future federal retirees quilt guild
In January 2005, the guild began with a group of VA Medical Center employees deciding to learn to quilt. The class was organized through the Forget Me Knot Quilt Shop. Adding our instructor, we have continued with an average of eight to ten members. The first project in 2006 was to make a quilt for the medical center comprised of squares depicting every service. The following year, we were awarded a red ribbon in the group quilt category at the Kentucky State Fair.
Since then, the group's mission has been to provide quilts to Veterans in recovery. The Veterans are encouraged to wrap themselves in the quilt when feeling down and out. Quilts are presented twice a year with a reception provided by the AmVets Post 9 Ladies Auxiliary. Veterans are nominated by VA staff.
We have been lucky enough to receive donations of fabric for use in making quilts. The quilt dues are used for the batting. Mostly members make quilts to present to these veterans. Other guilds have joined in to have a presentation and reception for their recipients. Donations are accepted to help with our mission. Items such as fabric, batting, quilt tops, orphan blocks, backing fabric, thread, rotary blades, or cash/gift cards are greatly appreciated and used to provide quilts to deserving veterans. Donations are not required to have a patriotic theme.
In addition to our mission, the guild was the committee for the QDO Quilt Challenge for the past five years. This year we have been selected as the featured guild, which will enable us to enjoy QDO and display our own works.