Welcome to "Quilts of Honor - the Travis Project"

Quilts of Honor - the Travis Project, was created out of a desire to honor not only the memory of SSG Travis Hunsberger, but to show honor and respect to the men and women he served with. I made a quilt for Steve & Ronda, Travis' parents, and presented the idea of making more quilts for the soldiers at Fort Bragg. There are numerous wonderful organizations who provide quilts to wounded and hospitalized soldiers, but I felt led to do something different. We decided our first project would be to provide a quilt to each of the men in Travis' unit at the time of his death. Our goal was to accomplish this by Christmas. I am happy to report that we have exceeded our goal, and on December 10 2008, two men from our church, Wakarusa Missionary, headed off to North Carolina to deliver 19 quilts!! In May of 2009, we were able to deliver another 33 quilts!! Since then, we have delivered approximately 40 more quilts to families of the fallen and also to Wounded Warriors. Your help is still needed in lots of ways if we are to keep this project ongoing. First and foremost, pray for these brave men and women who serve each day to keep us free and protect us from those who would seek to do our nation harm. If you are a sewist or quilter, I can use you, if you would like to donate fabric or funds, I can use you. If you'd like to leave an encouraging word, or perhaps you knew Travis and would like to share a memory, I can use that too!

For more information on how you can help, contact me through this blog, by phone @ 574-849-7930, or by email, mamabech@msn.com.

To mail donations, send them to:

Quilts of Honor, c/o Dawn Bechtel, P.O. Box 613, Wakarusa, IN 46573. (Checks should be made out to Quilts of Honor.)

Thanks for stopping by, God bless you, and God Bless America!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Getting started...

Where to begin...at the encouragement of my niece, Jolinda, I'm setting up this blog. I'll do my best to keep it up to date and informative.
I want to start off by offering a big "Thank-you" to Steve, Ronda, Kyle, & Kelsey, for allowing me to go forward with this project. They readily agreed and have been very helpful and supportive and are working with me to get things going. I love to quilt and have made several as gifts. As I shared with Steve & Ronda, several have encouraged me to try selling quilts, but I hadn't pursued it. I had visited the websites that asked for donations of quilts for soldiers who had been wounded and thought it was a good idea, but never got around to sending one. Then we lost Travis...God spoke to me and told me to begin this project. Not to wait for men and women to be wounded, but to use these quilts as a way to show love, support, and honor for the daily sacrifices they make for you and me and our families.
So now we come to our first "mission" so to speak. We are going to make 15 quilts by Christmas for the men Travis was serving with at the time of his death. Seem impossible? Not with lots of prayer and help. Four are already underway with one almost completed. I need people willing to donate their time or resources to see this first phase to completion. Please prayerfully consider how you can help.
I just want to share a story yet on what I fully believe to be an affirmation that God's Hand is in this....
The morning after I visited Steve & Ronda and gave them their quilt, one of our good customers came into the store. She shared how she had been on a website for a product which we carried and came in to buy it. While on this website, she noticed a link to another site to make quilts for wounded soldiers. She decided to print out the pattern and make one to donate. The only problem was that the website didn't give a specific place to donate to, would I happen to know of a place she could donate hers when she was finished? Well, yea!! Oh yes, the pattern she printed...was the exact same one I used for the quilt for Steve and Ronda. Go God!! I look forward to the many more "God stories" I'm going to be blessed with in the weeks to come!
Have a great rest of the weekend!