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Quilting Community AQS News

Quilts of Valor Become Airborne

Special Invitation to Quilters and Guilds

by Sylvia J. Thomas

Fort Bragg, North Carolina, April 30, 2009: Here is a special invitation to quilters across the U.S. and around the world to make quilts and send them to our wounded soldiers at Ft. Bragg, Walter Reed, and Brooke Army-Medical Center.

Every May at Ft Bragg, the 82nd Airborne Division holds what it calls "All-American Week," right before Memorial Day to celebrate the "All Americans," the nickname of the 82nd Airborne since WWII. Former paratroopers come from all around the country to take part and the national media is there as well. This is a great opportunity to spread the word and mission of QOV.

This year, in conjunction with All American week, the 82nd Wounded Warrior Committee is inviting all quilters to be a part of "82 for the 82nd." That is, 82 Airborne Quilts of Valor for wounded 82nd Airborne. You see, our soldiers are paratroopers--they jump out of planes. And we thought 'well, if our quilts are going to wounded 82nd airborne paratroopers then our quilts should be airborne, too!' Are we serious? Yes, we are!

By donating your quilt of Valor to an 82nd Wounded Warrior by May 14, 2009, it can be jumped with an 82nd Paratrooper at Ft Bragg, NC, during a pre-scheduled practice jump and become a true airborne quilt. It will receive a special commemorative label or what is called a "jump log" that includes the jump date and place, the type of aircraft jumped out of and signed by the paratrooper who jumped in with it. These airborne quilts of valor will then be donated through the 82nd Wounded Warrior Committee to a wounded 82nd airborne paratrooper at Ft Bragg, Walter Reed, or Brooke Army Medical Center.

Will your quilt history include a 100% certified airborne quilt? Send it to arrive by May 14, 2009 and it will!

Standards for QOVs:
* Minimum size: 50" x 60"
* Ideal size: 54" x 67"
* Maximum size: 72" x 87"
* Tops and backs—new, 100% cotton fabric (preferably quilt shop fabric) good, high-quality thread count; "good quality" means it will hold up for years through washings (nothing stretchy or scratchy or metallic, no juvenile prints or flannels).
* Most popular colors are red, white, and blue, and patriotic, but QOVs are like Americans, all different. Purple or orange or red, white and blue...make it from your creative quilter heart and it will be just right!

The 82nd Wounded Warrior Committee is in the discussion stage with a publisher for this to become a commemorative, not-for-profit, but a fundraiser coffee table book that will include pictures of the 82 quilts and the stories behind them.

Please send Quilts of Valor to:
Wounded Soldier Quilts
P.O. Box 72830
Fort Bragg, NC 28307

Founded in October 2007, the Wounded Warrior Committee is led by Wesley Bauguess, the surviving spouse of Maj. Larry J. Bauguess, Jr., who was killed in combat on May 14, 2007, supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. With roughly 30 members on the committee, the 82WWC is made up of Army spouses and surviving spouses and is a sub-committee of the All-American Strategic Response Force Association. The members visit wounded paratroopers while they are in the medical centers, bringing comfort items embellished with the division insignia to show appreciation to the Soldiers and to help them feel connected with the division.

Questions about this project can be sent to Rachel Gullixson by e-mail to: