Tuesday, September 30, 2014

QOVF Takes a Giant Leap into our Next Decade - Are YOU Ready...?

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

Our Quilts Of Valor Foundation Executive Director, Susan Gordon, shares the first in a series of e-blasts, explaining where we've come from as a grass roots organization, and where we're headed as an international force.  Are YOU ready for the next decade with the Quilts of Valor Foundation?  Read on to find out how You can join in on what promises to be one amazingly unforgettable experience, which will afford those of us who choose to participate with this wonderful organization, the opportunity and privilege to cover our most deserving Service Members and Veterans with beautiful Quilts of Valor... 

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®…”


Quilts of Valor ® Foundation

Moving Forward
Susan Gordon

September 30, 2014
From Susan Gordon: 
Introducing the Quilts of Valor® Foundation "Moving Forward" Series-#1

This is the first of a series of e-blasts to everyone on our mail list (all 7,000 of you!) to share exciting news of plans for QOVF in 2015 and beyond. 

Late last year, our Board of Directors asked me to create a team to formalize our Core Values and lay out plans that would take QOVF into our second decade and beyond. The team, after months of work behind the scenes, rolled out what we had developed to over 150 volunteers from all over the country.

That first audience included local group members, group leaders, single sewers, longarmers, State Coordinators, Executive Staff Members, and Board of Directors members (including Founder Catherine Roberts), all of them volunteers like you, who attended the August Leadership Conferences in Tennessee and Nevada.

As most of you know, in the eleven years since Catherine first dreamed of covering the wounded with quilts, we have awarded over 106,000 Quilts of Valor. QOVF has grown remarkably, and with that remarkable growth comes the necessity to define not only our Core Values, but our foundation's standards, policies, and procedures.

In this year's April issue of QOVF Threads, we published the list of Core Values approved by our Board of Directors earlier in the year, but it never hurts to review them. They are:

Treating people with respect.
We honor all faiths and beliefs, striving for inclusivity.

Promoting excellence.
We put the best possible workmanship and materials into every quilt we make so it will be a lasting award for the person it is meant to comfort.

Valuing service over self.
Quilts of Valor recipients come first.

Being Accountable.
We are accountable for our actions to our recipients, our supporters, our donors, and our fellow volunteers.

As mentioned above, I'm working on a series of messages to you about the present and future of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, so you'll be hearing a lot from me over the next couple of weeks. Next, I'll be sharing the moving presentation about our Mission Statement and Core Values made by Assistant Executive Director Sharon Ledbetter during this summer's conferences.

Watch for my next e-blast and, as always, thanks for your support, and please keep an open mind. It's human nature to resist change, but sometimes changes are needed. I think you will be pleased with what is planned.

Best regards,

R. Susan Gordon
Executive Director
Quilts of Valor ® Foundation

Thank you for putting service above self.
Your efforts make a difference.

September 2014

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Monday, September 29, 2014

East Central IL Quilts of Valor Needs Your Help!


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

Folks, Quilts of Valor nominations/requests are coming in faster than we can process them. Currently in East Central Illinois alone, we have a 6-month waiting list and it will soon be a 12 month waiting list IF we don't get some additional help Fast!  To my knowledge, yours truly is the ONLY Volunteer long arm quilter in my immediate county area, and my waiting list for Quilts of Valor to be quilted has now gone to nine months as of this morning.  My biggest concern is that those deserving WW II Veterans will not get covered with their Quilts of Valor in time.  Sadly, my own dear Father-In-Law, 'Dick', a WW II Veteran, falls into this category.

I just got off the phone with another generous quilting soul who is frantically trying to get three (3) local WW II Veterans covered as their health rapidly deteriorates.  Please - we need Volunteers to help us cover these very deserving Veterans with Quilts of Valor as soon as possible, before it's too late!

