The quilt on display at the Virginia Public Library during the month of November is a study in patriotic themes and colors in honor of Veterans Day. This colorful work was pieced and quilted by Betty Soderberg, a longtime member of the Going to Pieces Quilters of Virginia, as part of a “Quilts of Valor” challenge. It will be awarded to a local female veteran through the Quilts of Valor program.
The Quilts of Valor Foundation was begun in 2003 by Catherine Roberts whose son was deployed in Iraq. Catherine equated quilts with healing and comfort. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. The first Quilt of Valor was awarded in November of 2003 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to a young soldier from Minnesota. To date, 237,734 quilts have been awarded.
This year, local quilting guilds have been given a challenge to donate 50 quilts to this amazing program. Area quilters who are not members of a guild are also invited to participate. For more information on the Quilts of Valor Foundation, visit its website at www.qovf.org.
The motto of the Going to Pieces Quilt Guild is “Inspire, Instruct & Improve.” Area sewers are welcome to attend the guild’s monthly meetings. These meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month from 6 – 8 p.m. in the basement of the First Covenant Church, located at 232 5th St S. in Virginia. For more information, call Darcy at 218-750- 7035.
Dawn Heisel lives in Britt, MN. She is a member of the Going to Pieces Quilt Guild.