Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Thanksgiving 'Thank YOU' to honor our 'Soldiers of a Higher Calling...'

A BIG Thanksgiving Thank YOU to honor our Service Members and Veterans throughout our country and our world:


And Thanks goes to those who continue to contribute in any way to the creation of comforting and healing Quilts of Valor to honor, comfort and heal those 'soldiers of a Higher Calling...'

Happy Thanksgiving to Each and Every One of You,

Deb Lindley/East Central Illinois Quilts of Valor State Coordinator
Quilts of Valor Foundation
217.264.2051 (Direct)

“Covering our Service Members and Veterans touched by war with Quilts of Valor…”

The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a non-profit established and operated in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Friday, November 14, 2014

November Sew-IN was Busy, BUSY!

Thank You ALL for your amazing talents and generosity!  WOW!  What a fantastic East Central IL Quilts of Valor Group we have - you folks NEVER cease to amaze yours truly!!  And you've kept me busier than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs today, just now had a few to get yesterday's minutes posted!!!

First - they brought their finished QOV quilt tops:

Here's THREE QOV quilt tops ready for borders ALL done by Doris
And another one by 'P':

You may remember 'P' posted her Finish on our Group's Facebook page earlier
What a gorgeous QOV and even prettier Smile!
That's FOUR total QOV quilt tops completed!  We've already cut the borders for this one (above) - can hardly wait to get those added, provides LOTS of quilting real estate for yours truly ;-)

And look-ey who showed up w/tons and TONS of freshly cut quilt strips for our future QOVs:

Julia - our Fastest Cutter in the East, bar NONE!  Thank YOU, Julia!!
These fabric strips were donated by Cartha G - can hardly wait to show her our finished Quilts of Valor w/her fabric!

And don't these two look maaah-velous holding up a recently donated Quilt of Valor by Cindy G. from CT who answered our QOV distress call:

'P' and Jackie w/Cindy's stunning Quilt of Valor!
This gorgeous Quilt of Valor is scheduled to be awarded to one of our WW II Honor Flight Veterans on Wednesday, November 19, 2014...Thank YOU, Cindy G!

UPDATE 11/20/2014:  Cindy's QOV awarded to Mr. Richard - WW II Veteran who was a recent participant on the 300th Honor Flight out of Indianapolis, IN.

WW II Veteran awarded his Quilt of Valor w/wife
and East Central IL QOV Volunteer Member, Jackie W.


Jackie W. also brought in ALL kinds of Patriotic Stripe Sig blocks that were immediately sent home w/Sue to put into another beautiful QOV.  The turn-around time was so short, we didn't have a chance to take a pic.

And Sue's been busy, not only creating an amazing QOV that she awarded on Veteran's Day:

Sue's QOV awarded to WW II Veteran, Mr. Dale

And just today Sue awarded a Quilt of Valor yours truly had the privilege to create:

WW II Veteran, Mr. Ralph w/family and his awarded Quilt of Valor
And we and Quilts of Valor made it on the FRONT page of our little local newspaper - Above The Fold, NO less!

A very special Quilt of Valor for a Super-Special WW II Veteran
And a Quilt of Valor FINISH for one of our Value QOVF Volunteer Members - turned out wonderful, don't you agree?

Beautiful finish on one of our QOVF Volunteer Members Quilt of Valor
I will be updating this post w/blog posting regarding the quilting of this Quilt of Valor on our sister blog:  Quilts 'N Things Done By Betty Boop w/Deb...

UPDATE 11/16/2014 - Follow this direct web link to read about the Quilting of Bernice's Quilt of Valor:  http://donebybettyboop.blogspot.com/2014/11/quilting-bernices-wonderful-quilt-of.html

Thanks goes to EVERYONE for such amazing efforts on behalf of our Service Members and Veterans...You folks are the Very Best!

Deb Lindley/East Central Illinois Quilts of Valor State Coordinator
Quilts of Valor Foundation
217.264.2051 (Direct)

“Covering our Service Members and Veterans touched by war with Quilts of Valor…”

The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a non-profit established and operated in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans getting 'covered' by one of our very own...Thank YOU, Leslie!

