On Saturday, October 15, the owner of the Little Red Hen quilt shop, Emily McCommons, and Miller’s Florist owner Kathy McGlothlen opened their doors to a group of quilters who got together and quilted Quilts of Valor. The Quilts of Valor Foundation was founded by Catherine Roberts in 2003. The organization’s model is simple: volunteer teams donate their time and materials to make a quilt that they would give to any soldier whose lives was touched by war.

Typically these quilts are red, white, and blue. Most recipients, given a choice, choose quilts that are patriotic in theme.

Connie Theobald got involved two years ago. ”I went to Des Moines with the American Legion and they had a quilting 101 class that took.” Theobald was not a quilter until that class and then found the Quilt of Valor organization.

Local volunteers spent their day quilting several quilts for local military veterans. The organization requires a high standard of craftsmanship. “We have given out 31 quilts locally.”

One of the challenges for the group was finding a location with good lighting and enough room to get the work done. “I was at the Little Red Hen and mentioned we didn’t have a good place, and they asked what we did and let us know that we could use their facility free of charge.” Said Theobald

Quilts of Valor must be quilted, not tied, which means hand or machine quilting. The Muscatine organization creates that top layer and then has them completed through the  Quilts of Valor are “awarded,” not just passed out like magazines or videos. The organization requires that the quilts be presented and crafted in a way that says, “Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and valor.”

For more information on how to quilt with Quilts of Valor go to www.qofv.org.