Archive for July 4th, 2022

When I look back at what we accomplished, I often wonder how did we do that?  First, we had many volunteers who worked tirelessly to make our quilts so we could bring over 100 quilts to the Library of Congress.  It took months to prepare our quilts and several of our Chapters provided quilts so they could also be a part of this great experience.  It was an honor to walk the halls of such a beautiful, meaningful place.  To have NorCal Sewing Shop ship a Longarm and come set it up and tear it down just so we could show visitors how we make Quilts of Honor, was amazing.  For our volunteers to show children and adults how to sew a patriotic block was over the top.  The smiles on their faces when they finished said it all.

Our crew was so patient and did anything most anybody wanted help doing even if it wasn’t QOH.  We painted a mural in the Martin Luther Library – didn’t even know we had that talent.  We got lost many times in the DC area but the crew just said, oh, another adventure.  We have had the same crew many times as we work hard.  Often we get very little sleep preparing for our events and so often it doesn’t work like it is supposed to.  We have learned what each other likes and dislikes.  We wear the same matching shirts, with no complaints, every day we are out and so often we are stopped and asked, what do you do.  We lug each other’s suitcases and often share each other’s space.  We share rooms to keep the cost down, like last night.  There were 4 of us in a room and 4 women, one bathroom, and we have to pee.  Every time you think about it, ain’t so good but we make it work.  We often share meals unless its fish and peas – some people are picky.  This time we had to bring home more quilts than usual.  To save shipping costs, we each had one duffel holding ten quilts which made it harder for us in the car and just transporting.  We have to be flexible without going crazy – sometimes it is hard.

Our rest and breaks this time were not many but we all enjoyed what we accomplished.  We all have to be able to do our part, even lifting the luggage and getting in and out of the vehicle can be hard.  We aren’t as young as we used to be.  I do feel blessed that we have so many caring volunteers, all the ones that stayed home, fed the folks, looked after them, and held down the shop and took care of our animals, I’ll be ever grateful.

Quilts of Honor is one special organization and everywhere we go we leave a lasting tribute whether it be a quilt or a thank you for your service to our veterans, they get what we are about.  My honor and tribute was playing Taps at Gettysburg and having Paul and Randy there.  We made more friends and we will see where that takes us.  Special thank you to Uniting Us for letting us be a part of this event.

What a day to be flying – on Independence Day.  A day we celebrate our FREEDOM and we should never take that for granted.  Thank you to all our military that lets us have our Freedom.  May you all have a great 4th and we will see you on the road again. 

God’s blessings to all who made this possible so we could honor our veterans.

Lastly, Diana – we done good and you were in our hearts.


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