Friday, October 14, 2016

Our October Meeting - Doris came...;-)

And guess what our very own Strip Quilting Diva brought?  Not one, not two, NOT even three QOV quilt tops...NINE (9) Quilts of Valor quilt tops!  This is what can happen when an 80+ year young quilter can be left to her own quilty devices ;-)

Doris's NINE (9) QOV Quilt Tops!

Ready for the QOV show?  Here we go - We'll let Doris show you the first one:

Doris unfolding one of her patriotic QOV quilt tops
We really liked the patriotic fabrics she chose for this one!
And here it is in it's entirety:

How creative and colorful is this?

Next - we will unveil ALL these outstanding QOV quilt tops...Enjoy!

#2 QOV quilt top

#3 QOV quilt top

#4 QOV quilt top

#5 QOV quilt top

#6 QOV quilt top

#7 QOV quilt top

#8 QOV quilt top
And the last but certainly NOT the least these Quilts of Valor quilt top by our Doris:

QOV quilt top #9!

These pics do NOT do the fabrics in these colorful QOV quilt tops justice!  Once ALL these amazing patriotic quilt tops are bordered out - they will quilt into some really wonderful Quilts of Valor.

And IF my math is correct - this puts Doris well over the FIFTY (50) mark for her total contribution of QOV quilt tops, just since October, 2014!

A Big HUGE Thank YOU goes out to our very own Strip Quilting Diva, Doris!  Because of her Quilts of Valor efforts, nine (9) more Veterans and Service Members will be honored and covered with wonderful Quilts of Valor.

And once again - got a BIG hug from one of our previously awarded QOV recipients, Peggy...those are The Best!

Time to get busy with borders and quilting!

Questions?  Please contact:

Deb Lindley/Founder/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)

“Covering our Service Members and Veterans touched by war with Quilts of Valor®…”


Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Come and Sew for Our Vets - October/Final 2016 Meeting!

Come and Sew for Our Vets!
Quilts of Valor Meeting

The Mission of the Quilts of Valor® Foundation:  "To cover Service Members and Veterans touched by war, with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor®".

October FINAL 2016 Meeting!

East Central IL QOV has met the second Thursday of alternating months from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (CST) at our Marshall McDonald’s in Marshall, IL throughout this past year.  Our next and FINAL meeting for 2016 is Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 1:30 pm (CST).

You are invited to help us create Quilts of Valor®  for our deserving Service Members and Veterans in our East Central Illinois area.  In 2015, we met and exceeded our original goals.  We were able to accomplish this through the generosity of local area talent, coupled with wonderful monetary and non-monetary gifts from area donors.

We have lofty goals for 2016 - to now create and award a minimum of twenty-five (25) Quilts of Valor for our area Service Members and Veterans  To do this, we need your help.

EVERYONE is Welcome to participate, including home-schooled and 4-H youth, ages 8 years and up interested in learning how to create Quilts of Valor.

Where:  Marshall McDonald's; Marshall, IL  62441

When:  2nd Thursday of every other month, next/FINAL 2016 meeting is Thursday, October 13, 2016

Time:  1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (CST)

Meeting Itinerary:

1:30  – Member sign-in, NEW Members Welcome!
1:45  – QOV quilt top check-in
2:00  – Show & Share, We may be awarding a Quilt of Valor, schedules permitting!
2:15  – QOV quilt top critique
2:30 – *QOV quilt registry/Nominations, Member check-out…See YOU next month!

*Quilts Of Valor quilt registry and nominations, Drop-offs/Pick-ups of special QOV quilt tops/quilts or supplies may be done so by QOVF Volunteer Members and non-members immediately following our regularly scheduled meeting…Thank YOU!

2016 Meeting Dates:

October 13 FINAL 2016 MEETING! - We will be sharing the Brand-NEW Patriotic fabric line available through one of our fellow East Central IL QOV Group Leader, Lisa via her online shop at which she offers the first week of each calendar month, at very competitive pricing for QOV Groups...Guests Welcome!

October 13 - FINAL 2016 Meeting!
Because we are now booked throughout the November/December time frame to Award Quilts of Valor for the remainder of this calendar year, we simply do NOT have time to meet in December, 2016...Thank YOU!

ALL meetings will begin promptly at 1:30 pm (CST)…Thanks!

