SUN CITY – The annual Sew Day for Quilts of Valor drew 39 quilters and supportive people from around Southern California Saturday, Feb. 11, to Sun City Civic Association.
It began in 2003 as a grassroots effort on the East Coast to cover our troops “touched by war” after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan with quilts. From simple beginnings, one mother making a quilt for her son, the outreach has grown to a national endeavor with over 152,000 quilts being awarded to veterans from all wars.
Two local quilting clubs, Sun City Quilting Club and Hilltoppers of Winchester, have been involved in making these quilts for years. It is a labor of love, with fabric purchased by the maker or donated by those who want to help but do not sew.
Each club handles the quilt making differently. In the Sun City Quilting Club, one member may cut the pieces out, while another sews the top together and someone else quilts the layers together. A final member will attach the binding and a label. Members of the Hilltoppers of Winchester each take care of all the steps for their individual quilts. Hundreds of quilts have been made by these two groups. Each quilt may cost up to $200 to make.
The finished quilts go to the state Quilt of Valor representative who awards the quilts to veterans at the request of the national organization. To request a quilt, contact Quilts of Valor at www.qovf.org. Donations can be made by cash or check. Checks should be made out to Quilts of Valor Foundation, which is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contact Peggy Miller at (951) 943-1211 or Rose Rhoads at (951) 301-6169 to arrange for the donation.