The 18th annual Leavenworth Quilt show is happening at the Leavenworth Fest Halle this weekend. Quilters from all over the PNW and the country gather together to display and admire the fine craftsmanship and techniques that go into making a quilt.

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Icicle TV visited the show today and it’s quite the gathering. Hundreds of quilts are on display and periodically there will be classes given. Retailers are on hand to sell fabric and supplies as well as a scissor sharpener for all those sorry pairs of scissors you have manage to dull. (Note to self- sharpen scissors.)

Of special note is American Hero Quilts, the brainchild and labor of love of Vashon Island’s Sue Nebecker. The AHQ project has made and donated over 14,000 quilts for injured American servicemen and women. Every soldier, sailor and airman seriously injured in Afghanistan receives a donated hand made quilt when they are airlifted to Raimstien Air Force Base in Germany. Based out of Washington, the AHQ also gives a hand made quilt to every servicemen admitted to Joint Base Lewis- McChord’s Madigan Hospital also receives a donated quilt. Made with love, these quilt provide comfort and a touch of home to our wounded servicemen and women during an incredibly difficult period.

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The stories of the recipients of these special gifts are sometimes truly heartbreaking. One young serviceman grievously injured in Fallujah was so touched by the gift of his quilt,one of his final requests was to be buried with it. Sadly his request was granted far too soon. Click here for more about American Hero Quilts.

The Leavenworth Quilt Show is today and tomorrow, 10-5, Sunday 10-4. Ticket price is $5.00 For more info go to Quilter’s Haven