Hello friends! I’m back with a Sew Goodness cause to share this month. Are you familiar with Quilts of Valor? If this cause is new to you or you want to learn more, here’s a little bit about this wonderful organization. Quilts of Valor is an organization created to “cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts.”
You can read more about the history of this inspired organization here. This cause is so well organized and has already delivered almost 190,000 quilts to veterans pf all ages since it was organized in 2003. There’s also a Quilts of Valor organization for Canada.
This video from the Quilts of Valor website is a moving example of what these quilts mean – both to those who receieve and those who make the quilts. I’ll admit to getting teary watching it.
This is feeling a little bit extra near and dear to my heart right now. My husband’s parents are currently serving as Military Relations Missionaries for our church near the many military installments in the Virginia Beach area. They currently volunteer at the USO, teach Resiliancy classes to service members and their families, support families with deployed spouses, and feed and mentor young service members away from home for the first time. The are a retired military couple themselves, so they feel a special bond with all of those they’re helping. We’ve been touched by the many experiences they’ve shared with us and I’ve grown to have an ever greater appreciation for those who volunteer to serve my country at great personal sacrifice. (Not to mention their spouses and children who sacrifice so much too!)
HOW TO HELP QUILTS OF VALOR:
The Quilts of Valor Foundation is very well organized with local chapters in every state. If you would like to get involved in the organization, you can find the contact info for local chapters here.
You can make a quilt. (You don’t have to be affiliated with a chapter to make a quilt.) Here is the information for making a quilt as well as requesting an official QOV label and reporting when the presentation is made. There aren’t a lot of formal requirements for the quilt but there are a few (such as being machine quilted for durability) so read the requirements before starting. Other than that, the basic recommendation is a throw-size quilt (average is 60″ x 80″) with a patriotic theme and red, white and blue colors.
You can make a quilt block! Don’t have time right now to make a full quilt? Here is the information for the 2020 Block Drive with all of the details on the quilt block pattern (pictured) and where to send them.
This year the goal is to collect simple 9-patch blocks. Click the link above to help out!
I wanted to share this cause this month, because patriotic fabric and red, white and blue fabric is widely available this time of year.
I’ve got a bunch of ideas for patriotic quilts for you in this post. Many of them are free. Keep in mind, you could also make any favorite quilt pattern in red, white, and blue fabrics. (One idea would be a simple patchwork quilt with a scattered sawtooth stars like this one. In R, W, and B fabrics, of course.)
As with any reputable charitable organization, if you do not have time to make anything but would like to contribute financially, you can donate here.
Are you new to the Sew Goodness challenge or want links to past months featured charities? Read Here for info about Sew Goodness!
Finally, remember, the purpose of Sew Goodness is to shine a spotlight on sewing for a good cause, NOT to add more guilt or stress to anyone’s life! It’s all about creating more good feelings in our lives by helping others, not bad feelings for not being able to “do it all.” Some months (years?) we all have more time or resources to give than others. That’s totally normal. We all need to remember to pace ourselves. If you’re already working on a favorite charitable cause, keep going with that one! If all you have to give some months is a smile to someone who needs it, you’re doing great! Carry on.