Special Veteran’s Day Giveaway

Today is Veterans’ Day in the United States. This day is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces. It’s the first Veterans Day that I’m without my father, a proud World War II veteran who, like so many others, gave four years of his life during the 1940s to preserve our freedom.

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The Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery


Today there will be a ceremonial wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery, followed by a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries inside the Memorial Amphitheater. Communities across the country will have their own observances. If you know a veteran, this would be the day to say thank you.


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Quilters have always made quilts with patriotic themes.


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Eagles are ever present.

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Stars are possibly the most repeated quilt motif ever.

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A red, white and blue color scheme can hardly ever miss.

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Maria Tavy Umhey created USA, above, for Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 4. I can see this as the starting point for a patriotic sampler quilt.

Kansas City Star just released Victory Girls: Patriotic Quilts and Rugs of WW II by Polly Minick and Laurie Simpson.

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Victory Girls Quilt

The book honors the role of women in the war effort and features numerous quilt and rug projects to inspire lovers of history and Americana.

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Crossed Flags Rug

I’d own this title just for the glimpse into women’s lives of that era, but the hooked rugs are gorgeous. And the quilts feature a nice variety of techniques: hand embroidery, wool applique, piecing and applique. Photos of WW II items are a bonus.

Let’s give away a copy of Victory Girls and a copy of 100 Blocks Volume 4 (featuring the USA block). Please leave a comment by midnight Sunday, Nov. 13 with the initials of a veteran whose service you appreciate. We’ll randomly draw a winner on Monday and announce it here.

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O beautiful for spacious skies,
For amber waves of grain;
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
America! America!
God shed His grace on thee,
And crown thy good with brotherhood,
From sea to shining sea.

About Diane Harris

I'm an editor for Quiltmaker magazine in Golden, Colorado, USA. For six years, I wrote pattern instructions, product reviews and how-to articles. Then I spent four years as QM's Interactive Editor, working to generate much of our online content. Now I'm back to patterns and how-tos, which is a great fit for me. I still love writing about quilt-related topics for Quilty Pleasures, and I always have my finger on the pulse of the quilting world. I teach a variety of quilt classes and give guild programs, too. Reach me by email: editor@quiltmaker.com.
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193 Responses to Special Veteran’s Day Giveaway

  1. wordygirl says:

    Your post made me think of my dad, JKT, a veteran of WWII and Korea.

    There’s a very tender song you might like to listen to–with a hankie nearby. It’s by Steve Goodman, and is called “My Old Man”. Brings reminders of how great those men were, and how humbly they viewed their contributions.

  2. Amanda says:

    My son JMT; a brother-in-law RWJ; my granddad WRH; uncles WRH, RDH, PRH, JPH, JFH; cousins RDH, PHJ, WRH. There are others, children of my cousins and cousins of my parents. I’m proud of them all!

  3. Doris Rice says:

    KK – my son-in-law Navy medic.

  4. Jillian says:

    FAH, dad…

  5. Ellen Ban says:

    JWP – my dad, a Bronze Star WWll veteran and a wonderful person!

  6. Nancy Sue says:

    SLB- My big brother who did two tours of duty in the Air Force as an inflight medic :)

  7. Niki says:

    R.M. – my father-in-law who is a wonderful man and proud veteran.

  8. Holly Love says:

    Being a vet myself, I have many, many friends that I appreciate that I served with. While serving with them, they were my family and I learned something from each and everyone of them. Many I have lost touch with over the years and I am sure there are still some still serving. I hope and pray they are safe and thank them all for their service.

  9. Mike Bowen says:

    CJB-My son who was killed in Afghanistan in 2008. He was my hero for having what it takes to put his life on the line for me and all of us proud Americans who are free to choose our endeavors and work toward success!!

  10. Lyn says:

    JK, my dad (and MK…can’t leave out my uncle either!)

  11. Mandy says:

    CKL, my son whom is currently serving in the Army. I am so proud to be him Momma!

  12. Lee Ann says:

    With great pride: my father WEA and brother RWA and too many cousins!

  13. Joan M. says:

    NEW, my father, who served in the Navy in WWII

  14. Cecilia says:

    HAW, my father. He served during the Korean War.

  15. Billie K says:

    My father was in the Bataan Death March and a POW for 3 1/2 years. My older brother was in the Vietnam war.

  16. DebrafromMD says:

    TLM, my husband. We met while we were both serving in the Navy.

  17. Shannon says:

    JMH~VietNam Vet love you dad!

  18. Sunnybec says:

    HH my Dad who served in WWII.

  19. Diane says:

    D.O. A friend’s son died too soon.

  20. DianeH says:

    J.J.W. My grandfather WW1. Remembered for always having Humbug candies in his pocket to make his grandchildren smile.

  21. Charlotte Dudley says:

    BLD – my dad.

  22. Donna Russ says:

    I messed up #171 is suppose to be on day 5,,,,,I tried to delete but couldn’t…. this is my responce to day 4 my Father was a WWII vet. serving in the Navy as a cook.

