I’m a retired Realtor. My husband, Rob, and I enjoy quiet country living near Spokane, WA. We’ll never forget the day that changed our lives forever….. June 11, 2003. Our son, Matthew, an Army Ranger was badly wounded on a mission in Iraq. A rocket propelled grenade burst at his feet, the explosion severing his left leg below the knee. Since that day he’s been an inspiration to all that know him as he went on to become a police officer, wanting to continue ‘ to serve’.
After discovering QOVF late in 2010, I knew I wanted to be a part of that mission and that my first QOV would be for my son. Events in 2011 put quilting on the back burner. I took one class, finishing a quilt which I dedicated to my husband, Rob, a former Marine and Vietnam veteran. After starting again in the Spring of 2012, I completed my son’s QOV presenting it in Sept. of that year.
One of my QOV’s was selected for the July 2013 QOV Exhibit at the Secretary of State’s office in Olympia, WA. Military service members attended the Opening Ceremony; I hugged every one of them. It was an opportunity to say thank you. I feel the same way about QOVs. It’s a way to say thank you for answering the call to duty, putting themselves in harm’s way to preserve freedom not only for America but for others worldwide as well. The wife of a QOV recipient told me “he carried his quilt in its QOV pillowcase like a teddy bear for two days before tenderly placing it on the bed”. Knowing that a QOV will have that kind of healing power makes a difference in all of our lives.
I found a way to say thank you by making a QOV…. making a difference one quilt at a time.