Sunday, August 19, 2012

Embroidery Machine Quilts; Combat Wounded Veterans

Betty Moore with an embroidered quilt

Betty Moore presented an informative program on embroidery machines at our August meeting.  She began by embroidering simple designs on towels or clothing, but has added newer machines and computer programs and makes a large variety of projects. She showed us how quilting (stitching through the top, batting, and backing) can be accomplished on the machines.

Several months ago Mary Nell Magee suggested a project of making a quilt to be donated to the Combat Wounded Veterans of SouthMississippi. Many members brought in patriotic fabrics, and several members made star blocks from these fabrics. Our member Bonnie Bolt designed the quilt and stitched the star blocks around a large patriotic center panel. Wanda and David Wallace quilted it and Lois Dedeaux added the binding. 
Wanda Wallace, Naomi Mathis, Donna Anderson, Bonnie Bolt, Mary Nell Magee

Donna Anderson (case manager) and Naomi Mathis (air force wounded warrior) came to our meeting from Biloxi, where they both work at Keesler AFB. They explained part of the mission of the Combat Wounded Veterans was "to assist veterans with financial needs during the transition from military service to civilian life and acting as a liaison with VA benefits." It was our pleasure to give the quilt to Donna Anderson and Naomi Mathis at our meeting. The quilt will be used as a fundraiser with all proceeds going to the programs of the CWVSM.

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