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Local stitching group lends support to Quilts of Valor

| Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011

When the Quilt Patch Etc. quilting group learned about the Quilts of Valor, members knew they wanted to lend their skills to the organization by making quilts for veterans.

The group of approximately 15 quilters started in July and have assembled two quilts they have donated to Semper Fi Odyssey, a facility dedicated to helping wounded, transitioning Marines re-adjust to civilian lives.

"The ladies were happy to do this," Quilt Patch etc. owner and project organizer Becca Flack said. "About half of them have family that are in the military."

The ladies worked on two quilts titled "Welcome the Hero" and "Stars of Valor" and presented them to retired Marine Dan Pultz who gladly accepted them on behalf of Semper Fi Odyssey.

"We've been doing this for about two and a half years and we put about 180 men through a year," Pultz said of the facility located in Bolivar.

Pultz said they are grateful for the quilts and hope to get more in the future from Flack's group and other organizations.

"If we could get one of these for every guy, it would be great," Pultz said of the quilts.

Another quilting group from the North Hills also donated four quilts to Pultz to take to the camp, which will run Oct. 23 through 29.

Volunteering for their project, the women said it was an enjoyable experience.

"I enjoyed doing this," quilter Pat Marshall said. "It's because of them that we are free."

When the ladies gathered together in July to work on the quilts, they finished the tops, then quilter Hattie Williams of Boswell took them home to finish.

"I just love doing this," Williams said. "I wish we could do more. Some of us got together at my house on Tuesday evenings and finished. This is definitely something that I would like to do again."

Flack said she hopes to organize another group get-together in the future to stitch a few more quilts to donate to the organization.

"It's a good cause," Flack said, adding that they finished the one quilt just in time to present it to Pultz. "We put the last stitch in this morning."

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