The quilt group I belong to makes a lot of quilts that we call 'charity' quilts. We make baby quilts for new moms and a NICU at a local hospital, we make wheelchair quilts for a local nursing home and we like to have a stash of quilts if we hear of someone in need. We have given quilts to service men and women, families who have had a house fire, people who have a serious illness and families who have had to deal with the death of a loved one - anyone who needs the comfort that a quilt can give. One of the nicest patterns we have found to use is Atkinson Designs "Lucky Star". We usually pick a theme for our fabric choices; we have used patriotic red white and blue, 30's, Thimbleberries, and brights. I have not seen any type of fabric that hasn't looked great in this pattern. We each make 2 to 4 blocks and then put them all together into a quilt. It works well as we can all use our stash and this pattern doesn't require a border so we don't have to worry about finding fabric to coordinate for the borders.
This is our latest quilt, I brought it home from our last meeting to sew the binding on. It is now finished and will be ready for the next person in need. I love being a part of such a caring and generous group.