Sunday, January 11, 2015

There's Still Time to Register for National Quilts of Valor Sew 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®".

As your East Central Illinois Quilts of Valor® State Coordinator, I want to remind you - there's still plenty of time to plan your own Quilts of Valor Sew Day on Saturday, February 7, 2015, and join in on all the FUN your fellow quilters and sewers will be experiencing across the United States, and possibly even beyond, by helping to create beautiful Quilts of Valor®!

Mother/daughter TEAM sewing a Quilt Of Valor®
Sewing her first QOV strips

Her first of MANY Quilts of Valor!
Delivering even MORE quilt block kits - Julia is a cutting marvel!
Admiring a recently donated Quilt of Valor® by a very generous quilter...
Thank YOU, Cynthia G.!
Most of you are aware, but for those who may be new to Quilts of Valor®, we have been dedicated to honoring our Service Members and Veterans for their sacrifice and service for our country by creating and awarding comforting and healing Quilts of Valor®.  

Clark County QOV 4-H SPIN Club

With the selfless dedication and sacrifice of thousands of amazing Volunteers throughout our country, over 112,000+ Quilts of Valor® have been awarded to date.  While this is an astounding achievement in such a short time, there is still much to do, since there are currently over 4 Million deserving Service Members and Veterans in the US alone who are eligible to receive a Quilt of Valor®.

You and your local groups and guilds may register to participate in our National Quilts of Valor® Sew Day by following this direct web link:

Back by popular demand - National Quilts of Valor Sew Day!  
Read ALL about it in one of our monthly QOV Foundation Threads Newsletters:

F R E E Quilts of Valor® quilt patterns - your choice! 

East Central IL Quilts of Valor® Favorite Tutorials page w/LOTS of F R E E quilt patterns that can be used to create beautiful QOVs:

Quilts of Valor® Standards of Excellence:

Once you and/or your groups/guilds have Registered by following this direct web link:

Please contact me for your Quilts of Valor® National Sew Day Kit, available F R E E to ALL registered participants!  Looking forward to hearing from you soon. 

Hearth & Home Blocks 

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.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Paper-Pieced Patriotic String Blocks - what FUN! w/Updates

What do you get when you mix patriotic fabrics:

Just received this box of Patriotic fabrics - great for string quilts!
Mixed w/phone book pages:

One medium-sized phone book
Take out as many pages as you need to make quilt blocks and fold to make square:

Fold one side to the other to create a square
Trim off the excess and toss or put away for another project:

Trim off excess w/paper scissors
Unfold and use the center crease to line up your first strip for sewing:

Use center crease as a guide for first strip -
I usually 'center' that first strip over it but, lining up the edge of your first strip works!
Don't forget to increase your Stitches Per Inch (SPI) to around 15 - 20 SPI, to make it easier to remove the phone book paper when you are finished stitching your blocks:

Stitch length set at 15 - 20 SPI
Ready to stitch!
Strip piecing that first strip
I like to strip piece anything whenever I have the chance - IF you will be using the same center strip THEN this is a great place to strip piece that first piece and cover ALL your blocks at the same time. I've chosen a white center strip so 'we' can also use this block as a Signature block for incorporating into Quilts of Valor - works great!  The white stripes also come together in the center and create a secondary design once all the patriotic string/strip quilt blocks are joined - easy/peasy ;-)

Center strips in place - sewn on BOTH sides prior to attaching second/third/fourth strips
Time for the next strip:

Attaching second strip
And look how neat this first block turned out

First Patriotic Strip pieced block - how neat is that?
One last thing, be sure and cover any corners that are larger than 1/4"

1/4" or more of exposure on any corner needs covered w/fabric strip
All stitched and ready for pressing

Stitched, finger pressed and ready for phone book paper to be removed prior to final pressing
Paper piecing tips, staying organized:

Keep strips accessible and all together
along w/ phone book pages
Keep things neat and tidy while sewing/trimming:

Strip trimmings - some may be used for covering corners of blocks,
others can be used to sew together into other pieced blocks for other quilts
And before you know it, you'll have some finished blocks:

Completed blocks - ready for assembly
These are the blocks we will be using for our 2015 and NOW 2016, 2017 and Beyond+ East Central IL QOV Block Drive - please use Red/White/Blue/Gold fabrics for your strips, ANY size, your choice ;-)

If You would like to join us in creating Patriotic String Blocks, Please send your completed blocks to:

Deb Lindley/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
PO Box 445
Marshall, IL  62441

These paper pieced Patriotic strip blocks go fast once you get everything in place and start sewing...Enjoy!

Once we receive enough completed blocks, we will begin assembling them into Quilts of Valor and post pics and updates of our progress...Thank YOU!!

Time to get back to it...

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, January 8, 2015

January Sew-IN Cancelled...

Attention EVERYONE: Due to increment weather and bitter cold temps and wind, our January Sew-IN is Cancelled for Today, January 8, 2015.  Hopefully, we can meet in February, weather permitting.  Please drop off any quilt tops you may have finished and/or those ready for borders, at the Clark County Extension Building in Marshall, IL., at your earliest convenience...Thank YOU!

100 Quilt of Valor Block Challenge of 2015 for East Central IL QOV - Here it is EVERYONE, the 2015 QOV Block Challenge that ANYONE can do, since it's sooo easy - even for Brand-NEW beginners and youth.  This Patriotic Strip/string pieced block uses old phone book pages!  I will include one of Bonnie K. Hunter's tuts on this method, and Please DO NOT trim your finished blocks, leave them for one of our upcoming monthly Sew-INs, so we can get them all the same size...Thanks a bunch!

Here's the direct link to the pattern and technique of Bonnie K. Hunter's of Quiltville, and I'll be posting 'my' progress on our blog in the next couple of days:

Here's a few pics of another string block I created using old telephone book pages:

String blocks created w/old phone book pages!

Don't forget to post pics on our Facebook page: 
or email your pictures of your blocks and most importantly...Don't forget to have FUN!

Happy New Year!
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.