Our own Kari Nichols is so proud to be one of the designers for Quilted in Honor. “Being invited to join the Quilted in Honor program is truly an honor. Our hope is the quilts created for this program will bring comfort and healing to many people”.
Being a native Coloradoan, and from a family of seamstresses, Kari grew up enjoying many quilts. The love of color and design was first shown in stained glass. Her stained glass pieces received awards and can be found in many homes. When a favorite piece was broken, re-creating it in fabric was the logical choice. This choice led to a career change and joining the Quilt Cabin family. Mountainpeek Creations, the quilt pattern design company, was born in 2001. Mountainpeek patterns are sold internationally and give quilters unique and contemporary designs for any skill level. Kari’s patterns have been featured in multiple publications and can be found in catalogs and on line as well as http://www.mountainpeekcreations.com.
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?
The over reaching 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.
Free pattern available for “honor” (on the right)
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.
Available For Purchase:
- Fabric from Island Batik
- Thread from Aurifil
- Batting by Legacy™ by Pellon®
- Embroidery Packages from OESD
- Downloadable Patterns from PatternSpot.com
- Quilted In Honor – Eco Tote from C&T Publishing
- Free Patterns from Top Quilters
Donate a Quilt
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.
Visit the Traveling Exhibit
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.
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.
Participate in Challenges
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!
Visit your local quilt shop to find Quilted In Honor products and learn more about the program! www.QuiltedInHonor.com