Saturday, September 10, 2011

Pennsylvania QOV'ers

Local Quilters Piece and Donate a Quilt of Valor to a Local Veterans

During the month of May, six local quilters met at Super Stitch of Warren to create their first Quilt of Valor. The Quilt of Valor expresses gratitude for the most honorable and selfless actions of serving our county in the armed forces. The Quilts of Valor Foundation was started by Catherine Roberts of Seaford, Delaware. Roberts was inspired to start a program that honors veterans after her son was deployed for a year-long mission in Iraq. Over 37,000 quilts have been awarded by Chaplains to wounded veterans at the VA, individual service men and women returning home from service, or to entire units as they return from combat deployments. Pieced in the shape of our American flag, the beautiful top incorporates various patterns and shades of our faithful red, white, and blue and is quilted by a longarm quilter.

On May 19th, Lynn Rossey, Sue Papalia, Cheryl Frye, Priscilla Powley, Carol Songer, and Sharon Graham met to piece together the quilt-tops. The fabric used to create the quilts was donated by Super Stitch. Sue Papalia, professional longarm quilter, Gammill sales rep., and owner of Zany Kreations, donated her time and talents on her longarm quilting machine. Her intricate designs personalized the quilt, making each one unique. Lynn Rossey worked with Warren's Veteran Association to select recipients for their quilts. They were presented to Veteran Ed Collins, who served in the United States Navy, and Veteran Nathaniel Williams, who served in the United States Marines Corp. The presentation took place at the Rouse Suites on Wednesday, June 15, 2011. Everyone involved enjoyed creating the Quilts of Valor and look forward piecing another quilt to present to another deserving veteran.

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