April 14, 2012

Quilting to Honor and Comfort

Today was my first day off after completing my first week at my new job, but my mom called last night and said she needed a fill-in for her atn her booth at the Woodlands Area Quilt Quild's Quilt Show, so off I went. Boy, was I glad I did when I get there.

This year's theme was "Celebrate America!" and more than half the quilts on display were red, white and blue. Here are just a few!!

Amazing, right!?! It was so beautiful, and I kept leaving our booth to go look at them. So much attention to detail went into them!

Also, featured was the Quilts of Valor Foundation. QOVF is a non-profit organization that makes, collects and distributes quilts to America's servicemembers touched by war. Did you know, 390 quilts are needed each month to meet the requests of their standing destinations in Afghanistan, Germany and the United States? That's 4,680 quilts a year!

A Quilt of Valor is a generous lap-sized quilt (minimum of 55 X 65) made by a quilt-topper (the piecer) of quality fabrics and beautiofully quilted by a longarmer. After it has been bound, washed, labeled and wrapped in a presentation case, it is ready to be awarded. Quilts are awarded at many different levels: they may go to military hospitals where Chaplains award them to service members; there may be presentations of QOV’s to entire service units returning from combat deployments; they may be awarded at VA’s or presented individually. But no matter how a Quilt of Valor is given, the impact it delivers is unequivocal.

This organization depends on donations and volunteers to reach its goal of saying "thank you" to these heroes.

The Quilt of Valor Foundation Booth

Isn't that booth amazing. From what I understand, these quilts will eventually go to injured service members on their way back to the United States.

More information? Here is the brochure they hand out to explain their mission:

Are you wondering how you can participate? Every little bit helps ...

2 Tea Party Guest:

ancient one said...

These quilts are really pretty and patriotic ..

Sue said...

Hi Michelle,

I've been away for, but not blogging a lot. I'm glad that I stopped in tonight to see these wonderful quilts and to read about such a worthwhile cause. How blessed these members of our Armed Forces will be to know that so much love and time were given for them.
God bless those who make them - and those who are awarded.
Many blessings to you - especially in your new job. They are blessed to have you.