Today I thought I would share a few of the quilts I have made for one of my Charity Groups. I belong to the Stitching Sisters Quilts of Valor group. This group was started by three sisters, Maureen, Sue and Terry and it meets once a month in Clawson, Michigan. We get together to sew, eat, and quilt. Our group is part of the National Quilts of Valor Foundation organization. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. Many of our Stitching Sisters members have or had a loved one who was serving our nation during war time and making quilts was one way to do something useful and helpful for those deserving men and women.
Our members make the quilt tops and then volunteers longarm machine quilt the quilts. I started out making quilts for my own family members who were in the service. I finished three tops for three of my cousins who have served.
Our group has focused on completing and awarding quilts to as many WWII veterans as we can. We have supported the local VFW and veterans organizations in our area. Our group has a waiting list that we try to fill as quickly as possible.
Here is a picture of our last large award ceremony held at the Clawson Community Center. It is just a special moment to share this small token with the men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country. There are usually a few good tears all around when they are awarded.
This quilt is my own design, I was trying to use up scraps!
This scrappy quilt is based upon a pattern design by Carol Loessel called Now Starring Leftovers. I used as many scraps as I could for the centers.
If you are in the southeast Michigan area, you are welcome to join our Stitching Sisters group, check out our facebook page for more info HERE.
If you are looking for a group in your area, check out the Quilt of Valor Foundation Website.
Do you make Quilts of Valor? Do you have a favorite pattern that you use? Please share!