Quilting Project A Success

As high school marching bands and military units marched down Virginia Street early Monday afternoon, there was a subtle but significant contingent who watched from the old Fitzgerald Casino's second floor.

About a dozen women were more than happy to display patriotic quilts they worked so hard on for the last three days.

The women were all volunteers who donated their time to the Valiant Warrior Quilting Project.

Reno quilter Kathy Hawley says Monday's group was smaller than the many volunteers who worked over the weekend.

She says she was able to stick around Monday to help finish off the 65 quilts.

“The first 2 days, 2 of my good friends were here so we kept on going and going. And you get going on a project like this and it is hard to stop,” said Hawley.

Organizer Cinda Heron's goal was 50 quilts and 100 volunteers.

But amazingly they were able to make more quilts with fewer people for the first-time event.

Heron told the Virginia-based Joshua's Hands Organization she could deliver the quilts in just three days.

“How about I set a goal of more than 50 quilts? And I swallowed and said I'm not going to stifle her creativity, but she's nuts!” said Joyce Guthrie with Joshua's Hands

Joshua's Hands will get the quilts to hospitals across the world where U.S. service men and women are being treated.

The organization prides itself on the community involvement required to turn out so many quilts in a short amount of time.

“They said please please let me come and let me do something. Tell me what to do, teach me what to do and I'll do it,” said Cinda Heron.

Inspired, Heron says she will do this again next year.

This space provided by the Whitney Peak Hotel may not be available at that time.

But just as volunteers made their way with sewing machines and materials, Heron says she'll find a way to get them together under one roof in 2014.

Joshua's Hands is named after a 16-year-who died in an auto accident 15 years ago.

More than 100 people showed up to his memorial, which convinced his family to set up a non-profit organization in his name.