July Angel

Patricia Sallstrom from Bristol, Connecticut

“The words you use to describe your Quirky Quilter Angels could not describe Pat Sallstrom better! Her dedication to quilting organizations, charities, churches are part of who she is, and she also helps her community in other ways. Pat works tirelessly for her home church and the giving activities they have within the church, and all of the programs that they provide for the community. She gives to charities in time, talent, and gifts—along with all that she does independently. Everything she does comes from the heart, and she gives most of what she makes to charity. She works with other ladies to teach them sewing and quilting, so that they have a way to give to others. She loves to quilt, works hard and takes care of others, and gives back constantly, never asking anything in return. That’s Pat!”

–from Nomination Form

June Angel

Kevin Huffman from Troy, Missouri

“Kevin is soooooo giving. He has a “Scrap Club” of over 60 ladies with daytime and evening meetings monthly. Kevin doesn’t charge a dime to be in his club. We do three projects a year using only our scraps if possible. Kevin is also active with Quilts of Valor, for which he donates quilts himself. He visits guilds all over the area, even with a busy job and his small farm of chickens and ducks to tend to. He even gives away some of the eggs. Kevin is very passionate and energetic about his craft, and you can’t have a bad day being around him.”

–from Nomination Form

May Angel

Norma Tipton & Ann Trujillo from Poulsbo, Washington

“Norma and Ann are two of the founders of the Kitsap Quilters Guild. Norma and Ann have fostered a project that gives back in an amazing way. For years now, they have been making weekly visits to our local women’s prison to teach quilting to the prisoners. They do this all year long. It’s quite a production to just go to the prison–all of the supplies have to be checked and approved for each visit, before they can be used by the prisoners. Norma and Ann have shared many of the quilts made by the prisoners at our guild meetings, and they are really quite amazing. Without their weekly trips, the prisoners would not have this opportunity to create something lovely for their friends and families. So, in addition to being wonderful and giving of themselves, they are inspiring others to be creative and have a sense of self-worth.”

–from Nomination Form

April Angel

Dee Holter from Conway, South Carolina

“Deanna is the unsung hero of many quilters in our guild, the Myrtle Beach Shorebirds. She is a longarm quilter and finishes many of the quilts for our charity projects. She is also very active with our local chapter of Quilts of Valor, helping organize many of the QOV ceremonies that our guild hosts, coordinating with the veterans to be recognized and the guild, assigning quilts to be awarded to each veteran, and ensuring that they get a quilt, certificate, award case, and a guild member who will “wrap” them in their quilt. She gives of her time unselfishly beyond QOV, including with other “comfort quilts” that our guild gives for charity. And all this while keeping up with her own quilt projects! She has also found time to be an instructor for our guild’s Quilting 101 program, to spread the joy of quilting to beginning quilters in our group.”

–from Nomination Form

March Angel

Stamie Cline from Anderson, South Carolina

“Stamie can outrun the Energizer Bunny. She is the philanthropy chair for two quilt guilds–Electric City Quilt Guild and Prickly Fingers Quilters–both in Anderson, SC.” Stamie also owns the “Sew Inn” where the guilds’ philanthropy efforts are housed and the committees meet to work. “In addition to the guilds, Stamie works with the local Quilt of Valor project, and has many contacts with charitable organizations and arranges to supply them with quilts, pillow cases, Christmas stockings, ditty bags, and other needs. Stamie is always willing to lend a hand and share her expertise with anyone who needs her help.”

–from Nomination Form

February Angel

Deanne Vaughn from Crestview, Florida

A member of the Flying Needle Quilt Guild in Niceville, FL, “Deanne recently took on the job of planning their annual quilt show. From recruiting volunteers to creating the program to a beautiful completion, she worked tirelessly for our guild’s show–all while planning a relocation to another area in Florida and juggling a busy personal calendar. She is always giving to others and expecting nothing in return, while maintaining a great sense of humor in the process of working with others.”

–from Nomination Form

January Angel

Patricia Froncek from Brodheadsville, Pennsylvania

“Patricia is always looking for ways to use her quilting talents to embrace people’s hearts. She continues to be an inspiration to all who know her, as she spreads the love with her infectious smile and busy fingers. We love her!”

–from Nomination Form

December Angel

Arlene Steele from Cascade, Idaho

“Arlene has been quilting, sewing, crocheting, knitting, cross-stitching, and more for as long as I can remember. She makes and donate Quilts of Honor for veterans. She makes quilts for other charity organizations that need them, and for fundraisers to support scholarships for women. It truly is an inspiration to witness how much she does for others.”

–from Nomination Form

November Angel

Mogie Sabine from Spokane, Washingnton

“Mogie has made a huge difference in the lives of the women in her group, giving them a social outlet and a way to donate their talents to local charities, as well as in the lives of the recipients who are lucky enough to receive one of her quilts.”

–from Nomination Form

October Angel

Joyce Menzel from Basset, Nebraska

“Joyce will never say no to any request from anyone for help with a project. She is very giving or her time and talent. She does all of these things and never asks for any type of payment or reimbursement of the expenses she incurs. If anyone is deserving of recognition, Joyce Menzel is that person.”

–from Nomination Form

September Angel

Cathy Ward from Bossier City, Louisiana

“Cathy leads the Mission Sewing Outreach group for her church. The group is so prolific, it’s now considered a tributary of Red River Quilters, as many of the quilts made by Mission Outreach are donated as Love Wrappers to Red River Quilters for distribution to area hospitals. Cathy teaches anyone who wants to learn to sew, and their ‘price’ for the lessons is to make a Love Wrapper.”

–from Nomination Form

August Angel

Tommy Forrest from Anderson, South Carolina

“His most passionate thing is to wrap veterans with quilts of valor and he is always doing this-anytime, any place. He is dedicated and passionate about Quilts of Valor and he cares deeply about the approximately 60 ladies who are involved in this with him. He so deserving of any recognition you can give him.”

–from Nomination Form

Do you know someone who:

Is dedicated to quilting and makes major contributions to quilting and to their community?

Works hard and helps take care of others, and never asks for anything in return?

Martelli Enterprises shows our appreciation to these wonderful people with a monthly honor called “Quirky Quilter Angels”. Each month we donate Martelli products for these loving, hardworking quilters who give back to others and their community. Please nominate someone you believe deserving and tell us a little about your special quilter and why you believe they deserve this recognition. At the end of each month, we will review all of the nominations and choose a deserving quilter. Once we choose an “Angel”, we will contact them and let them know they have a Martelli product heading their way! And we will share this recognition with our customers via our web site, newsletter, and social media.

Not sure how to start that nomination? Take a look a the slides above, which include quotes from previous winning nominations, for a place to start.

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