Gratitude Quilts: May 14

Tonight we’d just like tohighlight some quilts posted on our Facebook page by members of our online quilting community…quilts that show gratitude.

Quilts always have stories and meaning. Here are a few….

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We’d like to thank Dick Linhart for posting this photo of a very important work of quilting art. Dick writes,

“Thisquilt along with 99 other quilted hugs of gratitude created by Quilts of Honor volunteers will hang in the 1st ever quilt show at the NationalMuseum of the Marine Corps in Washington, DC on October 4-6, 2013. Whenthe show quilts are taken down, each one will be individually presentedto war tested veterans with PTSD, TBI or other invisible wounds.”

The Quilts of Honor project seeks to “bestow a universal symbol and token of thanks, solace, and remembrance to those who serve in harm’s way to protect and defend our lives and freedoms“. The project was started by Gail Belmont in 2005, inspired in part by the history of the importance of Civil War Quilts. The National Museum of the Marine Corps is located in Triangle, Virginia, near DC and the Quantico Marine Corps Base.

Thank you again, Dick, for letting us know about this important event!

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Rozann Mason always shares such wonderful quilts of skill and good design, but this one also has great meaning. She writes,

“Myson was in Iraq in 2005-2006 and is extremely patriotic, so when I wentto an estate sale and saw all this red, white, and blue, it was a no brainer. I made this as a picnic quilt for him and finished it on July 4th, 2012 so he could take it out and watch fireworks. Now he uses it on his sofa. The star is a classic pattern, I used the red to keep it from being too busy.

Fireworks, the bright stars and pinwheels in this quilt…they all gotogether for celebration and gratitude. Thank you, Rozann!

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Donna Waldron postedtwo quilts that were made from donated panels. They were made to go toa Veterans Hospital. It’s such a good way to say “Thank You”.

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Whilethe thrill of auto racing may seem a long way from the sacrifice of ourmilitary and their families, this one does convey gratitude. It was posted by Paula Collinswho tells the story, simply, that it was the last quilt made by her mother before she passed away. It was made for Paula’s son. Paula alsocommented that her mother made quilts for each of her children and grandchildren. You can see that she was interested in what captivated Paula’s son. It’s so special to have a work of art that reflects the interests of the recipient. Thank you, Paula, for sharing it with us.

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We’d like to end tonight with this butterfly “Charm Quilt” made by Lyn Whittin 2005. She made it as a Christmas gift to her mother. It includes transferred photos of her bothers and herself growing up. That says “Thank you”. It shows gratitude made in fabric and thread and the time it took.

Thanks to all of you who have shown ways you say “Thank You!”

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