Veterans need your quilts: join Quilted in Honor

Hometown Afternoon quiltRight: “Hometown Afternoon” from Red, White, and Sometimes Blue.

Quilters are a bighearted bunch. When we learn about people who have sacrificed or suffered, we talk to each other. We organize. And using the skills we’ve honed, we find a way to help.

It’s the compassion and generosity of quilters that led to the creation of Quilted in Honor, an organization dedicated to rallying quilters to support returning veterans and their families. Spearheaded by Island Batik Fabrics, Quilted in Honor has a multipart mission—to inspire quilters to get involved through donations, challenges, free patterns, prize drawings, and a product line that provides everything you need to start your own Quilted in Honor quilt (with a portion of proceeds benefiting Operation Homefront, an organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to veterans and their families). Finally, a special exhibit of more than 50 Quilted in Honor quilts, made by popular designers, will travel the US through October 2014.

Elizabeth Phillips, project coordinator for Quilted in Honor, is here to share more about the effort to get quilters involved in this extraordinary project.

QIH Logo

Quilted in Honor (QIH), led by Island Batik, is a fund-raising initiative for Operation Homefront, one of the top military fund-raising organizations, and is intended to harness the collective power of the quilting industry to give back to the ones that need it most. Individually, each organization could donate something, but if we all worked together to support this outstanding organization—what could we really achieve?

Caleb, Adam, EleanorQuilted in Honor Press Conference, Portland Quilt Market 2013. Left to right: Caleb Willis (President and CEO, Island Batik), Adam Jennings (Medically Retired, US Marine Corps), Eleanor Burns (Quilt In A Day). Photo by Erin Sampson.

The overarching goal of the initiative is for the quilting industry to come together as a whole to support our returning veterans and their families. Operation Homefront was chosen to be the beneficiary of the Quilted in Honor project because of their programs, their top rank among military charities in the United States, and because of the need they have expressed for quilts and quilted projects. It’s a perfect partnership for the quilting industry and one that aligns both our industry focus and our grass roots infrastructure to drive as much involvement as possible.

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The Quilted in Honor initiative features a collection of retail products led by a unique batik line from Island Batik. Program partners have developed complementary products, available for purchase alongside the vibrant fabric line, giving you a complete package containing everything you need for all of your Quilted in Honor projects. A portion of sales from all of the products will be donated to Operation Homefront.

QIH Products

Fabric from Island Batik

Thread from Aurifil

Batting by Legacy™ by Pellon®

Embroidery Packages from OESD

Downloadable Patterns from

Quilted in Honor – Eco Tote from C&T Publishing

Free Patterns from Top Quilters

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Donate a Quilt

The Quilted in Honor initiative exists not only to raise funds for military families in need, but to connect veterans, wounded warriors, and military families with actual quilts! Using some or all of the products above, you can make a quilt for a loved one, a person in your community, or for someone you have never met! Operation Homefront has a network across the country ready to accept and distribute quilts. Click here to learn more about making and donating quilts.

Visit the Traveling Exhibit

See over 50 designer quilts that have been made in support of the Quilted in Honor initiative in the Quilted in Honor traveling exhibit. The exhibit features quilts from celebrity designers including Alex Anderson, Eleanor Burns, Carol Doak, Pat Sloan, Ricky Tims, Angela Walters, Rob Appell, and many more.

And the Flag Was Still There"And the Flag Was Still There" by Rob Appell

The exhibit is making many stops on its tour. Visit the exhibit page to see if it will be at a show close to you, or on display at a show you are planning to attend.

Participate in Challenges

The Quilted in Honor initiative has organized a variety of challenges in which all quilters will have the opportunity to participate. Each challenge will benefit Operation Homefont and provide winners with prize packages filled with goodies from program partners and sponsors. Click here to learn more about and enter open challenges!

Win a Quilt

You Can Win and So Can Your Favorite Quilt Store!

Help military families directly by donation. With each $5.00 donation, you are entered in the Quilted in Honor Free Draw for PJ Anderson’s "Stars of Glory" quilt! Plus, if you fill in the name of your favorite quilt store on the entry form, they’ll have a chance to win a workshop with Eleanor Burns!

PJ and Eleanor

"Stars of Glory" was pieced and graciously donated by celebrity designer PJ Anderson in honor of the service men and women in her own life.

"It is with great pride and humility that I donate this quilt to Operation Homefront to raise money for the soldiers and their families in times of great need."—PJ Anderson

The stunning quilt is a Quilted in Honor exhibit highlight that cannot be missed. When the exhibit tour is over, the quilt will be awarded to one winner and the workshop to one winning store!

All donations gathered by this initiative go directly to United States military families in need through the charitable organization Operation Homefront.

Visit your local quilt shop to find Quilted in Honor products and learn more about the program!

Stars and Stripes

Quilted in Honor Partners and Sponsors


Animas Quilts
C&T Publishing
From Marti Michell
Keepsake Quilting
Landauer Publishing
Legacy™ by Pellon®
Nine Patch Media
Pam Bono Designs
Pat Sloan & Company
Quilt in a Day
Rob Appell Designs
Sarah Vedeler Designs
Stitched Buy by Sandi Blackwell


All American Crafts, Inc.
American Patchwork and Quilting Radio
American Quilt Retailer
American Quilter’s Society
BERNINA of America
C&T Publishing
Electric Quilt
Fiber Art Now
Fons & Porter
Interweave Publishing
Island Quilter
McCall’s Quilting
Patchwork Plus Quilt Store
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show
Quilter’s Newsletter
Quilts Inc.
Road to California
The Joyful Quilter
The Quilt Show

Thank you for stopping by to share the exciting news about Quilted in Honor, Elizabeth.

Visit the Quilted in Honor website to learn even more about how you can help.

What organizations have you donated your quilts to in the past? Share in the comments how you helped someone with your stitches.

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