Thursday, December 29, 2011
Prairie Shop Quilts, 1911 W Wilson St., Batavia, IL
We gather again next Tuesday, Jan 3rd, for our monthly sew-in. We have lots of kits so we need lots of sewing machines. Again, bring your ruler, rotary cutter and a small mat.
Those who took home their quilt top last month to finish, bring along your scraps. Though we try very hard to make these kits perfect or sometimes in sewing, we make an error, someone is in need of a "little more of that red, or blue". Plus it'll be good to have for making the bindings. We also ask that you bring back the plastic bags and patterns---saves on the cost of making up these kits.
Oh, and have you heard of the QOV under the lights night--January 18 from 6-8 pm. Let Bonita know if you are coming so we can ink the date in.
When you drop off a quilt top or finished quilt at the quilt shop, please put your name on the quilt. It makes it easier to keep track of where the quilts/tops are and how many we have coming in.
Speaking of quilt drop off---we now have 3 places where you can drop off a quilt top: Prairie Shop Quilts in Batavia, Quilt Merchant, Winfield, and Gentler Times, Rt 59, Naperville. You might want to let me know you have done so at Winfield or Naperville, so I can make it a point to pick them up or have them picked up...I appreciate it, thank you.
Thank you, Sharon, Dorothy and Chris for your help yesterday in pressing and cutting. Again, if you have a pattern idea and would like to come by and pick up some fabric, be my guest.
I'm bringing a pot of chili for my dish to pass.
Happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
"This year we entered 11 lap-sized quilts, as the ALS patients end up in wheelchairs, sooner rather than later.
They really don't have a good search method on the facebook page. If I can remember where ours are from this year, I will send those later."
We are pleased to announce the winners for the following prize catagory:
Sew Generous Professional:
1st Place: Barbara Hutton of Carolina Shores, NC (Barb Quilts)
2nd Place: Bonnie & Joe Filer of Mahomet, Il
Our entry from last year. It was a good-sized couch quilt:
Met up with Joe today as he was picking up some QOV tops to quilt. He also brought some show and tell!! Nice work!
I'm brown bagging my lunch even though I think with many hands we should be done sooner than later.
Ty sent this to me---I know I've seen it before, but it's worth viewing again:
PS...Santa brought me an extra apple core die--- Let me know if you're interested.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Oh, if you have a suggestion for a new-to-us pattern or if you'd like to try one we've tackled before, let me know or bring in the pattern. It's your monthly sew-ins, too, and would really like you to have fun as well.
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Been working on a couple new-to-us kit patterns by Bonnie Hunter, Quiltville.com; Scrappy Sister's Choice Blocks and her Boxy Stars. So, if you're interested in helping make up some kits, let me know.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Ha, just wait till that Major comes out again!
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
I just finished labeling some of the quilted quilts I picked up in Morris yesterday. I know I've mentioned this blog before---http://blog.heirloomcreations.net/?p=1897
Well, here are a couple versions ready for our troops!
I also NEED to thank all you who picked up quilts for binding!
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
The first Quilt was given away yesterday and this soldier is from Chicago. The soldier was very thankful and kept looking at it and seemed so honored to have got a quilt.
They need the support and welcomed back.
If it’s the unseen by the eye of PTSD or TBI,
They need the support of you and I.
We have enough kits for the next sew-in. If you have any new pattern ideas let me know and we'll have a cut-in probably sometime in January.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
This venture started way back earlier in the year when I was asked to help them get quilts ready to present for Veterans day. The club made the quilts and I quilted most of them. A couple of ladies from the club also quilted. These quilts were going to their Hall of Hero recipients. They had 14 members and would add another 2 this year. All well and good - most of these men have received Purple Hearts and numerous other medals and commendations. They had indeed served our country in a time of war. Well, I did not get the list until the middle/end of October and found that some of these members were either KIA (Killed in Action) OR deceased. Because the commitment had already been made I went ahead with the presentation and you know I am glad I did. I know we give quilts to those who are touched by war. Well believe me when you give a wife of a serviceman who gave his life during one of our wars this quilt, it meant the world to her and to another family who lost their brother in WWII this quilt meant recognition for his life now given to his country. So while I broke the rules I am here to tell you that in this case I feel very good about it.
