Friday, October 14, 2016

Our October Meeting - Doris came...;-)

And guess what our very own Strip Quilting Diva brought?  Not one, not two, NOT even three QOV quilt tops...NINE (9) Quilts of Valor quilt tops!  This is what can happen when an 80+ year young quilter can be left to her own quilty devices ;-)

Doris's NINE (9) QOV Quilt Tops!

Ready for the QOV show?  Here we go - We'll let Doris show you the first one:

Doris unfolding one of her patriotic QOV quilt tops
We really liked the patriotic fabrics she chose for this one!

And here it is in it's entirety:

How creative and colorful is this?

Next - we will unveil ALL these outstanding QOV quilt tops...Enjoy!

#2 QOV quilt top

#3 QOV quilt top

#4 QOV quilt top

#5 QOV quilt top

#6 QOV quilt top

#7 QOV quilt top

#8 QOV quilt top
And the last but certainly NOT the least these Quilts of Valor quilt top by our Doris:

QOV quilt top #9!

These pics do NOT do the fabrics in these colorful QOV quilt tops justice!  Once ALL these amazing patriotic quilt tops are bordered out - they will quilt into some really wonderful Quilts of Valor.

And IF my math is correct - this puts Doris well over the FIFTY (50) mark for her total contribution of QOV quilt tops, just since October, 2014!

A Big HUGE Thank YOU goes out to our very own Strip Quilting Diva, Doris!  Because of her Quilts of Valor efforts, nine (9) more Veterans and Service Members will be honored and covered with wonderful Quilts of Valor.

And once again - got a BIG hug from one of our previously awarded QOV recipients, Peggy...those are The Best!

Time to get busy with borders and quilting!

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, October 11, 2016

Come and Sew for Our Vets - October/Final 2016 Meeting!

Come and Sew for Our Vets!
Quilts of Valor 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®".

October FINAL 2016 Meeting!

East Central IL QOV has met the second Thursday of alternating months from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (CST) at our Marshall McDonald’s in Marshall, IL throughout this past year.  Our next and FINAL meeting for 2016 is Thursday, October 13, 2016 @ 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 2015, we met and exceeded our original goals.  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 2016 - to now create and award a minimum of twenty-five (25) Quilts of Valor for our area Service Members and Veterans  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 other month, next/FINAL 2016 meeting is Thursday, October 13, 2016

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, We may be awarding a Quilt of Valor, schedules permitting!
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!

2016 Meeting Dates:

October 13 FINAL 2016 MEETING! - We will be sharing the Brand-NEW Patriotic fabric line available through one of our fellow East Central IL QOV Group Leader, Lisa via her online shop at which she offers the first week of each calendar month, at very competitive pricing for QOV Groups...Guests Welcome!

October 13 - FINAL 2016 Meeting!
Because we are now booked throughout the November/December time frame to Award Quilts of Valor for the remainder of this calendar year, we simply do NOT have time to meet in December, 2016...Thank YOU!

ALL meetings will begin promptly at 1:30 pm (CST)…Thanks!

We Need:  Toppers, Binders, Longarm Quilters, QOV Presentation Case creators 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, and of course you are ALWAYS free to create and make your own Quilts of Valor according to our QOVF Standards of Excellence.  FREE QOV block patterns are available at and will also be available for participating East Central IL QOV Volunteer Members.

*NOTES:  Each participant is responsible for cutting & 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, October 9, 2016

A4 Patriotic Mystery Underway!

Originally, had planned on utilizing the 'scrappy' option of our latest Patriotic Mystery but, while going through my personal scrap bins, stumbled across these two wonderful patriotic prints and decided to do something I NEVER do - alter a two fabric and/or scrappy Mystery into a 3+ fabrics:

Red Patriotic print/Blue Patriotic print/Parchment solid
And - using a parchment colored solid versus my usual stark white!  Shall be interesting to see how this works out ;-)

So, after the cutting:

ALL the necessary strips and squares cut - ready to sew!
On to one of my favorite parts...sewing, then pressing and MORE cutting!

Cutting the strips into Red/Parchment/Blue units

And Clue #1 of our latest A4 Mystery by Alycia is now complete!

ALL necessary units for Clue #1 complete, safely tucked away until next week...

To join in the Mystery FUN, Please follow this direct web link for ALL the Mystery details:

Now that I can put Clue #1 to bed, time to get back to sewing those Patriotic Star units I started last week.  Got a little sidetracked w/annual Fall cold with the fluctuating temps but, back at it today!

Half of the 25 block units have BOTH of their corner squares sewn on
and the other half, waiting patiently for their turn at the sewing machine...

Sewing the corner squares on the Patriotic Star units - my Dad would refer to my sewing set-up as a 'jig'...loved that term, sounds 'festive' don't you think?

GREEN painter's tape to the rescue - works great for establishing a definitive sewing line for my squares w/NO marking...Yes!  I HATE to mark - takes ALL the FUN out of sewing ;-)

Time to mow so I can sew...later.

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®…”