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Pictured is a quilt made by Lorrie Brown for Medal of Honor recipient Robert Patterson for the Knoxville Medal of Honor Convention to be held in September.

A new sewing group is starting at the Fair Park Senior Center for the purpose of making quilt blocks for Quilts of Valor. This activity is open to the public with no direct affiliation to any specific group. The blocks will be put into Quilts of Valor and presented to veterans who have been touched by war in the Cumberland County area. Everyone is welcome to help.

They are a new group and appreciate the senior center allowing them to meet in their facility for this purpose. The center is charging a fee of $50 each session, so a $5 participation fee will be charged for each attendee.

Please bring sewing machines, sewing supplies and cutting mats and cutters. An ironing board and iron will be set up. Fabric will be supplied with patterns for the blocks. They will be making simple blocks such as rail fence, nine patch, etc.

Donations of red, white and blue fabrics would also be welcomed to help fulfill the need of numerous quilts for this area. Tennessee alone has about 200,000 veterans, and this area is a retirement area for many veterans.

Quilts of Valor started about 11 years ago and has awarded almost 100,000 quilts so far to the various veterans of wars since World War II. Catherine Roberts was the founder of this organization. Tennessee's state coordinator is Dennis Taylor from Knoxville, and he has been instrumental in helping them get started in Crossville with an organized group of quilters to make these quilts.

Donations are needed in the form of money, fabric, time and talents to achieve just one quilt. Each quilt averages about $150 in materials alone that is awarded to a veteran. Every quilt requires many hours of time to construct, quilt and bind before a presentation is made. It is only through a combined effort of many that they can honor veterans with a cherished quilt that shows they appreciate their service and sacrifice to this country.

The new group will meet at Fair Park Senior Center the first Monday each month from 4 to 7 p.m. They need and welcome many hands of all experience levels to accomplish making many quilts. The address is 1433 Livingston Rd., Crossville, and their phone number is 484-7416.

For more information or questions, contact Lorrie Brown, the Crossville regional coordinator for Quilts of Valor Foundation, at (931) 839-8162 or just come sew with them. T learn more about Quilts of Valor, please go to their website at www.qovf.org. This site explains quilt requirements, how to refer someone for a quilt, the process for making a QOV, many stories from recipients, patterns and much more.

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