Wounded Warrior Quilts

My friend Suzanne’s parents are currently serving as missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As part of their service, they are collecting Americana themed quilts for Wounded Warriors in California. Each of the Wounded Warriors comes to the hospital without any personal belongings and are given a minimal amount of clothing, personal items and a handmade quilt.

Wounded Warrior Quilt Basket Weave

Suzanne was able to share this project locally with a me and a bunch our our friends from church here in Las Vegas last weekend. We joined forces and quickly pieced a bunch of  rail-fence blocks in red, white and blue. We literally made a quilt in a day!

Piecing Wounded Warrior BlocksPiecing Wounded Warrior BlocksMy friends pitched in to get this project done in a hurry. Brooke and Emily (left) joined me for the morning sewing shift. Tamara, Suzanne, and her daughter came over for the afternoon shift. Later that evening, we got a larger crowd together for tying.

Tying our Wounded Warrior QuiltIt was such a fun way for a bunch of us (who are a little younger than the traditional quilting bee crowd) to get together for good food,  company, and fun!

Here are more quilts that some of the other wards (congregations) in our area made:

Wounded Warrior Quilts

Patriotic Quilt

This quilt below was made by a bunch of 8-11 year old girls from Suzanne’s parents ward in San Diego. I think it’s so great to get them started sewing so young!

Activity Days Girls' Quilt

And finally, Suzanne’s dad is delivering a stack of quilts to the Armed Services YMCA at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California (near where her parents are serving).

Delivering Wounded Warrior Quilts

If you are interested in making a Wounded Warrior quilt, you can check to see if there is a group in your area. Or you can email Judi Pett (Suzanne’s mom) if you would like to donate a quilt. She can be reached at Judipett@gmail.com.

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8 Responses to Wounded Warrior Quilts

  1. Darlene Srigley says:

    Christa, can you possibly find out how they made the rail fence one as my daughter wants me to make one similar to that for her wedding for a signature quilt. If there is a pattern I would like to know or if they simply have directions it would help. Thanks in advance.

    • Christa says:

      Darlene – it’s super simple. I designed it myself! I cut a bunch of red, white and blue 2 1/2 inch wide strips. I sewed them together randomly and cut them into 6 1/2 inch sized blocks. Then I put all of the blocks together until I had a big enough quilt. We would have made it bigger but we ran out of time, LOL!!.

  2. Paula says:

    I loved this blog today about the wounded warriors quilts. Great place to give quilts! Project Linus here in our area make blankets for kids who have lost a loved one in the war. We have a conference held here in our area every year in September called ACES for families to come to from all over the State of Washington. My husband and I got to personally hand out the blankets to some of these young children; sad, but very rewarding for us, as my husband was in the Armed Forces for over 20 years total so we really have a heart for it. There are so many great organizations to give quilts to that help to warm hearts when trauma hits a family. Great job your group did and beautiful blankets, too, Christa. Thanks for sharing this with us! Makes me want to make blankets in our area for the kids whose parents might have been wounded. I need to look into that. Thanks again!

  3. Bless you all for making quilts for those who have given so very much!!! As the mother of a soldier, I can tell you that the quilts given to our wounded warriors means so much more than you would imagine! I quilt for American Heroes, an organization who gives a quilt to every service member that comes into Magellan Hospital on the Joint Base Lewis-McChord. I’m as sure you experienced the same joy that I do when making quilts for these heroes!

  4. donna rey underwood says:

    Well Christa and your sewing groups you made me start my day with tears in my eyes!! Your email was the 1st email I read today, and when I saw your rail-fence quilt, it made me cry. All the quilts shown are awesome. I really love the one the 8-11 years old group did (I am a PEACE SIGN person from the day when!!:0) ) I wanna help on quilts. Is there a deadline that has to be met or is this project an on going project? Thanx 4 sharing – may I make another rail-fence quilt?? :0) peace

    • Christa says:

      Thanks for your comments Donna! That would be wonderful if you would like to make a quilt of whatever design you like! Just contact the email address listed in the blog post and they can give you details on where to ship. I do believe it’s an ongoing project.

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