Monday, March 31, 2014

Wrap A Warrior Challenge - WE Accept!

Wrap A Warrior Challenge - just read the newsletter from our Quilts Of Valor Ex. Director, Susan Gordon, making a request to ALL 300 local QOV groups throughout the US to Please consider contributing two (2) Quilt of Valor quilts from each group to help satisfy the 1000+ unfulfilled requests for Quilts of Valor.

East Central Illinois will accept this challenge and will contribute one quilt in April and another in May.  I have a QOV quilt top I can longarm quilt and contribute for April.  If anyone in my area would like to also contribute a quilt top for this challenge I will quilt it for you for the May contribution...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®…”


              

Here's a copy of that original Quilts of Valor Newsletter:




Susan GordonWrap A Warrior
By Susan Gordon, 
Executive Director
Quilts of Valor Foundation


  



Fellow Quilts of Valor Quilters:

Remember October, 2013? Brian Williams' nightly news feature on the Quilts of Valor™ Foundation did two things: (1) brought our mission to millions of Americans, and (2) inspired many to think about friends and family members who deserved to be honored for their service and sacrifice with a Quilt of Valor.

The resulting upswing in requests was not just a "blip on the radar," but has been a trend of increased requests, especially in states with a large military presence. Overwhelming numbers of recipients have not yet been awarded their Quilts of Valor. 

I know each Quilt of Valor matters. I have seen the comfort and healing they bring to veterans who, throughout our lifetimes have guaranteed that we live in the freest country in the world. Sometimes they bring miracles as they are wrapped around our recipients. Unfortunately, I know of at least one deserving veteran who passed away before being awarded his QOV as a last "thank you" from a grateful nation.

We know that many groups like to award their quilts locally and within their state, and I applaud your decision. But, I need your help to "Wrap A Warrior" no matter where he or she lives in this great nation.

We have almost 300 local groups across the United States. If each group donated just two quilts to our "Wrap A Warrior" effort we could be well on our way to awarding those almost 1,000 unfulfilled requests. To those quilters who sew on your own, we need your help as well.

Go to our website, complete the "Request a Destination" form, and note "Wrap A Warrior" in the comment section. You will get a stateside destination for your quilts to a State Coordinator who is working at full speed to fulfill these requests as quickly as they can. 

My admiration for your efforts is without limits. The fact that in the next six weeks we will award our 100,000th Quilt of Valor speaks for itself.

Thank you each for all you do to honor those who serve.

 
Thank you,

 
Susan Gordon, Executive Director
Quilts of Valor Foundation

 



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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.




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Thursday, March 27, 2014

What a Great QOV 4-H Sew In we had...!

Didn't she FINISH up her Patriotic jelly roll Quilt of Valor great?!

Terrific job, Tiffany - can hardly wait to see your QOV w/borders...!

Our local Quilts of Valor 4-Hers are working very hard to finish up their Quilts of Valor in time for our June, 2014 meeting - where they will show their finished quilts to family and friends.  Their Quilts of Valor will then be show-cased and included in a final QOV presentation to our area's deserving Veterans and Service Members at our annual Veteran's Day program.

Hope to See You ALL There...
~Deb Lindley/East Central Illinois State Coordinator

UPDATE 3/30/2014:  Quilts of Valor Tops our local 4-H group have so far, ALL ready to be quilted:

QOV #1 - Red/White/Blue w/borders
QOV #2 - Jade's Patriotic w/red borders
QOV #3 - CAMO w/pieced camo & cream borders
QOV #4 - Patriotic w/blue borders
*To see more pics from our National QOV Sew Day, Please visit our Recent Events Page...Thanks!