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?
Quilted 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.
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.
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.
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” 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.
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!
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!
“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.”
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!
Quilted In Honor Partners and Sponsors
From Marti Michell
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
Fiber Art Now
Fons & Porter
Martingale and Company
Patchwork Plus Quilt Store
Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show
Road to California
The Joyful Quilter
The Quilt Show