Rick Quilts for Veterans

by Ramona on October 20, 2011

Rick Bianco, 74, learned to make paper-pieced quilts when he retired to Florida with his wife Sandy. She is a member of the ASG’s Brandon/East Bay Chapter, and taught her husband how to quilt. He now makes 4 different designs, and quilts almost everyday. To date, he has made over 22 lap quilts for the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa. He has also made 6 twin bed sized scrappy quilts for the Hospice in Sun City Center, FL. He makes the ENTIRE quilt by himself, including designing, piecing & quilting, but draws the line at binding. That is Sandy’s job.

Rick uses bags of scraps in really bright & cheerful colors, since he feels that the Vets have seen enough camouflage.

We want to thank Rick Bianco for his dedication to our veterans. So Rick, how about starting an ASG Neighborhood Group just for men?

On the left, is an array of colorful quilts made by Rick Bianco for US Military Veterans.


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Tina W. October 20, 2011 at 4:20 pm

This is great! I love seeing more men being encouraged to sew. Wish we can reach out to more younger ones; and not appear that sewing is only when you get old. I’d love so see more men *in* my neighborhood group, not in a separate one.

Samina October 20, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Agree 100%.

Jan October 21, 2011 at 12:33 am

Great article.
We have a retired veteran in Citrus County, Fl who also quilts for Vets.
He likes to sew with the ladies and his wife is so patient about bringing
him and waiting for him.

Marilyn Snow October 21, 2011 at 1:54 am

He’s doing a great job!! Keep it up!

Roy van Broekhuizen October 21, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Laga Handbags handmade on treadle machines by tsunami survivors of Indonesia in collaboration with Clipa, https://www.facebook.com/#!/theClipa.
Love your blog, keep up the good work.
My dad was prisoner of war WWII in Japan for 4 years, fighting for the Dutch Special Forces in Indonesia against the Japanese.
Best wishes from Irvine, CA…..

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