Monday, November 30, 2015

Quilts of Valor Awarded to 4 deserving Veterans...Thank YOU!

We are so fortunate to create and quilt the Quilts of Valor Miss Betty & I have been privileged to play a small part.  Many times, these very special QOVs are awarded in private settings with family and close friends in attendance, in a very intimate and emotional setting that is kept to those in attendance and especially the Quilt of Valor Award recipient to honor their wishes.  At other times, we ship our Quilts of Valor to Port Mortuary and to Landstuhl Germany, to honor and comfort those who escort our fallen, and our wounded warriors coming off the battlefield.

For these and other various reasons, many times we may create and quilt a beautiful Quilt of Valor and never get to see the actual award of these Quilts of Valor - especially for those Volunteers who help create these precious quilts but are unable to attend a Quilt of Valor Award ceremony. Occasionally, we receive a wonderful note and even a picture or two from those who attended the Quilt of Valor Ceremony.

Recently, we received Quilts of Valor pictures from one of our very favorite people, Clairellen of those Quirky Quilters in Michigan:

Four Quilts of Valor awarded to 4 very deserving Veterans by Irene P.

Clairellen included in her note to us:

Irene P. shared:  "On Thanksgiving I presented 4 quilts to veterans in Ohio. On the far left is a young man who is in the Army reserves and now is an Honored Guard and presides at funerals for the military. His quilt was made by Suzanne Steffes.

On his right is a veteran of the Air Force and served stateside handling projects affecting the Vietnam war. His quilt was made by Irene Palmer, quilted by DebLindley.

The next vet to the right was stationed stateside in the Air Force and is a brother to the first recipient. His quilt was made by Diane Reeve and quilted by Kelly Ziccarello.

The veteran on the far right was in the Korean War His quilt was made by Irene Palmer and quilted by Marcia Hawks.

Presentations are always very moving and tears of joy are shared by everyone. What an honor it is to be able to be a part of of every step in the whole process. Every recipient is very grateful for being remembered and thanked for their service. The gentleman on the far right said that this was the first time he had been shown appreciation for his service since he came home from his time in the service. 

They all agreed how much they appreciate the honor of receiving such a gift of appreciation. This reaction and comment is very common to hear from all of our veterans and soldiers, I have found. How sad, but it is such an honor to express that to all of our military at this time in their lives on the organizations behalf and on behalf of the quilt piecers and quilters."

"Four Quilts of Valor were presented to very deserving veterans by Irene Palmer, representing the Quirky Quilters Quilt Guild in Oscoda Michigan.  Thank you gentlemen for your service."

Thank YOU, Clairellen, Irene and all those Quirky Quilters for EVERYTHING you do to honor and comfort our Service Members and Veterans with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.  We were privileged to play a small part in your wonderful Quilts of Valor Award Ceremony.


Our Very Best to You and those Quirky Quilters over the upcoming Holidays and the New Year!

Deb Lindley/Founder/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)
EastCentralILQOVGroupLeader@gmail.com
EastCentralILQOV.blogspot.com

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

http://EastCentralILQOV.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/EastCentralILQOV/

Sunday, November 29, 2015

We're up to Clue #3 on Alycia's QOV Mystery!

It's been a whirlwind of eating turkey and sewing on this Quilt of Valor Mystery of Alycia's.  We're already up to Clue #3!  Starting to look like something - I think I see STARS ;-)

There's nothing better in a Quilt of Valor than STARS!

To get started, need to add the 'wings' to the flying geese:

Creating the 'flying geese'

Chain piecing the geese is fast & FUN:

Chain piecing the flying geese

And the results:

The flying geese are complete and ready to be trimmed

Trimming off those dog ears:

Pruning blocks - getting them all ready for the next step...assembly!

