Monday, June 29, 2009
Not "Gardeny" But Important!
Quilts of Valor Made By Barefoot Quilters
Since January 2008, a local quilting group, The Barefoot Quilters Bee of the Outer Banks, has been diligently working to construct patriotic themed quilts for donation as “Quilts of Valor.” A national project, the mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover all war wounded and injured service members and veterans from the War on Terror, whether physical or psychological wounds, with quilts meant to commemorate their service and recognize their personal sacrifice in the defense of our nation.
The idea to participate in this worthy project originated with local quilters Colleen Lyall and Ellen Hyland, who quickly mobilized the group to get working. Through the generosity of time, talent and textiles the Barefoot Quilters have assembled 75 quilts that will be delivered to Camp LeJeune in the next few weeks. Each quilt demonstrates the unique style of the quilter. All talent levels of the group members were utilized to cut fabric, assemble, machine quilt and bind the quilts.
The Barefoot Quilter’s Bee meets the third Monday of every month at Dare County Library, 400 Mustian St., Kill Devil Hills, NC at 7PM. Members come from Corolla, Southern Shores, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills, Nags Head, Manteo, Wanchese and from Culpepper and Chesapeake Virginia. In addition to the sharing of quilting talent and friendly fellowship, the members also participate in charitable endeavors such as QOV and Project Linus.
I am proud to call these ladies my friends.