Sunday, November 27, 2011

Thank you note, November, 2011

We received these pictures and a thank you note.

"We recently received a shipment from you of quilts and I wanted to thank you for your support. I am attaching a few photos of the quilts in use. "

Saturday, November 12, 2011

American Hero Quilt Fund Raisers

ENGLISH TEA and Cocktails, Appetizers and Silent Auction. Thank you to all who attended the fund raising events for the American Hero Quilt Project on the 12th of November. It is our honor to be part of this caring group who have now given more than 10,030 metaphoric "hugs", (quilts)

to our servicemembers and veterans.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Stanwood-Camano Hero Quilters, November 11, 2011

The Stanwood-Camano Hero Quilters will be making quilts for wounded soldiers on Veteran's Day, Friday, November 11th from 10 - 5. The Arlington Heights Community Club has invited us to join them at 12221 Arlington Heights Rd. All quilts are distributed through American Hero Quilts (
Our group started meeting in January of 2007 and so far we've made 645 quilts for wounded soldiers. We willl have Thank You letters from soldiers & their families that day also.
Contact Sharon Szekely

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

It is fund raising time for the American Hero Quilt Project. November 12, 2011 is the date. There will be an English Tea in the afternoon and Coctails and Appetizers in the evening. Bring your friends and checkbooks to bid on fabulous items and have a great time. Purchase your tickets today, email

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011


Busy days ahead for American Hero Quilters and Supporters
Thanks to everyone who is helping to make quilts to "Hug our Injured".
On Saturday there will be a Classic Car Show in Port Gamble as part of the Old Mill Days.
The car show will be Proudly Benefitting the American Hero Quilt Project, it runs from 10 to 4.
On Sunday and Monday, October 2 and 3 there will be American Hero Quilt Sewing at the Conference Center at Pacific Beach, WA. For more information please call Ione Ewert Whitney at 360-908-4692.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Big Thanks to WARM Company

A big THANK YOU to the WARM Company for their donation of charity batting to the American Hero Quilt project.

On the ferry to Vashon. Some batting stayed in Kitsap County for the quilters there so room in the back for a quilt.

When this vehicle backed onto the ferry I couldn't help but laugh. If that was batting, how many quilts could we make? Thanks again to all who help with the American Hero Quilt Project. We are now over 9,500 quilt "hugs" we have given to our wounded.

Ione Ewert Whitney

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The American Hero Quilt Booth at the APWQ Show in Tacoma. We met many quilters who have decided to join this project. Thank you so much, we can use lots of help so we can get quilts on more of our injured servicemembers. For those of you living in the Vancouver, WA and Portland, OR area we have had Jack and Perri Poe volunteer to be a drop off and exchange point. Soon they will have quilt tops, batting and backing to give to the Longarm Quilters in that area and finished quilts can be dropped off as well. For more information please email AHQ through the website Thanks for everyones help.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

AHQ Milstone - 9000 quilts! (and a reminder about APWQ)

Dear friends of the American Hero Quilt Project,

On Friday we packed up 120 quilts that have been sent off to Afghanistan. With this shipment more than 9,000 quilts have been given to our injured servicemembers. THANK YOU for all the help you have given to this project.

American Hero Quilts will have an information booth at the Association of Pacific West Quilt Show being held from Friday through Sunday at the Tacoma Convention Center. There will be flyers and letters of thanks from some of the recipients. Stop by and say hi and if anyone will be there on Saturday afternoon, and you have an hour (or a couple of hours) to help man the booth, please give me a call. 360-908-4692.

Just a reminder of the sew dates coming up:
Jackson Park, Bremerton - No sew days in September or October
November 7, 10 - 2 and December 5, 10 - 2

Pacific Fabrics, East Bremerton - September 6, 1 - 5, No Sew Day in October
November 8 - 1 - 5 and December 6, 1 - 5

Pacific Beach Conference Center, Pacific Beach, WA
Sunday, October 2, 9 to 9
Monday, October 3, 9 to 6
email or give me a call if you might be attending

October 1 - Port Gamble Old Mill Days 5th Annual Classic Car Show 10 to 4
Proudly Benefiting American Hero Quilts

Coming in November - Afternoon Tea and Evening Event - Fund Raising Events for American Hero Quilts

Hope you are all enjoying summer. Once again, thanks for all you do to support the American Hero Quilt Project.

Ione Ewert Whitney

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Upcoming sew days

From Sharon:
It's that time again! Saturday August 20th at Aunt Mary's Quilt Shop at Smokey Point. 10:30-3:30. Please note the later start time.

Cindy & Wilma delivered 60 quilts to Sue recently. Great work everyone!

For more information call Sharon Szekely 360-387-4800

Thanks for keeping everyone motivated, Sharon! We also have some upcoming sew days at Pacific Beach: October 2-3. contact Ione Whitney,, if you would like more info.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

AHQ in Stanwood over 4th of July

AHQ had a great showing in Stanwood over the 4th of July. Thanks to Sharon for sharing her blog post with us:

Sharon's Seams 2 B: 4th of July & Hero Quilts: "Today was the big day. American Hero Quilts in Stanwood. The quilts looked great over the sound boards, on quilt racks & hanging over the ba..."

