Sometimes an idea needs a little help to get going. That's the motivation behind a veterans quilt in Osceola.
Valerie Funk is a retired National Guard officer. She now works as a quilt artist and lives in Osceola.
She created a quilt titled, “We Were Soldiers" for a raffle in Clarke County.
“The camouflage which was donated by soldiers and was cut from authentic uniforms represents the soldiers that make up the branches of our service,” says Funk.
Clarke County Veterans Affairs Director Joella Perry came up with the idea to create a veterans quilt to raffle off. The department is trying to raise $60,000 to put toward a veterans memorial by the courthouse in Osceola.
So far veterans have enjoyed seeing the quilt.
“It's been an emotional feeling for a lot of veterans; they just want to touch it. I think it's beautiful she took my idea...expanded into a beautiful piece of art,” says Perry.
Funk even got a call from the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. wanting more information about it.
If you'd like to see the veterans quilt it will be on display at Creekside Quilting starting Wednesday. That's at 9926 Swanson Boulevard in Clive.
Raffle tickets are available at Creekside Quilting and on the quilt's Facebook page.
The quilt will be raffled off on Veterans Day in Osceola.