We Need:  Toppers, Binders, Longarm Quilters, QOV Presentation Case creators and most importantly – folks who are motivated to getter done!  QOV Valor block kits and quilt kits will be available for a modest donation for those participating in our QOV block and quilt top drives, and of course you are ALWAYS free to create and make your own Quilts of Valor according to our QOVF Standards of Excellence.  FREE QOV block patterns are available at and will also be available for participating East Central IL QOV Volunteer Members.

*NOTES:  Each participant is responsible for cutting & sewing their kits by adhering to our QOVF Standards of Excellence, and returning their finished blocks and/or tops in a timely manner…Thank YOU!

Questions?  Please contact:

Deb Lindley/Founder/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)

“Covering our Service Members and Veterans touched by war with Quilts of Valor®…”


Sunday, October 9, 2016

A4 Patriotic Mystery Underway!

Originally, had planned on utilizing the 'scrappy' option of our latest Patriotic Mystery but, while going through my personal scrap bins, stumbled across these two wonderful patriotic prints and decided to do something I NEVER do - alter a two fabric and/or scrappy Mystery into a 3+ fabrics:

Red Patriotic print/Blue Patriotic print/Parchment solid
And - using a parchment colored solid versus my usual stark white!  Shall be interesting to see how this works out ;-)

So, after the cutting:

ALL the necessary strips and squares cut - ready to sew!
On to one of my favorite parts...sewing, then pressing and MORE cutting!

Cutting the strips into Red/Parchment/Blue units

And Clue #1 of our latest A4 Mystery by Alycia is now complete!

ALL necessary units for Clue #1 complete, safely tucked away until next week...

To join in the Mystery FUN, Please follow this direct web link for ALL the Mystery details:

Now that I can put Clue #1 to bed, time to get back to sewing those Patriotic Star units I started last week.  Got a little sidetracked w/annual Fall cold with the fluctuating temps but, back at it today!

Half of the 25 block units have BOTH of their corner squares sewn on
and the other half, waiting patiently for their turn at the sewing machine...

Sewing the corner squares on the Patriotic Star units - my Dad would refer to my sewing set-up as a 'jig'...loved that term, sounds 'festive' don't you think?

GREEN painter's tape to the rescue - works great for establishing a definitive sewing line for my squares w/NO marking...Yes!  I HATE to mark - takes ALL the FUN out of sewing ;-)

Time to mow so I can sew...later.

Questions?  Please Contact:

Deb Lindley/Founder/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)

“Covering our Service Members and Veterans touched by war with Quilts of Valor®…”


Friday, September 30, 2016

Latest Patriotic/Military Mystery has just Launched! w/Updates...

We've participated in the past and Alycia, our fearless Leader and wonderful Patriotic/Military Mystery creator, runs a wonderful Mystery.  We just didn't know IF we'd have time this busy Fall/harvest time of the year!  But after reading our first Mystery Clue, which includes patriotic scrappy fabrics as an option...We're IN!!

Fabric Scraps from recent Quilts of Valor - I think we have enough at least to get started, don't you?

2 baskets stuffed FULL of patriotic fabric leftovers from recent QOVs

Here's a pic of the last Patriotic/Military Mystery quilt.  We added a Big RED border, since 'Miss Betty' & I enjoy quilting those nice, luscious borders ;-)

A3/Field of Stars - one of our previous Patriotic/Military Mysteries
that will soon be quilted into a gorgeous Quilt of Valor

For those wishing to participate in this latest Patriotic/Military Mystery of Alycia's, Please follow this direct link for ALL the Mystery FUN details: 

Now that we've chosen our baskets of patriotic fabric scraps for our latest Patriotic/Military Mystery, it's time to get back to sewing our latest Veteran's Day Star block, courtesy of the Quilts of Valor Stars Facebook Group:

Fabric Strips sewn together for our Veteran's Day Star block

Here's a close-up of this stunning "Pride and Glory" eagle fabric by Dan Morris of RJR Fabrics.

Pride and Glory Eagle fabric

It's from my stash and it's dated 2014 - STILL stunning!  We're giving serious consideration to using some of these star blocks in our QOV Panel Challenge that we're halfway through.  We'll see how they come out, prior to making final decisions.  And several will be sent on to Carol of the QOV Stars Group for their latest Veteran's Day block drive.  Membership is OPEN to anyone.

We'll post pics and updates, once we get some Star blocks created!

