Saturday, September 12, 2015

Flight of the Eagle QOV Underway w/Updates

Northcott's Flight of the Eagle Quilt of Valor quilt pattern is a QOV that I have long wanted to create and now, the opportunity is here!

Northcott's Flight of the Eagle ALL planned out, ready to be cut
Since at least one of these very special Northcott fabrics is directional, special care in cutting and sewing is required to ensure the desired finished result is achieved.

Here's how I handle this dilemma.  My method is very basic, requiring post-it notes and numbered quilting pins but, it works for me ;-)

Post-its used to label each block, border, and binding
Sewing is now ready to begin:

Sewing the side borders together
Interior borders are all sewn together and pressed.  I pressed seams towards the small red border  on both sides to give it a 'raised' effect during quilting:

Aren't these neat?  See the embossed eagle in flight in the center border panel - love these fabrics!

Time to assemble the Star panel triangles:

Block A Star Block - once assembled, these triangles will create the 'star points'
for the six (6) Star Blocks

Time to get back to sewing those 48 triangle units...

UPDATE 9/13/2015 - Triangle units ALL sewn and getting trimmed:

Block A triangle units getting those dog ears trimmed off

Block A corner triangle units sewn/pressed/trimmed - all ready to be attached to main block

UPDATE 9/14/2015 - And they are ALL assembled and complete:

Block As assembled and ready to be embroidered

Time for the central embroideries to be added:

The first of 6 embroideries complete

Only five more to go...time to get back to it.

UPDATE 9/15/2015 - here are a few of those finished embroidered blocks:

The Eagle is landing

USA Eagle wings

Eagle in flight over our purple mountains

Assembling the borders and embroidered blocks:

Five of the six embroidered blocks complete...just one more!
The sixth embroidered block is almost finished - I saved the Best for last.  This Lady Liberty embroidered block has 48,556 total stitch-out count and 15 color changes!  I'll post pics when finished - will probably take at least 2+ hours to machine embroider this block.  Will then be time to assemble interior borders, followed by the exterior ones...time to get back to it!

Alrighty then - after 3 hrs., 17 min., this Lady Liberty block is complete:

Lady Liberty

And here she is in her final resting place, prior to quilt top assembly:

Interior blocks of Flight of the Eagle ALL ready for assembly
Time to get busy sewing!

UPDATE 9/23/2015 - after battling cold/flu for the past several days, finally able to assemble the interior blocks and border, along w/exterior borders:

Flight of the Eagle Quilt of Valor quilt top completely assembled, ALL ready to be quilted!
Time to quilt...

UPDATE 12/8/2015 - To view the quilting of this Purple Heart/Flight of the Eagle Quilt of Valor, 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®…”


Thursday, September 10, 2015

We Will NEVER Forget...

In Memory of Those Who Fell on that Fateful Day...

In Honor of Those Who Remain.

Monday, September 7, 2015

2 QOVs ready to ship for Vietnam Veteran Reunion

The 2 Quilts of Valor we were requested to create for our two Illinois Vietnam Veterans are now complete - thanks to our amazing East Central IL QOV Volunteers:

2 Quilts of Valor for two Illinois Vietnam Veterans
Quilt of Valor labeled w/Award documents and presentation case

East Central IL Quilts of Valor badge

You may remember, we received a heartfelt request from the wife of a Vietnam Veteran back in April of this year.  The complete story may be found by following this blog link:

Time to pack for shipping tomorrow...

Thanks goes to ALL our East Central Illinois QOV Volunteers for playing a role in helping to make this're The Best!

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, September 1, 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!

Beginning in September, 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.  First meeting date is Thursday, September 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, September 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 Meeting Dates:

September 10
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®…”