#Activate10: Local quilter looks to honor Tribal Veterans

Betty Mathews (County 10)

“Our community is large and wildly diverse, which is at the same time our strength and our weakness. #Activate10 is a movement seeking to increase communication between individuals and organizations across Fremont County and to promote positive action in our communities.”

(Wind River Reservation, WY) – Quilter Betty Mathews plans to honor Tribal Veterans who reside on the Wind River Reservation next year by gifting them a star quilt. She needs the community’s help to make this goal a reality.

Fundraising to help cover quilting supply costs is currently underway. She is also accepting donations of red, white, blue, black, and patriotic printed cotton fabrics along with any other quilting supplies like batting, backing and thread – each full-sized quilt averages between $120-150 in supplies alone.

The idea came from Quilts of Valor where Betty helped to make quilts for the Fremont County area Veterans. She plans to get Star Quilts for Valor off the ground around the first of the year in preparation to give them out in 2022.

A group of 10 quilters will be helping make them with a goal of each completing one per month – supplies will be a limiting factor.

She explained the star quilts come from the Sioux Tribe and are a way to honor a person.

“Our people went and served in the military and you know they deserve a nice star quilt to honor them,” she said.

Her goal is to give the quilts out at two events: the Ethete Celebration in July following the Arapaho Sundance and in November on Veterans Day.

For more information about how to donate toward fabric and supplies, how to be involved as a quilter, or if you would like to submit a Veteran’s name, please reach out to Betty Mathews at [email protected]. Monetary donations can also be made through her GoFundMe campaign.