I live in Woodward, Oklahoma and on a ranch near Freedom, Oklahoma. Our son serves in the Marine Corps and our daughter is a senior in college. I am blessed to be married to my rancher who fully supports our efforts with the QOV. I grew up putting the flags on graves of Veterans in our town’s cemetery, with my father, (Navy-WWll ) who was very active in the American Legion. I learned early about their dedication and sacrifice.
I am a retired school counselor and an avid quilter. My 7 year old daughter and I began piecing small houses shown on the Alex Anderson television shows during really hot weather one summer. Then we expanded to block-a -month specials at local quilt stores. The creativity of using colors and shapes to make something useful was a joy she and I shared. I bought a Gammill longarm 8 years ago and my involvement has just grown into a full-time activity. I began sewing with groups that made QOV quilts in Oklahoma and in San Diego, several years ago. On 2014 National QOVF sewing day, we had so many people who wanted to sew in my area, that I formed the “Peace Together QOV” sewing group in Woodward, Oklahoma. Northwestern Electric Cooperative, Woodward, has given us a wonderful home in their Medallion room, and we have been growing steadily. I have made tops and am quilting QOV tops for others. Special sewing packets and Crazy day sewing activities have helped us reach out to other quilters.
It is my honor to be part of the QOVF family and be able to help in honoring our veterans. Seeing the looks on their faces and the family’s joy has deepened my resolve to reach more and more veterans. I love meeting other quilters and those who support our efforts. I am looking forward to working with the whole team.