4-H students provide comfort, one quilt at a time

By: Staff report
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Martha and Leah Humber have been lifelong members of the 4-H program and have a heart for giving and serving others. The Humber family has been actively involved in Placer County 4-H for the last 19 years, with all five of the Humber children growing up in the program. They have learned many skills in their time. However, the one that resounds with the entire family is service to others.

With their older siblings aged out of the program, Martha and Leah are making their own way, through generosity, graciousness and sewing. Their quilting project started four years ago at the Auburn Grace Church Annual Jr. Sewers and Rippers Class. Leah was inspired to help others after attending the first class where they learned to make simple patchwork quilts that were sent to another country as part of a missionary connection.

Leah and Martha came up with the idea to include the other members of their 4-H club to start a quilt making project. Through generous donations of materials and some helpful hints from their grandmother, they worked with their project and began making quilts to donate to Project Linus. Over the last four years, their 4-H quilting project has donated hundreds of quilts and pillows to Project Linus, Sutter Faith Hospital, Kaiser and local new moms to provide comfort and healing.

Recently, Martha and Leah decided that they wanted to teach others how to quilt and outlined an Emerald Star Project that would help them spread their love for quilting. This summer they offered a five-day Quilting Camp where participants could take their basic sewing skills and learn to make a quilt and then donate it to either Project Linus or a child in Guatemala.

The Emerald Star program is designed to help youth learn about project planning, budgets, organization, and presentation.

The first day of the camp everyone arrived and signed in and set up their sewing machines. Martha and Leah gave a speech about what they would be doing and where the quilts were going.

“Thank you to all who attended and supported us! I know that it was worth it and I can’t even imagine how much one of those quilts would mean to a child in Guatemala,” Leah said.

For more information, email or to support the Placer County 4-H Countywide Quilting Project, contact Shannon Kane at