Kit Freeman has been sewing since she was a child.
But she never thought to get into quilting until she got involved with a group that quilts for charity.
"Last year, I didn't even know what a filler square was," said Freeman, who owns and runs MacKit Creations in Grovetown. "I knew nothing at all about quilting last year."
Freeman, of Harlem, learned about Quilters for Comfort on the forums at www.artistic threadworks.com while looking for embroidery designs.
She then visited SewFest 2008 in Kansas City in the summer of 2008.
"They got me hooked," said Freeman.
Freeman is the only local member of the group that makes quilts for people, including soldiers and veterans, neo-natal intensive care units and other charities.
"I'm the only one here, but there are a number of other groups that do that," she said.
She'd like to grow the local group to help make more quilts for all the veterans and wounded soldiers in the area.
Freeman, whose husband is retired from the Army, said she has a soft spot for veterans.
Freeman said each member of the group does what they can -- sew filler or embroidered blocks, donate fabric or assemble quilt parts sewn by other members.
Pieces are shipped to an assembler for that month.
The quilts are completed and donated to a charity suggested by group members.
Freeman said she'd love to have more local members making quilts for local charities, soldiers and veterans.
"I'm not an expert by any means," Freeman said. "If they can sew a straight seam, they can make a quilt."
Freeman said she's always accepting donations of 100 percent cotton fabric for the projects.
To join or make a donation, call Freeman at (706) 860-8474 or visit www.artistic threadworks.com.
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