Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Quilts of Valor

On this December 7th as we remember Pearl Harbor 70 years ago I wanted to post the following by Konda Lukau . She posted this on her blog ( she went with other members of Utah Valley Quilt Guild to deliver Quilts of Valor to Soldiers serving in an Army National Guard Unit:

Before the crack of dawn, I was heading an hour north with 7 other ladies to deliver some Quilts of Valor.

Here's the link to the website to find out more information about the organization:

Quilts of Valor is a national organization.  A few of us here in Utah have been working with the organization for many years.  We have finally been able to get the ball rolling and a lot of quilter's in the area have made quilts.  Because of this, we really wanted to distribute the quilts locally.  Another quilter, Brandy, knows a lot of these soldiers and was able to make this delivery possible.  We went to a Army National Guard Unit that returned a couple months ago from being deployed in Afghanistan.  Those who we gave quilts to today are getting or have received purple hearts.  We were suppose to deliver 25 quilts.  Somehow we had 31 quilts.  Of course, they all got delivered.

Here are the ladies getting ready to hand out QOVs.  Diane Jaeger, the Utah Quilt of Valor rep is telling the soldiers about the organization and that we made these quilts by hand just for them.  I am not in the group.  I am taking pictures.

Here's Brandy handing out the first quilt.

This is Francine who is the President of our Utah Valley Quilt Guild.

 Here's Brandy with a quilt that I quilted.  A friend of mine, Suzanne, made it.

Diane was showing this soldier this quilt that she quilted for him.

 And here are all the soldiers we gave quilts to.

This unit now has around 90 soldiers in it.  While we were there,  Brandy and Diane promised these soldiers that all of them would get a quilt!

HERE's a local news article about this unit. 

Brandy and I, and a few other quilters around here, quilt these quilts for free.  This call for quilts is mostly for local folks, but we won't turn down a quilt if you aren't local and want to help.  For more information call Brandy 801-794-3428 or email me at

It was a great way to start the day -- even if I did have to wake up before the sun!

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