Marcellus' Thumbstall Guild quilts for a cause

Completed blocks were then given to Arnett, who sewed them together for the quilt top before sending it around to other guild members who finished putting the blanket together by hand stitching the layers of fabric together.

The guild touts a membership of approximately 60 quilters, but not all of them topstitch by hand.

"It was passed around only to those members who do the hand quilting," Arnett said. "Though it was done by many people, it's very consistent. You don't see the difference between the quilters."

While there are only certain members who hand stitch, many others use sewing machines to complete the stitching on handmade blankets. Regardless of who does and does not hand stitch, each member has put time and effort into the quilt being raffled off to support the childcare center.

According to Arnett, past quilt raffles have brought in $1,000 or more and she hopes this fundraiser is able to do the same. Tickets are $2 each or three for $5 and the drawing will be held Nov. 4. For more information, call the Marcellus Community Childcare Center at 673-2608.

"It has a very country look to it," Morgan said. "Whoever wins it is just very, very fortunate."

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