Over 1000 people participated in wrapping American veterans in warmth as 50 handmade quilts were presented today at the Roudebush VA Medical Center. A partnership between the Indiana State Museum and the Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis resulted in the quilts, which were presented to soldiers wounded while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The partnership was created as part of an exhibit at the museum in spring of 2008, with museum visitors and school groups taking quilt block kits home to complete and then send to the Quilter’s Guild for assembly into quilts. The original goal was to have enough for five to ten quilts.
“The response to the program was overwhelming and the results more than exceeded expectations. Its amazing how much impact it has had,” said Joanna Hahn, program coordinator and Indiana State Museum Cultural History Specialist.
1, 300 quilt blocks came back from grade school classes, individuals, and other organizations in 24 states, 62 Indiana counties, and as far away as Bristol, England. Over 1000 people participated in the sewing adventure, allowing 50 completed quilts to be completed for distribution.
Once the blocks were sent back, the Quilter’s Guild of Indianapolis volunteered hundreds of hours to complete each quilt into a similar 4’ by 5’ pattern. The quilts will be distributed to soldiers and veterans at the medical center and “Operation Restoration” retreats. Hopefully, soldiers will feel the emotion that was sewn into each quilt.
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