Friday, September 30, 2016

Latest Patriotic/Military Mystery has just Launched!

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 fabric 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

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.  For additional details, please follow this direct web link:

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

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: 

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

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, including 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®…”

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!

UPDATE September 4, 2016:  These and several other Patriotic Quilt Kits and fabrics are NOW available at Lisa's Brand-NEW online e-tail shop at - Check out her Grand Opening Savings, including F R E E shipping for a limited time!

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!

12 Star Blocks nearing completion!

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

UPDATE September 1, 2016:  Star Blocks are Finished and ready to ship!

Don't you just love this patriotic fabric!
Time to ship!

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

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 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®…”