Red, white, and blue fabrics were transformed into quilt blocks and quilt tops by many dedicated individuals working together on February 2, 2019 for the National Sew Day for Quilts of Valor Foundation. Volunteers in South Carolina and all over the United States measured, cut, pressed, and stitched fabric pieces with the common goal to create quilts that would be awarded to veterans and service members who have been “touched by war.” Churches, library meeting rooms, quilt shops, and individual homes were gathering places for inspired workers to meet and work to create quilts.
A Block Drive for 2019 showcased a white star with red, blue, or patriotic background fabrics so that groups could work together to create quilts with a similar design element. Quilters are very creative people and even when provided with the same pattern of quilt blocks the quilts become one of a kind creations.
A memorable part of our sewing day at Marietta’s Quilt and Sew was the awarding of Quilts of Valor to three veterans.(Bob Gecy-Marines, “Dizzy” Dean Nave-Army, and Richard Nordstrom-Navy) Ken Hinkle, Upstate South Carolina Coordinator for Quilts of Valor Foundation, shared information about the history and purpose of Quilts of Valor Foundation as well as awarding the certificate, presentation case, and quilt to each veteran. Friends, family members and/or quiltmakers “wrapped” each veteran in his quilt.
and Thank You
for your Service.
Why do we sew for Quilts of Valor? Suzanne DiCarlo, information desk coordinator for Quilts of Valor Foundation, stated “We meet new friends, get to do what we love, help others, and see miraculous things happen around us. The service members and veterans we serve through our mission at Quilts of Valor Foundation are the ultimate winners.”
For more information about Quilts of Valor visit http://www.qovf.org or for more information about our local upstate chapter of Quilts of Valor visit http://www.qovfupstatesc.com ♦