Quilting bee in memory of Quilts of Valor organizer to be July 26

On July 26, a quilting bee will be held from 8:30-4:30 p.m. at the Colman Community Center in memory of Pat Landis, who passed away in March.

For the past two years, Landis had been making Quilts of Valor for veterans in the Colman and Egan communities, along with Mary Ehrichs.

The idea started after sitting at the Veterans Day service at the school a few years ago. Landis decided to contact Ehrichs, who has been working with Quilts of Valor, a national foundation, for over a decade.

Ehrichs speaks at the Veterans Day program each year and would distribute one quilt during the ceremony. Landis thought they could expand that reach and canvas the whole community.  

The two started with World War II veterans, the next year Korean veterans and last year made quilts for Cuban Missile crisis and Berlin standoff veterans.

Landis knew this coming November would be a big year; they planned to make quilts for Vietnam veterans.

While the past few years she had made just under 10 quilts for local veterans, this year over 20 quilts will be made for Vietnam veterans.

On Pat Landis Quilts of Valor Day, people with or without quilting experience are asked to come to the community center in Colman on Wednesday, July 26, Landis’s birthday, to honor her memory and to help complete these quilts she had planned to make.

Sewing machines, irons and ironing boards, scissors, tape measures, rotary cutters mat and rulers are needed.

Fabric, instructions and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact Ehrichs at 997-3929 or [email protected]

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