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Quilts of Valor; Annual quilting day returns to Buffalo Mall March 8

Patty Richter shows two quilts she has already made for the Jamestown/ North Dakota Quilts of Valor Day. A quilting bee will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 8 at the Buffalo Mall. Volunteers are sought to help with making quilts. (John M. Steiner The Sun)

Patty Richter of Jamestown is looking for some good people to spend part of their day on March 8 at the Buffalo Mall making quilts for the Jamestown/North Dakota Quilts of Valor Day.

Quilts of Valor Day runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Richter, president of the Jamestown Quilt Guild, said there is a national group, the Quilts of Valor Foundation, that was started in 2003 by a Delaware woman who had a son serving in Iraq. Her goal was to have a quilt made for all returning service men and women who were affected by war, so they would know that an American appreciated them and was grateful for their service.

Richter said she had just finished two quilts that she intended to give to Quilts of Valor. One of the quilts, decked out in a red, white and blue theme, she has already diverted and will give to a 96-year-old man who lives in an area senior care center and served in World War II.

On Quilts of Valor Day, Richter said she is hoping 20 to 30 people show up to help with the quilt project. She said volunteers of all abilities are needed.

“If you don’t know how to sew or have never made a quilt, we will find something for you to do,” Richter said.

Volunteers will receive a gift bag, and door prizes will be drawn throughout the day for the volunteers as well. Richter said the gift bag and door prize items are being donated by local businesses.

“I think it’s important to support local businesses as much as possible,” she said.

Richter said there will be quilt kits available for people who can’t stay and volunteer, but who would like to make a quilt for Quilts of Valor.

A Quilts of Valor quilt is a lap-sized quilt, a minimum of 55 inches long by 65 inches wide. Richter said volunteers with quilting skills will assemble the quilt top, the part that has the different pieces that make up the design of the quilt. When a quilt top is complete, a layer of baffle, which is the filling of a quilt, is placed between the quilt top and quilt bottom, and the top and bottom layers are sewn together.

“It is a process putting a quilt together, but it’s also a lot of fun,” Richter said about making a quilt.

For more information about Quilts of Valor Day, call Richter at (218) 779-8045.

Sun reporter Chris Olson can be reached at 701-952-8454 or by email at

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