Charitable quilting for soldiers in the United States has a long history going back to at least the Civil War. The current Quilts of Valor (QOV) project is a contemporary and worthy example.
I made a quilt for a similar project, Home of the Brave, where the quilt is donated to the family of soldiers that have actually died in combat. My quilt was not to the official pattern, but was accepted.
I don’t have any pictures of it finished to share.
I repeated the soldier’s name over many times as I stitched and hand-quilted the entire quilt. Handing it to the mother of the soldier was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Hopefully it brings her some small measure of comfort.
I am so grateful for the sacrifice of soldiers and their families and the need for quilts is great, but it will be a while before I work myself up to do that again. It is a goal for next year.
Have a peaceful and blessed Memorial Day. Where ever you are, it is likely that directly or indirectly you owe some of the peace and freedom you enjoy to an American soldier.