Generally speaking, quilters are a very generous and trustworthy group of people. Yes, that’s right: people. There are a growing number of men joining the ranks, some quilting for many years, at award-winning level. I digress…
If you go into any quilt shop, you will find information of some sort regarding charitable causes. Project Linus, Quilts For Kids, and Quilts of Valor are some very popular organizations. Click here for a list of other charities that could use your quilting help!
Quilts of Valor is popular with ladies interested in supporting our military members in particular. It is a simple process really. You sign up on their website, letting them know what you are interested in doing for the project. When they need you, they send you an email, letting you know who your partner is and providing a link to information about the project.
I have participated in three so far, over the last six months or so, each time being the quilter. For the first project, the quilt maker chose to assemble a string quilt (foundation pieced) with pentagon shaped horse panels in the center of each block. With most QOV quilts, it is safe to assume the quilt will go to a male, so the quilting patterns I choose from are a bit more limited. I decided on a baptist fan pattern, which did nicely to complement the quilt without accentuating the angles any more. I then bound the quilt, attached the label, washed it, filled out the destination form and mailed it as directed. This one went straight to a military medical unit overseas.
The second project was a red, white and blue quilt, and I did a simple angular quilting pattern to mimic the stars in the fabric, using variegated thread on the front and back. The quilt maker requested I send it back to her to bind and mail.
The third quilt is again a red, white and blue, and I tried a new quilting pattern, again with variegated blue and white thread on the backside. This one I will bind and send to the quilt maker for her to ship, per her request.
We also create journals to go with the quilt. It’s more of a letter or log, from the quilt top maker and the quilter, with pictures (if possible), but the purpose is to inform the soldier of how the quilt came about, who was involved in it and the process of making and quilting it. It’s really a nice touch.
This is a great charity to be involved in, especially if you have a busy schedule and want to support our combat veterans. And it’s a wonderful way to get to know others that share this wonderful hobby! Happy quilting my friends!