Friday, March 27, 2015

Another QOV Finish...Well - sorta...

This Quilt of Valor was recently loaded onto our quilt frame in great anticipation of my longarm quilting machine, aka 'Miss Betty II' would FINALLY be fixed and ready to quilt LOTS of QOVs. Unfortunately, soon after beginning quilting, this is what, to my horror, I saw when checking the 'back' of this quilt:

Blue top thread being yanked to the back of this QOV
And it just kept getting worse:

Giant loops just kept getting BIGGER -
notice the swirls on the right, quilted AFTER 'the fix'
Blue needle thread blobs being pulled to the back

Finally got the idea to 'swap' a part out of another older/similar quilting machine I have - the original Miss Betty I, an HQ16 which we still use, just doesn't have near the quilting capabilities of our latest machine.  Needless to say, after a quick phone call to an HQ Tech to make sure this 'might' work, we got the go ahead to give it a try...Soooo glad we did!

I wrote in-depth on our sister blog about what we did to 'fix' these stitching problems and quilting machine here: http://donebybettyboop.blogspot.com/2015/03/she-gave-her-allno.html

To say it worked would be an understatement but, a picture is worth a few words, right?


Finally - some very good stitches w/NO thread blobs!
The jury is still out as to whether this quilt can actually become a Quilt of Valor.  As you know, our Standards of Excellence are quite strict in what is considered acceptable.  The Good News - we used an all-cotton batting, which may help pull some of these threads into shape - we'll see after it's bound and laundered.

In the meantime, this has been an incredible learning lesson we won't soon forget.  This quilt will be a gentle reminder of the past several months of quilting trials and tribulations - something our Service Members and Veterans know all too well, don't they...?

Finished quilting this unforgettable quilt
Luckily, got Miss Betty II back to quilting in the nick of time - we have a competition Quilt of Valor that needs quilting asap, along with a giant pile of QOVs waiting patiently in the wings to be quilted - I believe we're now up to 35+ Quilt of Valor quilt tops waiting to be quilted and counting!

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®…”


              

Saturday, March 14, 2015

March Sew-IN Meeting brought Spring and more QOVs...

March, 2015 Minutes
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
18 QOV quilt tops complete, ready for borders & binding, ONLY 12 remaining!
Five QOVs scheduled to be awarded in March

Our March meeting brought us a nice Spring Day...FINALLY!  I think we're ALL tired of scooping and shoveling snow - at least I know I am!!

And again, our Strip-Quilting Diva, Doris came packin':

There are 4 (FOUR) QOV tops in this bag and...
the folded Quilt of Valor in the background is one of Doris's, too - we just finished quilting!
I gently asked Doris for 3 (three) QOV tops in February to possibly be done by March - she brought 4 (FOUR) and they're ALL different!  She's really starting to branch out, now.

Aren't these neat?  And perfectly pieced, too I might add.

Check these out:

LOVE these two - can hardly wait to add borders!
I asked Doris IF it was really true that she had NEVER sewn a quilt top prior to sewing her first Quilt of Valor top last fall and she said that, "Yes, that is correct."  However, she admitted she has sewn most of her life - dressmaking and such and...it shows...Thank YOU, Doris - you are a Godsend! Prayers really do get answered, don't they?

We've decided that since Doris has contributed soooo much over the last few months, including fabrics and threads and needles and cutting tools and...the list is endless as most of you Quilting Divas know, we're going to let Doris have first dibs on one of our QOV collection boxes - the one at Lori's Pins 'n Needles in Paris, IL.

February, 2015 haul at Lori's brought us a much needed bolt of white muslin - Thank YOU!
So - if you're in the area, Please drop by Lori's and visit a spell, she has LOTS of neat fabrics and exciting NEW Spring lines w/patterns and new machines and...our East Central IL QOV collection box is right up near the counter - we'll have Doris make up her 'Wish List' and whatever 'we' can all come up with, Doris will get first dibs...Hope to See You ALL at Lori's ;-)

Thanks goes to EVERYONE - you are ALL phenomenal!

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.

              

Monday, March 9, 2015

Come and Sew for our Vets!

East Central IL QOV
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®".

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.

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 March 12, 2015

Time:  1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (CST)

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/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.