If you can quilt Quilts of Valor quilt tops, create or donate patriotic quilt tops to be quilted as Quilts of Valor, (Please see QOV Standards of Excellence for specific requirements and sizes, generally a 60" x 80" finished patriotic quilt top will suffice: http://eastcentralilqov.blogspot.com/2014/08/quilts-of-valor-standards-of-excellence.html, or donate patriotic fabrics to create tops and/or for backings, donate your time to sew blocks or backs together, donate monetarily for the purchase of Quilts of Valor materials, We Need YOU!

WW II Army Air Force Vets covered by QOVF Volunteer Member 'Leslie'...Thank YOU!
Our East Central Illinois Quilts of Valor Group meets the second Thursday of each month where we provide ALL the QOVF Volunteer information and our current Quilts of Valor needs and nominations.  Our next meeting is Thursday, October 13, 2016 from 1:30 - 2:30 pm (CST) at at the Marshall McDonald's in Marshall, IL…EVERYONE Welcome and we’d love for you and your guest(s) to join us if you can!

For those who may not be able to attend our monthly meetings, 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 21, 2014

MQX MidWest Quilt Festival...Here We Come!

Illinois Quilts of Valor has a booth at the MQX MidWest Quilt Festival this upcoming week at the Crowne Plaza in Springfield, IL from Wednesday, September 24 - Saturday, September 27, 2014 - Hope to see you ALL there!  

Packing up our QOV Signature Blocks w/MQX MidWest Quilt Festival Itinerary 
Been busy (in between my other projects ;-) getting ready for one of the MidWest's BIGGEST quilt shows of the year, making MQX MidWest QOV quilt blocks:

10 MQX Diamond Chain QOV quilt block
Still working on the MQX Hourglass blocks for a complete set of twenty - should have those ALL finished up this afternoon.

Our East Central IL Quilts of Valor Group has also been working on QOV Signature blocks at our last sew-in:

Sewing up the last of the QOV Signature and MQX Hourglass blocks
Been able to complete a little over 700+ sooo, we should be good:

Packing up our QOV Signature Blocks
For those who've been sewing these blocks, Please drop them off at our IL QOV booth at the MQX MidWest Quilt Festival in Springfield IL OR bring them to our October 9, 2014 East Central IL QOV Group meeting...Thanks!

Stop by our IL QOV booth and sign a QOV Signature block or two for our Service Members and Veterans!  And we have some 'surprise' QOV handouts complete w/F R E E QOV quilt block pattern and our latest Quilts of Valor Standards of Excellence guidelines that have already been packed up. We're also collecting military t-shirts to make a QOV Benefit quilt that will be raffled off in the Spring of 2015.  If you happen to have a nice military t-shirt you'd like to have included, please drop by our booth or contact us for details...Thank YOU!

While running around recently dropping off the MQX MidWest Brochures to area Quilt Shops and Businesses, made a pit stop at Lori's Pins and Needles in Paris, IL, who also agreed to put up one of our QOV monetary donation containers:

Quilts of Valor Donation container - looks like there's already been some generous donors!
Note:  ALL monetary donations will be used to purchase fabrics and materials from the business they are collected at to create Quilts of Valor for our deserving Service Members and Veterans...Thanks! 

Stop by Lori's and pick up your MQX MidWest Quilt Festival brochure w/itenerary - they took a stack of them and they're ready and waiting for you ;-)  Don't forget to check out they're latest patriotic fabrics...just perfect for making Quilts of Valor!

See you All in Springfield,

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, September 12, 2014

A letter from our Executive Director regarding our Trademark and QOVF Membership...

There are several reasons why we need to know who is operating in the name of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, some may not even apply to your group.  We have 7,000 - 10,000 people who are using the QOVF name, and now that we have Trademarked our name, we must know "who is doing what" using our name.

