Thursday, March 22, 2012

Beyond the call

Last November I got an e-mail forwarded from the website – I
can’t remember if it was Catherine or Marcella who sent it to me, I guess
because it was an inquiry from someone in Georgia.

A mother had gone to QOVF and asked if someone could help her make a quilt from her son’s
T-shirts.  when I called her I learned that her precious son, Scott  had
been killed two months earlier as a result of injuries incurred in
Afghanistan.  She wanted to make a t-shirt quilt for the family to curl up
in and be comforted with memories their beloved son and brother.  I know
there are other organizations who make quilts for families of our fallen
heroes, but to send her on to one of those groups felt like I was saying
No to her.  She knew something about sewing and had prepared the t-shirts,
but wasn’t sure what to do next.

I asked Joan B, one of our QOV long armers if she would quilt the
t-shirt quilt if I made it.  Well she just took over.  She contacted
Scott’s mother and their family came to her house (about a 2 hour drive).
She suggested they include some photo memories of Scott as well as the
t-shirts they brought to her.  Needless to say, there were many tears shed
as they told her about Scott and together they planned this quilt to honor
Scott and to comfort his family.

Today Joan brought the completed quilt to our sew day for everyone to see.
 This is Joan with Scott’s quilt.  It’s awesome.  I know his family will
get great comfort from her efforts.
Submitted by Susan G


  1. Denise V. in Aurora, COMarch 22, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    WOW! beautiful quilt and story.

  2. Very nice - and such a treasure. I just finished doing the same thing for a dear friend who lost her son in Afghanistan. She wanted a quilt but could not bring herself to cutting up his shirts, I stepped in and the quilt is done and ready to return to her. Can't wait to hear what she thinks when it arrives at her home. God bless you for making this mother's life a little bit more liveable.

  3. What a wonderful gift of love..... and an amazing quilt too.....