Surry Quilters’ Guild began participating in the Quilts of Valor program in 2012. This year, guild members will present more than 20 quilts to servicemen or veterans. This year’s QOV presentations will be Thursday at 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Mount Airy where meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.
Blue Star mom Catherine Roberts began the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) from her sewing room in Seaford, Delaware. Her son Nathanael’s year-long deployment to Iraq provided the initial inspiration, and her desire to see that returning warriors were welcomed home with the love and gratitude they deserved, provided the rest. QOV’s are stitched with love, prayers and healing thoughts.
The troops who have been touched by war are awarded this tangible token of appreciation that unequivocally says, “Thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor.” Just how much of an impact has the Quilts of Valor Foundation made? As of August 2014, there have been more than 125,000 quilts awarded to service members/veterans.
The QOV programs hits close to home for several guild members. President Debbie Stolz has eight family members from her grandfather to nieces and nephews who have served or are serving.
As a Blue Star mother and a longarm quilter, Amy Askins has spent many hours working on quilts for veterans. Amy’s son serves in the Marine Corps, at Central Command in Tampa, Florida. Askins said she believes “it is a privilege to honor the very ones who have protected our freedoms both here and abroad. If a simple quilt helps to say thank you to a service member, then mission accomplished.”
Theresa Hutchins has made three quilts. The first one was given to her son’s classmate who was a local football star. While deployed, his foot was injured and he was sent home. “I had watched him be a football star and now injured by the war! He sent word the other day that if I wanted to make him more (quilts), that would be fine. That made me feel great knowing that he was comforted by something I made.”
Diane Holder, a guild member, said, “I find a bit of peace in my heart when I give a QOV to a veteran. You can see the pride in their eyes when you hand a bit of your labor over to them to say thank you for all they have done to keep us safe.”
For more information on QOV, visit website www.qovf.org.