One of our Valued East Central IL QOVF Volunteer Members, Leslie White has been one busy lady! She has created AND awarded 4+ Quilts of Valor over the last twelve months.  Her recent Quilt of Valor Award Presentation to Veteran, George Donley:

Leslie White Awarding George D. his Quilt of Valor
The completed Quilt of Valor:

Quilt of Valor w/Military fabrics - gorgeous, Leslie!
Another recent Quilt of Valor Award Presentation to Veteran Kevin Ray:

Veteran K. Ray being Awarded is Quilt of Valor
Mr. Ray's completed QOV:

Love the bright stars in this one, don't you?!
Photos of other recently created Quilts of Valor by Leslie:

Quilt of Valor created especially by Leslie 
QOV close-up w/Presentation case




















Another 'starry' Quilt of Valor w/Presentation case

Full view of 'starry' Quilt of Valor
Unique patriotic Quilt of Valor by Leslie, created especially for her Uncle Jim -
a WW II Army Air Force Veteran
A QOV I'm sure most of you recognize, that maintains a prominent position on our blog
This stunning Quilt of Valor was created by Leslie, especially to honor her Dad, Dave White - a WW II Army Air Force Veteran, along w/his brother, Leslie's Uncle Jim.  This now very famous photo of the two of them:

Leslie's Dad on the left, and Uncle Jim on the right
Both WW II Army Air Force Veterans
Thank YOU, Gentleman for your sacrifice and service for our country!

Leslie - you do us ALL so very proud by creating your beautiful Quilts of Valor to honor, comfort and heal our Service Members and Veterans...Thank YOU!


Questions?  Please contact:

Deb Lindley/East Central Illinois Quilts of Valor State Coordinator
Quilts of Valor Foundation
217.264.2051 (Direct)

“Covering our Service Members and Veterans touched by war with Quilts of Valor…”

The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a non-profit established and operated in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Come and Sew for our Veterans this Thursday, Nov. 13, 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 12 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, next meeting is Thursday, November 13, 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.


Finished up her first strip-pieced Quilt of Valor...isn't it gorgeous?!
*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…

Since it's our Thanksgiving Sew-IN, we're planning on turkey cold-cuts w/fruit for lunch AND homemade pumpkin pie w/whip cream for dessert...See YOU There!

Want to learn How to Make your own?  Watch this!: 



Questions?  Please contact:

Deb Lindley/East Central Illinois Quilts of Valor State Coordinator
Quilts of Valor Foundation
217.264.2051 (Direct)

“Covering our Service Members and Veterans touched by war with Quilts of Valor…”

The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a non-profit established and operated in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Another Gorgeous Quilt of Valor just getting finished...

This stunning Quilt of Valor comes to 'Miss Betty' and me from Clairellen and those Quirky Quilters in Michigan:

Jeanne's Gorgeous Quilt of Valor coming off the frame
For quite awhile I've been wanting to apply Baptist Fan quilting on just the right quilt, and this one was the perfect choice:

Baptist Fan quilting

Right side w/feathered border
They're really hard to see but, we added feathers in the red star border using King Tut Freedom - one of our favorite Valor threads.  The Baptist Fans were quilted w/King Tut Linen, to match the interior of the quilt.

Came out pretty good, we think:

Quilt of Valor all finished and ready to ship
It's always a pleasure and honor to quilt these Quilts of Valor for those Quirky Quilters, and this one of Jeanne's was absolutely no exception...Thank YOU!

Deb Lindley/East Central Illinois Quilts of Valor® State Coordinator
Quilts of Valor® Foundation
217.264.2051 (Direct)
deb.lindley@QOVF.org
www.QOVF.org

"Covering our Service Members and Veterans touched by war with Quilts of Valor®..."

The Quilts of Valor® Foundation is a non-profit established and operated in accordance with section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

East Central Illinois QOV Blog:  http://eastcentralilqov.blogspot.com/