Tuesday, December 29, 2015

2016 Goals for East Central IL QOV

2016 Goals for East Central IL QOV


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 2016 Goals
  1. Create and Award a minimum of 25 Quilts of Valor for our East Central IL area Veterans and Service Members during the 2016 Veteran's Day through Christmas Celebrations
  2. Develop specific fund-raising endeavors to ensure we may continue creating and awarding beautiful Quilts of Valor, as a Volunteer Group. 
  3. Continue to share The Good News about the Quilts of Valor® Foundation and promote our East Central IL QOV Group to those who may be interested in joining us in helping to create and Award beautiful Quilts of Valor to cover Service Members and Veterans touched by war.
Three (3) simple 2016 Goals which, once achieved, should bring BIG impact for our East Central IL area Veterans and Service Members.

Happy NEW Year!

If you would like to join us in this rewarding endeavor, 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, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas EVERYONE!

Christmas memories and special thoughts for those who won't be home this year for Christmas:

Merry Christmas to our troops


Merry Christmas EVERYONE!

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, December 10, 2015

Santa came Early...he sent one of his QOV elves ;-)

Look what one of Santa's Quilt Of Valor elves just brought to our monthly QOV Sew-In meeting:

SIX (6) Quilts of Valor quilt tops from guess who...?

None other than our Strip Quilting Diva...Doris!

One of Santa's favorite QOV Elves and especially ours ;-)

Let's take a closer look at just what our Doris has been up to since we last got to see her in September, shall we?

Another wonderful 'original' design by our Doris - Love it!

This picture does not do this QOV quilt top justice - there are some really neat Military fabrics in the sashings of this quilt and amongst the blocks in a camo green print.  
Do you see a flag block?


What an eye-catching patriotic Quilt of Valor top!


A neat collage of patriotic fabrics and prints - should look amazing bordered out!


This QOV may get awarded to a Veteran Doris & I had the privilege of meeting today
who admired ALL the Quilts of Valor we were sharing

#6 is a compilation of Doris's dedication to the creation of
comforting and healing Quilts of Valor for those touched by war,
and her amazing eye for color and original design

These and sooo many others that Doris has generously volunteered to create this past year, will border out wonderfully well and once quilted, be awarded to deserving Service Members and Veterans throughout our East Central Illinois area, along with battlefield warriors and those who escort our fallen heroes to their final resting place.

A huge, BIG Thank YOU goes out to our Doris, and ANYONE who creates Quilts of Valor like her. Because of QOV Volunteers like Doris, so many deserving Service Members and Veterans will soon be covered with a stunning Quilt of Valor and honored for their service and sacrifice for our country.


Thanks Santa!

PS...linking up with QOV Volunteer, Alycia, and her amazing Quilts of Valor quilt show...Enjoy!
http://alyciaquilts.blogspot.com/2015/12/quilts-of-valor-2015-december.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®…”


              

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Come and Sew for our Vets!

Come and Sew for Our Vets!
Quilts of Valor Monthly 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 Schedule!


East Central IL QOV will meet the second Thursday of each month from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (CST) at our Marshall McDonald’s in Marshall, IL.  Our next meeting is Thursday, December 10, 2015 @ 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 2014, we created and awarded over thirty (30) Quilts of Valor® to area Service Members and Veterans.  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 2015 - to now create and cover one hundred (100) area Service Members and Veterans with Quilts of Valor.  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 month, next meeting is Thursday, December 10, 2015

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
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!

2015 Fall/Winter Meeting Dates:

October 8
November 12
December 10

ALL meetings will begin promptly at 1:30 pm (CST)…Thanks!

We Need:  Cutters, Sewers, Pressers, Quilters, 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.  F R E E QOV block patterns will also be available for participating East Central IL QOV Members.

*NOTES:  Each participant is responsible for 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®…”


              

Thursday, December 3, 2015

QOV Nominations during the Holidays



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

During the holidays w/Family and Friends, we will sometimes see those we haven't seen for a while and we start 'catching up' with what's been going on in each others' lives during conversation.  Many times, those of us involved with Quilts of Valor will get the opportunity to share what we do and how we do it...Wonderful!

