Friday, June 30, 2017

What a Great June QOV Meeting...Doris Came!

Our latest East Central IL QOV June Meeting brought a wonderful turnout from our Volunteer efforts and LOTS of QOV quilt tops.  Our Doris brought thirteen (13) herself!

Without further ado - here are thirteen (13) of the twenty (20) we received...Thank You ALL for your incredible Volunteer efforts and your wonderful generosity!

QOV #1 - Eagles & Stars

QOV #2 - Patriotic Stripes

QOV #3 - Patriotic Weave

QOV #4 - Red Door/Blue Streets

QOV #5 - We Love the USA! 

QOV #6 - Patriotic Pinwheels

QOV #7 - Patriotic Sunrise

QOV #8 - Americana Delight

QOV #9 - Americana Striped

QOV #10 - Khaki & Cream

QOV #11 - Americana View

QOV #12 - Sunshine & Stars

QOV #13 - Flags of Freedom, Our Doris's 79th QOV!

Are these thirteen amazing QOV quilt tops inspirational, or what?  Every time I look at them, I get even more ideas for even MORE quilts!

Our Doris holding one of her thirteen (13) QOV quilt tops!

The seven (7)  remaining QOV quilt tops will be photographed at a later date, after they are completed and quilted, per the request of their Volunteer creators and to maintain the privacy and surprise of those QOV recipients - NO worries, we will wait patiently for their final reveal.

In the meantime - time to start planning/cutting/sewing borders for ALL these incredible QOV quilt tops!

A Big Thank YOU goes out to ALL our incredible Volunteers, and those who continue to support our Volunteer efforts - you make it possible for us to continue to honor and cover our very deserving Service Members and Veterans with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.

Happy 4th of July 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®…”

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Come and Sew for Our Vets Thursday, June 29, 2017!

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®".

NEW 2017 Meeting Schedule!

East Central IL QOV will meet the second Thursday of designated months from 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm (CST) at our Marshall McDonald’s in Marshall, IL throughout the upcoming calendar year.  Our next meeting  is Thursday, June 29, 2017 @ 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 2016, we met and far 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 2017 - 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 designated months, June's meeting was re-scheduled due to area flooding challenges, next meeting is Thursday, June 29, 2017

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 meeting!

*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!

2017 Meeting Dates:

June 29
July - Independence Day Celebrations/QOV Awards/Vacations/NO Meeting
August 10
September 14
October 12 - Final Meeting for 2017...Thank YOU!
November - Veteran's Day Celebrations/Thanksgiving/NO Meeting
December - Christmas/New Year's Celebrations/NO Meeting

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®…”


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Designing Two (2) Special QOVs for Two Very Important Vets...

The first set of patriotic log cabin blocks are complete:

34 Patriotic Log Cabin blocks ALL Finished!

These are the fabrics I have chosen (so far) for these two very special Quilts of Valor:

Marblehead Valor fabrics by Moda

...along with some gorgeous accent fabrics from

American Streamers and Oh My Stars for Benartex
Cutting strips:

Cutting sewn strips

and strip piecing make assembly FAST & Fun!

Strip piecing the Patriotic Log cabin 'logs' in place

Now that the Patriotic log cabin blocks are sewn/pressed/pruned and squared, time to finish designing the rest of these two (2) very special Quilts of Valor...

Wouldn't embroidered eagle blocks
look great with the Patriotic log cabin blocks?

I'm thinking we need some Eagle embroidery to go with...

I'll post updates as they become available.  For now - time to quilt!

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®…”