|Eight quilt tops were completed Saturday, March 8,|
over a several day period at a Sievers School classroom.
Approximately 20 women participated in this year's Quilts of Valor effort held in one of the Sievers School of Fiber Arts classrooms this past week on Jackson Harbor Road. Pairs of quilters selected their fabric choices, cut and sewed, and arranged their fabric pieces in the "Thank You Star" block pattern theme that has been chosen for this year's Quilts of Valor Foundation (QoVF) quilts.
|Nancy Thiele and Deb Anderson partnered to sew |
|Anne Delwiche and Peg Nikolai confer on quilt details.|
Once the expansive quilt surfaces have been stitched, quilts are then returned to Washington Island for finishing, which includes the binding along edges and label with names of the volunteers that states it was a QoVF product. Each quilt will be folded and stuffed into a cover resembling a pillowcase, ready for presentation to a veteran of military service, which is the end-goal behind the QoVF program. Many steps, many hours, many hands - in addition to the emotional investment - are behind each presented quilt.
|Jill Jorgenson and Linda Henning made quilt cases|
and cut pieces that will be used for backings.
Karen Demaree, who is Wisconsin's Coordinator for the Quilts of Valor Foundation, and friend Sue Kahre-Stradford, both from Platteville, Wisconsin, offered perspective on the QoVF volunteerism in Wisconsin, as it relates to the national organization. It's been the general intention of QoVF to do as much through volunteerism as possible, drawing on a broad spectrum of quilters whose work will then be worthy of presentation to a military veteran, one way of personalizing a thank-you for their service.
|This block was sewn by a long-arm quilter using a|
star pattern, detail that shows how one section of
the completed quilt might look.
|Marianne Fons, Karen Demaree and Ellen Graf|
hold QoVF poster at conclusion of Island
|Each Island quilter received this pin|
marking the upcoming milestone in quilts presented
to U.S. military veterans.
- Dick Purinton