Meet Linda Fentriss, Florida State Coordinator
I live in Tampa, Florida with my husband Richard and our dog Tillie. My husband and I met when we were stationed at NAF Andrews Air Force Base. I was an Air Traffic Controllman and he was an Aviation Electronics Technician. I got out of the Navy and he made it a career and retired after 21 years of service. I had been a teacher, an administrative assistant, computer programmer and adjunct mathematics professor before retiring this year. Now I am a quilter.
My sister-in-law convinced me to learn how to quilt. I wanted to do something with the quilts and looked on line to see what charitable organizations needed quilts. I found the QOV site and contacted our local quilt store, Crafty Threads, and asked what did I need to do. When they said just show up and help, I knew I found a winner. I have made many quilts from start to finish and am teaching myself how to longarm quilt.
With our QOV group I do a little of everything. I have only been a member for one year but have cut, pieced and quilted a QOV from start to finish. Being involved with the military for all of my adult life, I feel like I need to give back to those who protect my freedom. When I read in the newsletter that QOV needed help, I volunteered to do longarm quilting; then I volunteered to be the Florida Coordinator. I look forward to supporting QOV as I believe every service person past and present deserves a quilt of valor.
You can contact me by e-mail at Linda.Fentriss@qovf.org. I look forward to hearing and working with you.