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Kathy Botu of Kennewick and Brad Anderson of Benton City view a quilt by Jess Berry entitled “Purple Scrolls.”  Berry said he spent nearly one year working on the quilt, which featured hand stitching throughout the piece.

Kathy Botu of Kennewick and Brad Anderson of Benton City view a quilt by Jess Berry entitled “Purple Scrolls.” Berry said he spent nearly one year working on the quilt, which featured hand stitching throughout the piece. Photo by Sean G. Parsons.

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The 14th Annual Walla Walla Valley Quilt Festival takes place this weekend. More that 200 quilts and a dozen vendors have hung their art and wares in the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds Community Center.

This year’s featured quilter is Maggie Ball of Bainbridge Island, Wash., who in 2004 traveled to Mongolia to teach impoverished women of the city of Ulaanbaatar how to quilt and offer them another source of income.

Items made by the women of Ulaanbaatar will be for sale at the quilt show, which runs from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today. Cost is $5. Children 12 and under are free.

Catering is provided by West of the Blues.

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