Monday, June 11, 2018

EQ8 Chicago Star Block Challenge!

Recently, a block challenge went out from Jenny w/June's EQ8 Block Spotlight utilizing the Chicago Star block as the basis for this challenge.  As a native Illinoisan, I couldn't resist taking on this recent Star Challenge.

For those who may not be familiar with this Chicago Star block, here's a quick pic:

Chicago Star block from EQ8 Classic Pieced Library

This is what I came up with to start designing this quilt - adding HSTs to the four corner stones of this block brought an additional design element to an already wonderful block!

Re-colored Chicago Star Block w/HSTs in the corners

This is the final quilt design - ALL ready to be created!

Chicago Star quilt

Once this quilt is created into a Quilt of Valor, it will be awarded to one of our East Central Illinois area Veterans.

Thanks for this wonderful EQ8 Block Spotlight Star Challenge, Jenny!  There's still plenty of time for anyone/EVERYONE to join in the designing FUN ;-)   And don't forget to check out ALL the other gorgeous designs created from this Chicago Star Block  Here:  http://doyoueq.com/blog/2018/06/eq8-block-spotlight-chicago-star/


Questions?  Please Contact:
 
Deb Lindley/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)
EastCentralILQOVGroupLeader@gmail.com
http://EastCentralILQOV.blogspot.com

"Striving to Honor and Cover our East Central Illinois Service Members and Veterans - One Quilt of Valor at a Time...Come Join Us!"


The Quilts of Valor® Foundation is a non-profit organization established and operated in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. 

Friday, May 25, 2018

In Loving Memory of WW II Veteran and QOV Hero, Al Lind...

Alfred Lind was a WW II Veteran, POW, and Quilts of Valor creator - creating more than 450+ Quilts of Valor in his lifetime to honor and cover Veterans and Service Members for their sacrifice and service for our country.



Mr. Lind was the original inspiration for this Group Leader to become involved with Quilts of Valor in 2010, in honor of my Dear FIL,"Dick" who was also a WW II Veteran who served and fought at Iwo Jima.

I later created this quilt, which graces our blog, to honor my father-in-law's sacrifice and service, along with my Uncle Danny who served in Vietnam, my cousin, Charles, who served and fell during IRAQI Freedom, and my oldest son, Josh who served in Tikrit, IRAQ.

Tribute Quilt

We are now creating our annual Al Lind Quilt of Valor in honor of Al's sacrifice and service during WW II, and for his unwavering determination to create beautiful Quilts of Valor to honor fellow Veterans and returning wounded warriors from the battlefields.

This is one of the first blocks that we are working on - a Split Back Star Block that was offered as a 'Star Challenge' by the Quilts of Valor Stars Facebook Group, a group that also inspires and challenges us to create as many blocks and QOV tops that we possibly can to honor our Veterans.  Led by some amazingly talented, gifted and generous Leaders, these people are more than motivated to honor our  Service Members and Veterans!


Split Back Star block - only 11 more to go to have enough for our annual Al Lind Tribute QOV

Today, East Central IL QOV challenges each and every one of you to create just one (1) Quilt of Valor to honor just one Veteran or Service Member for their sacrifice and service for our country.

And IF our challenge doesn't speak to you, we know Al will ;-):



Have a Safe Memorial Day Holiday w/Family & Friends,


Deb Lindley/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)
EastCentralILQOVGroupLeader@gmail.com
http://EastCentralILQOV.blogspot.com

"Striving to Honor and Cover our East Central Illinois Service Members and Veterans - One Quilt of Valor at a Time...Come Join Us!"


The Quilts of Valor® Foundation is a non-profit organization established and operated in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Patriot Mystery Underway!

A Brand-NEW Mystery - The Patriot, by fellow QOVF Volunteer, Alycia is well underway!

2018 Mystery *The Patriot*


It's only the second week and Clue #2 was just released...so, it's not too late to join in the Mystery FUN!

Our fabrics have been chosen,



...cutting and sewing has commenced on Clue #1:

Need more cutting of triangles!

Time to Sew!

Chain piecing Clue #1


Clue #1 & Clue #2 Complete!

ALL ready for Clue #3...How 'bout You?


Deb Lindley/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)
EastCentralILQOVGroupLeader@gmail.com
http://EastCentralILQOV.blogspot.com

"Striving to Honor and Cover our East Central Illinois Service Members and Veterans - One Quilt of Valor at a Time...Come Join Us!"


The Quilts of Valor® Foundation is a non-profit organization established and operated in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Thursday, February 1, 2018

Getting Ready for QOV National Sew Day w/Updates...

Once again, it's almost HERE!  National QOV Sew Day is fast approaching, and we're scrambling to get everything ready for this very special annual event, to sew & quilt Quilts of Valor, that will later be awarded to our area Service Members and Veterans, to honor them for their sacrifice and service to our nation.



We decided to get a jump start on our block making, and created our first fifty (50) Star blocks this week - just 50 more to go!:

Evening Star Block

We made two (2) versions of this same Evening Star block - isn't it amazing, by just changing out the corner stones, how different the block appears?

Two versions of the Evening Star block

We plan on combining these Evening Star blocks with various other blocks, including some wonderful eagle embroidery blocks.  By combining these star blocks with others - not only will we be able to create very different Quilts of Valor, this technique helps us stretch our blocks and materials just a bit further, to ensure we have enough materials to create at least twenty-five (25) Quilts of Valor - our original goal for 2018.

