Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Quilts of Valor - Flashback

Every once in a while I click on the wrong album when I am trying to find photos.... but then.... I really wanted to re-share these.

Quilts of Valor has been a part of our household for 11 years.  From teaching kids in the 2nd and 5th grades, to working with 4H'ers , to getting my kids to make a quilt every summer for QOV...

I am one who thinks if you want to stitch - I will show you how the machine works.... and if you make a mistake - you have two ways to deal with it...

1. Fix it   or   2. Do it again and make it a design element.

These are some of the first pictures I have of my kids with quilts.....


Little Bit had his quilt hang at the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum - in the Quilts at the Hands of Men display.  Talk about an honor - on opening night all the makers of the other quilts were there. Oh man, were they so cool - they talked to all 3 of my boys and really encouraged them to keep quilting..... I LOVED it!!


Here is is in front of his quilt
The original pattern is called Weed Whacker - its from Bonnie Hunter

And then there's my Middle Bit
When he was in second grade he got his whole class involved in playing with blocks and writing letters to go to the soldiers that the quilts were going to
( we knew they were all soldiers at this time - we were going to the Army Post)


This is his quilt
If I remember it is Yellow Brick Road by Atkinson designs

Here is my oldest in the 5th grade ( he is the bottom right - grey shirt)

His class is what I call my downward spiral - Ha ha!  They all wanted to make a Quilt of Valor and ended up making 10 quilts as a class.  It was a Great and Fun project - and many classes afterwards wanted to participate.

The moral of the story?  

Teach them young and make it fun!

Thanks for walking through a memory or two:




10 comments:

Paige said...

I know you were and still are one proud mama! Thanks for sharing these!

Gypsy Quilter said...

And they're still having fun!

Judy V from Thornton CO said...

What a really a nice walk down the memory road!

Magoo47 said...

Great memories! Something we all need to do sometimes :)

The Joyful Quilter said...

I recall seeing Little Bit's quilt recently and it's good to see a shot of Middle Bit with his YRB, but the BEST part of the story is Big Bit's ENTIRE CLASS wanting to make QOVs. LOVE it!!!

Lara B. said...

What you Little, Middle, and Big Bit have done is so amazing Alycia! You and they should be so proud! Thank you for resharing this!

diana569 said...

It's amazing that your Bits (boys) started quilting at such an early age. I wish someone got me interested at that age, and their quilts are beautiful! And you can tell you are one proud Momma!

phxquilt said...

I remember these pics. :)

Susan Reynolds said...

How the time flies. Good memories

Kate said...

It's fun to look back. To my great sorry, Drama Teen won't touch a sewing machine. I can only hope as she gets older it becomes more attractive.