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Freedom is Not Free

Volunteers from the Quilts of Honor organization have collaborated on “Freedom is Not Free,” a quilt honoring veterans and active soldiers and their sacrifices. The quilt will be on display until Wednesday, June 6 at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va.

“Freedom is Not Free” was designed and pieced together by Flo Brooks of Stockon, Calif. and was quilted by Gail Belmont, the executive director of Quilts of Honor.

“The rich colors and symbols woven into the Marine Corps quilt help make it an incredibly moving and attractive piece, and the Museum is delighted to display it over the Memorial Day holiday,” said Museum Director Lin Ezell.

Since 2005 Quilts of Honor’s volunteers have provided patriotic quilts to service members with the hope that their creations will offer comfort and support to veterans and today’s warriors.

For more information on Quilts of Honor visit their website at

Lisa Swenson Ruble

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  • Flo Brooks says:

    Posted June 11, 2012 at 7:46 pm

    Hi Lisa, Thank you for posting our Freedom Is Not Free quilt! We are honored that you liked it and added it to your blog. This quilt, like all the ones made by our volunteers at Quilts of Honor has a great story behind it. I made this top and at the same time made a second, reverse image of it for quilt number two. Both were a joy to make and to know two of our Marine “brothers” would receive them really added to the blessing. Piecing and creating tops is a gift from God in my life. A way to remember my husband, my hero, Johnny O. Brooks. He was a Vietnam Veteran who lived for over 40 years with very serious injuries from Vietnam and I was able to take care of this amazing man until his passing last year. Johnny’s name was added to the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. just last month and our family is so proud for Johnny to be remembered with all the heroes named on The Wall. So making quilt tops for Quilts of Honor is a blessing for me….a way to remember my husband and honor other wounded warriors. Quilts of Honor is so blessed to have Gail Belmont as our founder and director and she did all the machine quilting for both of the Marine quilts….she is a true artist on the longarm and turned my humble tops into works of art! The first top was presented to a retired General from our area and he was so thrilled to receive it and this second top was given to the Marine Corps Museum in Qunaco, VA where is was displayed for several weeks. Now they are returning Freedom is not Free to Gail and she has a very special, deserving Marine all picked out to receive this special quilt. Thank you for allowing me to share more about this amazing quilt….they each have a story to tell and we as quilters have the joy of bringing their story to life! Thank you again,
    God’s blessings to you! Flo Brooks

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