Working on Quilts of Valor is so rewarding. The red, white and blue patterns are as varied as the quilters who make them. A few months ago, I made one as part of a Fat Quarter Shop Classic and Vintage event, a double nine patch.
I sent it off to the local QOV chapter and forgot about it.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, the chairperson sent me an email asking me to be a part of the presentation ceremony. My quilt was to be given to a young woman named Kelly Weaver, an Air Force veteran. I had to say yes to that. Here she is in the front row after her quilt was presented.
The presentation to each vet includes a brief overview of their service, then the presenter reads a statement of appreciation for their service, and the quilt maker drapes the quilt over the shoulders of the veteran, wrapping them in a hug of warmth and gratitude.
My eyes filled up as I wrapped the quilt around her shoulders, hugging her and whispered “Thank you for your service” in her ear. Later, I got a photo of her, and her father who was also honored that day. I only wish I had gotten his name too. He didn’t know he was going to be honored that day with his daughter, it was a total surprise for him.
Eight veterans were honored that day at the Western North Carolina Military History Museum in Brevard. We all got a chance to talk with them at a reception following the quilt presentations.
When Didi called to see if I could quilt another one for her group, I had to say yes. She delivered a pretty blue star quilt with a red border. I do not know what pattern this is, but it is a nice one.
She chose a medium blue thread and a pantograph called Geisha that I used on my Japanese Art Quilt. It looks a bit like a clamshell, or Baptist fan. She provided the batting, and it felt like Warm and Natural all cotton.
The quilting went quickly, and I had it done in a jiffy. No broken threads, LOL!!
Yesterday, I handed it over to a friend who will do the binding.
Now I am inspired to do another one all on my own. I’m really involved with the Carolina Hurricane Quilt Project, but I will work on another QOV quilt as soon as that project has its five quilts done. I have enough blocks to do seven quilts now, so I do not need any more. Look for an update on the 30th.
At this season of gratitude, with Thanksgiving tomorrow, one more thing to be grateful for is our freedom, and the men and women who help keep us safe. If you ever have the opportunity to make a Quilt of Valor and go to a presentation, do it. It is an experience that you won’t forget.
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