09 March 2008

Clayton State University’s Lou Brackett Quilts for Military Wounded

Clayton State University’s Lou Brackett, along with other members of the Tara Quilt Guild (TQG) of Clayton County, recently sent off seven war time quilts.

“We try to do a philanthropic project each year and this year we decided to make quilts for the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) who sends quilts to wounded service members and veterans,” explains Brackett, an assistant professor of Office Administration in Clayton State’s College of Professional Studies.

This is the second round of quilts sent through the QOVF by the TQG which hopes to send more. Brackett’s personal goal is to send at least two more quilts.

“Each quilt comes labeled with the name and city of the quilter and place for the recipient’s name. It also includes a hand written note from the quilter and it is all placed in presentation bag,” says Brackett. “I really enjoyed making the quilt and I truly hope whoever receives the quilt likes it.”

In previous years, the TQG has made quilts for Project Linus, donated quilts to Scottish Rite/Eggleston Hospital, and auctioned or raffled quilts to raise funds for local animal shelters and breast cancer research.

“One of our ongoing projects is preemie quilts for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Southern Regional Hospital. You wouldn't believe how small some of those quilts are,” says Brackett.

The guild works to teach and pass on the art of quilting. The guild has members of all ages, abilities and always welcomes new members.

The Tara Quilt Guild of Clayton County meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Morrow First United Methodist Church. For more information, contact Brackett at loubrackett@clayton.edu or (404) 766-7167.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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