Don Beld

May 3, 1944 – September 24, 2015

Don Beld, Civil War historian, quilter, and long time Citrus Belt Quilters guild member, passed away on September 23, 2015. His “retirement career” in quilting and his interest in the Civil War led to him founding the Home of the Brave Quilt Project in 2004. I remember when he approached the CBQ membership to propose his plan of making memorial quilts based on the Sanitary Commission quilts to give to the families of military personnel killed in Afghanistan and Iraq after 9/11. We all thought the war would only last a few years. A decade later, the HOTB project is nation-wide and has provided over 6200 quilts for over 5000 soldiers.

Don was an avid and prolific quilter and freely shared his expertise. He held workshops, gave lectures, and had one-man shows of his original quilts. His first book, “Civil War Quilts” was co-authored with Pam Weeks and published in 2012. His latest book, “American Heroes Quilts,” will be published posthumously. Don created many memorial quilts, and leaves in progress his “Viet Nam War Medal of Honor Quilt,” which will be finished by CBQ members Bernice Foster and Cathy Kreter.

Don’s legacy includes not only his books and quilts, but also a place in the Congressional Record, in which he was read on July 10, 2015, for his role in creating the Home of the Brave Quilt Project.

Sadly, Don had no immediate family to survive him. His CBQ family, and the quilting community throughout the United States, will mourn and memorialize him, and remember his lasting gifts.

Cindy Chrisler
President, CBQ, 2015-2016