Across the nation, Saturday February 1, was Quilt of Valor National Sew Day. Nineteen local quilters gathered at Wysox Presbyterian Church to sew Quilts of Valor. It was a good day. We finished 3 tops and have 6 which are almost finished. We made 4 quilt backs and yards of red, white and blue binding. It was a great day to meet up with friends and make new ones while working hard to create quilt tops to cover our local veterans.
Every year, on the first Saturday in February, the Quilts of Valor Foundation holds a nationwide sewing bee to make Quilts of Valor. The Bradford County Quilts of Valor Chapter will host our National Sew Day event from 10 am – 3 pm on February 1st at the Wysox Presbyterian Church (22953 Rt 187, about 0.3 miles north of Rt 6).
We will be working on quilt tops, so bring sewing machines, rotary cutting equipment, and general sewing supplies such as irons, thread, pins, and scissors.
Fabric, patterns and lunch will be provided. We will have a fun day sewing in teams to complete quilt tops.
If you have 2.5″ strips of any length in suitable patriotic fabrics/colors that you want to donate, bring them along and Patti will organize a project to use them.
Everyone is welcome to come join us for this fun and productive day! We can use volunteers to cut, press, sew, pin, organize fabrics, etc. You don’t have to be a quilter or a member of Quilts of Valor to help.
Please register for this event on the national website at QOVF.org. Scroll down to the box about National Sew Day and select membership login or public registration. Participants who register will be entered in a raffle to win the Janome 3160QOV shown in the photo there.
Charles Miller, Vietnam Veteran, was awarded a Quilt of Valor on Sunday December 15, at the Saco Hill Church in Ulster after the Sunday service. Members of the congregation, family and friends assembled for the awarding ceremony. The quilt, made and designed by Kelly Pakes, was awarded by Pakes and Carol Ullo, representatives of the Bradford County Chapter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation.
Sunday December 15, Todd Grace was presented with a Quilt of Valor. Grace is a 22 year Air Force Veteran who served in South Korea, Afghanistan and southwestern Asia. Grace’s parents, family and friends gathered at his home for the ceremony. The quilt was made and presented by Faye Lubold and Carol Ullo, members of the Bradford County Chapter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation.
Paul Cook, Vietnam Veteran
Surrounded by his family at his home on Oct 27, Ruth awarded Paul Cook with a Quilt of Valor. She presented him with a quilt that she made which highlighted the army images. Cook served in some of the most brutal battles of Vietnam and was wounded in one of them.
Thomas House receives QOV
On October 31, Thomas House received a Quilt of Valor. Faye and Carol Presented it at his home . Family and friends gathered to join the ceremony. Thomas was stationed in the Alaskan territory just 30 miles from the Soviet Union in the 1950’s. He helped to set up the Distant Early Warning system which functioned from the Cold War until satellites replaced it.
November 20, 2019
It’s November, already. The weather has turned really cold and across the country we are celebrating our Veterans. We also celebrate Thanksgiving this month and one thing we are all thankful for this wonderful country and for the sacrifices made by our Veterans to preserve our freedom.
We saw some beautiful QOV tops and finished quilts at the Friendship Quilters’ meeting last month:
BCQOV recently presented two Quilts of Valor.
World War II Vet receives QOV for Veteran’s Day
92 old Andrew Bobik, Jr smiled as he received his QOV at the Ascension Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sayre on Tuesday, November 12th. Andy was in the 88th infantry in WWII and his unit protected the Italian Border with Yugoslavia from invasion following Hitler’s surrender. In the photo below he is flanked by members of 5 local veterans’ organizations, his family, pastor and Kelly and I who had the privilege of awarding this quilt. It was a bitterly cold day and Andy chose to keep his quilt around his shoulders during the Mass for Veteran’s that followed.
Donald Allis, Vietnam Veteran receives QOV at his place of Business
On October 18th, co-workers, family, and friends gathered to award Don Allis with a Quilt of Valor. Allis served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. Ruth presented the quilt which she made to reflect his proud service to the Navy.
