Hi, there! And welcome to North Dakota’s neck of the woods! Let me tell you a little about myself. I’m not a native NoDak (our pet nickname for North Dakotans who survive our winter climates), but I come from hardy NoDak stock, since my mother was born and raised here, on my grandparents’ farm just north of our largest lake, Lake Sakajawea. I used to spend my summers helping my grandparents on their farm, growing up. So, that’s where I get my foundations for sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, etc., which all led to quilting, something I discovered just after my oldest was born, in 1980. I wanted to make her a quilt that she could carry into adulthood. Funny thing is, I never finished it, and I still have it, ready to finish for her! This was in the period that actual quilting was done by hand… domestic sewing machines and long-arm quilting machines hadn’t automated it yet. So, it still may be finished for her! LOL! I have since made so many quilts, I’ve lost count of them! Some in different stages of completion… waiting for their final quilting to be done to make them into full-fledged use.
I also come from a family of 7. Dad, Mom, and 3 brothers and a sister, along with myself. Dad was a WWII veteran, serving in the US Air Force in the European and North Africa theaters. My oldest brother is a US Marine veteran, retired. He spent a tour of duty in Vietnam, but the rest of his 20 years in the Corps was spent recruiting, training, and administrative duties, stateside. My youngest brother is also a US Air Force veteran, having served in the Koreas, in the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ, for several tours of duty. So, I came to Quilts of Valor in a desire to honor the memory of my father, who would never talk about his time in WWII, except to his comrades-in-arms, whom he stayed in touch with, until he died in 2008, as well as my brothers’ sacrifice in service.
I am a recent member of Quilts of Valor, having only been a part of this fantastic organization since January of 2017. I started with discovering the Quilts of Valor – Stars group on Facebook, and joined them. From there, I became an active participant in helping to make quilt blocks, and from there, quilt tops, and from there, completed quilts to present to our deserving veterans here in North Dakota. Now, I’ve taken it to the next level, by becoming the State Coordinator and ensuring that our veterans are covered in comfort, love, hugs, and honor for their sacrifice for the citizens of the United States, protecting our rights and freedoms.
So, welcome again, and I look forward to hearing from you, working with you, in doing the same in honoring our veterans! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.