First let me tell you, we Welcome you as a volunteer.  ALL volunteers do not have to be members to make Quilts of Valor.  Continue as you are now, if that is your decision.  For those who become members, ($5.00 if you are in a group), there will be the benefits of "ownership", like discounted supplies, deep discounted opportunities from quilting industry sponsors, as well as the membership card and the 2015 exclusive commemorative pin.

Second, the $30.00 group fee is for shared expenses.  At the national level, we register in ALL states that require it so that groups can solicit donations for supplies.  We file a tax return each year, we pay liability insurance that extends to groups who represent QOVF at quilt shows, and other events, and of course there are accounting, website, and legal issues that from time to time cost money.  In the past, some groups did not forward their donations to the national fund while others did.  The groups that did forward their donations received 90% of the funds back for their use, while 10% was held to cover those "shared expenses", thereby benefiting everyone.  With our new membership model, the cost to each group is $30.00 rather than 10% of funds raised, which seems much more equitable.

Finally, many of our volunteers are on a fixed income, I am thinking that if we could provide your group with additional funds each quarter for supplies you would be able to make more QOVs.  In order to do that, which is a goal of the Board Of Directors, we will need to secure corporate support. The first thing each of these companies ask to see is our Audit.  With accurate reporting of funds being raised in the name of QOVF and what is being spent on making quilts, we can do an accurate audit.  Remember, we need to account for and insure that all donations being taken in the name of QOVF are being reported by giving each group back 100% of what they raise and also having some matching funds as they become available, we will be able to do a full and accurate Audit.

Please understand, we are one of the few non-profits completely run by VOLUNTEERS.  Our Assistant Executive Director and I each spend 8 - 10 hours a day working for our mission, we are paid the same as you are...with the gratitude and appreciation of those who are awarded our quilts.

Volunteers, we need your help to continue this wonderful mission of this foundation.  We have grown to the point where we cannot continue to be hundreds of independent groups doing whatever they think they should in their local community.  Unfortunately, some have abused this flexibility. We don't want this to reflect on the quilts that we award or what we stand for.  Our new Policies & Procedures, as well as our membership model will help us continue the vision Catherine had originally - to cover ALL who have stood for us against all enemies.  The complete package will be forwarded to you all very soon.  Until then, let's keep making our lovely quilts!

Thanks for the opportunity to share my thoughts with you.  Watch for our upcoming e-blasts with more details.  Please contact Sharon Ledbetter (sharon.ledbetter@QOVF.org) or me if you have questions.

Susan Gordon, Executive Director
Quilts Of Valor Foundation

Quilts of Valor Fundation is a non-profit organization established and operated in accordance with Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code

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®…”


Thursday, September 4, 2014

Come and Sew for our Vets on September 11, 2014!

Come and Sew for our Vets!
Quilts of Valor Sew-IN

You are invited to come and help us create Quilts of Valor for our deserving Service Members and Veterans.  We have a lofty goal of creating fifty (50) Quilts of Valor over the next 14 months for our local area Veterans & Service Members. 

EVERYONE is Welcome, including home-schooled and 4-H youth, ages 8 years and up interested in learning how to create Quilts of Valor.

What:  Clark/Crawford/Edgar County Quilts of Valor Monthly Sew-IN

Where:  Clark/Crawford/Edgar County U of I Extension Bldg.
15493 N State Highway #1; Marshall, IL  62441

When:  2nd Thursday of every month, September 11, 2014

Time:  10:00 am – 2:00 pm (CST)

We Need:  Cutters, Sewers, Pressers, Quilters, and most importantly – folks who are motivated to getter done!  QOV Valor fabrics will be available for those participating in our QOV block drives.

*NOTES:  In addition to your own sewing machine and sewing supplies, Please bring your own snacks and lunch.  Cutting and pressing areas will be set up for everyone to share, and there is room for each person to bring their own, if you so desire…See YOU There!

September, 2014 Monthly Minutes: http://eastcentralilqov.blogspot.com/p/e-central-il-qov-monthly-minutes.html

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®…”