UPDATE 10/1/2016 - Our first Patriotic Star Block/Disappearing 9-patch:

Veteran's Day Star Block for the Quilts Of Valor Stars Group 
will make extra to include in our QOV Panel Challenge

To join in the Patriotic Stars FUN, please follow this direct web link:

Just received these beautifully illustrated, historically rich books through - written by our QOVF President of the Board of Directors, Sue Reich.

Beautifully illustrated, historically engaging and enlightening

If you have an interest in the rich histories behind quilts and quilting, I urge you to check these out - especially her latest book, "QUILTS Presidential And Patriotic", by Sue Reich.  It is a stunningly refreshing piece of work steeped in our country's rich heritage; including how some of the latest trends in quilting, along with our ancestors' quilts, have each played integral roles in our country's history, especially during politically charged Presidential times - an engaging and enlightening read!

Time to finish those QOV Star Blocks...

Questions?  Please Contact:

Deb Lindley/Founder/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)

“Covering our Service Members and Veterans touched by war with Quilts of Valor®…”


Sunday, September 18, 2016

The QOV Panel Challenge Continues...

You may remember - we originally started this QOV Panel Challenge on September 4, 2016 and immediately started plotting and planning.  We chose our patriotic fabrics and Star blocks carefully, and while designing, decided to embroider some patriotic blocks, similar to what we did with The Flight of the Eagle last year.

Here's what we have so far:

Americana Liberty Bell

Star/Flags block

Heart/Flags block

And the final block - the Eagle block, still in progress:

Eagle embroidery in progress

Eagle embroidery motif stats:

  • 17 color changes
  • 54,740 total stitches
  • Stitch-out time - roughly 4 hours
  • Eagle Embroidery fabric - Northcott's Stonehenge Stars and Stripes
  • ALL patriotic embroidery motifs originate from the Americana Collection by Anita Goodesign
Each embroidery block has taken between 3 - 4 hours to stitch-out on my vintage embroidery machine.  Chose to include four (4) total embroidery blocks in our QOV Panel Challenge quilt, and we're on the fourth one ;-)

We'll post a pic w/updates when this block is complete!

UPDATE: 3 hours, 23 min. later...the Eagle block is finished!

The Eagle block - finished!
And didn't it turn out Amazing?!

Also got another QOV ready to quilt and will begin quilting as soon as we finish up our embroidery blocks and our latest bout of 'surprise' thunderstorms blow through:

QOV Stars Group - Quilt of Valor
Our East Central IL QOV Group was chosen to receive this QOV quilt top.  We offered to quilt it, and added the two exterior borders to accommodate the BIGGER than life Vet it is destined to be awarded to.

Thanks goes to Carol of the QOV Stars Group for ALL she and her incredible volunteers have done and continue to do, to honor and cover our Service Members and Veterans with Quilts of Valor.

Questions?  Please contact:

Deb Lindley/Founder/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)

“Covering our Service Members and Veterans touched by war with Quilts of Valor®…”

Sunday, September 11, 2016

15 Years Ago Today - We Watched, We Saw, We Cried....

In Memory of Those Who Fell on that Fateful Day 15 Years Ago Today:

In Honor of Those Who Remain...

Sunday, September 4, 2016

New QOV Eagle Panel Challenge Begins!

Just received this gorgeous Northcott Eagle Panel from Carol of the QOV Stars Group:

Let the Quilts of Valor Panel Challenge Begin!

So far, pulled several coordinating Northcott fabrics and a few other patriotic fabrics - ALL from my own personal stash, looks like I won't need to purchase another thing!  They all seem to be playing together nicely, too ;-).

Giving serious consideration to adding some embroidered blocks to this Quilt of Valor, which could be awarded to a Vietnam Veteran pilot, who is also a Purple Heart recipient - will have to do some checking w/Carol to see IF this could be an option.

Our East Central IL QOV group awarded a similar Quilt of Valor, the Flight of the Eagle, to my cousin, who was a Vietnam Veteran and a Purple Heart recipient.  As a result of that QOV Award, we recently received this Quilt of Valor nomination.

Time to select just the right eagle embroideries and bordering fabrics.  Will post updates of the progress...Stay tuned!

Questions?  Please contact:

Deb Lindley/Founder/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)

“Covering our Service Members and Veterans touched by war with Quilts of Valor®…”