Quilts of Valor event set at McMinn museum
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ATHENS — The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover all combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts crafted by local quilting groups across the country.

On Saturday, June 28, the Heritage Quilt Guild and the Starr Mountain Quilts of Valor organizations will be presenting a one-day quilt show at the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The McMinn County Veteran’s Affairs Office will be at hand to distribute many of the quilts to local veterans in honor of their service to our country.

Catherine Roberts of Delaware began the Quilts of Valor Foundation in 2003. The organization generates a maximum number of quilts by linking quilt-toppers with machine quilters. The partnership of quilters provides wartime quilts, called Quilts of Valor, that are a tangible reminder of an American’s appreciation and gratitude to our veterans.

The Quilts of Valor Foundation has become a national grassroots community service effort, connecting the home-front with our wounded combat warriors and veterans.

A Quilt of Valor is a generous lap-sized quilt (minimum of 55-by-65 inches) made by a “quilt-topper” (the piecer) of quality fabrics and beautifully quilted by a “longarmer” (the machine quilter). After it has been bound, washed, labeled and wrapped in a presentation case, it is ready to be awarded.

Quilts are awarded at many different levels: they may go to military hospitals where chaplains award them to service members; there may be presentations of Quilts of Valor to entire service units returning from combat deployments; and they may be awarded Veteran Affairs events like the June 28 Starr Mountain Quilts of Valor event at the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum.

The McMinn County Living Heritage Museum works to preserve the community’s distinctive history and to share the rich heritage and unique culture of Southeast Tennessee.

Explore more than 10,000 artifacts in 30 permanent exhibits representing the culture and history of our region from the 1700s to the 1940s.

Check the website www.livingheritagemuseum.com for the 2014 Heritage School Saturday schedules.

The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, and is located at 522 West Madison Ave. in Athens.