PeaceQuilts: Building Better Lives
by JOHN CHRISTOPHER FINE

What better place to display handmade quilts than inside a circa 1860 restored barn during an old-fashioned Sunday supper? Maureen Matthews McClintock was enjoying the ambiance inside the barn, which is owned by Beech Springs Farm near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. As a medley of bluegrass tunes filled the air from mandolins, violas, and guitars, Maureen explained the significance of some of the hanging quilts. She and other volunteers have embarked on a project to encourage artisanship in Haiti and help bring a means of earning money to talented women who otherwise would not have a ready market for their goods. By invitation of the Peep Quilters of Gettysburg, quilts made by Haitian women were among those hung on the barn walls and from rafters, which added color to the setting.

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