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Marcellus' Thumbstall Guild quilts for a cause

Snuggling beneath a hand-quilted blanket on a cool evening will become a reality for one person on Nov. 4 when the Marcellus Community Childcare Center picks the winner of its quilt raffle.

The Thumbstall Quilt Guild donated the queen-size quilt as a charity fundraiser with all proceeds from ticket sales going to the center to help with building and program improvements.

"There are so many things happening at the center," said director Sharon Morgan. "Sometimes it's hard to designate and sometimes there are projects that are really big."

The quilt is on display at Marcellus Community Childcare Center and has been taken around to different functions in the area where the childcare center has been selling tickets. Tickets for the drawing are also available at the daycare and from parents.

"We've been selling the tickets and are targeting the funds toward future improvements at the center," Morgan said.

Each year the Thumbstall Quilt Guild does a charity quilt with the idea of donating it to an organization that will hold a fundraiser and raffle the quilt off. The daycare was chosen by the quilt guild last year as the 2008 organization.

According to Morgan, guild member May Arnett was instrumental in the making of the quilt and choosing the childcare center as this year's recipient.

"Each year the guild does what they call a charity quilt," Arnett said. "This year I was able to chair the charity quilt project."

Arnett's 18-month-old grandson has been going to the childcare center and she said the family has been happy with his time spent there. As a way to return the good feelings, Arnett was able to help by designating the quilt to the center.

Each member of the guild received instructions for the traditional quilt blocks and they worked together to coordinate the colors. While Morgan helped with picking out the browns, reds and other earthtones, the quilters also used some of their own fabrics to personalize the blocks.

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