Becoming an Eagle Scout is a momentous achievement for a young adult- so, how can a proud family member congratulate their Scout? Some make hand-crafted gifts for their Scouts, like intricate Eagle Scout quilts!
Quilting for Eagle Scouts
For Lorena Norris and her family, Scouting has always been a huge part of their life; her husband has been in Scouting for over 43 years, she herself has been in Scouting for 33 years, and her children and grandchildren have also participated.
When asked why Lorena loves Scouting she replied: “What is not to love? Great program to keep our sons and grandsons doing great things, learning skills and learning to work as a team and make friends and most of all, being of service throughout their lives.”
“Scouting is just what we do,” Lorena proudly stated. “We love meeting the people who have the same values we do. They are friends for life, and we love helping the Scouts achieve their goals.”
Together, Lorena and her husband have five children and seven grandchildren with whom she has shared her passion for Scouting by proudly honoring them with unique quilts upon receiving their Eagle Scout Awards.
Lorena Norris first began to quilt when she sewed baby quilts for her children but really starting learning the craft in 1982. She has since kept a record of all quilts, crotched items, etc. that she has created ever since then. In her lifetime, Lorena has made 182 quilts and has crocheted many afghans, hats, and scarves to donate to humanitarian organizations. Her quilts have also been given away to friends and family for weddings and baby births.
“I have given two of our sons two quilts, one son one, and two daughters eight to ten each,” explained Lorena. “My grandchildren have received at least two each with four of them being Eagle Scout quilts.”
Jarom Norris’s Eagle Scout Quilt
Lorena designed her first grandson’s Eagle Scout quilt using Scout materials from Robert Kaufman’s and Norman Rockwell’s prints as well as others. A nice detail she put into her grandson Jarom Norris’s quilt was that she put the American eagle in the middle, with the Scout Law embroidered on one side and the Christian ideals on the other. Two of the embroidered pictures are replicas of Norman Rockwell paintings and two are from Joseph Csaiari. Additionally, each corner has a needle-turned Scout-symbol on it as well. The back has material that depicts Scouts having fun in their activities and adventures. Winifred Eads machine quilted this quilt and it was completed in March 2011. Jarom’s Eagle court was on 18th of April 2011 and the quilt was presented to him then. The machine quilting cost $81.13. The Springville Art Museum proudly displayed the quilt in July and August of 2011.
Robby Norris’s Eagle Scout Quilt
Lorena Norris’s grandson Robby Norris was also going to earn and receive his Eagle Rank in the Boy Scouts, so she sewed him an Eagle Scout quit too. Sewed on it are also Norman Rockwell and Joseph Casarriav paintings that have been reproduced on material. Many five-inch squares complete the quilt. Each corner has a needle turned Scout symbol, just like Jarom’s quilt. Robby likes red so Lorena made the entire back of the quilt red Scout material. It was machine quilted by Winifred Eads for a cost of $113.00
Lorena’s craft of quilting is absolutely impressive! The support and encouragement she has given to the Scouting program and her own Scouting family are incredible!