AccuQuilt’s 2017 Quilt Block Unveiling Event
Each year AccuQuilt sponsors an on-line quilt block design contest for quilt makers around the world. The winning quilt block design is displayed all year long on a 17-foot sign on the outside of the building. This year’s Quilt Block Unveiling Event which took place on Friday, September 29th at AccuQuilt’s HQ in Omaha, Nebraska was an absolute success and loads of fun for all involved.
We were joined by over 200 guests and media, this is year’s Grand Prize Winner, Reed Johnson (Largo, FL), along with the Runner-Up, Terri Vanden Bosch (Doon, IA), and Honorable Mention Winner, Judy Best (London, ON). Our guests of honor were Marianne Fons (Fons & Porter, Under Our Wings) and Ann Rehbein (Executive Director-Quilts of Valor Foundation) who presented a quilt to Veteran Master Sargent Phillip Armstrong on behalf of the Quilts of Valor. Other guests of honor included Cathy Raneri from our local 4-H club, Dr. Carolyn Ducy of the International Quilt Study Center & Museum in Lincoln, NE, the editorial team from American Patchwork & Quilting: Jody Sanders, Joanna Burgarino, Amy Gates, and Bethany Peterson, and Tamara Haynes and her father, Everett, joined us from American Quilter’s Society.
The day started off with over 200 guests getting a meet and greet and a chance for an autograph with Marianne and Ann. The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover all military service members and veterans who have been touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. These quilts must meet certain standards like using quality 100% cotton fabric and, be large enough to cover an average-sized adult (ideally a finished size of 60” x 80”), and other standards of excellence.
The guests then gathered for a tour of AccuQuilt’s facilities and also demonstrations on the products that AccuQuilt offers.
After that, the group made its way outside for the presentation to begin. AccuQuilt’s CEO, or Chief Energizing Officer, Steve Nabity and Present, Greg Gaggini took things over at that point and the crowd was loving them!
After the introductions were complete, Marianne and Ann took over for their moving presentation for Quilts of Valor. As mentioned, the quilt was donated to Retired Air Force Master Sargent Philip Armstrong. Master Sargent Armstrong served from 1959 to 1976. During his service, Master Sargent served in the United States, and abroad in Vietnam and Korea. He flew over 100 combat missions and was awarded an air combat medal with clusters. This was truly a special moment and there was not a dry eye in the house. AccuQuilt has recognized the works of Quilts of Valor in the past, and look forward to a continued relationship with our local chapter. AccuQuilt presented Marianne and Ann, accepting on behalf of the Quilts of ValorFoundation, with a donation check in the amount of $1000.
THANK YOU for service Master Sargent Philip Armstrong!
Here is Cathy Raneri being presented with a GO! fabric cutter, a 2 ½" strip cutter, and an 8" Qube.
The cowbell rang and it was then time for the crowd to move over for the big unveiling of the 17' sign. This sign will be seen by all that visit AccuQuilt for the next calendar year and it was a very special moment for Reed Johnson and his block, “Purple Rose”.
The crowd moved back under the tent for lunch and the handing out of the door prizes. Our CEO, Steve Nabity sometimes gets the itch to go a little crazy and he made a special announcement while the prizes were being handed out. Below is the moment when every guest found out they were getting a free GO! Baby to take home with them!
On behalf of AccuQuilt, we would like to send a huge THANK YOU to everyone that participated in this year’s contest and attended/was part of the event.