firstname.lastname@example.org — The Los Banos Arts Council Quilters Guild will honor local veterans in September with patriotic colors.
The group is busy stitching 10 quilts featuring patriotic themes. The quilts will be distributed Sept. 7, just before the beginning of the group's annual quilt show at the Ted Falasco Arts Center. Until then, many of the quilts are on display at JMG Fabric and Crafts at 1044 Sixth St.
"The Quilts of Valor idea is awesome because you can keep them local or you can send them to the organization and they can give them out," said Janette Gauna, owner of JMG Fabric and Crafts and a member of the Quilters Guild.
Gauna said she's proud to display the quilts in her shop.
"My husband is retired Air Force, my son is in the Air Force and my son-in-law just got out of the Marines. We're a very military family and this is just a gift that we can give to our military," Gauna said.
The Quilts of Valor Foundation was founded in 2003 and is based on an idea a Delaware woman had to provide quilts to veterans returning from war as a way to thank them for their service. In the past 10 years, the group has organized or arranged for more than 80,000 quilts to be made and awarded to veterans.
In April, Eileen Vaughn, another member of the Los Banos Arts Council Quilters Guild, proposed her group get involved with Quilts of Valor. The idea spawned a new competition at the Merced County Spring Fair in which quilters made 12-inch squares with patriotic themes.
Judy West, who is one of the people stitching the squares into a full-length quilt, said many members of the Quilters Guild will make the quilts at home. West said making a quilt can be a two-week process.
"A lot of us are retired, so it's something we have time to do," West said.
Reporter Corey Pride can be reached at (209) 388-6563