Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Hugging our Veterans ( with a Quilt of Valor)

Colorado has started 2020 with a Bang!!
We have been hugging and wrapping Veterans Touched by War with their Quilts of Valor right off the bat!! I LOVE it!! and I LOVE the opportunity to thank our Veterans!

this group of Veterans ranged from Korea to our Current Conflicts - and we love hearing their stories.
One gentleman met his wife through his combat buddy while in Vietnam - and they were so sweet. The Veteran on the far right has 4 sons currently serving!

This group ( above) are all Vietnam Veterans. And they were AWESOME!!!  It was fun for me as a lot of the quilts awarded were former Mysteries that I have written - Big Star County on the far right, The Patriot ( two times, right and left side) as well as Mosaic on the sitting Veterans Lap.....  It made my heart double happy.

This man stole my heart
I decided he should be mine! This gentleman was so kind and sweet and he told us the story of his service during WWII. I tell you what! That was a treat. 

Jan ( a group leader in Aurora) and Sandy ( a group leader in Parker)
Put on an award ceremony too - and I was lucky to invite a Veteran and get to attend.
Oh My Stars

It was awesome.
There was a family of 4 Combat Veterans ( Mom and Dad - Airforce - the 2 sons - Marines)

This image was send to me
and It touched my heart.

If you are looking to make a Quilt for a Cause this year
I suggest Quilts of Valor

I have been involved now for 16 years almost 17 ( since late 2003)
And it floors me - I don't think I have stuck with one other quilt thing that long - 
But I have made a ton of Veteran Friends
and knowing how much these quilts have helped them heal, helped them deal, and given them a hug

Makes me want to award as many Quilts of Valor to as many Veterans touched by war as we can.

Linking to:
Mid Week Makers


Elizabeth V Kelbaugh said...

What a wonderful celebration of thanks for service and a special variety of quilt hugs.

DelightedHands said...

A worthy group to honor. Yes, this post is appreciated! Thank you.

Judy in Michigan said...

When you get a chance, tell me how you deal with so many veterans giving each one a quilt. Do you just read their names and give them a quilt or do you say a few things about them or where and when they served? This would be a big help to our group. Love this post. Thank YOU for all you do!

Carlie Nichols said...

Awesome ceremonies, Alycia. Almost brought me to tears--long time participating QOVer that I am. Thanks for sharing. Carlie

Tired Teacher said...

It warms my heart to see so many veterans being awarded QOV. You got me hooked on QOV nearly ten years ago.

Linda Swanekamp said...

I just have to get all those RWB tops on hangers quilted and out this year.

Marsha Cooper said...

What a great post. I loved reading and looking at all of the photos. It's nice to know that quilts of valor are everywhere!

The Joyful Quilter said...

SEW many wonderful quilt given to such deserving recipients, Alycia. Nice work and kudos to all the quilt makers!

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

Absolutely wonderful!

Preeti said...

How is it possible that so many happy faces and beautiful quilts lead to damp eyes? Lots of Hugs and Blessings to you.

Farm Quilter said...

Made me cry. I still remember my dad getting his QoV 3 years ago. He was totally shocked and overwhelmed. I wish I could get one for my cousin (Capt., USN, Ret.) as he had a stroke before Christmas and I don't think he is going to recover. I don't have enough information on his dates of service for QoV...Vietnam until sometime in the 1990's. They want at least the years.

Sherrill said...

Yep, I got a couple in the works at the moment. I LOVE your award ceremonies..TOO COOL! You done good.

Kate said...

It's always a treat to see the vets with their quilty hugs. Thanks for all you do to support QOV.

Susan said...

A lovely sea of red, white, and blue!

Powell River Books said...

This is so great! - Margy