And thanks to Cindy, for the link to the Stanwood newspaper coverage! Nice to see AHQ making news!

Hope you are all enjoying our "summer"! Happy Quilting!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Another successful American Hero Quilt Sew Day at Pacific Beach Conference Center. The Seabees that were working out at the facility came in and saw the quilts and we were able to thank them for their service. They also gave their thanks to all the hard work that is done to make these quilts for the injured servicemembers. We said we hoped they wouldn't receive any of these quilts and to be safe.
We will be back at Pacific Beach, WA on October 2 and 3, come join us.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Garage Sale Fundraiser a Great Success

American Hero Quilt Fundraising Garage Sale and Quilt Raffle in Poulsbo was a great success.

Marv R. from Olympia was the winner of the quilt.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Garage Sale Success!!

Our garage sale on Saturday was a great success. The rain held off and we had a gorgeous afternoon. Thank you so much to everyone who helped put together this fantastic event!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

AHQ Garage Sale - May 14

Please join us for a fundraising garage sale at the Northwest Design Center in Poulsbo. For more information contact Conni Smith at

Tell all of your friends! We hope to see you there!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

American Hero Quilts: The Story

Join us for a night at the theater as Readers Theater presents "American Hero Quilts - The Story". It will be playing at the Sequim Dungeness Schoolhouse on Fri./Sat., April 8 & 9 - 7:30 PM and Sun., April 10 - 2:00 PM, tickets available at Pacific Mist Books or at the door. It will also be playing at the Port Angeles Community Playhouse on Fri./Sat., April 15 & 16 - 7:30 PM and Sun., April 17 - 2:00 PM, tickets available at Odyssey Books or at the door . Tickets are $12 per person, or 2 tickets for $20. We look forward to seeing you at the show!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

American Hero Quilt Sew Dates

First American Hero Quilt Night at Ester's Fabrics, Bainbridge Island, WA, March 10, 2011

Thanks Barbara, new owner of Ester's Fabrics for setting up Quilt Nights at Ester's Fabrics.
Next Sew Nights will be Thursdays, 7 to 9 pm, March 24, April 7 and 21 and May 5
181 Winslow Way East, Suite D, Bainbridge Island, WA 98110, 206-842-2261

Held at Stanwood Senior Center
Call Sharon Szekely 360-387-4800

4106 South M.Street, Tacoma, WA 98418, 253-476-9800,

VASHON ISLAND, QUILT - A - THON, hosted by Margaret Bickel
March 25 & 26, Bethel Church, Vashon, WA 9 to 4 pm

Contact Ione at 360-908-4692 for information on following sew days

Jackson Park - Bremerton, WA 10 to 2
April 4 and May 2, NO SEW DAY IN JULY

Pacific Fabrics - East Bremerton,WA 1 to 5
April 5 and May 3

April 11 & 12
June 5 & 6
October 2 & 3


Monday, February 7, 2011

Another Thank You

Below is part of an email that Sue received Feb 1, 2011. We hope this reminds you all of the lives you touch by being part of this project, and provides the inspiration to continue.

Hi my name is SSgt J--. I am currently assigned to the Air Evacuation Flight at Bagram AB, Afghanistan. I am normally assigned to the 34 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Peterson AFB, CO. I am one of the flight Medics that goes around picking up our soldiers and taking them to where they can receive better care. Usually Germany and then back home to the States. I am not sure if you are familiar with our mission.

The reason I am writing this is to let you know that I pass out your quilts. I look forward to it, each and every flight, my team reserves them for our combat injured troops. The other day I flew a mission and there was a young man who had been in an IED blast and was injured. While he was laying on his stretcher, he was holding a picture of his wife and child. I went over to him, gave him his quilt and told him that this was made for him by a lot of people back in the states that cared about him. He clutched it tightly along with his picture for the rest of his flight.

This story is (one) of many that I get to witness. I find this all very touching and yet another privilege I get in addition to helping these young soldiers who have given so much.

---With much admiration and appreciation for what you do.
Sincerely, SSgt M J

Thanks, everyone, for helping us with this project.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

A Thank You from Iraq

Sue received the following note on January 18 from a service member in Iraq:

I am a reservist currently serving in Iraq. Tonight, as I helped load wounded warriors onto the plane that would take them to Germany, I saw the flight crew handing out beautiful quilts to the patients. They were so beautiful, and the recipients were very appreciative. I wish I had my camera phone so I could have forwarded the touching picture. I am a quilter and can truly appreciate the effort that goes into each quilt. May you know you and your team are touching our "American Heroes".

L., LtCol, USAFR, NC

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Stanwood Hero Quilters' Sew Day

Just a reminder that there is a Standwood Hero Quilters' Sew Day this coming Saturday , Jan. 22, at the Stanwood Senior Center form 10-3:30, 7430 276th St. NW in Stanwood.

For more information contact Sharon Szekely, 360-387-4800,

Happy Quilting!