Now it's time to take ALL the parts from Clues #1 & 3 and put them together:

Row assembly - ready for the final step

The finished 9-patch STARS:

Finished 9-patch STARS

It's still not too late to join in this Quilt of Valor Mystery.  Follow this direct weblink for ALL the great QOV Mystery details:  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/mysteryquilts4military/info


Questions?  Please Contact:

Deb Lindley/Founder/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)
EastCentralILQOVGroupLeader@gmail.com
EastCentralILQOV.blogspot.com

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

http://EastCentralILQOV.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/EastCentralILQOV/

QOV Mystery Clue #1
QOV Mystery Clue #2
QOV Mystery Clue #3

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Wishing You ALL a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!


The Mission of the Quilts of Valor® Foundation:  "To cover Service Members and Veterans touched by war, with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor®".


Wishing ALL you wonderful East Central IL QOV Volunteers who give of yourselves tirelessly, day after day, year after year a Happy Thanksgiving!

A very special 'Thank YOU' goes out to our Veterans and Service Members for their sacrifice and service for our country...wherever you may be this Thanksgiving Day.

~Deb Lindley/Founder/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)
EastCentralILQOVGroupLeader@gmail.com
EastCentralILQOV.blogspot.com

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

http://EastCentralILQOV.blogspot.com/

https://www.facebook.com/groups/EastCentralILQOV/


A Thanksgiving message from our QOVF Executive Director:

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thanksgiving is a time of reflection for many people.  For me it is a time to stop and give thanks for my family and friends and for having the freedoms to enjoy doing whatever I like.
We all know those freedoms would not be possible were it not for the sacrifices and willingness to serve of our military family.  If you know someone serving on active duty, please thank them for their service and protection.

Of course, thanking active duty personnel, or a veteran from WWII and all the time in between is what the mission of Quilts of Valor is, 'To cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.  Over 1600 quilts were reported awarded just during the week of Veteran's Day.

For that, my thanks go to you the volunteer, the supporter, whatever your role is.  You may have cut, sewn, pressed, cleaned up or written a check.  You all receive my thanks for giving of yourself and your time and resources to fulfill the mission of Quilts of Valor.

May you have the best Thanksgiving ever, knowing you have made a difference in the life of a Veteran.

Ann Rehbein  
Executive Director
Quilts of Valor ® Foundation

Monday, November 23, 2015

Clue #2 for QOV Mystery...Done!

Had a bit of time to work on Clue #2 of Alycia's Quilt of Valor Mystery - well that was quick, in NO time at all, was able to finish it ALL up...FUN and Done!

HSTs of Clue #2 ALL finished, including the necessary 'pruning' of the blocks
my jelly jar is almost Full!
Just some quick sewing of the red/white and blue/white blocks to create the half-square triangles/HSTs:

Sewing the second side with a 1/4" seam allowance
Strip piecing is the bomb!

...AND it's Fast, too!

While I'm not quite as fast as Alycia - especially when I'm watching her on one of her local news media featuring fellow quilter/Hero, Cecily and Alycia being awarded a local Hero award for their Quilts of Valor efforts, I still managed to cut/sew/press/trim in under 2 hours, Thanks to the easy-to-follow instructions provided by Alycia w/our latest QOV Mystery:
http://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/7everyday-hero/quilts-of-comfort-for-veterans


Honoring our Veterans and the Everyday Heroes who make it possible...
CONGRATS! Alycia and Cecily - our QOV Heroes!!

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®…”


              

QOV Mystery Clue #1
QOV Mystery Clue #2
QOV Mystery Clue #3

Saturday, November 14, 2015

A Brand-NEW Quilt of Valor Mystery Starts TODAY! Are YOU In?