I have learned that in the future when asked about quilts I will make it clear that the quilts are given to those touched by war but in a way that they will accept and understand.
I have received so many notes of thanks from this group of veterans. I think this is because they are an older generation and remember that writing a Thank you note is proper. These notes were not expected but I will treasure them always.
It was such a pleasure to provide these quilts and see the faces of the men who said I was just doing my duty and I wanted to serve. I received the nicest compliment to date from Laura who coordinated this program. She told me in an email that she had so many people tell her that they found the information I shared on Quilts of Valor and the presentation to be the best part of the program.. Guess I can't do any better than that. So the pleasure was all mine and I was so proud to give these Quilts of Valor to these wonderful men who served our country.
Vixanna "Vicki" Robbel
Friday, December 2, 2011
Looking forward to Tuesday.
Note to quilters: When you bring in completed quilts, please make sure your name is on them cause when I get home, it becomes a memory game and I'm losing. Better yet, ask me for a label so you can insert your name right there. Oh, and if you're not listed on our "Helper" list, give me your card and I will post it. Thank you.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
But I got to brag about my guilds.... If you don't belong to one, join one and I can give you a good one (or two) to join! This guild had a retreat a couple weeks ago and the lady in charge called me prior and asked "what can we do?" (QOV, that is) Well, long story short she came and picked up a couple bags of squares that just needed assembling and a few kits. Today at show n tell---great!
Now, Ms. Anonymous, from my other guild, called me on the Troy sale day a few weeks ago and asked me, Rita, what do you want? WOW...like asking a kid in a candy store and she brought over the fabric and again, another GREAT! Needless to say, just add that to my "thankful for" list! Just to let you know, there ARE a lot of people in this great state of Illinois who are behind our troops!!!
Looking forward to Tuesday---our next scheduled sew-in.
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
There will be a whole lot of troops coming home!! We need more ideas like this.
Have a very Happy Thanksgiving. We have a lot to be thankful for.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
This notice is a hint as to what's to come...or not come, for that matter. I've decided to make an attempt to cut down on computer time. I'll be preparing the final Sew-in Reminder Notice for December 6th's sew-in. I don't know if it's just my ISP but in order to send out to all those who have been a part of our sew-ins, quilting the quilts, binding, etc., I have to send out 5 separate notices. I tried several times sending out just one, but it wouldn't go. When I separated the names into groups, i.e., comcast, yahoo, aol, etc, it worked. I still get a lot of bounces---more time on the computer. As most of you know, we also care for our granddaughter during the day (and next year there will be 2!!) and she wants to "help". ... more redo's!
Hence, going to have to depend on this blog for any announcements. Most of you are on the Prairie Shop Quilts newsletter mailing list, so that will be your reminder notice. If you want an idea as to what we are going to be doing, I'll post it here.
We'll try this out and see how it works. Thanks for understanding.
Saturday, November 12, 2011
I saw on the QOV Facebook page that there are new labels out. We all talked about this when the first labels came out here in Beloit and we did not like them. It made the quilt more about who made it and less about the recipient. We are going to continue to make our labels on the computer and put in the date, the name of the recipient along with the thank you and we put the piecer and the quilter along with the Land of Lincoln blog and the Quilts of Valor Website. It is about who gets the quilt not who made the quilt. We don't want any credits other than what is put on there now and besides for our group, my name would be on there so many times it would like a billboard tribute to ME (not going to happen}. To each their own and it will be our own label and continue to be about the recipient of the quilt.
And now back to my quilting,
Vixanna "Vicki" Robbel
Friday, November 11, 2011
I'd like to share a note I received from Mark Krebs, Aurora Central Catholic HS Assistant Principal:
So, we'll just keep on quilting!