  23. Donna Russ says:

    I love thoses colors of fabric today the RJR, and the closeline is adorable, and would love to win anyof it….specially 100 block book……Thanks for this hop have loved it…I have spent approx 10 hours total on it….a couple of hours each day or night…..thanks

  24. I would truly love the Victory Girls book and the magazine. The quilts by Simpson and Minnick are fantastic.

  25. Barbara says:

    My father, CMN. I’m so proud of you for your service, and I’m very proud to be a military brat!

  26. Gina says:

    LR – My favorite cousin who died way too soon.

  27. Carla G says:


    Thanks for your tribute to veterans!

  28. Beth Patrick says:

    God bless those who serve.
    I’m a veteran
    My dad was a veteran
    My brother still serves

  29. Judy says:

    My Dad–AGP is the first one to come to mind. There are other family members and many friends who have also served. Thank you for your service!

  30. Janet says:

    WDS My uncle who is still MIA from WWII.

  31. Bev Gunn says:

    I have a whole family of veterns
    My father AJW my father in law GWG
    My brothers JSW SPW
    My brothers in law MJG TDG
    My daughter KMG and her husband SS
    my granddaughter LLM

  32. Nancy B from Many LA says:

    My son, GB, is a current service member; and I’m very proud of him!

  33. Sue says:

    Grateful to all who serve or have served. Especially EFR who gave me my life and LWR who raised me. One served in European theater WWII and the other in Pacific theater.

  34. Amy C says:

    So grateful for all of our service men and women. We are especially proud of our son-in-law PA.

  35. Lori L says:

    LFB, vietnam war. Thanks for protecting our freedom.

  36. Lynn D in NC says:

    We have many veterans in my family and I’m so proud of all of them. My father, grandfather, husband, stepson, son, all of them served in either the army or the airforce.

  37. Rachelle says:

    H.B. my paternal grandfather; a WWII vet who’s since gone and joined many of the other WWII vets.

  38. Debby Patz says:

    JOP- my husband
    JAS- my father
    JOP- my father-in law
    BHR-my grandfather
    Thank you all

  39. Lee Ann says:

    My immediate family: WEA, RWA and all my cousins!

  40. Chris says:

    EJB my grandfather – the Korean War. thank you

  41. Sharon Sandahl says:

    My husband, JES, served 22 yrs in the military. I have a son who was in the National Guards, JES; and another son who is in the army right now, JRS. I appreciate all of them so much for serving our country.

  42. Colleen says:

    GRB my father in law – WWII ! thanks!

  43. Debbie in WA says:

    MPE, my husband since 1962 (died April 2011) Army, ASA; interred Tahoma National
    VEE, father-in-law; WWII vet
    Thanks guys!

  44. Nancy Myers says:

    M.A.D. — my dad who served in the Army for the length of WWII.

  45. Margie A says:

    My son and daughter – THG and KJG

  46. Meek in CO says:

    My husband, RLJ,Jr. and father in law, RLJ. Thank you for your services. Also all soldiers I see at my work—you guys are so special for me.

  47. MaryE says:

    4 Vets: My dad, WHS; my father-in-law FE; my husband FEIII; my son WFE. Thanks to all of them for helping keep the freedoms we enjoy!

  48. Freida says:

    Uncle, GGV served starting in Army Air Corp serving in Korea and on until retirement, husband, EHS in Army, WET-killed in Korea, several other cousins, and several current members of Armed Forces. Thank each for unselfish dedication for our country.

  49. Christine M says:

    We have Remembrance Day in Australia and have a minutes silence at 11.00am on the 11th day of the 11th month. I would like to thank all the ANZACs.

  50. Shirl says:

    JK, Omaha Beach… D-Day +1. WWII. Thanks Dad!!!

  51. MarciaW says:

    FG, Sr. my maternal grandfather, Spanish American War and WWI
    and there are many other family members FG, Jr. WR, AG, NCW, KR, DGM, JP, QP, EGD, MB, OB, RB …

  52. Deb G. in VA says:

    VJT – my dad, a Korean War vet.

  53. Sandy A in St. Louis says:

    My dad WML
    My nephew JMB
    Thank you.

  54. Amy Bouchard says:

    My veteran hero is my husband Noel who is a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force with 16 years of service. I myself am a veteran of the U.S. Air Force also. Our grandpa Tony is a World War II vet. NRB, ALB, AL.
    Thank you to all!

  55. Melissa Nicholson says:

    CKO – WWII vet and my Dad.

  56. DeDe says:

    My dad, GEY, an Air Force Staff Sargeant working medical evacuation flights during the Korean Conflict.

  57. H. O’B., my mom’s cousin, who died on Omaha beach.

  58. My Dear Dad, NLT, Korean War. My DFIL, JNL, Korean War. My DH, JML, Desert Storm/Shield, Iraq x 2. I could go on and add more uncles, grandparents etc. I am thankful for all our courageous service men and women.

