Archive for Thursday, July 29, 2004

Volunteers make quilts for Habitat house

July 29, 2004

Dozens of volunteers have worked to construct Diane Kennedy's new house. They put the walls up and the roof on, they installed the wiring and painted inside and out.

Nancy Brown is one who has volunteered her services for Habitat, but she's not picking up a hammer or paintbrush to help. Instead, the Baldwin woman will be quilting to help the Habitat house.

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"I worked on a Habitat house in Lawrence, and I discovered that's a really bad thing," she said. "I'm not good with a hammer, and I'm not much better with a paint brush. So I felt this was the best way to contribute."

Instead of helping with the construction on the house, Brown has volunteered to organize a quilting work team.

"I'm trying to get a crew together to make a quilt for every bed in the Habitat house," she said. "It'll take some touches like this to warm up the place and give it something to feel like a home."

Not only does Brown hope to get a quilt made for everyone in Kennedy's four-member family, she plans to have some table toppers and wall hangings quilted for the house as well.

So far, she said, Brown and other volunteers have already made two quilts and a couple of wall hangings and table toppers. She said she is still looking for other people to assist with the other two quilts.

"If they can sew, but they don't quilt, that's fine. They can still help," she said. "Or if somebody wants to make a contribution other than time and talents, like batting and backings, they can also call."

Brown said the goal is to have most, if not all, of the quilts made by the dedication of the house in mid-August.

Those who would like to volunteer or contribute to the quilt making project can call Brown at 594-7592.

She said the quilt project was a good way for those that couldn't help with construction to still make a contribution to the Habitat home.

"This will really warm up the place," she said.

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