Quilts of Valor
Background / History of QOV program participation by the Bedford Friendship Quilt Guild
We first became involved with the Quilts Of Valor program in 2010. At that time we completed 13 quilts, following the national QOV specifications for size, color, fabric and theme, and they were presented in a city-wide QOV event in November which included quilts from many other quilters. The following year the Guild made 6 quilts that were displayed around the town of Bedford as a 10 year tribute memorial for 9-11-01. These quilts were at the town library, town hall, the police and fire complex and several churches. The year 2012 saw us presenting 7 quilts to the Veterans Hospital for new patients and one to a family member of Jane Sedrick. This was also the year we first participated in the Bedford Veterans Day Program on November 11, presenting two quilts to the uncles of one of our members, Jane Blais. In 2013 we donated two quilts to the NH QOV organization for an event they were presenting and again presented quilts at the Veterans Day program organized by the Bedford Historical Society. In 2014 our output jumped as we presented a total of 9 quilts - one to the husband of a guild member, two at the June Guild meeting and 5 at the Veterans Day program. 2015 saw a jump to 14 QOV's - five of those went to the NH QOV organization to help with a large group where they were presenting quilts, one went to a wounded veteran recuperating at Walter Reed Hospital and 7 were presented at the Veterans Day program. In 2016, we presented 7 quilts at the Veterans Day program and Pauline Gravelle presented a QOV she had made to the father of a friend.
In 2017 a total of 11 QOV's were presented. Five of them were at the annual Veteran's Day program in November and, for the first time, all of those recipients were women and two of them were WWII veterans. The other 5 quilts were presented to Captain Desmond Coffee, Captain Bradley Taylor, Cpl. Paul Coppola, David Morin former US Army, Major Ryan Nugent of the US Air National Guard and Kari McGaughey, another WWII veteran whose quilt was presented to her on her 100th birthday.
2018 promises to be a busy year for QOV's as we already have 2 tops ready to quilt and 4 tops to be finished during workshops to be scheduled in the coming months. We already have the names of 4 names potential recipients. Once we have some completed quilts, arrangements will be made to present quilts to these individuals. If you know of a veteran who would appreciate receiving a QOV, please contact Connie Morin at email@example.com
Veterans Day Program
Major Ryan Nugent of the US Air National Guard was the guest speaker at the annual Veterans Day Program presented by the Bedford Historical Society on November 11, 2017. His remarks included stories of short conversations he had with servicemen sitting in the third seat of the cockpit on the cargo planes he flew transporting troops to and from the battlefield areas during his 5 deployments in the recent conflicts.
The program also included presentation of Quilts of Valor to women veterans ranging from WWII to the more recent conflict in Somalia. The quilts were made by members of the Bedford Friendship Quilt Guild, which has been involved in the national Quilts of Valor program since 2010 and has participated in the Bedford Veterans Day program since 2012 presenting a total of 28 quilts at this venue.
The recipients of the quilts were:
Barbara Bullock - LT, US Navy WWII 1943-1946 (quilt was pieced and quilted by Lisa DeBeradinis)
Barbara Upton - LTJG, US Navy WWII 1943-1946 (quilt was pieced by Jane Blais and quilted by Jessie Sweeney)
Virginia Dendy - LTJG, US Navy 1955-1958 (quilt was pieced and quilted by Vickie Hill)
Susan Frewert - Major, USAF (Retired) - 1976 - 1994 (quilt was pieced and quilted by Jessie Sweeney)
Dawn Zebuhr - US Army Blackhawk helicopter pilot (quilt was pieced and quilted by SueAnn Walker)
In the first group photo below the names are, from left to right, Major Ryan Nugent, Dawn Zebuhr, Barbara Bullock, Virginia Deady and Susan Frewart. Photo #11 shows Jane Sedrick presenting her quilt to Barbara Upton who was not able to attend the Veterans Day program.