Thursday, March 9, 2017

March Meeting - SHE Came w/More!

Our March Meeting - Doris came, she brought!

Without further ado, let the Quilts of Valor show begin:

'Our Doris' showing us one of her latest colorful & creative Quilts of Valor

QOV #1 - Love it!

QOV #2 - includes some really neat patriotic fabrics!

QOV #3 - Doris didn't like how this one turned out...WE Do!

QOV #4 - what a wonderfully colorful collection of military fabrics

QOV #5 - one of our favs!

QOV #6 - another great collection of patriotic fabrics, including a few flannels!

QOV #7 - last but certainly not least!  Another 'Doris Original' and very nicely done, too!

Thank YOU, Doris for ALL your incredible Quilts of Valor efforts for our Veterans - you and your amazing dedication to our QOV Mission are appreciated far more than you'll ever know!

And for each and every one of YOU who help us cover and honor our Service Members and Veterans with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor - Thank YOU.

Time to get busy choosing complementing border fabrics for ALL these wonderful Quilts of Valor Doris shared with us!

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, March 7, 2017

Come and Sew for Our Vets March 9, 2017 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®".

NEW 2017 Meeting Schedule!

East Central IL QOV will meet the second Thursday of designated months from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (CST) at our Marshall McDonald’s in Marshall, IL throughout the upcoming calendar year.  Our next meeting  is Thursday, March 9, 2017 @ 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 2016, we met and far 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 2017 - 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 designated months, next meeting is Thursday, March 9, 2017

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!

2017 Meeting Dates:

March 9
April 13
May - Graduation/Prom/Mother's Day/Bdays/Memorial Day/NO Meeting
June 8
July - Independence Day Celebrations/Vacations/NO Meeting
August 10
September 14
October 12 - Final Meeting for 2017...Thank YOU!
November - Veteran's Day Celebrations/Thanksgiving/NO Meeting
December - Christmas/New Year's Celebrations/NO Meeting

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®…”


Friday, February 10, 2017

Two Patriotic Mysteries At Once and STARS!

Working on two (2) Patriotic Mystery quilts at once - just finished getting caught up w/latest Mystery Clues for BOTH Patriotic Quilts!

First, the A5 Mystery is now up to Clue #2:

3-patch units for Clue #2

Pulled the fabrics for our other Patriotic Mystery:

Patriotic Mystery Fabrics

And just finished Clue #1 for this Mystery:

Clue #1 Complete!

In between, been working on the National Sew Day Star blocks that were cut out:

Friendship Star Block Half-square triangle units - aren't these turning out neat!

More Star Block units - RED is always popular
Chain piecing these HSTs:

Preparing to chain piece these Half-square triangle units/HSTs

Next comes the pressing:

HSTs ready to be pruned & pressed

HSTs all pressed and ready for assembly into Star Block units:

HSTs ready to be assembled into Star Block Strip Units

Star Block strip units:

Star Block strip units ready to be sewn into Star Blocks

Once sewn into Star Blocks, they will be assembled into Quilts of Valor quilts to be awarded to our area Service Members and Veterans.  We'll post updates to these QOV quilts as they make progress and become available..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®…”

Friday, February 3, 2017

Getting a Jump-Start on NSD w/A5 Patriotic Mystery!

With our QOVF National Sew Day fast approaching TOMORROW, thought we'd get a good jump-start on things when Clue #1 of our latest A5 Patriotic Mystery was released late last night.  Our fabrics were quickly chosen and pulled:

A5 Patriotic Mystery Fabrics chosen

So the cutting:

Half-square triangles ALL cut and ready to sew
and the sewing could begin:

Chain piecing the HSTs

Clue #1 ALL sewn/pressed/pruned
Now that Clue #1 of our A5 Mystery is complete - time to go quilt!  We have at least five (5) Quilts of Valor in our quilt queue waiting to be quilted!

And tomorrow during National Sew Day, we will be cutting and sewing Star Blocks - hope you can join us!

Wonder just How Many Quilts of Valor WE Can ALL Make Together?

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®…”

Thursday, January 26, 2017

A Brand-NEW Quilt Mystery for a New Year!

Just in time for the New Year, a Brand-NEW Patriotic Mystery is just about to start!  Sandy Berg, Designer of has just finished creating another wonderful patriotic quilt design that can be sewn and quilted into a Quilt of Valor.  The following information includes ALL the necessary details for those who choose to participate in this Patriotic Quilt Mystery:

2017 QOV Mystery Event
February 8 through March 8, 2017 

The 2017 QOV Mystery Event will be starting again in a few weeks. This will be the 6th annual event - last year there were 114 people who signed up to participate in the event. I hope that participation will increase again this year. This year there is only going to be one quilt pattern - in past years there have been multiple patterns that were offered. Even though there is only one pattern this year, I hope you will join in and make the quilt. It is a quilt that is modern looking (but not too modern, for you traditionalists!), contains elements appropriate to honoring military service, and has simple construction. I think it is a quilt that any veteran or service personnel would be honored to have.

