This week, the third Quilts of Valor event is being held on Washington Island in the Sophie Studio, coordinated by Ellen Graf. Teams of coaches and rookies and individual quilters are creating quilts for military servicemembers touched by war. Again this year, there’s one Island “snowbird” team sewing a quilt at the same time in Arizona. Cutting and pressing started this morning and a few stars appeared this afternoon.
What a fun and productive weekend with nine teams of coaches and rookies and two individual quilters working on ten Quilts of Valor! The coaches arrived Friday morning for a time of orientation and then pressed and cut fabric strips and the foundation blocks in preparation for sewing on Saturday. When the rookies sat down to sew on Saturday morning, the coaches had prepared their sewing machines for a full day. It was as busy as a beehive with machines running, irons pressing, pins put in place and oohs and aahs as the quilt blocks started to go up. As each quilt top is finished, they will be sent to longarm quilters who volunteer their services. They will […]
On Friday, March 8 and Saturday, March 9, Sievers will be hosting at least nine teams of coaches and rookies working on Quilts of Valor. The Quilts of Valor program originated ten years ago when a Blue Star mom, Catherine Roberts, had a goal to cover all returning deployed service men and women touched by war with a reminder of America’s appreciation and gratitude. A Quilt of Valor is a generous lap-sized quilt made of quality fabrics. On March 8th, experienced quilters (coaches) will bring their sewing machines and prepare the fabric by cutting and pressing. Any rookies who wish to come that day to observe are also welcome. On March 9th, non-quilters (rookies) sew the 1/4″ seams and eat chocolate (!) according to Island coordinator, Ellen Graf. At […]