Americus, Ga.- October, 17 2001 - A quarter-century tradition of crafting simple, decent houses is captured in the stitches of Habitat for Humanity's 25th anniversary quilt, Housing the World.
"Making a quilt is a lot like raising a house because quilting is a grass-roots effort," said quilt artist Linda Mills, a 12-year Habitat veteran who manages HFHI's tour center. "We each do our part, and that's what Habitat is all about."
The quilt, which was unveiled during HFHI's 25th Anniversary Celebration in Indianapolis in September, features a world map on its central panel, surrounded by a history of Habitat symbols. Navy blue squares represent the cornerstones of Habitat: partnership, Christian service, Habitat homeowners, and no-profit, no-interest loans. The pieces of the quilt are arranged in chronological order and include a logo from the Jimmy Carter Work Project as well as signature pieces from the former U.S. president and former first lady Rosalynn Carter.
"For this quilt, the theme of partnership and people working together was expressed not only in the design, but in the cooperation of the many people who worked on the project," said Mills.
Habitat archivists helped Mills research a timeline displaying significant events in Habitat's 25 years of service. Crafting a design for the commemorative artwork, Mills then consulted famed quilt designer Jinny Beyer and worked with graphic designers in HFHI's Art Department. Mills enlisted quilters from around the country to assemble sections of the quilt, finally piecing together the central panel and border. From conception to completion, the project took a year and a half.
Housing the World, HFHI's 25th anniversary quilt is dedicated to Habitat for Humanity co-founder Linda Fuller, who inspired its creation. The Housing the World quilt is on display in the atrium of the Rylander building.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary year, Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Founded by Millard Fuller, along with his wife, Linda, Habitat for Humanity International and its affiliates in more than 2,000 communities in 79 nations have built and sold more than 110,000 homes to partner families with no-profit, zero-interest mortgages