Thursday, November 10, 2011
We attended the Ceremony at Aurora Central Catholic High School today. I wish you could all have been there. They had some very nice patriotic music from the band and their chorus group. Some nice prayers and poems were read as well. During a patriotic medley, there was a slice show of some very moving pictures. Then came time to present the quilts! At the end the veterans form two lines and all the students go thru and shake all their hands. What an honor to be there!
If you want to see more pictures, go to http://auroracentral.com/ and click on their Facebook page. Here are a few I took from there. (wow, sometimes I'm able to load so many and then there are other times....nada)
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Also a reminder, I have plenty of the One Stars from Moda along with patterns if you'd like to put a top together. I have enough flying geese to make another top--it was fun.
Thanks to Dixie, just had an idea.... If you're looking for maybe some Christmas stocking ideas or know of maybe someone who might, we have flannel handwarmers. With some of the donated flannel fabric these handwarmers were made up as a means to raise funds for purchasing fabric. I know I am enjoying sewing with the patriotic colors!
See you Monday! and for some of you, Thursday.
PS. I just heard of a Home for Homeless Veterans in Wheaton requesting quilts and of 52 members of the Army National Guard home with PTSD requesting quilts as well.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Spent the weekend quilting as there are several tops at the stage of needing quilting (hint-hint). So, of course we have a lot that need binding as well!!
See ya Thursday (if not sooner).
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Friday, October 28, 2011
We have a few "one stars" from Moda if anyone wants to experiment with a setting as well. Let me know you want to meet the challenge.
Let me know if you want to join us at the quilt presentation at ACC November 10th and/or the Veterans Day Parade on November 11th.
Monday, October 24, 2011
We had the drawing on Saturday; winner was from Oswego. We also presented quilts to Joshua who had two tours in Iraq; and sent one home to his father as well as he too had been over there. What a way to end our Farmers Market day experience.
Friday, October 21, 2011
So stop by for the presentation and the drawing of the raffle quilt.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
This Saturday, October 22nd we will have the drawing of the lucky ticket for the raffle quilt. It will be pulled at 11 AM so that the winner will have a chance to pick it up before the end of the Farmers Market at noon. Think about working the booth if we're asked to be back next year. You meet a lot of good people---both vendors and market shoppers.
Thursday, October 13, 2011
I'm waiting to hear from a soldier's wife to tell me whether they will be at the Farmers Market this Saturday. This soldier has been thru 4 deployments and never got a quilt! If you're in the area...........
Thursday, October 6, 2011
It has been a busy summer and early fall for all of us that sew at The People Church, Beloit, WI.
Each month has produced at least 6 -8 new quilts and we have an average of 10-12 members each meeting. The ladies are very productive and the quality if wonderful. We are acquiring more longarmers to help. So far there are three that have come forward to take a few quilts and one of our members just purchased a New Gamill machine and a second will be added shortly. This will be wonderful because I am having trouble keeping current.
As for me it was a busy summer with Quilts of Valor. On July 10, I was privileged to present a quilt to Lana (Bublitz). Her father had received a quilt in Washington state just prior to his death and the quilt somehow never made it to Lana. A quilt was reproduced from pictures of Leon's quilt and sent the VFW in Racine, WI. I was asked to go and present it. (picture attached).
The following Saturday, July 16 I was privileged to attend the Returning Warrior Workshop in Minneapolis, MN. I spoke to a large group of about 125 - 150 people about Quilts of Valor and we Presented about 70 quilts to returning Naval Reservists. They all were thrilled with their quilts.(picture attached).
Tina and I both displayed Quilts of Valor quilts are two different 9/11 Remembrance ceremonies on that Sunday. It was a nice touch - we did not focus on Quilts of Valor but it was nice to have the quilts on disply.
Tina has presented three quilts individually to people in the Beloit, WI Area. All in all a wonderful experience. Our group of ladies was involved in the third presentation on Wednesday at our meeting and I know for the large majority it is the first time for them to see this done. I think they were all impressed and I know there were a lot of tears.