Just a few tips to those who may initiate a Quilt of Valor Nomination:

1. Please instruct EVERYONE to go to our www.QOVF.org site and nominate a Service Member or Veteran whose been touched by war by 'clicking on' the Request QOV located under the Take Action button on the landing page of the national QOVF.org site.  We do not accept personal QOV nominations locally, over the phone, or through personal email - this is to ensure ALL the correct QOV Recipient's information is gathered, and for documentation purposes.

2.  When nominating someone to receive a Quilt of Valor, the following information is required:

     a) the Quilt of Valor Recipient's FULL name and whether they have ever been nominated and/or received a Quilt of Valor.

     b) the QOV Recipient's physical/shipping address, in the event a  personal QOV Award Ceremony is not possible, and to determine which area of the state/country the QOV Nominee resides.  We do receive nominations from those residing in one county/state for a QOV Nominee, who may reside in another county/state.

     c) The QOV Award Recipient's Branch of Military Service and their initial Deployment, IF known.

     d) Your Contact information as the person making the QOV nomination - including your email and phone number to ensure the QOV Nominee's information is correct and to set-up the Quilt of Valor Award, whether in person, group setting, or shipped to someone who will make the actual QOV Award.

     e)  If nominating from and/or for the East Central IL area, Please make this information available in the Additional Comments section of the QOV Nomination form.

     f)  Prior to submission - Please check EVERYTHING to make certain ALL information is correct, including the shipping address of the QOV Award Recipient and the correct spelling of their Full Name.  Many times, this is the ONLY information we receive, which will be duplicated on Quilt of Valor Award Certificates, QOV quilt labels, in the QOV Award Ceremonial documents, etc.

3.  Please Take Note - most Quilt of Valor Nominees are very honored to be nominated to be awarded a Quilt of Valor.  Occasionally there are exceptions for personal reasons, which we must honor. Please be mindful of these Service Members and Veterans.  If they choose NOT to accept their Quilt of Valor Award nomination, it is ultimately 'their choice', not ours.

4.  ANYONE may create and award a Quilt of Valor to a deserving Service Member or Veteran - as long as each Quilt of Valor meets our QOVF Standards of Excellence and adheres to our QOVF Policies and Procedures.

5.  East Central IL QOV is here to assist anyone in our East Central IL Membership area with a QOV nomination, creation and awarding of a Quilt of Valor.  Please feel free to contact any of our QOVF Volunteer Members in good standing for further details and to answer any questions you may have.  (East Central IL QOV Group Leader contact info below).



A Quilt of Valor is considered one of the highest Awards a US citizen may bestow upon a Service Member or Veteran. A Quilt of Valor is a lifetime Award.


Enjoy this Holiday Season with your Family and Friends,

Deb Lindley/Founder/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)
EastCentralILQOVGroupLeader@gmail.com
EastCentralILQOV.blogspot.com

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

https://www.facebook.com/groups/EastCentralILQOV/

http://EastCentralILQOV.blogspot.com/

Monday, November 30, 2015

Quilts of Valor Awarded to 4 deserving Veterans...Thank YOU!

We are so fortunate to create and quilt the Quilts of Valor Miss Betty & I have been privileged to play a small part.  Many times, these very special QOVs are awarded in private settings with family and close friends in attendance, in a very intimate and emotional setting that is kept to those in attendance and especially the Quilt of Valor Award recipient to honor their wishes.  At other times, we ship our Quilts of Valor to Port Mortuary and to Landstuhl Germany, to honor and comfort those who escort our fallen, and our wounded warriors coming off the battlefield.

For these and other various reasons, many times we may create and quilt a beautiful Quilt of Valor and never get to see the actual award of these Quilts of Valor - especially for those Volunteers who help create these precious quilts but are unable to attend a Quilt of Valor Award ceremony. Occasionally, we receive a wonderful note and even a picture or two from those who attended the Quilt of Valor Ceremony.

Recently, we received Quilts of Valor pictures from one of our very favorite people, Clairellen of those Quirky Quilters in Michigan:

Four Quilts of Valor awarded to 4 very deserving Veterans by Irene P.

Clairellen included in her note to us:

Irene P. shared:  "On Thanksgiving I presented 4 quilts to veterans in Ohio. On the far left is a young man who is in the Army reserves and now is an Honored Guard and presides at funerals for the military. His quilt was made by Suzanne Steffes.

