Quilts of Valor is near and dear to my heart. I’m a former Army wife, and still count dear my friendships with many active-duty and retired soldiers, their mamas, their sisters, their wives (and husbands), and their children. QOVF’s mission is, “to cover all combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.” Among other things, it’s a nice way to just say “Thank you” to those who’ve put their lives on the line so that we can live the way we do. To date, nearly 100,000 quilts have been awarded.
Saturday, 1 February, is the Quilts of Valor Foundation’s National Sew Day. Haven’t heard of it? Not to worry. Just grab your stuff and sew. Many shops are sponsoring activities, but even if there isn’t one near you, just go ahead and sew. You can gather a group of friends, or sew all by yourself, it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you sew!
Go to the QOVF website to register. Then, during the day, check in on Facebook to see who else is sewing, and maybe post a pic or two. You can also upload photos to twitter or Instagram (using hashtag #quiltsofvalor). There will be prizes!
There are free patterns available on the website, as well as every other thing you could possibly want to know about making a QOVF quilt. One section describes suitable fabrics, another details how to find a quilter. Just look in the sidebar on the left side of the page for anything you need to know.
Whatever I choose, you can bet that every stitch in these quilts will be a prayer for the peace, comfort, healing, and yes, valor of the brave recipients. I can’t do much, but I will do what I can. Words fail when I try to express my gratitude to these folks who have stood up for our way of life. I am so grateful.
I have a stack of fabrics all ready to go. I’m not sure what pattern I’ll sew them into, but I’ll figure it out. And, while you probably know by now that I’m not crazy about patterns in general, this is a time when I use them. Then I don’t waste time thinking, I can just cut and sew. Whatever I choose, you can bet that every stitch in these quilts will be a prayer for the peace, comfort, and healing of the brave recipients. I can’t do much, but I will do what I can.
When you’re all done with your top, take a photo of you with it, and email it in to QOVF. If you’d like to send me a picture of yourself with the quilt you make, I’ll post it here!
Just sew. You’ll be so glad you did.
I’m in. Are you?