UPDATE 2/5/2018 - one of the QOVs we recently created w/some of these Evening Star blocks:

A Quilt of Valor is Born!

If you would like to join us in creating these Evening Star blocks, you may find this F R E E pattern online by following this direct web link:
https://www.thespruce.com/evening-star-quilt-block-pattern-2821157 

We also have many of our area volunteers working on additional quilt kits & blocks - we hope to get several QOV quilt tops assembled over the weekend.


Miss Betty & I have a goal to quilt at least one of our recent Patriotic Mystery quilts on National Sew Day.  This one is first in the quilting queue:

Patriotic Mystery quilt top - ready to be quilted

While this Patriotic Mystery, "Circle of Honor", has long since ended last Fall, the quilt designer/creator, Lisa, offers this neat gorgeous patriotic pattern in a quilt kit through her online quilt shop at www.QuiltJubilee.com  There's a nice SALE in progress as I write!


These are the Combat Veterans we create our Quilts of Valor to honor and comfort those touched by war...

Thank YOU Susie for creating a beautifully moving piece to Honor our Veterans,
and to Gayle - for continuing to bring and share the awareness for this inspirational song

Thanks goes out to ALL our Veterans and Service Members for their sacrifice and service to our country.

We hope you join thousands of our fellow dedicated QOVF Volunteers throughout our country, who will be creating beautiful Quilts of Valor on National Sew Day, to Honor and Comfort our Service Members and Veterans touched by war.


Happy Sewing!

Deb Lindley/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)
EastCentralILQOVGroupLeader@gmail.com
http://EastCentralILQOV.blogspot.com

"Striving to Honor and Cover our East Central Illinois Service Members and Veterans - One Quilt of Valor at a Time...Come Join Us!"


The Quilts of Valor® Foundation is a non-profit organization established and operated in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

December Meeting Brings Thank You and Surprises!

Our December meeting brought a wonderful Thank You to one of our very special Volunteers, Doris.

Our Doris receives a Thank YOU for her Land of Lincoln Quilt of Valor

We were proud to have contributed to this wonderful endeavor, and delighted when the actual QOV Awarded Veteran sent his heart-felt Thank You to our Doris.


Quilt of Valor Thank You from the Awarded Veteran


Land of Lincoln QOV

From time to time, a call goes out across our country, with a need for Quilts of Valor to be created and awarded to honor our Service Members and Veterans at a very special upcoming Veteran's Day event.  A few months ago, one of those calls went out from the Texas Bell County Museum.  Our group made a decision to contribute one of our Quilts of Valor to this worthy effort. 

Twenty-five (25) Quilts of Valor were chosen to hang in this special exhibit honoring our Veterans.  Our Group was so honored that our Land of Lincoln QOV was one of them.

We chose one of our Doris's recently created Quilt of Valor - the Land of Lincoln QOV.   We prepared it to be displayed in the Bell County Museum prior to be awarding to a Veteran over our 2017 Veteran's Day Celebrations. 

Land of Lincoln QOV - labelled, ready for hanging sleeve,
prior to shipping to the Bell County Museum


Preparing a Quilt of Valor to be temporarily displayed in any exhibit or museum, requires specific preparation techniques, including proper labelling and attaching a hanging sleeve, prior to shipping or delivering to the designated exhibit or museum contact.  In this case our Texas Bell County Museum contact was Laura.

Attaching a hanging sleeve...


...via the Fons & Porter method

What a prestigious honor to have one of our Quilts of Valor chosen to hang in this wonderful Quilt of Valor exhibit...Thanks, Laura!

And if that wasn't enough, Doris brought two (2) additional QOV quilt tops to be bordered out and quilted.  (Pics coming soon!)

We also decided on the Eagle Quilt of Valor Doris & I created to be awarded by Doris to a very special Veteran in her family.



Eagle Quilt of Valor

It's been an incredible year.  Our group's original goal was to create and award twenty (25) Quilts of Valor in 2017.  We far exceeded that goal.  East Central IL QOV has been privileged to create and award 103 Quilts of Valor to honor and cover our area's Service Members and Veterans. 

Thanks goes out to ALL our invaluable Volunteers and our area donors who continue to support our QOV efforts in so many ways.  Without ALL of You, we would never be able to honor our Service Members and Veterans through Quilts of Valor...Thank YOU!

UPDATE - Doris Awards her Quilt of Valor

Eagle QOV Awarded to Vietnam Veteran
 

Happy New Year EVERYONE,

Deb Lindley/Founder/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)
EastCentralILQOVGroupLeader@gmail.com
EastCentralILQOV.blogspot.com
East Central IL QOV blogspot

"Striving to Honor and Cover our East Central Illinois Service Members and Veterans touched by war One Quilt of Valor at a time...Come Join Us!"

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Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!

From East Central Illinois Quilts of Valor:




We Wish you the Merriest of Christmases wherever you may be...

Stay Safe!

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®…”


              

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thanking a Vet...

It's a simple act of kindness that can bring a powerful response...or just a wonderful smile:

Korean/Vietnam Air Force Veteran wrapped in his Quilt of Valor

Either way - it's so rewarding to Thank our incredible Veterans for their sacrifice and service for our nation.

To ALL our Service Members and Veterans - wherever they may be...Thank YOU.

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®…”