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Sulky Supports Quilts of Valor


In honor of National Sewing Month, every week for the month of September I will be highlighting some of the amazing organizations that we support at Sulky of America.

One of the coolest parts of this is that I had so many organizations to choose from! Sulky is such a generous company. I could have chosen from hundreds of organizations that do everything from teach kids to sew, to raising awareness of child abuse, to making clothes for children in Africa. I could tell you about providing thread and stabilizers to guilds across the country for their charity projects or when they provided Sulky 12 wt. Cotton to an after school program that taught girls to do hand embroidery.

It has been a tough job to narrow down to only four charities, but it has renewed my faith in humankind (there are a lot of people doing a lot of great charity work) and has made me appreciate Sulky even more.

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The first charity I chose to highlight is The Quilts of Valor Foundation. If you have been quilting for any length of time, you have most likely heard of QOV and possibly made a quilt for them! Their mission is simple. 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.

One of the great things about this is you can support them in so many ways.

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First, you can make a quilt! Whether you want to make a quilt for a service person that you know personally or if you want to make one and allow QOV to choose the recipient, your quilt will  provide comfort and a healing touch. More importantly it shows the service member that someone cares. The QOV staff tell us that the number one comment they receive from recipients is they didn’t know that anyone even cared. Isn’t that sad? Let’s all show them that someone cares by making a quilt. You can read the quilt guidelines here and get loads of free patterns here.unsung hero lunch

Second way to support is to volunteer your time and talent as a longarmer. The foundation is always in need of help getting all the lovely quilts they have donated quilted.

Thirdly you can make presentation bags. Every QOV is presented with a bag to store that quilt. Here are a couple tutorials for the presentation bags.

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Sue Moats, Retired National Educator for Sulky and Quilts of Valor representative speaking at an Unsung Heroes event in West Virginia where the Quilts of Valor Foundation presented three quilts.

Fourth way to help is to volunteer to speak and fund raise for your local QOV group. Here is a list of the regional coordinators for each state.

Fifth, You can donate money! QOVF is a non-profit organization and is a great organization to consider as part of your giving.

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Sulky Director of Education, Ellen Osten with the two Quilts of Valor for her sons

Here are two quilts that Sulky was able to donate to two wonderful service men, Captain Troy Osten and BW Osten. These two were especially important to us since they are the sons of our very own Director of Education, Ellen Osten. The blocks for these quilts were made in one of our Sulky Teacher Certification classes.

The Atlanta 2012 Teacher Certification class made the blocks that went into these two Quilts of Valor
The Atlanta 2012 Teacher Certification class made the blocks that went into these two Quilts of Valor

Have you made a Quilt of Valor? If so, we would love to hear from you! Tell me about it in the comments below and feel free to post pictures on our Facebook page. Be sure to note what Sulky products you used to make the quilt.

Captain Troy Osten with his Quilt of Valor
Captain Troy Osten with his Quilt of Valor
Troy Osten with his beautiful children and his Quilt of Valor
BW Osten with his beautiful children and his Quilt of Valor

Speaking of that, we have some great products that are perfect for making Quilts of Valor. My personal favorite is Sulky Cotton Blendables America #4105. It comes in both 30 wt and 12 wt.blendables america

I also use Sulky PolyLite American Flag #5007. That’s the thread I used to make these placemats (Here is the tutorial). This would be a great thread for using in a long arm machine as well. If you are a long armer who is looking to donate some quilting time, a cone of this thread would be a great buy!  And now a red/white/blue multi-color is also in the 40 wt. Rayon line:  942-2504.

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Happy Sewing!

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  • Maggie Drafts

    Thanks for choosing QOV! I am an USAF widow(at thre tender age of 39!),and I know the servicemen and women will appreciate your choosing them for your special project for September!

  • Linda Osborn

    Last year, some friends and I started a special interest 4H group with the goal of teaching the students to quilt, and specifically, to make Quilts of Valor. Despite missed months because of Covid they finished six quilts but we were unable to have a presentation of the quilts because of Covid restrictions. We have eight young people making quilts again this year. We’re hoping to have a presentation at the county fair this summer. My husband and I bought a longarm quilter for our own use and to be able to quilt free for the kids. In fact, three young ladies quilted their own and had a ball! Two young men have completed their tops and are planning to quilt theirs on our machine as well. They are so excited to be learning these skills and to present Quilts of Valor to family, friends and even people they don’t know. It has been an awesome experience! Thanks for letting me share.