Archive for Thursday, February 17, 2005

Quilts for Soldiers keeps locals busy

February 17, 2005

Two Baldwin City women are involved in the nation-wide Quilts for Soldiers program, which gives quilts to wounded American soldiers.

Sharon Vesecky and Antonette Brecheisen first heard about the program from Beth Kurzava, who belongs to the same quilter's group as Vesecky.

Kurzava and Vesecky are member of the Mo-Kan Machine Quilter's Guild. Kurzava has four members of her family fighting in the war in Iraq.

"I like it a lot," Kurzava said of the program. "It's near and dear to my heart, since I have four family members in the war. I think about them a lot when I am making the quilts."

Kurzava said she has made four quilts in the few weeks after she found out about the program. She said she has been trying to tell many more people about the program.

"I've been trying to spread the news at different quilting guilds," Kurzava said.

Kurzava said she found the program on the Internet, and then told Vesecky about it.

Vesecky and Brecheisen said they had to find a place where they could give the quilts to. Brecheisen said she called around to different places, before deciding upon Fort Riley.

Brecheisen helps make quilts for the Lions Club, and sees the Quilts for Soldiers program as being supportive to the soldiers.

"I see the project as a way to be appreciative for what they have done," Brecheisen said. "For them, it's a comfort thing."

Vesecky's said her husband is a veteran, so it only seemed right to help the soldiers.

"It just seemed like the right thing to do," Vesecky said.

Brecheisen said she enjoys using her talent for somebody else.

"It's most enjoyable to do something honorable and using my talent for somebody else," Brecheisen said.

Quilts for Soldiers does not want these quilts to be a charity quilt nor a wall hanging. They also don't want a fleece throw or single panel hand tied. They want the quilts to be at least 50 inches by 60 inches and should be something one would give as a wedding gift.

Kurzava said she heard there are around 10,000 wounded soldiers from the war, so help is needed to make a quilt for every injured soldiers.

Vesecky and Brecheisen are looking for people to assist them in producing quilts. Those interested can contact Vesecky at Quilter's Paradise in downtown Baldwin City or visit www.quiltsforsoldiers.com.

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