Twice a year, the Lincoln, NE Bernina store invites quilters into the store for
a QOV sew-in. About 16 quilters converge on the store and spend the day sewing,
chatting and snacking. Enjoy our pictures of our most recent sew-in
Becky in Boulder and her crew have been very busy quilters...
Check out these two beautiful tops!
They are ready for her to send out to be quilted. If you are new to Quilts of Valor - if you make a top and provide the backing you can head over to http://qovf.org/ and on the left hand side, there is a request a Longarmer tab. Click on that and they will hook you up with a longarmer to help finish up that Quilt of Valor!!!
And if you are new Thanks for joining in with this fabulous group of quilters!!
Patrick Henry School has their 4th graders do a program and salute to Veterans every year. We have attended for about 4 years. This year's theme was the Real Meaning of Memorial Day" (and it wasn't just another 3 day weekend or an excuse for teachers to get away from students!)
They sang songs, then invited all the Veterans in the audience to come forward, introduce themselves and when and where they served. One even joked that we the tax-payers had sent him around the world. There were about 40-50 Vets in attendance.
We had several quilt requests to fill that evening including: Gloria S. who served in the Navy in Korea and her daughter Veronica who was in the Air Force.
Father Jim C. Sr served in WWII in the Army Air Corps and his son Jim C. Jr who served in the Army in Vietnam.
Vance W. served in the sub force of the Navy in Afghanistan.
I had the privilege of presenting a QOV to Dale T, who served as a pilot in both
WWII and Korea.
We have known Dale for many years, and while I could write a
zillion stories about him and his service to our country, suffice to say: he is
truly a member of the "greatest generation."
The QOV given to him was
made by an 11-year old 4-H member from Jefferson County, Nebraska. She used
both patriotic and Nebraska (Husker) fabric in the quilt, so it was perfect to
give to Dale who is both a native Nebraskan and a University of Nebraska alum.
And, little did we know when we selected the QOV for him, he also has family
from Jefferson County!
Respectfully submitted, Sara
-- Sara Kenny Central Midwest Region Coordinator (NE, IA,
KS) Quilts of Valor Foundation
We had a special visitor (well, several) at our sew day.
Kenny B. is a Marine who served in the early part of Iraq and is now disabled due to PTSD. He brought his 100# service dog, A., and his brother from Ohio to work on his foundation, www.battle-buddy.org.
They were also doing a movie in our locale, and he was interviewed by the LA Times. Still waiting to see the article. He had heard about our group from one of the other Community Celebrities on the cruise last Sept.
Since he works with dogs, and we just had a panel given to us, Lori made it into a quilt for him. The back is fleece with dog bones on it and our quilter, Thom Knight, not only wrote thank you across the top, but did dog bones in the quilting! And, Helga made A. a stuffed bone toy, too.
He told us about the stigma of having 'issues' while being deployed. He was actually scheduled to go back to Iraq with a friend, and he didn't. The vehicle his friend was in was blown up and everyone was killed.
He told us how important his dog is to him and his family, but it cost him $15,000 to get him. He originally thought the big dog would keep people away, but it is just the opposite. He has now learned to stop and visit with strangers rather than have his guard up. A. helps him overcome the after-effects of his nightmares and gives him peace of mind to be able to sleep at night.
He has a wife and two kids age 5 & 6. His wife is now suffering from secondary PTSD. His foundation will help more Veterans get the service dogs they need and also help them find the services to help them get back into civilization..
submitted by Barbara Winkler SoCal Quilts of Valor
My name is Laura B. I live in Norco, CA.
I wanted to tell you a little about the person that received your beautiful "Quilt of Valor" that was pieced by Dolores Z. and quilted by you from May thru July 2012.
My daughter is MSgt Stephanie W,, USAF. She was deployed to Kandahar and Bagram Air Fields in Afghanistan last year. Stephanie is an Air Evacuation Tech.
I don't know if you are familiar with the job that AET's do in the Air Force but in simple terms she is compared to a flight medic. She cares for injured soldiers and sometimes civilians on large aircraft such as C-17's that have been configured for medical transport to larger hospitals such as Ramstein Germany.
This last deployment her duties included unloading patients from the helicopters and ground transporting them to the hospitals on the air bases that I mentioned previously. This is where she came across your beautiful quilt.
Looking for something to keep her warm she found something so special that it just felt like a hug from home. You see my grandmother was a quilter. She made a quilt for every grandchild and great grandchild that was born before she passed away. Stephanie was 4 years old when her great grandmother passed away but she grew up sleeping under that quilt on her bed.
Quilts are cherished in our family because we fully understand the amount of time, patience, skill and love that is invested in the finished product.
I wanted you and Ms. Z. to know the amount of comfort your precious donation brought my daughter. She is home safe for now and when she shared this precious gift from you I just had to write to you and let you know how much she truly appreciated your kindness, generosity and the hug that enveloped her when she needed it most.
I am forever grateful that my daughter came home safe and for wonderful people like you that support our troops. In places like Afghanistan our young warriors see the worst of what mankind is capable of and a hug from home is always appreciated.
Thank you so very much and if possible please share my note with Ms. Z., her address or email address as I was unable to locate her.
Monday February 25, our VFW had it's monthly family dinner and I had the
priviledge of presenting a Quilt of Valor to a Korean War Vet. This was
especially good as Chris has never had anyone say thank-you to him and has also
just been diagnosed with cancer and is almost 90 years old.
Our President of
the VFW Post, Ray, helped to present the quilt and Chris was given a resounding
round of applause and many thank-yous. I was accused of pinching him as I
wrapped him in his quilt and the tears began to fall, that is why his head is
bowed and I swear I did not pinch him and my own tears were right there with his.
We are aspermont FCCLA chapter/ family& consumer science dept at Aspermont schools in a small rural big country community of Texas- we have about 50 students in our group ranging from 6th to 12th grades.
We joined the QOVF in the fall because we wanted to enter into a service project that will honor others.
This is the first quilt we have finished, and it was sent to Afghanistan. We have about 10 more in the works.