  59. Konda Luckau says:

    Just had some initials to the list:

  60. Jennifer Stevens says:

    JR Brother in law
    BS Cousin

    Both are back but served for us because of 9-11. Thank you all service men and women for all your dedication. I cannot begin to tell you my appreciation for all you have done and given up for us.

    - Proud to be an American.

  61. Jenelle B says:

    GLM.. brother. Thanks for letting me enter

  62. Marianne says:

    In Canada we call it Rememberance Day. RP – my great-uncle, WWI

  63. LJ says:

    There are so many initials I could put down…FEM, my husband, RRB, LW, LLE – the list goes on. The top of the list goes to my father, IAE, who served in WWII and didn’t see me until I was 14 months old because I was born in the war years.

  64. Terry says:

    RS, My cousin. Vietnam. I truly miss him.

  65. Rita Goshorn says:

    OHM, my dad, VFW, france, 1917
    GJM, my bro, AkNG 56-61
    JLC, my son, USAF ret 22 yrs
    DHG, my son, Army ’85-89, USCG 89-92
    MA, my son-in-law, USAF ret 23 years, FlAG 5 years
    WDC, grandson, Army, serving
    JS, grneph, Marine, serving
    BG, grnephew, Marine, serving
    lord, love ‘em all!
    thanx for the tribute!

  66. Leanne says:

    MK, my grandfather was a mechanic with a medic team in WWII and AK, my cousin, just returned from a second tour in Afghanistan. My uncle, KW, has also served in peacekeeping missions, including one in Cyprus. All have served with the Canadian Forces

  67. Trish Sargent says:

    I would like to thank my Dad,GLM, who served in the Korean War; my 3 brothers in law, all with the same initials JAS, who served in the Vietnam War; my son in law, DJ who served in Iraqian war; and my grandson AS, who is now serving as a medic in the Afganistan War. (He is a future vet.) Thank God for all our brave men and women who have (and are serving) served to help protect not only our nation but other nations, too.

  68. Debbi says:

    DP, TP, GS, RM

    God bless America!

  69. CMW and so many more. Thanks for such an nice tribute.

  70. Jennifer J says:

    JWB, my husband, 100% disabled from military service (Army), many years before the wars began. RB, my brother-in-law, who died from complications to exposure to Agent Orange. MSJ, my brother, who served on nuclear submarines. Most of my uncles have served as well.

  71. Mary says:

    I have to say my nephew, RBD, who has been deployed twice and will be going back in February.

  72. Michele says:

    JRP, my dad, who was very proud of his service in World War II, GGT, my father-in-law who served in Korea, and RSL III, who made the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam.

  73. Kate says:

    My my Grandfather DKT, Dad WHD, and my brother JDKD. Three generations who all proudly served their country.

  74. Melba says:

    KS, I met him while I was in the US

  75. Robin F. says:

    HHG- my dad who served in WWII and died on the 53rd anniversary of Pearl harbor day.

  76. Karen A says:

    HCC my dad, a veteran from WWII
    KFA my wonderful husband, Army Veteran
    Thanks to all those who sacrificed for our country.
    God Bless America!

  77. Leslie P says:

    HB, my uncle- Korea
    RP, my father- in-law
    DS, my uncle-Vietnam
    DZ, my brother
    JE, my brother-in-law-Desert Storm
    RR, a dear friend’s son-soon to return to Afghanistan
    A huge “Thank you” to all of them, and to those I don’t know.

  78. Kris B says:

    Thanks to my dad, brother and all who has served and are presently serving for our freedom.

  79. Suzi Hanna says:

    Thanks to my dad (not living) who serverd in WWII and Korea, and my father-in-law who serverd with the Flying Tigers in China during WWII. Also 4 uncles in WWII.

  80. Pat V. says:

    My dad — RHM.

  81. Barbara leaders says:

    My Husband and I met while serving in the air force.

  82. Madeline Wallace says:

    My veteran is my husband, TRW, who just happened to be the one who guided the plane in to the docking when the first POWs came home from Vietnam. He has served in 3 branches of the military honorably. I make quilts to send to the wounded warriors in Iraq and now Afghanistan that arent able to come home immediately.

  83. Danielle says:

    HL, my grandfather, DEL, my dad, KCL and CKL my brothers, ML my nephew who is currently in service.

  84. Linda in PA says:

    RWB my father, JJT my father-in-law, both in WWII, and RAT my husband who served in the US Navy. Thank you to all veterans and current service personnel.

  85. KT says:

    My dad, RDM, who served during the Korean war, and my roommate, AGM, who served during the first Gulf War.

  86. Donna Amos says:

    GHS, my father, a WWII SeaBee Vet and CLA, my husband a Korean War Army Vet.

  87. Karen W. says:

    I’m thinking of HGW my father-in-law who served in WWII, My father EHP who served in Korea and my daughter Sgt. KJW currently serving with the USAEUR band in Germany.

  88. Sandi says:

    My father – MJB

  89. Gretchen says:

    We should honor veterans today and every day for their service to our country. I honor JHS, my grandfather who fought in North Africa and Italy during WWII.

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