On his right is a veteran of the Air Force and served stateside handling projects affecting the Vietnam war. His quilt was made by Irene Palmer, quilted by DebLindley.

The next vet to the right was stationed stateside in the Air Force and is a brother to the first recipient. His quilt was made by Diane Reeve and quilted by Kelly Ziccarello.

The veteran on the far right was in the Korean War His quilt was made by Irene Palmer and quilted by Marcia Hawks.

Presentations are always very moving and tears of joy are shared by everyone. What an honor it is to be able to be a part of of every step in the whole process. Every recipient is very grateful for being remembered and thanked for their service. The gentleman on the far right said that this was the first time he had been shown appreciation for his service since he came home from his time in the service. 

They all agreed how much they appreciate the honor of receiving such a gift of appreciation. This reaction and comment is very common to hear from all of our veterans and soldiers, I have found. How sad, but it is such an honor to express that to all of our military at this time in their lives on the organizations behalf and on behalf of the quilt piecers and quilters."

"Four Quilts of Valor were presented to very deserving veterans by Irene Palmer, representing the Quirky Quilters Quilt Guild in Oscoda Michigan.  Thank you gentlemen for your service."

Thank YOU, Clairellen, Irene and all those Quirky Quilters for EVERYTHING you do to honor and comfort our Service Members and Veterans with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.  We were privileged to play a small part in your wonderful Quilts of Valor Award Ceremony.


Our Very Best to You and those Quirky Quilters over the upcoming Holidays and the New Year!

Deb Lindley/Founder/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)
EastCentralILQOVGroupLeader@gmail.com
EastCentralILQOV.blogspot.com

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

http://EastCentralILQOV.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/EastCentralILQOV/

Sunday, November 29, 2015

We're up to Clue #3 on Alycia's QOV Mystery!

It's been a whirlwind of eating turkey and sewing on this Quilt of Valor Mystery of Alycia's.  We're already up to Clue #3!  Starting to look like something - I think I see STARS ;-)

There's nothing better in a Quilt of Valor than STARS!

To get started, need to add the 'wings' to the flying geese:

Creating the 'flying geese'

Chain piecing the geese is fast & FUN:

Chain piecing the flying geese

And the results:

The flying geese are complete and ready to be trimmed

Trimming off those dog ears:

Pruning blocks - getting them all ready for the next step...assembly!

Now it's time to take ALL the parts from Clues #1 & 3 and put them together:

Row assembly - ready for the final step

The finished 9-patch STARS:

Finished 9-patch STARS

It's still not too late to join in this Quilt of Valor Mystery.  Follow this direct weblink for ALL the great QOV Mystery details:  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/mysteryquilts4military/info


Questions?  Please Contact:

Deb Lindley/Founder/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)
EastCentralILQOVGroupLeader@gmail.com
EastCentralILQOV.blogspot.com

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

http://EastCentralILQOV.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/EastCentralILQOV/

QOV Mystery Clue #1
QOV Mystery Clue #2
QOV Mystery Clue #3

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wishing You ALL a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!


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


Wishing ALL you wonderful East Central IL QOV Volunteers who give of yourselves tirelessly, day after day, year after year a Happy Thanksgiving!

A very special 'Thank YOU' goes out to our Veterans and Service Members for their sacrifice and service for our country...wherever you may be this Thanksgiving Day.

~Deb Lindley/Founder/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)
EastCentralILQOVGroupLeader@gmail.com
EastCentralILQOV.blogspot.com

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

http://EastCentralILQOV.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/EastCentralILQOV/


A Thanksgiving message from our QOVF Executive Director:

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thanksgiving is a time of reflection for many people.  For me it is a time to stop and give thanks for my family and friends and for having the freedoms to enjoy doing whatever I like.
We all know those freedoms would not be possible were it not for the sacrifices and willingness to serve of our military family.  If you know someone serving on active duty, please thank them for their service and protection.

Of course, thanking active duty personnel, or a veteran from WWII and all the time in between is what the mission of Quilts of Valor is, 'To cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.  Over 1600 quilts were reported awarded just during the week of Veteran's Day.

For that, my thanks go to you the volunteer, the supporter, whatever your role is.  You may have cut, sewn, pressed, cleaned up or written a check.  You all receive my thanks for giving of yourself and your time and resources to fulfill the mission of Quilts of Valor.

