By Susan Thacker 530News –
Saturday was the National Quilts of Valor Sew Day, so local stitchers focused their talents on patriotic themes.
The motorcycles in the Great Bend Honda Kawasaki dealership at 2111 10th St. were cleared from the showroom by owner Ted King to make room for tables and sewing machines, although stacks of fabric could be seen on a row of all terrain vehicles near the front window.
Ladies meet at the shop most weekends, Sharon King said, People started noticing the sewing machines in the motorcycle shop and asked what was going on, so they put up a sign that reads, “Cycle Sewing” and the hours, which are (most) Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The sign also explains that most weekends, people work on all sorts of projects — for charity, personal use or Quilts of Valor.
These come-and-go events aren’t just about sewing. A lot of visiting takes place.
“We try to solve the world’s problems,” said Alice Stoskopf, after sharing a story. “Come back later and everything will be solved.”
As for the Quilts of Valor, there is a Nation QOV Foundation that sets the guidelines for quilt size and recipients. But the Golden Plains Quilts of Valor members got tried of sending quilts to Wichita and not seeing them come back to central Kansas. Now the group makes its own QOV presentations, usually on the last Friday of the month at the Great Bend American Legion Post 180.
The group will follows national QOV guidelines, but presents them to longtime veterans and those coming home. They are approaching their 300th local quilt award and don’t expect to run out of veterans any time soon, King said.
One stipulation is that the quilt must have a patriotic theme, but it’s easy to make each one unique by changing choices of fabric and other elements. “No two are exactly alike,” King said.