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: