Freeland quilt shop invites all to make quilts for wounded warriors | NOTABLE

“Now that we’re blessed with the new shop, it’s time to do some good work,” said Sharley Lewis, owner of Island Fabric & Sewing Center in Freeland, which she opened with partner Kris Schricker in 2012.

Kate Wright

“Now that we’re blessed with the new shop, it’s time to do some good work,” said Sharley Lewis, owner of Island Fabric & Sewing Center in Freeland, which she opened with partner Kris Schricker in 2012.

Lewis is excited about the Quilts of Valor project the store is sponsoring to make lap quilts for veterans.

“Anyone who would like to make a quilt for a combat veteran can do so now as part of a new program called ‘Under Our Wings,’ that pairs experienced quilters with kit-buyers in a one-day workshop,” said Lewis.

The first “Under Our Wings” workshop will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Island Fabric & Sewing Center at 1592 Main St. in Freeland.

“It’s easy to participate, even if you don’t know how to make a quilt,” said Lewis. “We need individuals to buy a kit for a lap-size quilt and bring it to the workshop on March 9. A ‘coach’ will do the cutting, pinning, pressing and will help the ‘rookie’ sew simple patchwork blocks for the quilt top.”

“The quilts will then go to a quilter with a long-arm machine for the quilting, then returned to the shop for binding,” said Lewis.

Coaches will help the quilters finish the quilts, which includes a label and a presentation pillowcase.

For those who want to buy a kit to support a veteran but do not want to do the sewing, volunteers will be available to sew the chosen quilt.

Lewis learned of the Quilts of Valor program through watching a special TV presentation on PBS last year. She was so impressed with the idea that she watched the program four times.

“After watching the program, I said to myself that we’re going to do this when we open the new shop,” said Lewis.

The Quilts of Valor Foundation has made quilts for American armed service members touched by war since 2003, so far presenting some 34,000 quilts to wounded warriors including combat veterans from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Recipients often comment that nothing has helped their healing process more than the comfort of the quilt they received.

Windermere Real Estate/South Whidbey has volunteered to pay for the shipping of the finished quilts. Lewis also hopes to cooperate with the local Veterans Resource Center to find nearby veterans to receive quilts.

Kits for Quilts of Valor are available now at Island Fabric & Sewing Center. The complete kits range in price from $129 to $134 and include backing and batting. There is no other charge for participating in the program.

For more information, call 360-331-7313.

More in News

Expert says chief followed right protocol

David Marks’ arrest of suspect ‘exactly what we teach’

Photos by Whidbey Camano Land Trust
                                Taylor Schmuki, left, and Kyle Ostermick-Durkee, both part of the Whidbey Camano Land Trust’s stewardship team, study the plant life this spring in a newly protected forest on South Whidbey.
Conservation Buyer Saves a Whidbey Island Forest

By RON NEWBERRY Special to the Record Pat Powell has worked with… Continue reading

Sailor shoots man, himself

A Navy man shot another man and then himself in Oak Harbor… Continue reading

Trooper, ranger try to prevent man from jumping off bridge

A trooper with the Washington State Patrol and a ranger with State… Continue reading

Valetta Faye will perform at Ott & Murphy Wines in Langley.
Singing sensation comes to South Whidbey

Singing is her passion, music is her soul. That’s singer Valetta Faye’s… Continue reading

Shhh…it’s a surprise party for old-timer Bill Lanning

Friends, customers invited to celebrate former owner of Bill’s Feed Tack

Retail sales grew in Island County, Langley

New numbers released by the state Department of Revenue show that Island… Continue reading

Hometown Heroes gets second book

Hometown Hero Book 2 is in the works. All money will go… Continue reading

Bayview Nights Car Show set

Safe Ride Home is holding the 2018 Cool Bayview Nights Car Show… Continue reading

Most Read