September 14, 2019
It was was a blustery day up on the hill at Mt Pisgah State Park today where Veterans and supporters met for the annual Patriots in the Park event. It was a very moving program with Iraq war veterans speaking. I think what made it so poignant for me was that the fact that for these young men the reality of war is still very fresh in their minds. Deb Struble, Sharon Sargent and I had the honor of awarding quilts to veterans whose service spanned from the Iraq War to World War II: Clyde Seeley, World War II and Korea; Joseph Kozak, Korea; Vernon Perry, Iraq; and Robert Smith, Kuwait Liberation, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The nip in the air was a reminder that fall is upon us and for me it was a reminder that my last post was in June. Summer seemed to fly by with the all the activities that summer brings and that included several QOV award ceremonies.
In July, Ruth Clearwater and Renee Stewart awarded QOV’s at the Haight’s Pond VFW’s annual picnic. The recipients were: Gerald Corbin, Vietnam; Theron Hitchcock, Vietnam; Brian Coleman, Vietnam; Stuart Brink,Vietnam; and Glenn Owen, Korea, Desert Storm, Haiti, and Yugoslavia.
Ruth also awarded quilts to George Lehman, WWII; Duane Walker, Vietnam; George Eddy, Vietnam; and Bruce Boatman, Korea and Vietnam. Ginny Nutting, Mary Brandenburg, Faye Lubold, Renee Stewart and I awarded 4 quilts to members of one family: Kenneth Brown, WWII; Brian Wiggins, Gulf War; Carlton “Skeet” Wiggins, Vietnam; and Burton Adam, Vietnam, at their annual family reunion. One thing that makes this chapter so wonderful is the participation of our dedicated members as well as the continued support of the Friendship Quilters.
On the National level, QOV has a new director and is undergoing changes that will facilitate the way we support our mission.
One of the new ideas to help address our backlog of quilt requests is the 2020 block drive. The 2020 QOV® block drive features a basic Nine Patch. The purpose of the National Block Drive is to give individuals or groups a way to participate by making blocks, and have their blocks used in QOVs made and awarded to our service members and veterans across the nation. The 9-patch block is versatile and can be assembled many ways into a QOV. They will be used by our State Coordinators to help fill outstanding requests not covered by local groups and will ease our national waiting list of requests from 2017 (627 requests) & 2018 (3,712 requests). How to participate: The deadline for this block drive is December 1, 2020. For more information go to the QOVF website: https://www.qovf.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Block-drive-2020-Revision2-2019-0830.pdf . We can send these blocks away or use locally. As the award nominations keep coming in, we will need to have some kind of sewing bee this fall.
If you are working on a QOV and need fabric, please contact me and due to donations, there is no need for you to make a backing. We have backing fabric in different colors that will coordinate with any QOV top.
Next month will be the first anniversary of Bradford County Quilts of Valor. We have grown and learned a lot in our first year. More info on us in the next post.
QOV national block drive
Friendship Quilters’ Meeting – Riverstone, Towanda Sept. 27
Veterans could not have asked for nicer weather than the sunny 75 degree day for their annual Bradford County Veterans Appreciation Picnic. This picnic, which had been a tradition for years, was abandoned until three years ago when Pete Miller hired on as the new Veterans Outreach Coordinator. Reviving the picnic was one of his goals and it was a success again this year. Quilts of Valor volunteers took to the front of the group to award QOV’s to Willard “ Tom “ Blackall of Monroeton, a navy veteran of the Korean War, Wayne Gowin of Towanda, an army Vietnam Veteran, and William Snyder of Wyalusing, an army veteran of the Vietnam War. These quilts were special in that they were all made from the star blocks that were sewn and donated by the Friendship Quilters. The group of presenters all agreed that this is such a moving and meaningful experience for everyone involved. The presenters were joined by Tina Pickett, our state representative, who was happy to lend a hand to award quilts to these American heroes.
