A friend and I attended the American Hero Quilts quilt show in Redmond, WA this weekend. It was so touching. Sue Nebeker, the founder of the amazing American Hero Quilts, shared the story of the organization as well as many of the 100 quilts they have recently finished to give to wounded soldiers and marines returning from the war. It was so inspiring to see all the hard work that had been done to welcome these brave men and women home, and to thank them for their service and sacrifice on our behalf. What an incredible woman! She took her passion and turned it into something that blesses the lives of so many others. And all the patriotic quilts ready to be donated were gorgeous. Two marines were there to hold up each quilt as she talked. Nan from Pots and Pins reported they raised over $7,000 at this event. WOW! (Hey Nan, I know you were there, but I looked everywhere and never found you!)
If you love quilting and want to donate fabric, money, or your long-arm quilting abilities, go to the American Hero Quilts Web site for more info. One-hundred percent of their donations go to making these beautiful quilts for our wounded American service men and women. It's a great cause.
Besides a great bake sale and fabric sale, there were tons of beautiful quilts on display. Here are a few of my favorites.
This was actually the back side of a quilt I loved--amazing!
Couldn't resist the little birdie theme!
Wouldn't this stocking one be darling for a Christmas quilt? I'm putting this one in my to-do file!
This circle quilt is a cute Halloween theme, but the designer of this quilt showed us a couple of others she made with the same design. One was even the result of a block swap (I don't know what they actually call it in the quilting world, but it is similar to our card swap idea). Each participant makes a bunch of one block of specific dimensions, and then you swap. You end up with enough blocks for a quilt top (or part of one, depending on the size of the group). Any readers interested in trying this? I have almost forgotten how much work the card swap was and might be able to facilitate this sometime soon. Leave us a comment if you're interested!
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