In 2018, Joseph Boggs, of Whittier, passed away unexpectedly. As a U.S. Forest service employee, his co-workers wanted to do something special to honor Joseph’s memory for his young daughter, Arleigh.
Having connections to the Blue Ridge Mountain Quilters’ president, Traci Hoglen, they reached out and inquired a memory quilt be made for Arleigh to remember her father.
“For any child to lose a parent so young is difficult. When the U.S. Forest Service reached out to us, we immediately said yes to the challenge,” said Traci Hoglen, president of the Blue Ridge Mountain Quilters.
The patches in the memory quilt were from Joseph Bogg’s work shirts.
“Once Mr. Boggs work shirts were released to us, the planning and work began on this memory quilt for Arleigh. This type of quilt is a real challenge as you are working with different grades of materials,” said Hoglen.
The quilt took over a year to make and was presented to Arleigh on Saturday, March 30, 2019 by her father’s co-workers.
“It was an honor for Blue Ridge Mountain Quilters to work with the U.S. Forest Service. We pray that Arleigh will have comfort with this quilt for many years to come.” said Hoglen.