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The 2002 Quilting Bee: Labrador Heroes

In planning the 2002 Quilting Project, LABMED wished to salute all of our Labrador heroes with a red, white and blue quilt. Throughout history, in times of stress, people have turned to quilting. In today's stressful times, we thought -- why not continue the tradition and salute the heroes among us?

We all have heard the stories of the canine heroes of 9/11. The service dogs that guided their masters to safety and the dogs that searched endlessly, initially for survivors, then had the sad task of recovery. There also are the 'unsung' heroes, the dogs with whom we share our lives. The ones that offer comfort to 'the rest of us' everyday.

As poignant as the individual quilt block tributes are, another story makes this quilt all the more special. The winner of our 2002 quilt project was a wonderful woman named Gretchen Pinkel. Gretchen, a very skilled quilter and Lab lover, helped sew many of the blocks and hand-letter many of the tributes you will find pictured below. On the day she won this quilt, her beloved 2 1/2 year old Lab Morgan died very unexpectedly from an accidental toxic mushroom poisoning. Now Gretchen and her family have a quilt in remembrance of their own special Lab hero.

To read the stories submitted with quilt blocks, please see our 2002 Quilt Project Tributes page.

Block #1
Artist: Lori Lewis
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Block #2
Artist: Julie Lupkin
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Block #3
Artist: Donna Spangler
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Block #4
Artist: Lori Lewis
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Block #5
Artist: Bonnie Bates
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Block #6
Artist: Jude Fine
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Block #7
Artist: Jean Whitney
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Block #8
Artist: Diane M. Kopriwa
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Block #9
Artist: Julie Lupkin
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Block #10
Artist: Vikki O'Hara
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Block #11
Artist: Unknown
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Block #12
Artist: Callie Meredith
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Block #13
Artist: Julie Lupkin
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Block #14
Artist: Dranda Whaley
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Block #15
Artist: Julie Lupkin
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Block #16
Artist: Lori Lewis
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Block #17
Artist: Vicki Kilmer-Rinker
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Block #18
Artist: Julie Lupkin
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Block #19
Artist: Julie Lupkin
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Block #20
Artist: Diane M. Kopriwa
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Block #21
Artist: Unknown
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Block #22
Artist: Ileana Pullos
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Block #23
Artist: Dranda Whaley
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Block #24
Artist: Ileana Pullos
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Block #25
Artist: Julie Lupkin
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Block #26
Artist: Lisa Grayson
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Block #27
Artist: Julie Lupkin
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Block #28
Artist: Gary and Linda Matsunaga
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Block #29
Artist: Vikki O'Hara
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Block #30
Artist: Sue Erickson
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Block #31
Artist: Judi Ebbert
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Block #32
Artist: Gary and Linda Matsunaga
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Block #33
Artist: Julie Lupkin
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Block #34
Artist: Julie Lupkin
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Block #35
Artist: Julie Lupkin
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Block #36
Artist: Gretchen Pinkel
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Block #37
Artist: Julie Lupkin
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Block #38
Artist: Mary Jane F. Moeller
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Block #39
Artist: Dranda Whaley
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Block #40
Artist: Julie Lupkin
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Block #41
Artist: Gretchen Pinkel
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Block #42
Artist: Unknown
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Block #43
Artist: Arielle Masters
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Block #44
Artist: Joanna Norman
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Block #45
Artist: Anne F. Poland
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Block #46
Artist: Gretchen Pinkel
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Block #47
Artist: Unknown
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Block #48
Artist: Unknown
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Block #49
Artist: Unknown
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Block #50
Artist: Anne F. Poland
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Block #51
Artist: Arielle Masters
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Block #52
Artist: Unknown
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Block #53
Artist: Jean Whitney
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Block #54
Artist: Unknown
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Block #55
Artist: Dianne Walsh
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Block #56
Artist: Unknown
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Block #57
Artist: Unknown
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Block #58
Artist: Dianne Walsh
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Block #59
Artist: Dianne Walsh
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Block #60
Artist: Dianne Walsh
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Block #61
Artist: Gretchen Pinkel
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Block #62
Artist: LABMED Inc.
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