Welcome back to another week of Hands2Help 2020, and I hope you'll help me welcome another great guest blogger! Alycia blogs over at Alycia Quilts, and goes by the very cool name of Quiltygirl - so much better than "crazy quilt lady"! I think you'll enjoy learning a little more about her quilting journey, so I'll turn the blog over to her now - but be sure to stay with us until the end, when you can link up and share your Hands2Help progress!
Good Morning! I am so happy to be here! I am Alycia – aka Quiltygirl!
17 years ago I became a quilter by accident and my kids were very much into Super Heroes – so I asked them what I should call my new Business and they decided Quiltygirl!!
So you can find me at Quiltygirl.com, or on Instagram @quiltygirlquilts , and on Facebook at Quiltygirl.com, and on my blog… Alyciaquilts.blogspot.com !
How does one become a Quilter by accident?
My Dad was one of the second wave of responders at the Twin Towers on 9/11 . He worked with all of the different fire departments that were called in, and as things calmed down the firefighters all traded patches with the different fire departments. He had about 30 patches and my dear sweet aunt said.. you should make him a quilt!
So I did – only I didn’t know anything about quilting and I ended up with a 120” x 140” quilt… with no idea how to quilt it…. Until!
I saw a photo for a long arm. I purchased a Nolting and have been Quilting ever since! This lead me to Quilts of Valor – it was not quite a foundation yet, and still in the beginning of figuring things out – and I thought Wow! This is really for me. My two cousins, my best friend, my friend’s husband - all were deployed and a comforting Quilt made sense to me. My Dad had such a sense of comfort when we gave him his quilt – that I could not imagine what a Hug from grateful people could do for our Marines and Soldiers deployed… it spoke to me!
The funniest thing was – I had made two quilts, and I was invited to one of my son’s classes to talk about Quilts of Valor. The class loved the idea so much that we ended up making 10 quilts in class that year, and we were invited to our Army Post to award them to wounded Soldiers – I have never been more compelled to go home and make more quilts than at that moment. PS – Teaching kids is a great way to learn to quilt yourself – especially when they ask questions that you don’t know the answer to.
Today – not only do I quilt for Clients, I quilt for Quilts of Valor, I write Mystery patterns, and block patterns. I teach 5th grade, high school and at a lot of service groups to make QOV’s– and we love awarding our Quilts to Veterans touched by war. It is so heartwarming to see the love, the gratitude and the feeling of relief on these Vets Faces.
If you are interested – I have a TON of free patterns on my blog. I also host mysteries – and some of those patterns are still on the blog, as well as in my Etsy store. I try really hard to make patterns that are fun, quick, easy and have a pretty visual impact – so that everyone can participate.
Thanks for reading this far! For More information on Quilts of Valor – check out QOVF.org - and thanks for participating in Hands2Help!
Thanks, Alycia! It's always fun to hear about how people got into quilting, and it amazes me how many of us got started because we wanted to give a quilt to someone who needed a quilt-y hug. Quilters really are generous people!
And now, folks, it's your chance to link up and show what you're working on for Hands2Help this year! No pressure, just a chance to check in. Maybe you've only picked out fabrics, or a pattern - maybe your quilt is finished and ready to be shipped out! It's all good, so share and inspire those of us who may be feeling a little uninspired these days.
See you next week!