|Quilts of Valor brighten library at Pemberville|
|Written by KAREN NADLER COTA Sentinel Lifestyles Editor|
|Friday, 08 February 2013 09:43|
PEMBERVILLE - A public display of Quilts of Valor will be on view at the Pemberville Public Library this weekend and again on Feb. 16.
The quilts are the work of the Quilting Eagles, a 22-member group of local quilters ranging in age from 49 to 78.
Quilts of Valor is a national program for quilters to make quilts for wounded U.S. troops being evacuated from a war zone - currently Afghanistan - to an Army hospital in Germany or being sent home to the United States for more treatment.
The hours of the display will be this Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m., and again on Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
"We'll have (club) representatives at the library on those three days," noted group member Linda Dunmyer, but the room where the display is housed will remain open to the public during the weekdays in between.
This Saturday's display includes special activities.
"There will be some of the ladies set up doing a quilting demo," Dunmeyer explained. In addition, pianist Joanne Woodruff, a Quilting Eagles member, will be providing background music for the event.
The Quilting Eagles formed a decade ago, with all of the original members being retired teachers from the Eastwood School District. Others have joined the group since.
All the quilts going on display are ultimately destined for wounded troops. They are approximately 60 by 80 inches, large enough to cover a gurney and help keep the warriors warm on their journey. They are mostly red, white and blue, except for a few in softer colors for some of the female troops. Where possible, each wounded person gets to select the quilt they'd like to keep
"We have several testimonials from recipients saying they thought we had forgotten about them. When we heard this, the Quilting Eagles took to their sewing machines and started quilting," Dunmyer noted.
"This is a small way to let them know we have not forgotten and owe our freedom to what they are doing for us.
During January alone, 507 quilts were given out through the Quilts of Valor program.
"As long as we are at war, we will keep quilting."
For more information about Quilts of Valor or the Quilting Eagles, contact Dunmyer at 419-351-4359.
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