Charity Quilt

My local quilt guild is involved in a lot of charity projects.  One of the things we are committed to is supporting Habitat for Humanity.  Whenever someone in the area receives a Habitat home, the guild donates a quilt for each family member that will be living there.

Most recently, the guild members completed a quilt top during our annual retreat.  Each person was given the pieces to make one block, and three or four people worked together to assemble the top on the last night we were there.  This quilt is for one of the boys that will live in the house scheduled to be finished in a couple of months.

I had the privilege of quilting this beautiful quilt.  The center of each block has the same star fabric.  I wanted to stick with that theme, so I quilted it with Swinging on a Star by Jessica Schick.  I love that each of the star points ends in a little swirl.

The back of this quilt is a cozy flannel.  A flannel back always makes a quilt extra warm and snuggly.  I enjoy the little bit of extra weight that the flannel provides.  It also has a knack for showcasing the texture of the quilting.

I got nervous that I was going to run out of thread partway through quilting this one.  Another guild member provided the perfect variegated thread for the quilt, so I didn't know how much was on the cone.  Since the design used more thread than I expected, I was holding my breath that it would last.  Fortunately, I finished with some to spare.

I hope that the recipient of this quilt feels all of the love that a whole group of people stitched into it.  A Habitat house is a wonderful opportunity for a family to get a leg up in life.  The quilts are the perfect gift to start the process of making the house a home.