Sassy Stitchers present local veteran with quilt

Published 10:57 am Thursday, November 30, 2023

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By Abigail Roberts


STANFORD – A local veteran was treated with a handmade quilt this week.

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The handmade quilt was created by the Lincoln County Extension Office’s Sassy Stitchers Club.

Jimmie Lou Abney, a member of the club, said the quilt was presented to U.S. Army Veteran Jay Smith.

Smith was surprised with the quilt during the Nov. 27 Monday Muster.

The quilt was made as a tribute to Smith’s service in the U.S. Army, Abney said.

It took the group about two months to complete the quilt, she said, with about 14 people who worked on it.

“Each one did a block and then they all got together and put it together,” Abney said.

Smith is active in the local veteran community and always willing to help out, she said.

“He knew absolutely nothing about it,” she said. “I thought he was going to fall out of his seat. It was really good.”

Monday Muster is a monthly event put on by the Lincoln County Veteran and Military Suicide Prevention Coalition.

The Muster event is open to all veterans near and far that is held on the fourth Monday of every month and provides a free breakfast to all veterans.

Veterans are invited to enjoy a free breakfast, mingle with old friends and maybe make a few new ones. Monday Musters are held at the Wellness Center located in Veteran’s Park in Stanford.