Friday, June 22, 2012

Quilts of Valor

A couple of weeks ago I went with three other women from my quilt guild to a Veterans Hospital near us. This is a trip that our guild members make every year, but this is the first time I have gone along. We took with us 30 Quilts of Valor to give away to wounded servicemen and servicewomen. In the room where they were going to have a special pizza dinner with their families, we unpacked the quilts and displayed them on sofas and chairs. Soon some of the men and families came into the room. Marilyn explained who we were and why we were there. Then she told them that the quilts were gifts for them, and they could choose which one they wanted. The men seemed very happy to be given a quilt, and to get to make their own choice. They were very appreciative. Some of them let us take their photo holding the quilt they had chosen. 

Not all of the patients on the ward came to the pizza dinner that night.  They have a very long day of grueling physical therapy, and some of them felt like staying in their rooms that evening.  Our contact at the hospital said that she would distribute the remaining quilts to the rest of the patients at a later time.

I'm showing two of the quilts of valor I've made in the past.  We usually make them out of red, white and blue fabrics, as it seems that's what the patients like the most.

1 comment:

  1. Beautiful quilts for a beautiful cause! Well done Misses stitches :)