We wanted to take a moment to highlight something we’ve been doing for a few months now . . . Every month we choose a “Quirky Quilter Angel,” A way to recognize people who contribute to quilting and their community. The winner is chosen from your nominations, and receives a gift package of Martelli products, which we know they will enjoy using with their groups.

Also, we want to remind you that the written words you use in the nomination is what we base our judgement on, and the better you can reflect the nominees love of quilting and contributions to their community through quilting and other institutions–churches and schools, sewing groups and quilting guilds—the better we can choose deserving recipients.

Finally, we try really hard to pick deserving people for recognition, and so we do periodically review old nominations with the new, just to make sure we didn’t miss someone. We also encourage you to renew your nomination by submitting a new one. Take some time now to nominate someone for recognition and a reward–just for being their incredible selves! Here’s the nomination form:

Nomination Form

Our most recent Angels are:

July Angel—Patricia Sallstrom

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

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 Angels—Norma Tipton & Ann Trujillo

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

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