Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Military T-shirt Quilt update

Working on a Military T-shirt quilt to display at our upcoming QOV Events to honor our Military Service Members and Veterans from ALL Branches of Service.  To date, these are the only Military T-shirts we've received:

Military T-shirts and accompanying fabrics - We Need MORE T-shirts!
We will not start construction of this Military quilt until each and every Military Branch is represented, as well as ALL our Military bases - domestic and foreign.  Each T-shirt quilt requires a minimum of 20 - 25 T-shirts, we only have five so far, not nearly enough to even get started creating this memorable quilt to honor our Service Members and Veterans.

Here are the details - We Need:
  • Military T-shirts from ALL branches of our US Military, including Military Bases, domestic & foreign - any color in good, clean condition
  • Please drop-off at any of our Quilts of Valor drop-off locations listed on our Home Page or the Clark/Crawford/Edgar U of I Extension Bldg.; 15493 N State Hwy #1; Marshall, IL.  62441
  • OR you may mail your Military T-shirt(s) to:
Deb Lindley/East Central IL QOV State Coordinator
PO Box 445
Marshall, IL  62441

IF we receive more Military T-shirts than we need, we will use ALL additional Military T-shirts to create additional event quilts to share with other East Central IL Quilts of Valor Groups.  NO Military T-shirt quilt will be raffled or awarded as Quilts of Valor however, as different groups donate their time to share our Quilts of Valor Mission, each group could benefit from having a beautiful quilt that honors our various Military Branches and our Military Bases, domestic and foreign, to help convey our message of honoring and covering our Service Members and Veterans through Quilts of Valor...Thank YOU!

UPDATE 6-2-2015:  Looks like we may now have enough to create one Military T-shirt quilt!  Just got some more mail and here's our latest tally of military T-shirts and NOW we have EVERY branch of our 5 branches of military covered, including the US Coast Guard:

Military T-shirts from ALL 5 Branches of our Military...Thank YOU!

PS...to view a recent blog about how we make our T-shirt quilts, Please follow this direct blog link:

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, May 22, 2015

A Memorial Day Message...

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 Memorial Day message from our QOVF Executive Director, Susan Gordon.  It carries a wonderful reminder of just what and how our Memorial Day holiday became.  Please read and share with those you care about and admire.

Stay safe and keep it memorable 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®…”

Quilts of Valor ® Foundation

The Quilts of Valor ® Foundation 
Memorial Day
From Executive Director, Susan Gordon

To Our Quilts of Valor Volunteers:

Next week, we celebrate Memorial Day-a day that holds a special place for those who love this country.  I am always amazed that men and women have given their lives over the years for me-someone they would never know. Those men and women lived and died so that America could thrive, and that the principles that created this country could endure. 

To many, Memorial Day means the start of summer-fun and family.  Let's all take time this year to remember those who gave us these summers of fun and family.  Let's remember to honor their sacrifice. 

Do you know about the "National Moment of Remembrance Act?"

To ensure the sacrifices of America's fallen heroes are never forgotten, in December 2000, the U.S. Congress passed and the President signed into law the "National Moment of Remembrance Act."  The Act asks that we pause for a moment of silence at 3:00 p.m. on Memorial Day to remember those who gave their lives in service to our nation.

Here are a few facts I learned about Memorial Day:
  • Memorial Day, formally known as Decoration Day, originated after the American Civil War to honor both the Union and Confederate soldiers who died in the war. 
  • The holiday was expanded after World War I to include all American soldiers. 
  • This day is not to be confused with Veterans Day which celebrates the service of all United States military veterans.

Join me at 3:00 p.m. on May 25th to take a moment to remember those we never knew, but who gave their lives for us.

And, as you create heirloom Quilts of Valor for those touched by war, consider dedicating some quilts to honor the memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.  Although we may never know the depths of their service or the loss of their brothers-in-arms, we owe them a debt that can never be repaid, but can be honored.

Thank you for all you do for our veterans and service members.

Susan Gordon,
Executive Director

Susan Gordon 

R. Susan Gordon
Executive Director
Quilts of Valor ® Foundation

Thank you for putting service above self.
Your efforts make a difference. 

Monday, May 18, 2015

Another of our East Central IL QOV unsung Volunteer Heroes

Not often enough do we get to 'brag' about one of our unsung QOVF Volunteer Heroes.  Donna G. is certainly one of those.  She and her St. Joseph quilters go quietly about their QOV duties, creating beautiful Quilts of Valor, and graciously awarding them to our deserving Service Members and Veterans.  Here are just a very few pics of those who have been fortunate enough to receive a QOV visit from Donna and some of her valued Volunteers while awarding Quilts of Valor:

Donna awarding two (2) Quilts of Valor to two very surprised Veterans

The smiles say it ALL, don't they?

Another beautiful Quilt of Valor created and awarded
by Donna's generous St. Joseph Volunteer quilters

The 'wrapping' during the Quilt of Valor Award Ceremony,
and more importantly - the Big HUG of Thanks...Well done, Donna G. ;-)

Donna and Vicky awarding a Korean Veteran his much deserved and beautiful Quilt of Valor

Thank YOU, ladies.  Your graciousness and generosity set the bar high for the rest of us.  You are amazing examples of leadership and inspiration.  We are ALL deeply indebted to you for your sacrifice and service for our Service Members and Veterans.

Please watch one of their QOV videos to see how this wonderful group of QOVF Volunteers creates their beautiful Quilts of Valor:

My Very Best to Donna and her St. Joseph Quilters, and to each and every Quilts Of Valor Foundation Volunteer who chooses to give of themselves and their talents and gifts, to help cover our Service Members and Veterans...Thank YOU!

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, May 12, 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®".