Our next group of veterans to receive quilts will be at the Haight’s Pond VFW on July 13.
Friendship Quilters met on May 24th. We learned a lot about batting and checked out finished QOVs which are bound and ready to award.
Speaking of awards, we have been busy awarding quilts.
On April 4, Ruth awarded three Vietnam Vets with Quilts of Valor. State Representative Tina Pickett was on hand and awarded one of them. George Eddy, Duane Walker and George “ Rusty “ Eddy pose with their quilts. State Representative Clint Owlett and Robert De Sousa representing US Senator Pat Toomey also attended.
Debra awards Larry Baxter with a QOV at the VFW Veteran’s Appreciation Barbecue in Troy. Baxter is a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.
World War II Vet recounts events of D Day
William Cowles, chats with the Commissioners as his wife of 70 1/2 years, looks on. Both Cowles and his wife are residents of the Personal Care Home in Sayre where they share a room.
In the background is a photo of Cowles as he was in WWII. At 96, he is amazingly sharp and told us all that he was based in Dover, England and crossed the Engish Channel 8 times. His anecdotes and stories of his service captivated us all.
Cowles receives the QOV and the customary hug that goes with it from Cathy Shoemaker.
- Friendship Quilters are making 12” inch blocks.
- Mary and Ruth are making tops.
- Faye has just finished binding 2 quilts.
- We are currently looking for a place to meet and to hold sew-ins.
- Friendship Quilters meet the 4th Friday of the month at the Riverstone for lunch at 11:00. Meeting begins around noon. This month’s program is on batting.
- May 19, 2019: Deb will be awarding 2 QOV’s at the Troy VFW Veterans Appreciation Barbecue
- June 16, 2019: Volunteers will be at the Bradford County Veterans Appreciation Picnic on June 16 at Mountaineer Park to award 5 QOV’s.
- July 13, 2019: QOVs will be awarded at the Haights Pond VFW picnic
Since 2016, the Friendship Quilters of Towanda have been supporting Quilts of Valor. I had been a member of Quilts of Valor for 10 years making and donating quilts as an individual. When I moved to Bradford County I was pleased to join the Friendship Quilters of Towanda, a group of quilters who share ideas, projects and friendship. Friendship Quilters also do charitable sewing. Quilts of Valor seemed a good match for the group. We have members who donate fabrics, make blocks and quilts, long arm quilt and bind tops, make pillow case presentation cases and award quilts. At first we were paying to mail them out to Quilts of Valor volunteer long arm quilters, but we are lucky right now to have a few local long arm quilters who are stepping up to quilt for us. Each year the number of quilts we made and awarded kept growing and in 2018 we formed the Bradford County Quilts of Valor.
Quilts of Valor is a 501(c)3 foundation which was founded in 2003 by Catherine Roberts whose son was serving in Iraq. She founded the organization to give comfort to soldiers who had been touched by war with healing Quilts of Valor. As of April, 2019, 217,932 quilts have been awarded to veterans from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. Presentations have taken place in the U.S., Germany, Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan. We, here in Bradford County, are honored to be part of this movement to create and award veterans with Quilts of Valor.
Being part of the Quilts of Valor Foundation enables us to accept donations of money as well as fabric. We have been fortunate to receive monetary donations from local organizations as well as individuals. This money is used to purchase fabric for our quilts and has helped out our productivity.
We invite anyone in the community who wants to contribute fabric, time, talent or money to join us and help with our efforts to cover our local veterans who have been touched by war. Contact us to see how you can help.
For a $5.00 annual membership fee, you get a membership card, pin, and the monthly newlstter sent to you. The donations help to cover administrative fees. If your time, fabric or funds are limited, you can certainly still help us out.
We look forward to hearing from you. And… don’t forget that if you would like to nominate a Veteran who has served overseas and been touched by war, use the form provided on this website.
Carol Ullo, Chapter Leader