Freedom Quilts

Freedom Quilts honored with proclamation

Local “Unsung Heroes” quilt hangs at Iowa capitol this month

Gov. Kim Reynolds presented Dennis and Betty Nielsen, founder of Freedom Quilts, and volunteers with a proclamation for the month of September for their dedication to the mission of comforting families of fallen soldiers, police officers, firefighters and those lost in the attack Sept. 11, 2001. The vision began right after 9/11. What started as a goal of making five […]

Gold Star mothers volunteer at Freedom Quilts

“What an honor for Freedom Quilts to have not one, but three Gold Star mothers come and volunteer to help make more quilts for Fallen Heroes’ families,” says Freedom Quilts founder Betty Nielsen. Mysty Sumbo, Mary Ellen Winston and Beth Cox, all of Des Moines, traveled to rural Fonda to the Freedom Quilts shop in mid May. They worked a […]

9/11 motorcycle ride for Freedom Quilters

All are welcome to come and join in the ride to help Freedom Quilts continue making quilts for families of fallen heroes. The Moose Riders are sponsoring the ride Sept. 11, with registration at 11 a.m. at the Moose Lodge, 527 Erie St., and takeoff at 12 p.m. Fees are $10 for riders and $5 for non-riders. “If you don’t […]

Freedom quilters reach 10,000 mark

Freedom Quilts, the Fonda area non-profit founded by Betty Nielsen, has reached a milestone. The quilters have made and given out a total of 10,000 quilts since the organization was formed. Nielsen is thankful to the many people who have had a part in making this happen, including donors, quilters and helpers. “Sept. 11 is coming around the corner, a […]

Red, white and blue all over

Due to the pandemic, the quilt raffle will be this year’s only fundraiser at Freedom Quilts near Varina. If you would like a chance on this beautiful quilt please send in a donation to Freedom Quilts Inc, c/o Betty Nielsen, 13637 – 550th St., Fonda, IA 50540. “We can use your help in making a difference,” says founder Betty Nielsen. […]