​The event will begin February 8, 2017. The pattern is broken into 5 steps so the event will run for 5 weeks. The final solution will be ready for participants on March 8, 2017. Fabric Requirements will be sent out on February 3, 2017, so you will have some time to look for your fabrics. As in the past, nobody will be monitoring your progress - work at your own speed. This means that there is no pressure on anyone. It is simply another fun way to create a Quilt of Valor.

This event is only for participation via email; no instructions will be sent out through the regular mail. If, however, you know someone who wants to participate but does not use a computer, feel free to print this and share it with them for use as a Quilt of Valor only – the patterns are copyrighted, so please respect this.

​Every participant will be responsible for creating this QOV from their own fabrics. When finished, it will be the quilter's responsibility to see that the quilt is completed with quilting, backing, batting, and binding. Help with this process is available through the QOV website ( or a local QOV group. When the QOV is complete the participant is expected to donate their quilt to the Quilt of Valor effort. You can do this in one of several ways: award the quilt to a veteran that you know; donate the quilt to a local QOV group; donate through the national QOV website so that it may be awarded somewhere else.

If you love a good mystery, won’t you join us in this fun effort to create more of these quilts of comfort and healing? To join the fun, send your name, email address, and the state you live in (for my information only) to Sandy Berg at indicating your participation. And thank you for helping out with the QOV effort!

Sandy continues with her email correspondence with us:

Fabric requirements will be sent to participants on February 3, 2017, and the first set of instructions will be sent out February 8, so participants will have some time to find their fabrics. If you wish to participate, please review the attached and follow the instructions to sign up. If you know of someone who might be interested but did not receive this information, feel free to share with them. Any and all QOVers are welcome to enjoy.

Sandy Berg
Just another QOV volunteer

Examples of a few of Sandy's wonderful designs:

125 Starry Night
141 Salute To Service

105 Crossing Boundaries

ALL these wonderful quilt patterns and many more are currently available through and any one of them would make a stunning Quilt of Valor!

This year's 2017 Quilt Mystery promises to be a winning design, based on previous submissions, don't you think?

To Sum up 2017 Quilt Mystery participation, just do the following:

Email Sandy - and include the following info:

Your Name:

Your email addy:

Your State:

And Please don't forget to tell Sandy you'd like to join in this year's Quilt Mystery FUN!

Looking forward to seeing ALL your gorgeous 2017 Mystery Quilts of Valor...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®…”

Sunday, January 15, 2017

National Sew Day 2017!

National Sew Day is February 4, 2017! 

Our East Central IL QOV Group has three (3) QOV quilt blocks to choose from:

1) Our Patriotic Stripes Signature Block available here for immediate download -

2) State of Illinois block available at Quilter's Cache -

3) The Old Red & Blue block available at Quilter's Cache -

ALL quilt blocks MUST finish at 12" - which means they MUST be 12 1/2" unfinished/raw, prior to being sewn into a quilt, factoring in the 1/4" seam allowances on ALL four sides of each block.

Our East Central IL QOV Group's colors are Red/White/Blue/Gold - you may use ANY of those color combinations and patriotic fabrics.

You may drop-off your finished quilt block(s) at our upcoming meeting  on March 9, 2017 @ 1:30 pm (CST) at our local Marshall, IL McDonald's OR, you may ship them to our following snail mail addy:

East Central IL QOV
Deb Lindley/Group Leader
PO Box 445
Marshall, IL  62441

Please Note:  ALL quilt blocks received will be sewn into beautiful Quilts of Valor® to be awarded to area Veterans and Service Members, as well as shipped to our Warriors overseas coming off the Battlefields.

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®…”

Monday, January 2, 2017

A Very Special QOV Gift...

...from an even more special Quilts of Valor Volunteer, Laura, and QOVF Group Leader of the Quilters with a Heart Group from Harker Heights, Texas.  Just received this wonderful Thank You card/note along with a stunning Pearl Harbor lapel pin, which commemorates the 75th Anniversary of that fateful day at Pearl and our country's history.

You may remember, we quilted/bound/labeled and shipped a Quilt of Valor, at the request of Laura, who was travelling to Hawaii to celebrate her wedding anniversary during the 75th Pearl Harbor Anniversary, and also decided to honor and cover our WW II Veterans from ALL over the US with Quilts of Valor while there.  We wanted at least one of our Illinois WW II Veterans covered.  With the assistance of the QOV Stars Group - who provided this gorgeous quilt top that we bordered out and quilted, we were able to fulfill our Quilt of Valor goal.

Quilt of Valor coming off the frame

Labeled prior to shipping
And even though this QOV was shipped in time to travel to Pearl Harbor w/Laura, due to unforeseen circumstances, it was NOT delivered to her in time.  However, Laura is committed to having this Quilt of Valor awarded to a WW II recipient, and we know she'll do her very best to keep that commitment.

In spite of this Quilt of Valor not being awarded at the Pearl Harbor Commemorative Event, Laura still felt our East Central IL QOV Group deserved a Thank You for our QOV efforts, and included this wonderful 75th Anniversary collectible lapel pin...Thank YOU, Laura, it's so special - we will treasure this gift, ALWAYS!

Thank YOU, Laura, for ALL your efforts in honoring and covering our WW II Veterans with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor during our country's 75th Commemorative Pearl Harbor Ceremonies.

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®…”