Saturday, August 23

Quilts of Valor presentation...

A couple of weeks ago we had a wonderful quilt show, which included a booth for the Quilts of Valor program. 
My very good friend, Kathy Coontz, is the Montana state representative for QOV. 
She set up a beautiful display educating the public on this service.
The QOV program is operated by all volunteers and donations.
I volunteer my long-arm quilting services and I love it!
We make quilts and pillow cases for soldiers who have been touched by war.
The program has been in operation for 10 years and just sent out it's 100,000th quilt - amazing!

We invited our Veteran's from the Manor - the local nursing home - to come to the quilt show so we could present them each with a quilt and pillowcase of their own. 
We love our resident Veteran's.
Three of them were present...
My Veteran husband, retired Air Force, agreed to present the quilts to each Veteran.
(Isn't he just so handsome in his uniform....and yes, it still fits!)
Here he is with Kathy C. and one of the residents. 
So many smiles!
Kathy gave a speech about the QOV program then read some personal information about each Veteran and his  service.
Dan wrapped the quilt around their shoulders, stood in front of them, saluted each one and thanked them for their military service.
(I love this guy)
It was so touching.....not a dry eye in the room.

There were a lot of hugs and "thank you's".
This gentleman even saluted the audience - he was so happy!

I'm so proud of my husband who honors his county and his uniform.
Thank you, sweet man, for your service.

If you want to learn more about this incredible program, visit their website
Here's a short video with Marianne Fons, of Fons & Porter, who is a strong advocate for the QOV program.
Next week Kathy and I - (yes, 2 Kathy's) - will be heading to Las Vegas for a QOV conference.
Yipee - we are so excited to learn even more about this program and what we can do for our service men and women.
I get to take the long-arm classes!
I'll post all about it when we return.
Look out, Las Vegas, here we come!


  1. Loved hearing your story - it brought tears to my eyes too! My dad would have loved it too - we grew up on war stories. Didn't matter where we were or who was over - when dad started telling his stories we all gathered around him - kids,adults,guests alike. He needed to tell and we needed to hear. You all deserve a BIG Hug for all you do!

  2. Wow, on so many levels.....
    On another note, I see a Sisters, OR quilt in one of the photos - I think it's a sign!! :)

  3. So exciting Kathy....I've been hearing about this program for years but I am going to the website to learn more about it and how I can contribute to this wonderful cause. Thank you for all you do and have an awesome time at the convention!!

  4. This is just so precious. I don't feel that we honor our veterans nearly enough. Your husband does look dashing! My son in law is in the Air Force too! What a wonderful thing to do to show the love and admiration we have for these men. Well done Kathy and Dan!

  5. How fantastic!!! Thank you for sharing!!!

  6. What a great service to these very deserving people. I can't wait to hear all about your Las Vegas conference. I think it's time for me to make a quilt for Quils of Valor. Your inspire me!!