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:  McDonald's; Marshall, IL  62441

When:  2nd Thursday of every month, next meeting is May 14, 2015

Time:  1:30 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/Founder/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)

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


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother/Daughter Banquet Honors WW II Naval Veteran with QOV Award

An outstanding Mother/Daughter Banquet chose as their central theme of honoring Mothers, to also include the awarding of a Quilt of Valor to one of their sons - their previous church minister, and a WW II Naval Veteran, RL Norris.

WW II Naval Veteran, RL Norris graciously accepts his Quilt of Valor
Mr. Norris shared amazing stories about being aboard the USS Missouri, including one about the signing of the Peace Treaty and General McArthur!  93 years young - this Navy Veteran is still sharp as a tack and even chose to share a few pertinent passages during his acceptance speech - which we ALL enjoyed so much...Thank YOU, Mr. Norris - it was an unforgettable experience for us all!

Mr. Norris and his son were gracious enough to pose w/yours truly...Thank YOU! 
We cannot proceed further without mentioning what a fantastic job these ladies did with their Mother/Daughter Banquet presentation - one of the Best this farm girl has ever seen:

Beautiful Patriotic decorations - every detail was perfection!
And I'm told the refreshments were absolutely superb.  Since we were sooo busy taking the opportunity to chat with Mr. Norris and the many lovely guests, unfortunately, we somehow missed out on that part of this event...Next time...;-)

It was wonderful to get to talk with all these Mothers and others who so willingly shared some of the beautiful quilts they had created for area veterans, asked many questions about our Quilts of Valor Foundation, www.QOVF.org, and even offered to help with our Mission: "To cover Service Members and Veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor..."

Awarding RL Norris his Quilt of Valor

The Program Director, Angie, gave such an eloquent talk about the Mother of our country, Martha Washington, who stood 'behind' and supported one of our greatest Fathers, George Washington.  It was a wonderfully enlightening talk that shared several pieces of important historical trivia that I had actually never hear previously...Thank YOU, Angie!

This blog post would not be complete, without including two of my very special girls in my life who helped make this Mother/Daughter event even more special than it already was.  My youngest daughter, Jaclyn, and her daughter, my DGD, Jade:

Two of my favorite girls
These two are not only very dear to this Mother's/Grammy's heart, they were instrumental in helping our Quilt of Valor Award Ceremony proceed without a hitch - Thank YOU, ladies - I couldn't be more proud of you.

Honorable mention goes to East central QOV Volunteer Member, Sue who nominated Mr. Norris for his Quilt of Valor - Thank YOU, Sue!

To ALL our Mothers everywhere - Happy Mother's Day!

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, May 7, 2015

YOU Are a Super-Star!

I am so excited to FINALLY get to share with all of you our East Central IL Quilt of Valor entry into the 2015 Quilting Treasures Quilts of Valor Challenge featuring reporduction fabrics from the "Patriotic Pop" and "Salute to Summer" fabric collection by Studio 8 and Liz Lolansky.  It is now being displayed at HMQS in Salt Lake City, Utah this week!

QOV: "You Are A Super-Star!" coming off the frame
Aptly named for the Quilt of Valor Recipient who will ultimately be Awarded this QOV
Diane Jaeger of Quilts of Valor and the one who is in charge of this aspect of this Quilting Treasures 2015 Competition, requested we not post any blogs, articles and/or photos prior to our Quilts of Valor being displayed at the show.  Just saw her posting from Salt Lake City, Utah that ALL QOVs have now been displayed, viewed, photographed, etc., so now WE can all share ours!

And I can tell the complete story about this very special Quilt of Valor.  We had originally planned an entirely different quilt design for this competition, that is until we received the fabrics.  As many of you know - fabrics have a tendency to 'talk to us', don't they?  These incredible fabrics told us - "You need a different quilt design!"  And they were right!

After much dilemma, several sleepless nights, time was running out! I kept going back to a design I faintly remembered seeing in a recently purchased book but, which one?  I had purchased several at the time for some much needed inspiration.  After going through many, many books late one night, I stumbled across it...FINALLY!  The last book I searched through ;-), "Quilting With A Modern Slant" by Rachel May.  Page 179 of that book held the key to our final design conception. The light/dark graphed-out drawing of Debbie Grifka's, "Milky Way" was exactly what we were looking for.

I could visualize the central background in white to showcase ALL those amazing stars in ALL those neat fabrics, utilize an accompanying fabric border from one of the fabric collections, and I believed we'd have a winning Quilt of Valor for a very deserving Service Member or Veteran. What do you think?

One of the stars showcasing the stunning fabrics

Jamie Wallen's Continuous Swirls and panto quilting throughout the main body of this QOV
McTavishing in the Blue borders

Panto quilted w/continuous swirls in the interior, McTavishing in the borders.
The quilting is much more visible from the back of this QOV

2015 Quilting Treasures Quilt of Valor Challenge quilt label

And of course our East Central IL QOV badge

Embroidering our Brand-NEW QOV label for the Presentation Case (below)

Quilts of Valor Award Presentation case

"You Are A Super-Star!" Quilt of Valor w/Presentation Case prior to shipping
We took our design queues from Mary Ann Fons & Mark Lipnski, who requested 'simpler', less 'artsy' quilts for this year's show, and more appropriate quilts for the intended Quilt of Valor recipient. Hopefully, this QOV will meet their criteria and get to travel to Paducah later this year to join our very first Quilts of Valor display...Wish us Good Luck!

There are soooo many gorgeous quilts and Quilts of Valor in this year's HMQS show - wish we could be there to see them ALL in person!  It is such an honor and privilege just to be a small part of it and to create this very special Quilt of Valor for an even more special QOV Award Recipient.

Thank YOU and Good Luck to EVERYONE participating in this 2015 Quilting Treasures Competition!

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®…”