Alycia's Quilt of Valor Mystery starts TODAY!  Are YOU In?  The First Mystery Clue has just been released - Looks FUN to me and since 'Miss Betty & I' have committed twenty-five (25) QOVs for 2016, NO time like the present to get started...Come Join US! 
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/mysteryquilts4military/info

Alycia is a super-talented Quilt Artist and QOV Volunteer, who also creates stunning Quilts of Valor throughout the year for our very deserving Service Members and Veterans.  One of the very first Quilts of Valor 'Miss Betty & I' created was one of Alycia's QOV Mysteries.  You may recognize it:

One of Alycia's QOV Mysteries from 2012
After completing the assembly of this 2012 QOV Mystery of Alycia's, I opted to add patriotic embroideries.  This Quilt of Valor was originally created with my WW II Veteran and dear father-in-law 'Dick' in mind.  Sadly, it was not completed until after his passing.  This Quilt of Valor is now a 'Tribute Quilt' in honor of his life and his service and sacrifice for our country at Iwo Jima, as well as the life of my Uncle Danny - a Vietnam Veteran, and my cousin, IRAQ Veteran, Charles - who served and fell in IRAQ.

If you would like to join us in creating a beautiful Quilt of Valor for one of our deserving Service Members or Veterans, Come Join Us!

Just follow this direct weblink:
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/mysteryquilts4military/info
...to become part of this Yahoo FUN-filled Group.

Once your F R E E Membership to this Yahoo Group has been accepted and approved, you will have access to ALL the clues to this Brand-NEW Quilts of Valor Mystery to create your own one-of-a-kind Quilt of Valor...See YOU soon!

UPDATE: Fabrics!

My QOV Mystery Quilt fabric choices - good 'ol Red/White/Blue
Let the cutting begin!


UPDATE 11/15/15: Clue #1 is Done and DONE!

Alycia's QOV Mystery Quilt Clue #1 ALL Done...Yippee!!
Alrighty then, now that we've completed the first clue - including the pressing/trimming and squaring up our blocks, back to the business of binding in between sneezing!

PS...I know - I'm duplicating this post on BOTH our blogs for the initial launch of this QOV Mystery Quilt and Clue #1 to ensure EVERYONE  who may be interested in creating a gorgeous Quilt of Valor for one of our deserving Service Members or Veterans, receives this info at the very beginning so they have plenty of time to join in the FUN!

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, November 10, 2015

Veteran's Day Tribute to ALL our Beloved Veterans

In Memory of those who have Fallen...




In Honor of those who Remain.


Thank YOU to each and every one of You who have fought and sacrificed for our Freedoms.

Deb Lindley/Founder/Group Leader
East Central IL QOV
217.264.2051 (Direct)
EastCentralILQOVGroupLeader@gmail.com

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


Friday, November 6, 2015

Quilt of Valor makes muster in time for Veteran's 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®".

A Quilt of Valor is such a special quilt.  It is the highest award a United States citizen may award a Service Member or Veteran whose been touched by war.  As such, the Standards of Excellence for creating such a special quilt are stringent, yet achievable by those special quilt makers who volunteer countless hours to create each and every Quilt of Valor.  Many of these special QOVs will be awarded during our upcoming Veteran's Day celebration.

Each Quilt of Valor requires a special QOV quilt label.  We embellish our Quilt of Valor labels with different embroideries prior to attaching:

QOV quilt label getting embellished prior to getting attached to its Quilt of Valor
We also enjoy creating our own East Central IL QOV badge, which we also embroider:

Embroidering our East Central IL QOV badge
A QOV Presentation case is required for those Quilts of Valor that will be awarded long distance, as this particular one will be:

Adding special top stitching to a QOV Presentation case
After ALL the countless hours of our Volunteers, everything comes together, including the Quilts of Valor Award document and the personal letter to the QOV Award recipient that accompanies each of our East Central IL Quilts of Valor:

Quilt of Valor labeled, w/QOV Presentation case and Quilt of Valor Award documents

This Quilt of Valor is all ready to ship to another QOV Volunteer who will award this very special quilt to an even more special IRAQ Veteran.

Quilt of Valor ready to ship to be awarded in time for Veteran's Day

On behalf of our East Central IL QOV Volunteers, we wish to Thank ALL our Service Members and Veterans for their sacrifice and service for our country.

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®…”