Monday, May 25, 2009

Guest Blogger & Giveaway!

Introducing my first guest blogger, my awesome daughter, Julia!

Hey Blogland! I know you've heard a lot about me but never actually heard from me so I'm pretty excited.

Right now I'm working on my Girl Scout Silver Award Project called Sewing for Soldiers. My plan is to make 2 Quilts of Valor and to spread the word about the Quilts of Valor Foundation. The Quilts of Valor Foundation gives quilts to injured soldiers. Their goal is to give every soldier who has been injured in the War on Terror a Quilt of Valor (QOV).

So I did a little research when I started my project. One website said there are an estimated 100,000 injured soldiers from Iraq alone. Another website said that a 2003 survey found over 21 MILLION quilters in the United States. I'm pretty sure that 21,000,000 is greater than 100,000, so we should be able to meet that goal.

To get started, I'm posting a giveaway. Go to the Quilts of Valor website to learn more about how you can get invloved, then leave us a comment and you'll be entered to win one of my mom's star lapel pins. If you've already made a QOV or 2, let us know and you'll be entered too. The drawing will be after school on Thursday, so you can leave a comment until then.

Once I get farther in my project, I'll be back to tell you some ways you can participate and help me with my project.

Thanks for your support. Have a beautiful Memorial Day and God Bless America.


Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Hi Julia,
Quilts of Valor is an awesome cause and the quilt guild I belong to makes QOV quilts. Every month for two years we have a set color and style of block and everyone makes one (or more) and turn in at our meeting. Then anyone can volunteer to take all the blocks and put the quilts together. We have received donations from VFW and American Legion groups for batting and backing. Our own long arm quilters volunteer to quilt them. I have made approximately 50 blocks and but one quilt together. Keep up your good work.

Jackie said...

What a fantastic cause for your silver star award! I also belong to a guild that has many active members who donate their time, fabric, quilting, etc to this cause. I am looking forward to see what I can do to help you with your project.

Kathie said...

A perfect project for your silver award.
Can't wait to see how we can help you
Keep up the good work.


Alycia said...

Julia - let me first just say that you are awesome to make quilts! I know personally that the soldiers appreciate them beyond words. You go spread that word and keep it up!! Thank you!!

Vivian said...

You've selected an excellent project, Julia. I've made a dozen QOV myself in the past few years. Several were sent to a burn center in Texas, and I hand delivered 5 or 6 to Fort Campbell, KY when my son was stationed there. I have 3 more tops that I need to quilt and get ready to send.
Your statistics are a gentle reminder that there are enough of us quilters to make a lot of injured men & women feel comforted with the gift of a quilt.
I'll stop back at this blog now & then to see how your project is going. Well done!