Tuesday, August 16, 2016

NEW Patriotic fabrics for NEW QOVs!

Don't these look luscious?

NEW Patriotic fabrics - ready to be sewn into Quilts of Valor

And these:

Gorgeous fabrics to turn into wonderful
Quilts of Valor to honor our area Veterans

Can hardly wait to get busy cutting and sewing these gorgeous fabrics!  First, need to finish up these Star blocks for the QOV Stars Group!  Had these promised for awhile now, they're probably getting tired of waiting on me to finish...good thing they're a patient Quilts of Valor group ;-) :

QOV Star blocks - almost finished!

I'll be sure and post updates and pics when I finish up.  Back to sewing!

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, August 7, 2016

Come and Sew for Our Vets - August Meeting!

Come and Sew for Our Vets!
Quilts of Valor Meeting
 QOVF.org

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 Fall 2016 Schedule!


East Central IL QOV will meet the second Thursday of alternating months from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (CST) at our Marshall McDonald’s in Marshall, IL.  Our next meeting is Thursday, August 11, 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 meeting is Thursday, August 11, 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:

August 11 - We are expecting a very special guest and fellow Group Leader, Lisa, who will share her Brand-NEW Patriotic fabric line she will be offering at very competitive pricing for QOV Groups...Guests Welcome!

October 13
December 8

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 www.QOVF.org 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, August 5, 2016

Quilts of Valor Finishes - including our latest QOV Mystery! w/Updates

It's done, it's Done, IT'S DONE!  Our latest Quilt of Valor Mystery quilt is ALL finished and ready to be quilted:

A3/Field of Stars - our latest Quilt of Valor Mystery ALL finished - ready for quilting!
Here's a quick photo while attaching the Red/White/Blue exterior borders - one of the reasons it took a little longer to finish, since I changed out the borders umpteen times!:

Attaching the Red/White/Blue borders w/Gold corner stones
A couple of other recent QOV finishes - the first Quilt of Valor is inspired by one of WW II Veteran, Mr. Alfred Lind's patriotic strip QOVs:

Another of Doris's patriotic strip quilt tops ALL complete w/recently added borders
Close-up of ALL the neat patriotic fabrics
Doris incorporated into this neat strip quilt top


The second was a TEAM effort - our Doris created the central part of this QOV quilt top and one of our East Central IL QOV Volunteers traded in the Marine border fabric, yours truly fussy cut and attached.  Turned out pretty neat, we think:

Our TEAM effort Marine QOV
Another close-up of some of these neat fabrics:

Don't you LOVE these Marine border fabrics?!
It will be a real joy to award our Marine Quilt of Valor to a very special area Marine!

UPDATE:  almost forgot about this finish, and one of my QOV favs:

Another Doris Original - looking forward to quilting this one!


We leave you with one of our very favorite videos featuring an amazing WW II Veteran, and my own personal inspiration for becoming involved with the Quilts of Valor Foundation in 2010...WW II Veteran, Mr. Al Lind - sharing in his own frank words what Quilts of Valor means to him and how he personally Thanks our Vets:



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®…”


              

Monday, July 25, 2016

Happy Days - Caught up w/Clues #4, #5, #6 of our QOV Mystery!

Took advantage of our recent HEAT Wave to catch up on our most recent QOV Mystery - we're already up to Clue #6 and here it is!  Isn't this Quilt of Valor turning out neat?

Clue #6 of our Quilt of Valor Mystery - Love it!
Clues # 4 & #5:

Clues #4 & #5 units sewn together, ready to be assembled
Clue #5 ALL sewn - ready and waiting for Clue #6 to be revealed:

Clue #5 - the colors are working really well in this block!
Can hardly wait to see what the next Clue will bring...stay tuned!

If you would like to join in this Quilt of Valor Mystery FUN, just follow this direct web link for ALL the Mystery details:  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MysteryQuilts4Military/info

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, July 3, 2016

Clue #3 of our June/July QOV Mystery...Done!

Things are moving along at a steady clip with our latest Quilts of Valor Mystery.  Good thing I've been able to keep up, so far!

Clue #3 required multiple HSTs in my chosen fabrics of Red/White:

HSTs for Clue #3 all sewn, ready for cutting
All pressed and trimmed:

Clue #3 of our QOV Mystery pressed & trimmed

And had some time to create a few Pinwheels for the QOV Stars Group:

Blurry photo of my Blue/White pinwheels ;-)

Also sent along these Dandy Star Blocks - two of each color, 2 Red/White and 2 Blue/White:

Dandy Star Blocks

In between sewing and quilting, been working on the annual staining/painting of the Boop quilting studio:

Freshly stained & painted Boop quilting studio deck

Time to finish up the quilting on a very special Quilt of Valor!


Happy 4th of July...

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, June 27, 2016

Clue #2 for our QOV Mystery

Just finished up Clue #2 for our most recent June QOV Mystery:

QOV Clue #2 - Blue/White 4-patches

Sewing Clue #2 of our Quilts of Valor Mystery was Fast & FUN!

Sewing up the 4-Patches

Cutting up the Blue/White strips for sewing went quickly:

Cutting the Blue/White strips to prepare for sewing

Oh, and my fabric choices for this latest QOV Mystery - don't think I've shared these yet:

White/Navy/Red and Gold QOV A3 Mystery fabric choices
There's still plenty of time to join in on this Quilt of Valor Mystery FUN - just follow this direct weblink for ALL the juicy details:  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MysteryQuilts4Military/info

Now that Clue #2 is complete for this week, time to finish up our Quilts of Valor 2016 Signature Quilt:

QOV Signature Blocks - ALL ready to sew into a Quilt of Valor 2016 quilt!


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®…”


              

Monday, June 20, 2016

June QOV Mystery Underway

Our latest Quilts of Valor Mystery is well underway, Thanks to our fearless QOV Leader, Alycia! Here's my results so far on Clue #1:

The 'sewing part' of Clue #1 complete - just need to finish some cutting ;-)
Even had some extras left over after sewing Clue #1 that I used to create HSTs.  The first Mystery Clue and the leftovers went together rather quickly, I'm happy to say:

Sewing QOV Mystery Clue #1
Alycia's QOV instructions are fast & FUN - my kind of Mystery!  ALL the Mystery info may be found by following this direct web link:   https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MysteryQuilts4Military/info

Course - I still need to finish our previous Quilts of Valor Mystery!

Previous QOV Mystery - almost finished

I had planned on having our previous A2 Quilts of Valor Mystery finished up prior to starting our latest one, A3 but - sometimes life has other plans in store for us, doesn't it?

On Memorial Day, one of our very Valued QOVF Volunteer Members of East Central IL QOV, and my youngest daughter, Jaclyn, had an accident which resulted in ALL kinds of damage to her left knee. Last Wednesday she had extensive surgery to repair the damage.  This is what a bionic leg brace looks like:

Bionic leg brace
With LOTS of Physical Therapy and hard work on her part, she should be good as new in a few weeks - Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers...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®…”