Wednesday, November 19, 2014

QOV 2014 - Enjoy!!

Here is the deal.... I can't just choose one or two photographs to show you today. I thought I would choose the final photo of all the recipients together, and then I realized you would miss the smiles, and the happiness... and then I decided - this photographer took a lot of photos - so why not share them all.

So!! How much time do you have? Do you have a cup of tea sitting next to you? Good - let's go!

Quilts of Valor was invited to a Community College ( Red Rocks) - they have a huge group of Veteran Students. We asked if we could maybe make a presentation of a Quilt of Valor to a veteran, and as I was working with the coordinator - we couldn't choose just one.  So knowing that we have AMAZING quilters here - we asked to do 10!!!!

It! Was! Awesome!


Eleven of our Quilt of Valor - ers came to help - each one had a quilt to present.


I spoke ( I am such a sucker lol)  I told them what a QOV was, and how they were made.

Seriously - check out those smiles ;-)  



I explained that each one had many hands that go into getting it to them - from the choosing of the fabrics.

The piecing of the blocks - sometimes through block drives, sometimes through Children, through sports teams and through amazing quilters over the internet , as well as our local quilters


I explain that there are piecers, and then machine quilters that contribute


I Love the Hugs!!! Don't you? This is  MJR H (ret. air force) presenting this quilt -  So awesome!


I tell them that each quilt is bound tight to secure all the love and the hugs and the gratefulness inside.

And then I do remind them that they have been washed and pillowcased so they should feel free to use them immediately.
So - here is the majority of them - The podium was blocking the rest . It was a great experience - and so cool to watch our quilters interact - seeing the final result of all that hard work.



We left the stage and the President of the University got back up and said - other that watching his kids be born  that was the coolest thing he had ever seen.... I guess we did alright?

Enjoy your day!!!

21 comments:

Magoo47 said...

That is so amazing to see .. a presentation like that! Thank you for sharing .. I don't know how you can stand there and not be dissolved in tears - I'm crying a bucket just sitting here reading this!

Roma said...

WONDERFUL!!

Vicki W said...

Awesome!

Deb Lindley said...

How wonderful for EVERYONE - got a tear or two just reading...Thank YOU for ALL you do Alycia, to honor our Service Members and Veterans with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

~Deb

LizA. said...

Good job! Thnx for sharing.

Andee said...

Fabulous! Love seeing these. I requested a QOV go to my 86 year old grandfather in Wisconsin. He should be getting it around Thanksgiving! :)

Lara B. said...

Oh Alycia! This is so beyond awesome! I had never seen that end of it before. Thank you for sharing all those wonderful pictures and your words! Soul stirring!

Quilts with Cat Hair said...

Great pics! Thanks so much for sharing!

Cathy Dimmick said...

Alycia, what an honor to encourage and acknowledge these veteran students. The smiles are why we keep doing this...beautiful quilts and beautiful hearts

Sherrill said...

Alycia, you do a great job of coordinating all of this and you need to be thanked for all YOU do!! It's a great team effort!

Judy@Quilt Paradigm said...

You did freakin' awesome!! :D I love your Wed. posts but this one, so cool! OK, all teared up now. Seriously, you are the best! I hope you are told that every day! I have no doubt you are, and if not, tell those boys you live with to get with it ;) haha

Kevin the Quilter said...

It's great being able to see the presentations! Love the emotion and smiles! Now, if you are going to be Mrs. Colorado,...glasses off the head, smile for the camera, and wave a lot! LOL

Kaja said...

What a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing.

PugMom said...

What a wonderful presentation! I bet there were tears and smiles!

Cathy said...

Hooray for our veterans and you too! What a great presentation!

Anonymous said...

Alycia,

Wonderful presentations and I love all those smiles. The quilts are beautiful. You are such an inspiration to all of us.
MK

BobbieG said...

Awesome!

BobbieG said...

Awesome! We are awarding 7 WWII QOVs tomorrow.

Dar said...

Great photos and presentation message. Love seeing all the smiles and hugs.

phxquilt said...

Wow another great presentation by you and your merry band of quilters! All of you had smiles just like the recipients.

WTG!!

Kate said...

Great smiles and beautiful quilts. It doesn't get much better than that.