Thank you!

Thank you!
Thank a Veteran each and every day

Friday, February 5, 2016

A positive note from a Machine Quilter

I am going to post a thank you from one of our machine quilters. I know you hear all the time....SLOW down....THIS IS NOT A RACE!!!, getting too many complaints from our quilters. Make sure your seams ARE together before sewing...sew a 1/8" around the top especially if not putting on a border..... Well, in the past week I received two emails from one of our machine quilters. You need to know when we get a good note:

 "Hi Rita, I am currently working on quilt #2/4 that I have here and am having a great time since I recently moved my machine upstairs to my former living room.
Just wanted to say how wonderful the QOV packages are with all the materials cut to size! I love it that I don't have to make a backing and/or measure and cut batting. I hate cutting batting!! It is great to open the "package", put the backing on my frame, then the batting and top and get started. Yea! Better get down and finish this one so I can start another tonight. I'm trying out a different pattern on each and a new one for me to boot. Figuring out the quilting pattern is the most difficult part. Haven't been on my machine in months and it is great to turn it on once again.
Hope the sew-ins go well on Saturday.  Nancy
and note #2:
I forgot--I also love that someone has stay stitched the edge of each quilt top--no open seams to repair before quilting! Yea! Nancy"

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

St Charles February Sew In

St. Charles Sew-in...numbers, you want numbers? we had about 21 people, I count 14 new tops came in, people dropped off about 7 finished tops and I really didn't get a good count on how many quilted but not bound tops cause they were on the table and had people taking them home to bind. So, one down and a biggy coming up on Saturday. We're doing it! Here is what you're looking for! Highlight! Mr. Kenneth F (Navy/Vietnam) was awarded his Quilt of Valor. Thank you, sir, for your sacrifice, bravery and service)













Wednesday, January 27, 2016

National Sewing Day update: February 6, 2016

Now we have 5 locations for National Sewing Day.  Go to QOVF.org to register
Your sewing location choices are:
Moose Lodge in St. Charles (2250 W Rt 38).pot luck.Debby Frane, Caron Carlson

Sewing Etc, Yorkville (2261 N Bridge St)...10 AM -? We will have potluck. If you have a project you are working on, no problem, bring it in. If not, we have a coujple project ideas. Kelly is making room, and will have surprise baskets of goodies, coupons for that day and specials going on that day. Join us in making quilts for our Veterans. So, fill your bobbins, and bring a friend or two! AND we are awarding a Veteran his QOV. Rita

429 Shelburne Dr., Carol Stream, (10-3 PM)Sloppy Joes, baked bean, chips (or bring your own).  Bring your sewing machine and thread, notions, seam ripper, cutting mat, and rotary cutter. Debbie Long and Susan Wing

Firehouse in Sugar Grove, 9-4 PM (Rt 30 and Municipal Drive), Betty Ivins (Common Threads Quilt Guild hosting. Brown bag lunch. Any further info contact ct_qg_info@yahoo.com)

Robert's Sewing in Crest Hill, 9:30am-3pm, Going to order from Jimmy John's, but welcome to bring your own. Pat Clower
 
The leaders might appreciate knowing how many are attending each location so that they have enough kits and "goodies".  I have also posted on Facebook so you can just post which location, or those without FB can notify the posted leaders.
Rita

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sharing a Thank you.

When we get a request for a quilt, we try and try and try to award in person. Well, sometimes that can't happen, so we mail. Martha Tabis is sharing a thank you we just received: "Thank you for your generosity in making quilts for veterans. I received mine yesterday and it is beautiful. My wife wants a quilt rack now to display it. God bless you & thanks again. Gary P., Freeport"
Rita

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sew In Notes

Yorkville Sew In...Look at all that came in and finished yesterday! We also had the honor and privilege of awarding Allan V his quilt of valor. He came in with his family...so proud! Thank you for your service, Sir.










and now I'm going to try again to post Elgin's story.

