Thank you!

Thank you!
Thank a Veteran each and every day

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Upcoming Presentation and sewing with the "kids"

We are "on" for next Tuesday. I spoke with a few of you to go with me to present about a dozen QOV's to this center where these Veterans meet who all suffer from PTSD. Rich tells me there are mostly Vietnam Veterans and one Iraqi Veteran. Email me if you are interested.  It is scheduled for 2:30...and we should be out of there shortly. It's out by the Fox Valley Mall area.  I'm awaiting his email for an address.

I also spoke about sewing with the kids at Cowherd Middle School.  So, right after the presentation we can head over to the school.  A teacher approached me about this after school program with the kids making a QOV top.   I love the opportunity of  inspiring students to honor our military.  So, let me know if you are interested.
Rita

Thursday, April 17, 2014

QOV Block Challenge

MQX has issued two new blocks for the Springfield QOV block challenge:  Hourglass Block and Diamond Chain Block.  I have fabric and instructions.  Call or email me and I can send them out to you.
Rita

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

show and tell from April sew in

Dorothy chipping away at another neat scrappy quilt
Had another small group but again, very productive!!  I believe the Pegs pattern was a hit!  Can't wait to see them put together.  Here is our show and tell:  (thank you Marilyn for sending these--I will learn that new camera)
Pam finished this Sunny Skies


Count on Marilyn to complete these strings

Donna's interpretation of this pretty classy pattern, you think!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Illinois QOV block challenge

Most of you have heard me talking about the quilt show that is coming to Springfield this September.  Well, it's MQX and they have a Quilt of Valor block challenge.  If you are on FB the instructions are there, if not, I have them.  I hope to have some kits made up if you'd like to participate.  We've talked about submitting them as a group, I think this is a good idea.  We will be having a booth at this show, so I'm interested if you are willing to put in a few hours at the booth..I think I'd like to maybe take a class or two at this show.

So, today is sew-in in Yorkville at Sewing Etc.  We have kits for a pattern I think you will like.  Join us.  I'll be there at 10!
Rita

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fabric donation---Thank you

I'd like to take the time to thank everyone who donates fabric.  Most of the time there is no name on the bags left at the shop.  Had a very generous donation this weekend which I've been folding and folding and putting away. 
Rita
PS...see you tomorrow at the sew-in at Sewing Etc., Yorkville.  (newbies---corner of Rt 47 and Cannonball Trail)

Friday, April 11, 2014

Presentation and Sew In Reminder Notice

Yesterday I had the privilege of awarding 7 QOVs..one veteran from Afghanistan and 6 from Vietnam. Wish I would have had a camera with me..it was at 7:30! I tell you them quilts sure do look great all wrapped around those veterans!! 

Tuesday, March 15, we meet to sew at Sewing Etc, Yorkville.   10 AM - 3 or 4 :)  We cut kits for a nice and easy pattern called, Pegs.  So, come with your filled bobbins, sewing machines.
Rita

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Cut-in Schedule....Tuesday, April 8

ok, have spoken to Kelly and we will meet at Sewing Etc., Yorkville, next Tuesday, April 8.  Bring along your rotary cutter, ruler and a pair of scissors.  We're working on the QOV scrap mess I have here!!!  And of course we can run for lunch at our favorite place!
Rita

Schedule a cut-in???

So, you wanted to have a cut-in?  I show the 8th, 22nd, and 29th (of April, that is) open for me.  Let me know.   Pretty neat we haven't had to schedule one in quite awhile.  Thinking if we have enough help, we might just get it all done!!
Rita

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Show and Tell from yesterday's sew in...

Last month's project
Blocks made at the Expo
Looking good!!





Jane said "many pieces"!!
 

look at what Martha did with some donated blocks!





Shirley had several working on this neat patriotic quilt
 

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Sharing from the Expo this past weekend and Sew-in Reminder

As usual, what a success.  Success in meeting prospective newbies to the QOV mission!  New piecers, new quilters and promises of donations!!  We had two presentations--always a bonus!
Story on her...  Jane and I had lunch with her to find out we had a Veteran in our midst!  Invited her to stop by the booth, we had "something" for her.  She had planned to all along and mentioned she loved this one "flag" quilt we had hanging.  So, after her class she came back and we had the honor of presenting that flag quilt to her.  She was so surprised!  I do have pictures of the presentation, but having difficulties uploading.

This is Alyvia.  Her story, she was at our booth last year and came back to make a block!  She made a block earlier in the day and when she came back to make another block, she found her block already put into the 4-block and onto a quilt top!  Thank you, Alyvia.  Keep on quilting and see you next year!

I do have more pictures but wanted to post what I could  for now and will try again for the rest.

Great weekend and look forward to our sew-in on Tuesday.  Prairie Shop Quilts, 1911 W Wilson, Batavia (for our newbies).  We bring our sewing machines, filled bobbins, quilting supplies and a dish to pass of course.  Shop opens at 10 AM.  See you there!
Rita

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Last day at show today.

Been going great. Tons of interest in making quilts. Really have a huge interest in the far north east of the state! Lake County...someone need help in getting a group started, I'll help you in any way. We had a few longarmers come by ..One did take a top and backing and the other will be picking up at the shop!! OHHHH..highlight was two presentations! More on that and pictures later. The sewing machines were humming. Didn't get the count of blocks from yesterday, but had over 40 blocks on Thursday. We went thru almost 3 bags of strings. Yes, we sorted last night and have fresh strings for today! Hope to see you at the show. We were given a great location!
Just got a nice note from one of our recipients: I'm still weak-kneed from the presentation you made to me today of my wonderful QOV! "What a thrill! As promised, the pictures your friend shot with my camera. Would you please give me the address/pertinents about the Batavia meeting (I believe you said it was Tuesday) including time. I will see if I can make it......"Boyd C
Rita

Thursday, March 27, 2014

See you at the Sewing Expo!

Headed for our first day at the Sewing Expo in Schaumburg this morning.  Supposed to be a nice day, so get out and see us at the booth!  It'll be a great place to rest those weary feet.  Stop in and make a block or two.
Rita