I have not been sewing as much this trip south, but I have finished a few quilt tops and quilted a few tops with fleece backing. A majority of my sewing time has been creating a Quilt of Valor top. When quilted, it will be given to a veteran in order to say welcome home, soldier and thank you for your service. This particular pattern was created by Le Ann Weaver of Persimmon Quilting. Le Ann has many designs for Quilts of Valor. I chose this one because I have a love affair with Flying Geese blocks :)
The Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003 with a dream. The founder, Catherine Roberts’, son Nat was deployed in Iraq and she had this dream:
The dream was as vivid as real life. I saw a young man sitting on the side of his bed in the middle of the night, hunched over. The permeating feeling was one of utter despair. I could see his war demons clustered around, dragging him down into an emotional gutter. Then, as if viewing a movie, I saw him in the next scene wrapped in a quilt. His whole demeanor changed from one of despair to one of hope and well being. The quilt had made this dramatic change. The message of my dream was:According to their website, the mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.
Quilts = Healing
On this Memorial Day weekend, I want to say thank you to all of you who have served our country as we honor those in remembrance. You have touched us all.