This year's winner is Donna Buckmiller from Des Moines. Donna has kindly helped Freedom Quilts continue its mission, always giving her yearly donation for this project since she read an article on the Freedom Quilters. Thanks to Donna and others like her we have continued to make quilts for families of the terrorist attacks and those lost while serving in the military.
We took a trip to Des Moines to present the 2012 winning quilt to the lovely couple. Eugene told us the story of his mother and how she would make quilts for the whole family. His mother enjoyed making quilts - the process was comforting to her and a joy to the family. Eugene truly understands the labor of love that it takes to make a quilt and the many hours that go into a creation. His mother hand stitched all of her quilts which made for a time-consuming process, but all the love put into each stitch makes it priceless and unique. Eugene brought out two of his mother's quilts to show us and they were truly beautiful and the hand work was extraordinary. They have shared their quilts that Eugene's mother made with their children but the winning quilt they plan on keeping for themselves. They will show it off to the family but with a sweet smile they said this one was theirs. Donna said she has never won anything so this was a real experience.
Congratulations to the Buckmillers. We are already working on the 2013 Freedom Quilts for next year. For those that wish to help this project like Donna has, check out our website www.freedomquilts.net and see if next year you can be a winner also. We will be uploading the picture onto the website so everyone can see soon.
Freedom Quilts Inc
C/O Betty Nielsen
13637 550th St
Fonda, IA 50540