Friday, April 10, 2015

April QOV Updates

April, 2015 Minutes
Happy Spring!
10 QOV quilt tops complete, ready for borders & binding, ONLY 2 remaining to reach our June 30, 2015 goals of fifty (50) completed Quilts of Valor!
6 QOVs scheduled to be awarded in April

Our regularly scheduled April meeting had to be cancelled due to local flash flooding and severe weather threats.  Living in the MidWest, we've grown used to these explosive weather situations that seem to pop-up out of nowhere and have learned to keep our 'eyes on the skies' and tuned in to our local weather channel!  We ALL said more than a few prayers for our fellow Illinoisans north of us who, unfortunately, received far more devastation and destruction than we did.  We will continue to keep them in our prayers as they climb out and re-build their local communities.

Illinois tornado - April 9, 2015

Because we were spared the effects of the brunt of the severe storms and tornadoes, thankfully our Group of dedicated sewers and quilters were able to stay on task.  I heard back from several of you relaying your completion of TEN new Quilt of Valor quilt tops, more than 7 are in various stages of being bound, and two are headed to Texas to be longarmed by a recent QOV Volunteer, Thank YOU!

Here is a pile of our most recent quilts ready to be bound:

5 QOV quilt tops bound on one side
Getting ready to sew the second side down:

First side of binding sewn, all pinned down ready to sew down to the front side

Close-up of pen stitch used w/Rainbows Patriotic thread
that matches the machine quilting

And the second side getting all sewn down:

Sewing the final side of the binding

One of the first finishes:

Binding finishes - this one ready to be shipped!
As you may know, recently we've had a very special Quilts of Valor request for Vietnam Veterans from our area who will be attending a reunion of their Infantry Division this fall, which of course we've agreed to honor.  You may read all about it here:

We also have several Quilts of Valor Award ceremonies coming up in the next few months, including over the Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and Father's Day weekends.  Stay tuned for future blog postings and updates.

UPDATE 4/11/15:  We just received notice of donations received from Champaign, Robinson and Teutopolis, IL American Legions...Thank YOU!

Thanks again to Everyone for ALL your amazing talents, gifts, and especially your unending generosity in helping us honor and cover our Service Members and Veterans with Quilts of Valor.

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®…”


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