Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Working on Quilts of Valor

My mother-in-law and I have been gearing up for a morning of sewing in a couple of weeks.  About 10 people are coming over from our guild in Blue Valley to work on Quilts of Valor.  Here are some kits we've got in baggies to put together...

We coordinate a bunch of quilters/piecers to crank out Quilts of Valor.  We're up to a grand total of 83 either sent or in the process of being made over the past 1 1/2 years.  Very rewarding and exciting.

At our monthly guild meetings, I pass out a different block pattern each month.  Members bring in 12 1/2 inch blocks and we incorporate them into sampler quilts, such as the ones seen above.

Some members enjoy piecing tops together, others enjoy binding or making matching pillowcases.  I go out and raise a little funding here and there to cover yardage for backings and for shipping.  Friends donate fabric from their stashes.

Often, we get quilt tops or completed quilts that are donated and we facilitate getting them shipped to veterans or active duty military personnel.  

Here's one I just shipped to Florida to a WW II veteran who was injured in the Battle of the Bulge...

Elaine Elliot donated the blocks, Susan Van Kirk Byer pieced them together and Peggy Skaith quilted it for us.  Elaine Alexander did the binding and Betty Zwego paid for shipping.  Judy Masur got us in contact with the son of the recipient.  He requested a Quilt of Valor for his father.  It's truly a group effort.


Alycia said...

That is impressive. Keep up the great work!

Nikki said...

Thanks! :)