In the class, students learn a software product called EZ-Quilt, which allows them to design a quilt as well as apply current fabric choices available at local stores,� explained Matt Francis, computer lab director. �After designing the quilt, they move on to the sewing room to create the finished product.�

Jane Draine, a resident for less than two years, had never quilted before taking the class. She says, �I am now working on my second quilt � a Bronco quilt for my daughter � and enjoy quilting so much that I plan to make quilts for all my family members. �

Neighborhood Networks centers are putting the power of technology in the hands of people. No two Neighborhood Networks centers are alike. With support from innovative public-private partnerships, Neighborhood Networks centers sponsor a range of services and programs. Nearly all centers offer job training and educational opportunities, and many also provide programs that include access to healthcare information.

Learn more about HUD�s Neighborhood Networks on our website (http://www.hud.gov)

Content Archived: April 5, 2011

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