Terry Austin – Quilts of Valor Volunteer

Last week we reintroduced you to Quilts of Valor (originally published in SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW #10, October 2014). This week, we continue by featuring QOV volunteer, Terry Austin, who was also featured in the October 2014 issue. The article was written by Rita Farro.

Terry, 2nd from left, with a service member family.

Terry Austin from Moline, Illinois has been a Quilts Of Valor (QOV) volunteer since 2012. She has a long arm quilting business, which is how she first became involved. She says We have some quilt tops donated to us that simply need to be finished, otherwise we get together to make quilt tops once a month. I get them to quilters and then to binders — all volunteers. Anyone interested in helping or getting involved can go to the website, qovf.org, to find out about groups in their area. Our biggest need is for fabric and batting. I am blessed to be the one to deliver the quilts in our area. What a reward I get from each and every one.

Terry is from the Quad Cities area in Illinois and makes frequent QOV presentations to soldiers. Terry shares a few treasured pictures from her scrapbook.

WWII photographer surrounded by family and friends.
She outranked two of her brothers. A fun lady to meet.

Quilts of Valor presentation to
current soldiers and WWII and Iraq veterans.

QOV presentation.

Some veterans are quite emotional upon receiving their QOV.

Major in his DC-9 with a QOV made by his mother.

Two of five remaining brothers who served in WWII.
One served in the U.S. Army and the other in the U.S. Navy.

A Brownie troop used their hands to form hearts & an open hand for fireworks, then I finished their quilt. Each Brownie earned a badge while learning about war and the value of servicemen & women. The troop gave the quilt to a soldier in a ceremony. This was a special lesson while learning a new skill. It was fun for them and made me proud.

 

Please click HERE for a more recent article (WQAD News 8, Moline, IL) detailing the work Terry continues to do with Quilts Of Valor.

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