May you have the best Thanksgiving ever, knowing you have made a difference in the life of a Veteran.

Ann Rehbein  
Executive Director
Quilts of Valor ® Foundation

Monday, November 23, 2015

Clue #2 for QOV Mystery...Done!

Had a bit of time to work on Clue #2 of Alycia's Quilt of Valor Mystery - well that was quick, in NO time at all, was able to finish it ALL up...FUN and Done!

HSTs of Clue #2 ALL finished, including the necessary 'pruning' of the blocks
my jelly jar is almost Full!
Just some quick sewing of the red/white and blue/white blocks to create the half-square triangles/HSTs:

Sewing the second side with a 1/4" seam allowance
Strip piecing is the bomb!

...AND it's Fast, too!

While I'm not quite as fast as Alycia - especially when I'm watching her on one of her local news media featuring fellow quilter/Hero, Cecily and Alycia being awarded a local Hero award for their Quilts of Valor efforts, I still managed to cut/sew/press/trim in under 2 hours, Thanks to the easy-to-follow instructions provided by Alycia w/our latest QOV Mystery:
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/7everyday-hero/quilts-of-comfort-for-veterans


Honoring our Veterans and the Everyday Heroes who make it possible...
CONGRATS! Alycia and Cecily - our QOV Heroes!!

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®…”


              

QOV Mystery Clue #1
QOV Mystery Clue #2
QOV Mystery Clue #3

Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Brand-NEW Quilt of Valor Mystery Starts TODAY! Are YOU In?

Alycia's Quilt of Valor Mystery starts TODAY!  Are YOU In?  The First Mystery Clue has just been released - Looks FUN to me and since 'Miss Betty & I' have committed twenty-five (25) QOVs for 2016, NO time like the present to get started...Come Join US! 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/mysteryquilts4military/info

Alycia is a super-talented Quilt Artist and QOV Volunteer, who also creates stunning Quilts of Valor throughout the year for our very deserving Service Members and Veterans.  One of the very first Quilts of Valor 'Miss Betty & I' created was one of Alycia's QOV Mysteries.  You may recognize it:

One of Alycia's QOV Mysteries from 2012
After completing the assembly of this 2012 QOV Mystery of Alycia's, I opted to add patriotic embroideries.  This Quilt of Valor was originally created with my WW II Veteran and dear father-in-law 'Dick' in mind.  Sadly, it was not completed until after his passing.  This Quilt of Valor is now a 'Tribute Quilt' in honor of his life and his service and sacrifice for our country at Iwo Jima, as well as the life of my Uncle Danny - a Vietnam Veteran, and my cousin, IRAQ Veteran, Charles - who served and fell in IRAQ.

If you would like to join us in creating a beautiful Quilt of Valor for one of our deserving Service Members or Veterans, Come Join Us!

Just follow this direct weblink:
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/mysteryquilts4military/info
...to become part of this Yahoo FUN-filled Group.

Once your F R E E Membership to this Yahoo Group has been accepted and approved, you will have access to ALL the clues to this Brand-NEW Quilts of Valor Mystery to create your own one-of-a-kind Quilt of Valor...See YOU soon!

UPDATE: Fabrics!

My QOV Mystery Quilt fabric choices - good 'ol Red/White/Blue
Let the cutting begin!


UPDATE 11/15/15: Clue #1 is Done and DONE!

Alycia's QOV Mystery Quilt Clue #1 ALL Done...Yippee!!
Alrighty then, now that we've completed the first clue - including the pressing/trimming and squaring up our blocks, back to the business of binding in between sneezing!

PS...I know - I'm duplicating this post on BOTH our blogs for the initial launch of this QOV Mystery Quilt and Clue #1 to ensure EVERYONE  who may be interested in creating a gorgeous Quilt of Valor for one of our deserving Service Members or Veterans, receives this info at the very beginning so they have plenty of time to join in the FUN!

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, November 10, 2015

Veteran's Day Tribute to ALL our Beloved Veterans

In Memory of those who have Fallen...




In Honor of those who Remain.


Thank YOU to each and every one of You who have fought and sacrificed for our Freedoms.

