In honor of National Craft Month and National Quilting Day, both falling in March, we are highlighting a McCall’s Quilting/McCall’s Quick Quilts reader each week of the month. Quilters of the Week were randomly selected from the many letters and quilt photos we receive, and we thank you all for sending us your stories and pictures. We love to see your work! -Kathy Patterson, Online Editor-
Tink Linhart of Fox Point, Wisconsin, wrote to tell us about two “Quilts of Thanks” she made for Marines who served in Iraq. Tink was inspired by Bev Getschel’s Reflecting Pools quilt patterned in the September/October 2014 issue of McCall’s Quilting. She made her quilts smaller than Bev’s, using scrap fabrics left over from other projects.
Here’s what Tink had to say:
Both Quilts of Thanks were presented, one to a Navy medic attached to our son’s Marine unit during Operation Phantom Fury in Iraq in 2004-’05. The other went to a former Marine who grew up with our son and deployed to the war zones at a different time. We heard from him that he was extremely moved by the quilt. Our warriors struggle with their war experience and we’ve found over the years that the quilts are very powerful; they let the recipients know that someone really does care about them and appreciates their service.
As a small, locally based organization, Quilts of Thanks encourages volunteer quilters to identify Veterans in their own communities who have served during war time and present them with a tangible “thank you” for their service. It is our honor to create these quilts. Thank you “sew” much for the inspiration! -Tink-
If you’d like to make quilts for service men and women but don’t have a local organization like Quilts of Thanks, the Quilts of Valor Foundation is another great resource. Visit them at their website. And thank you, Tink, for your lovely story and photos!