Looking good!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sew-in at Linda Z's

Marsha just called and can't get her car started.  She might be late or...not at all.  There are 3 veterans coming in for their quilts.  Kathy J might go ahead and award those (hopefully).  If you have a project you are working on, I don't see why you can't use the space and go ahead.

Friday, January 15, 2016

QOV Sew-in Reminder Notice

Jan 19, Sewing Etc., Yorkville sew-in reminder notice. Kelly has done some rearranging...thank you, Kelly Casner Brisbin. See you Tuesday 10 AM.
Rita

Saturday, January 9, 2016

International Quilt Show booth help request

Going over the sign up sheets...Need more help for the Quilt Show at the Rosemont. Dates are April 6 (set up 9-4) could use someone who has already worked our booth to help. Doesn't take long; and show dates need for Thursday and Friday (April 7 and 8). Now, if you're unable to work but going to the show, would you be willing to volunteer for the show people. Let me know...gets you into the show for free AND your hours goes toward our price for getting the booth!
email me or call me if you can help.

Feb 6--QOV National Sewing Day Locations

We have 4 locations for National Sewing Day.  You can go to QOVF.org to register indicating which location you are going to be sewing at that day. Your choices are:
Moose Lodge in St. Charles (2250 W Rt 38)..Debby Frane, Caron Carlson
Sewing Etc, Yorkville (2261 N Bridge St)...Rita Pennington
429 Shelburne Dr., Carol Stream , Debby Long
Firehouse in Sugar Grove (Rt 30 and Municipal Drive), Betty Ivins
The leaders might appreciate knowing how many are attending each location so that they have enough kits and "goodies".  I have also posted on Facebook so you can just post which location, or those without FB can notify the posted leaders.
Rita
 

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The merge went well

Well, that went very well! There was cutting, battings were bundled, backings were measured and cut, and sewing....and I still came home with lots of scraps!!! So, haven't had time (and probably won't get to that today cause someone VERY important to us is on his way), but I'll assemble all the lists (membership, volunteers for quilt shows---still room for more---gets you into the show for free, and whatever other lists I put out there for you). Came home with 6 completed quilts--always a good sign! Thank you, St. Charles and all for coming and I look forward to more. Here are the pictures.








Saturday, January 2, 2016

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! Ready?!!! Spent some time putting this together, so here goes. Sew in Reminder Notice, Tuesday, January 5th.: As you may have heard the Batavia group is merging with the St. Charles group. Thank you, Debby Frane (St. Charles leader), for making this happen. Our new location is at the St. Charles Moose located at 2250 Rt 38 (across from Meyer), first Tuesdays of the month.. Doors open at 10 AM. Door open to us is the one facing Rt 38. Not much parking in front of those doors...PLEASE leave me a spot..you know how many trips I take with all the STUFF! Drop off your stuff and park to the west of the building.

Those who have projects to work on, fine, bring them along. We will be having a "cutting session", a backing group and a batting group as well. Bring your SHARP rotary cutters, scissors, rulers and those with the Accu cutters are bringing those along with dies and mats.(mark your supplies!!!!) And thank you for the reminder! Please bring surge protectors or extension cords!!

I would also ask that you bring in your calendars. We have dates to discuss and I need your help. Lunch? I need to find a volunteer to take care of lunch details. You should see what all I pack...taking two cars this time (Thank you, Dorothy) and I'll be the first to say, lunch is not on that list!! I say do what you want Tuesday and let's discuss then what you all want to do. Majority rules!! As a matter of fact, with the loss of our Batavia location, I am seeking more volunteers to help me with some more of the tasks. AND you have to know I'll have one foot out the door...Wednesday we are to welcome our new GRANDSON!

2015 was great thanks to all of you dedicated volunteers. People just coming up and asking what can I do! That is music to my ears. It didn't take us long to find a new place AND what I love about it, everyone is on board! See you Tuesday. Debby Frane, if I forgot anything, jump right in!
Rita

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Steven K, First Lieutenant, Army

 Today, I had the honor and privilege to award, Steven K, First Lieutenant (Army) his QOV. Thank you sir for your service and to his loving family!