We are a busy bunch of quilters that strive to provide quilts as our small and humble way of saying "thanks" to our returning troops. Rita Pennington (email@example.com) is our "Drill Sergeant" and she keeps the (quilting) troops moving and motivated. We meet twice a month, the first Tuesday at Prairie Shop Quilts in Batavia and the third Tuesday of the month at Sewing Etc., Yorkville. See side bar for more locations.
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We have another successful quilt show behind us. Thank you Jane H, Jane P, Sandy A, Dorothy and Marilyn S for helping out at the show. Here is a picture of yet another helper. Doug was there in his Innova Booth at the show and quilted one of our quilts for us. Thank you, Doug!
We surprised Richard, a Vietnam Veteran with awarding him a QOV at the show yesterday. Making a lot of contacts...longarmers, people interested in starting another group...just a lot of patriotic citizens wanting to thank a veteran! I'm going to also have to remember to post that people can drop off their quilt tops/quilted quilts at our next show! So come on out, do a little shopping, see some nice quilts and stop by our booth.
I want to tell you about my aunt...yes, our pillowcase maker for the past few years. Last Tuesday I took my aunt out for a birthday lunch. 86 years young! When she returned home, in getting out of her car, a gust of wind came along and knocked the car door to her back and knocked her down. She has a crushed wrist. She is scheduled for surgery this Friday morning, so keep her in your thoughts.
When she called me from the hospital, her words, not mine, were, you're going to have to find someone else to make pillowcases!
We had our first sew-ins this past week...all set for a couple new monthly sew-ins! At Gentler Times worked on blocks for MQX as we did at Linda Z's. Now we get ready for Batavia's Quilt and Textile Show this weekend at the Eastside Community Center, 14 N Van Buren St. Set up is Friday morning 9:30 AM with the show starting at 1 pm - 6 PM. Saturday and Sunday, 10 AM - 5 PM. For those who signed up to work, thank you.
I'd post pictures from yesterday's sew-in, but camera is giving me an error message.....grrrr
Yes, we have two sew-ins on Tuesday, July 15. You read that yesterday we awarded 50 quilts (40 from LOLQOV and 10 from Huntley's Gazebo QOV Quilters) to the National Guard members who returned from Afghanistan last year. Well, there are 130 members who returned. I have never promised quilts before knowing we can do it but yes, I've promised to come back to cover the rest of the members. So, we have work to do!! And what timing:
We return to Sewing Etc., Yorkville, (Rt 47 and Cannonball Trail Rd) for our regular sew-in. NOTE: We now have the storefront next door with a much bigger area! Jane has what you'll need if you're looking for a new project. You'll need your sewing machine and quilting tools.
A new-to-us location in Arlington Heights begins its debut Tuesday at Linda Z's. That address is: 1030 E Central Rd, Arlington Heights and their phone number is: (847) 394-4622. We begin at 9:30 and go until 3 (ish). Again, sewing machines, and quilting tools.
Also, if you have old phone books looking for a place, can you start putting them aside for our string projects. So, fill them bobbins and let's do it!
Today, accompanied with our Huntley Group, Gazebo QOV Quilters, we presented 50 quilts to a National Guard group at Catigny. I tell you we are in great hands with our Military. They didn't let a rain storm stop the event! Here are a few pictures...more on FB:
Next Friday, July 11 is the "birth" of another, hopefully, successful monthly sew-in for Land of Lincoln Quilts of Valor!! That is happening at Gentler Times and their address is: 476 S Rt 59 Ste 152 Naperville, IL 60540, phone # (630) 305-0102. Thank you, Sandy Andrews for taking this one on. This was one of our locations on that VERY snowy February day of the Nation-wide sew-in! I am looking forward to pictures of many quilt tops for our heroes. The store opens at 10!! See you there.
ok, time has come. Just a reminder regarding our fabric and QOV tops.
Our quilts are sometimes given to some Veterans who are in hospitals and
or have serious injuries. Please be aware of pet dander AND if you
smoke, please keep fabric away from those exposures. Our volunteer
quilters also have this request. We are doing a great service to our
Veterans, I am sure you don't want to expose them to yet another issue
that would cause any discomfort. Thank you.
Let this be our reminder for our next sew in on Tuesday, July 1st. Let's do another "picnic" in honor of the 4th of July. I'll bring the hot dogs...someone can bring the buns and relish as we will be grilling those the morning of and getting back into town the night before. We have a presentation and the family has been invited to our potluck.
Marilyn is bringing another string idea. SO, fill them bobbins!
See you on Tuesday!
PS...want to add: back from guild meeting yeserday. What a surprise!!! QOV received 15 tops just
from one bee!!! That has never happened before. Then had people
coming up looking for tops to quilt! Ohh, gotta add...came home with
at least another 10 tops all finished (well, almost...just have to add
labels to some). Yup, surrounded by some very awesome people!!! Thank
you, Thank you!!!