Quilt to be auctioned to benefit Warrior's Weekend (video)

Jennifer Lee Preyss By Jennifer Lee Preyss

March 14, 2013 at 5:04 p.m.
Updated March 14, 2013 at 10:15 p.m.

Blanche De Leon has been quilting for 10 years. But she never thought she'd one day be able to use her quilts to honor American soldiers.

On Saturday, at the Warrior's Weekend Muster, De Leon will present a hand-stitched, custom quilt to be auctioned at the event.

"To know that this quilt will help a cause that I'm passionate about is truly rewarding," De Leon said.

The Victoria resident has been working on the quilt since last May.

With Frances Miller, who is also helping stitch the oversize quilt, De Leon said the blanket will likely be set at a minimum auction bid of $500.

"With the materials and labor and time we put into it, it really does need to start at that price," she said.

The quilt's fine stitching and elaborate designs are by themselves enough to seduce even the most hesitant buyer.

But De Leon said the quilt she crafted with Miller is doubly significant because it's dedicated to Miller's two sons, who are actively serving in the military.

De Leon said the quilt is dedicated to Lt. Grant Miller, of the U.S. Navy, and Capt. Jess Miller, of the U.S. Army.

"Making this quilt and dedicating it to these boys is a reminder that Victoria is the home of the brave and there are still families raising sons who are now very willing to volunteer for service," she said. "And it reminds me there are patriotic families who make the sacrifices that go along with that service."

A silent auction, games and raffles and a fishing tournament are also scheduled at Saturday's muster to help raise money for Warrior's Weekend on May 18.



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