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Kershaw County quilters will attend Quilts of Valor event

Posted: September 22, 2014 12:50 p.m.
Updated: September 22, 2014 12:48 p.m.
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Group of veterans pose for a picture after receiving quilts

Quilters from around South Carolina, including the Quilters of Kershaw County, will attend a fundraiser for the S.C. Quilts of Valor (QOV) Foundation on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the S.C. National Guard Armory in Columbia.

The purpose is to raise funds and awareness for the QOV Foundation, an organization of quilters that makes quilts for veterans and soldiers who served or are serving in war. More than 100,000 quilts have been awarded to date. More than 700 have been presented to South Carolina veterans so far this year with more than 600 requests still waiting.

The event will feature keynote speakers Marianne and Mary Fons. Funds raised will be used to purchase fabric, thread, batting and backing to be used by South Carolina quilters to help fulfill the QOV Foundation mission "to cover all combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing quilts of valor."

Fons will give two lectures during the workshop. Other items on the agenda include: special prizes for those who bring "challenge blocks," special awards for quilters who bring a QOV quilt for judging and opportunities to win two different sewing machines that have been donated. Also, there will be presentations of quilts to veterans during the lunch hour. All quilts donated for this event will be hung around the armory for display.

Come and spend the day to help support the S.C. QOV as they quilt to honor and comfort those who are touched by war.

Contact Anne Mixon, S.C. QOV Coordinator for tickets and more information at (803) 664-1348.

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