Deb Lindley/Founder/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)
EastCentralILQOVGroupLeader@gmail.com

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


Friday, November 6, 2015

Quilt of Valor makes muster in time for Veteran's Day


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

A Quilt of Valor is such a special quilt.  It is the highest award a United States citizen may award a Service Member or Veteran whose been touched by war.  As such, the Standards of Excellence for creating such a special quilt are stringent, yet achievable by those special quilt makers who volunteer countless hours to create each and every Quilt of Valor.  Many of these special QOVs will be awarded during our upcoming Veteran's Day celebration.

Each Quilt of Valor requires a special QOV quilt label.  We embellish our Quilt of Valor labels with different embroideries prior to attaching:

QOV quilt label getting embellished prior to getting attached to its Quilt of Valor
We also enjoy creating our own East Central IL QOV badge, which we also embroider:

Embroidering our East Central IL QOV badge
A QOV Presentation case is required for those Quilts of Valor that will be awarded long distance, as this particular one will be:

Adding special top stitching to a QOV Presentation case
After ALL the countless hours of our Volunteers, everything comes together, including the Quilts of Valor Award document and the personal letter to the QOV Award recipient that accompanies each of our East Central IL Quilts of Valor:

Quilt of Valor labeled, w/QOV Presentation case and Quilt of Valor Award documents

This Quilt of Valor is all ready to ship to another QOV Volunteer who will award this very special quilt to an even more special IRAQ Veteran.

Quilt of Valor ready to ship to be awarded in time for Veteran's Day

On behalf of our East Central IL QOV Volunteers, we wish to Thank ALL our Service Members and Veterans for their sacrifice and service for our country.

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, October 23, 2015

WW II Veteran Awarded his Quilt of Valor

On Tuesday, October 20, 2015, one of our WW II Veterans from our East Central Illinois area was awarded his Quilt of Valor at the Veteran's Memorial of Newman, IL, by Donna G. and Vicky H. of the St. Joseph Quilters:

L-R: Wife, Charlotte, WW II Veteran, Wayne F., and St. Joseph QOV Quilter, Donna G.
This WW II Veteran and his wife were more than proud to show Donna G. and her QOV fellow quilter, Vicky the Veteran's Memorial in Newman, Illinois, where they chose to have their Quilt of Valor Award Ceremony.

WW II Veteran, Wayne with his Quilt of Valor at the WW II Veteran's Memorial in Newman, IL.

Donna G. and her St. Joseph quilters have created more than 100 Quilts of Valor over the past several years to honor and cover our East Central Illinois Service Members and Veterans:

WW II Veteran, Wayne, being 'covered' with his Quilt of Valor by QOV quilter, Donna G
(Thank YOU to Vicky H. for her wonderful photography ;-)

Thank You, Mr. Wayne F. for your sacrifice and service for our country.

Special Thanks goes to Donna G and her St. Joseph quilters for ALL their Volunteer work through the Quilts of Valor Foundation.


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®…”


              

Monday, October 12, 2015

Vietnam Veterans receive their Quilts of Valor

Two Vietnam Veterans from our East Central Illinois area were recently awarded their Quilts of Valor during their Class of '65 Reunion...

Vietnam Vets with one of their Quilts of Valor - the smiles say it all, don't they?


One of our East Central IL QOV Volunteer Members, Sue, along w/fellow quilter classmate, who now resides in Texas, helped make this happen for two Vietnam Veterans from their graduating class of 1965...Well done, ladies!


Please Thank these Veterans for their sacrifice and service for our country.


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®…”


              

Monday, October 5, 2015

Come and Sew for our Vets...!

Come and Sew for Our Vets!
Quilts of Valor Monthly 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 Schedule!


East Central IL QOV will meet the second Thursday of each month from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (CST) at our Marshall McDonald’s in Marshall, IL.  Our next meeting is Thursday, October 8, 2015 @ 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 2014, we created and awarded over thirty (30) Quilts of Valor® to area Service Members and Veterans.  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 2015 - to now create and cover one hundred (100) area Service Members and Veterans with Quilts of Valor.  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 month, next meeting is Thursday, October 8, 2015

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
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!

2015 Fall/Winter Meeting Dates:

October 8
November 12
December 10

ALL meetings will begin promptly at 1:30 pm (CST)…Thanks!

We Need:  Cutters, Sewers, Pressers, Quilters, 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.  F R E E QOV block patterns will also be available for participating East Central IL QOV Members.

*NOTES:  Each participant is responsible for 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®…”