Vigilance Returned
April 26th, 2017 by SJ Cammon

Vigilance is devoted attentiveness or watchfulness—the ability to be constantly alert over prolonged periods of time, most commonly attributed to military personnel, law enforcement, first responders and the like, who are dedicated to serve and protect.

Vigilance is devoted attentiveness or watchfulness—the ability to be constantly alert over prolonged periods of time, most commonly attributed to military personnel, law enforcement, first responders and the like, who are dedicated to serve and protect.

In Washington state, the women of Anderson Island Quilts of Valor— local members of the national Quilts of Valor Foundation—practice their own brand of vigilance. Their mission is to blanket veterans in handmade quilts and to give them a hug to show appreciation for their service.

Barbara Knudson and her daughter, Trina Fischer, spearheaded the Quilts of Valor group on Anderson Island three years ago. Barbara has a lifelong passion for quilting.

“We made seven quilts in seven months,” says Barbara. “We set up a one-day ‘Sew-In’ at the Anderson Island Community Club in June of 2013, and 22 interested island quilters attended.”

The event resulted in 156 quilt blocks. They were sent to the national organization, which collected almost 6,000 blocks from all across the country.

The Anderson Island group has awarded 129 quilts to veterans so far.

Barbara says members donate their time to make the quilts because they believe the men and women who served in the U.S. military deserve thanks.

“I am blessed to have the greatest group of ladies to work with in this endeavor,” Barbara says. “They are dedicated to our mission, always helpful and a delight to work with.”