UPDATE: Thanks to all of you who commented! The winner of the American Valor Fabrics giveaway is Robin who said, “Great fabrics – I love them. I’ve not heard of Quilts of Valor before. Looks like a great program.” Yes indeed…maybe the fabric you have won will inspire you to make a Quilt of Valor. Thanks again to all!
It’s time to visit your local quilt shop and check out Diane Knott’s latest collection now in stores, American Valor Fabrics. We are one of nine fabric companies participating in the Under Our Wings program in support of the Quilts of Valor Foundation. We are very excited about this fabulous organization which helps bring comfort to veterans. Read more about it and see how you can get involved here. In the mean time, let’s hear from Diane about her inspirations!
Brandi: How did your idea/inspiration for the American Valor Fabrics collection evolve?
Diane: I always have difficulty answering questions about inspiration because it’s something that “happens” as I go along with my plotting. One thing leads to another and before you know it, a design concept has evolved. It’s really a thinking process. It’s very mental, as well as visual, because I generally look at reference materials of all types. Sometimes the most unlikely source will spark an idea. Then all of the elements combine to, hopefully, make it all cohesive. Sometimes it’s a lot of back and forth with input from the art directors as well.
Brandi: Do you have family members who are veterans?
Diane: My husband is a Navy veteran, as was his father who served in the Pacific in WWII. My father was a lieutenant in the Army Air Force in WWII and lost his life in a plane crash in Kiowa, CO on a training mission from where he was slated to be shipped to help the Allies in England.
Brandi: How do you feel about being involved in the designing of a fabric collection that will go to help celebrate and comfort so many who have served?
Diane: You can’t imagine how this touches my heart and how honored I feel to be able to do something to celebrate all of our American heroes. And they ARE all heroes – every single person who gives up years of his or her life to serve our country is to be respected and thanked.
Brandi: Do you have any stories to share about a veteran loved one or friend?
Diane: Not about someone I know….but my husband and I were at a living history museum and met a wonderful gentleman working on the grounds who told us his story about serving as a pilot in WWII based in England and having flown 16 mission – quite an accomplishment, as this was one of the most dangerous places to be – in an airplane over enemy territory, and not many who flew those missions made it to that number….After talking with him, I shook his hand and thanked him and it brought tears to his eyes and mine. If I could say anything to you about veterans or those currently in the service, my message would be to say thank you to them. Shake their hands and say thank you!
Thank you, Diane, for sharing with us! Click here to learn all about how you can get involved in the Under Our Wings program and click here to see if your local quilt shop is participating. Are you already participating? Do you have any stories to share? We’d love to hear from you. Comment below and we’ll draw one lucky winner at random to receive a nice big stack of American Valor Fabrics this coming Tuesday at 4pm PST!