Monday, August 25, 2014

Creating a very special WW II Quilt of Valor w/Updates

Recently we received a special nomination of a Quilt of Valor for a WW II Naval Veteran.  After receiving some incredible details regarding this honorable Veteran, we got busy and here are the results of our labors from the initial design/creation process to the final conclusion of this Quilt of Valor:
Laying out the blocks w/sashing and cornerstones
Close-up of 'star block' w/sashing options
Sewing the blocks and sashings
Sewing of the blocks and center medallion w/sashing & cornerstones complete
Auditioning another blue star option w/navy blue cornerstones for future reference
And another 'gold star' option w/navy blue sashings
Overall view w/Gold Stars and red or navy blue sashings being auditioned
Quilt of Valor quilt top completed w/borders, ready for embroideries
Every Quilt of Valor that includes this very special "Star field fabric", will have the following detailed inscription attached to the back of each quilt OR included w/the QOV in a card or note:

During the manufacturing of a flag, sometimes the thread breaks, making an incomplete star on the field of fifty.  With this malfunction, the entire field of stars cannot be used and must be destroyed. We have opted to create beautiful Quilts of Valor for our deserving Service Members and Veterans from this very special Star fabric that was originally destined for destruction.  We call the incomplete stars “ORPHAN STARS”.  Stars are selected at random and if you are lucky, you may receive an “ORPHAN STAR” that has a part missing.  These “ORPHAN STARS”, with missing parts, are a good representation of our wounded warriors.  Even though they may not appear ‘perfect’, they still stand for freedom, respect, pride, patriotism and the American way of life.  God Bless America.

We're adding the custom WW II naval embroideries now, and will post additional pictures when that next step of the creation process is complete.

UPDATE September 7, 2014:  Embroidery motifs:

WW II Navy Veteran embroidery
US Navy embroidery getting quilted w/clear mono-poly
Embroidery w/quilting
Quilt of Valor eagle embroidery
Quilt of Valor coming off the frame

Finishing up the binding
East Central IL QOV Badge getting attached

UPDATE September 10, 2014:

Completed WW II Naval Quilt of Valor w/presentation case
WW II Naval Veteran wrapped in his Quilt of Valor
WW II Naval Veteran w/family
It has truly been a privilege and pleasure creating and awarding this WW II Naval Veteran his Quilt of Valor.  Thank YOU, Sir, for your sacrifice and service for our country.

For now, time to get back to it!

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, August 14, 2014

Quilts of Valor Standards of Excellence

Many folks stop and ask me, "What is a Quilt of Valor?  What makes a Quilt of Valor so different from another quilt - like a quilt for a Veteran or even a standard charity quilt?"  What great questions!  And now, Thanks to our Quilts of Valor Staff and Board of Directors, we now have our most recent Quilts of Valor Standards of Excellence I'm happy to refer to.

 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®".

Quilts of Valor Standards of Excellence:

  • A Quilt of Valor is awarded to a Service Member or Veteran touched by war to comfort, heal, and honor their service and sacrifice for our country.  A Quilt of Valor is a 'lifetime award'.
  • Every Quilt of Valor should reflect the best possible workmanship and materials consistent with the Quilts of Valor Foundation's core value of Promoting Excellence.  Please follow this direct link to our www.QOVF.org corporate site for additional Standards of Excellence for creating a genuine Quilt of Valor:  http://www.qovf.org/quilters-questions/basic-requirements/
  • Each Quilt of Valor must be properly labeled to include the words, "Quilt of Valor", the name of the Quilt of Valor recipient and each individual and/or group who helped create the Quilt of Valor, including the quilter - whether by hand or machine or longarmed, the binder, the state(s) the creators reside, in addition to the name(s) of the QOV Presenter(s) and the date the Quilt of Valor was awarded.  Full names of each creator are now acceptable and the FULL name of the Quilt of Valor Recipient is highly recommended.
  • A journal documenting the creation of the Quilt of Valor, along with a note, card or letter may be presented to the Quilt of Valor Recipient with the awarded QOV.
  • Every awarded Quilt of Valor is to be reported to the Quilts of Valor Foundation via the www.QOVF.org website to ensure each Quilt of Valor can be accounted for and counted.  (Quilts of Valor State Coordinators will be happy to assist you and your group/guild in reporting any Quilts of Valor.  Please contact your local State Coordinator for assistance or follow this direct link to our corporate site to report an awarded Quilt of Valor: http://www.qovf.org/report-awarded-qovs/ .)

Please NOTE:  The Quilts of Valor Foundation does not provide quilts to organizations for permanent public display or to serve as bed covers for hospital beds...Thank You.

And there you have it.  As has been plainly exhibited here, a Quilt of Valor is truly a very special 'lifetime award' presented to our most deserving Military Service Members and Veterans to comfort and honor their service and sacrifice for our country.

Please contact your local Quilts of Valor State Coordinator or follow this direct link to our National Quilts of Valor website: http://www.qovf.org/request-qov/ to nominate one of our Service Members or Veterans to be awarded a Quilt 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®…”


              

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

East Central IL QOV has a Brand-New Group!

East Central Illinois has a brand-new Quilts of Valor Group aptly named, you guessed it:  East Central Illinois Quilts of Valor Group or East Central IL QOV Group for short ;-)



The Mission of the Quilts of Valor® Foundation:  "To cover Service Members and Veterans touched by war, with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor®".

Membership is Open to ANYONE who would like to support and serve our Veterans and Service Members through membership with the Quilts of Valor Foundation.  For ONLY $5.00 (five dollar) Donation to the Quilts of Valor Foundation YOU may become an East Central Illinois Quilts of Valor member NOW.


ONLY $5.00 Donation to become a member of the East Central IL QOV Group

Each QOV member will enjoy multiple membership benefits including an exclusive QOVF commemorative lapel pin. 

2014 Limited Edition Commemorative Quilts of Valor lapel pin

East Central Illinois Group Members will receive a 2014 Limited Edition Commemorative QOVF lapel pin w/their membership while supplies last AND the exclusive 2015 Quilts of Valor Foundation Commemorative lapel pin once your QOVF Volunteer Membership donation fee has been fully processed. 

The 2014 Commemorative Quilts of Valor Foundation pins are still available but, a limited supply is available sooo, get your name on the East Central IL QOV membership list OR make your online $5.00 East Central Illinois Quilts of Valor Group/Individual Member Donation NOW - Donation Button available above & below...Thank YOU!


ONLY $5.00 Donation to become a member of the East Central IL QOV Group

In addition to the exclusive Quilts of Valor commemorative lapel pinsMANY Quilts of Valor benefits are included with each Group and/or Individual QOVF Membership.  To 'Read ALL About It' and see a photo of my mug with our QOVF Founder, Catherine along with THE Marianne Fons, Please follow this direct web link:  http://eastcentralilqov.blogspot.com/p/qov-memberships.html

We will be sharing ALL the latest Quilts of Valor Foundation Membership details at our monthly East Central Illinois QOV Membership meeting/sew-in.  NEW Meeting Schedules are currently being updated.  Please contact Deb Lindley/Founder/Group Leader for updated information. EVERYONE Welcome...See You ALL There!

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®…”