We honor our war heroes in many ways–with speeches, parades, plaques and monuments. Throughout history, American quilters have made quilts to comfort the troops who protect and defend us. Now, the folks at New England Quilt Museum are also making quilts for our Gold Star mothers and spouses, every stitch dedicated to honoring the service of loved ones who have fallen in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Join the NEQM between 10AM-3PM Veterans Day (Friday, November 11th) for a very special “sit and sew” event to create quilts for the Massachusetts chapter of the Home of the Brave Quilts (HOBQ) project. Since 2004, HOBQ volunteers across the country have been making quilts for this very worthy and non-partisan cause.

The Museum’s HOBQ effort is based on a Civil War-era autograph block quilt pattern and uses donated reproduction fabrics representing that other difficult time in our nation’s history. Perhaps you saw the pattern, or made a block or signed one at museum’s table during the IMAGES quilt show in August.

For full details on the Veterans Day event or other Collaborative Quilting days when they’ll be working on their HOBQ pieces, visit the New England Quilt Museum website.