On Monday, September 2, 2013, Roger Lemons was honored by the Lewiston, ID. Marine Corps League. Roger is now in Hospice care. He is a Vietnam Veteran who served with the Marine Corps. Six members of the League, in dress uniform, escorted Sharon Ledbetter, to his home to award his Quilt of Valor. Sharon shared that "he was tickled to learn the pattern of his quilt is 'Step Up to Freedom'. He said it was a most fitting pattern for him. He asked me (Sharon) to convey his thanks to everyone who works honoring and comforting those who serve. I, of course, shared a BIG hug with him from all of you. LOL - I gave him another when we left. I told him it was his 'lucky day'. Truth be told it was 'MY' lucky day!
Only a week or so later, Roger Lemons took his final "Step Up to Freedom". Sharon shared that, "she thought it fitting to share the display from his memorial service. His salute is forever burned in my mind. May he rest in peace."
Sharon Ledbetter is the Director of the Quilts of Valor Foundation (A volunteer position) and Debi Weston, our very own QOV Director for our Guild informed me that Sharon is an angel in her own right!! So, my question, does it really matter is answered simply by saying it REALLY mattered to Roger Lemons just days before he left this world as a Marine, a soldier, a veteran and an honorable man who served his country to keep us free!!
So, please, take a few minutes before Guild on October 8th and make just one block for a soldier - or more if your heart so desires!!
Here is the block and the instructions~
Quilts of Valor 10th Anniversary Block
Fabrics: Red, White or cream, Blue. Use in any position. IE: black polkadot = blue, white swirls = white, pindot = red
Cutting: 4 – 2 1⁄2” squares “black polkadot” 2 – 3” squares “black polkadot” 2 – 3” squares “white swirl” 4 – 2 1⁄2” X 4 1⁄2” rectangles “pindot”
Assembly Assume 1⁄4” seam allowance. Draw a diagonal line on the back of the 2 “white swirl” squares. Place “white swirl” and “black pindot” squares right sides together and stitch 1⁄4” on either side of the line. Cut on the line. Press open. Repeat for second set of squares. Square up to 2 1⁄2”.
Sew the HST just made to the remaining “black polkadot” squares. Watch the layout. Sew this unit to the “pindot” rectangle. Press towards the “pindot”. Make 4.
Assemble these units using the block picture at the top of the page. Your unfinished block will be 8 1⁄2”. The block shown above does not show the 1⁄4” seam allowance (it is shown 8” square) so there will be fabric beyond the star points.
Guildelines for 10th Anniversary blocks
1. All blocks must be Red, White or Cream, and blue. You may mix these colors up in any position. 2. Sign each block with your first name and state.
3. Do not trim your blocks.
4. Unfinished (as you make them) blocks must be no smaller than 8 1⁄2” square. Adjust your seam
allowances as necessary.
5. Blocks received by July 1 will be distributed at the National Leadership Conference.
6. We would like all blocks received and distributed by our 10th Anniversary in November.
The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover all combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.
The Quilts of Valor foundation is a non-profit organization established and operated in accordance with section 501©3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Enjoy making these blocks and let's see how many we
can present to Debi in October!!