We are all so pleased with the wonderful support that we receive from Tina's Church - The People's Church of Beloit, WI. Not only do the provide us with a work area, a storage are but they provide us with moral support. Not one meeting goes by that staff from the church stop by for a short visit and to say hello. What a true blessing this is to all of us.
So I think for now that this is a short update on all that we have been doing from our little group.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Thank you to those who are picking up kits and dropping them off finished. We will continue to have kits available. Also thank you to those who are dropping off completed quilts. Please attach your name and the name of the quilter so a proper label can be attached. If you personally hand me a quilt--put your name on it cause I get home and have this memory problem!
I need to remind you to check the QOVF.org site occasionally to remember size, fabric quality, etc. Remember also that there are more male members in the armed forces then women. I now have quite a few quilts that are on hold waiting for a female quilt request. Quilts are to be machine quilted and not tied. Last night I gathered several quilts that will be delivered to Hines Hospital that are quite under the size requirement (Minimum 55 x 65). I've asked the Chaplain to pass these onto our wheel-chair bound veterans.
Tomorrow night Welcomeyouhome.org will be on hand in Joliet to welcome 8 of 10 men who were in Afghanistan together. Our quilts will be awarded to the 8 who returned and the fallen heroes will be awarded quilts from Home of the Brave.
As soon as I hear of further information on the Veterans Day celebration at Aurora Central High School, I will let you know. Someone mentioned yesterday that this year it's 11/11/11. No matter---let us by example, pass on the need to honor our veterans to the next generation.
PS. The drawing for the raffle quilt will be October 22 at 11 AM, at the Farmers Market at the Aurora Transportation Center. If you want to be present for the drawing, that would be great to be there in numbers! I am so grateful to the City of Aurora for giving us this opportunity to raise money for fabric, batting and expenses needed to keep this mission going.
PSS I'll post some of the recipes from yesterday as well if you'll forward them to me.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I had the honor and privilege to present a quilt to Rev. Paul Weberg yesterday. Fr. Paul is a teacher at Marmion and has been in the National Guard for 5 years. He recently returned from his fourth tour of duty in Iraq. Thank you, Fr. Paul for your service.
Looking forward to yet another sew-in next Tuesday. I think you'll like the pattern choices and you will need to bring along any small cutting mat..reminder notice coming soon.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
I also need to give a big thank you to my Aunt Marianne who one day wanted to learn how to make the pillowcase and now has made us many!
Wanda and Dixie were by this morning to make up more "fabric-go-togethers" for kits which is always a good day as well.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Not today---today we are cutting and making up some kits. Come on by if you'd like to help. Oh, and I can't wait to tell you about a "guardian angel" who stopped by the booth a few weeks ago and is making labels for our quilts! I have about 20 quilts here waiting for labels as well, so it'll be great getting them done and ready for presentation.
I've told some of you about another possible presentation on Veterans Day at a local high school. Should be hearing more about the program soon. I am waiting on a Mom for another QOV presentation at the Farmers Market as well. This war hero has been back home about three years and never got a quilt. Now, my details on an upcoming Welcome Home ceremony are vague but it's about 8 guys who went overseas together. They lost two. We are supplying quilts for the 6. If you are interested in going to one of these Welcomeyouhome ceremonies, let me know. This one will be a biggy. I believe it's in the Shorewood/Joliet area.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Just loaded top picture of the blocks a few of the ladies were working in patriotic colors as well. This pattern is from Layer Em Up #3.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
In a week we have yet another QOV sew-in. Looking forward to the new-to-us pattern from Sharon Craig's Layer Em Up book and I have kits ready to use the stars from Moda's challenge. I think it's safe to say, we will be working with reds, whites and blue fabrics, which is a treat for us.
So, enjoy your Labor Day weekend and see you September 6th.
Saturday, August 27, 2011
I have been getting ready for our next sew-in. We, again, have options for our sewers. Wanda will be bringing along kits for Layer Em Up and I have some kits using the 10" challenge star by Moda. So, hope see you September 6th.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
GREAT day today at the Farmers Market. We presented our first signature quilt today to Michael W., who is an infantryman in 4th brigade Tenth Mountain (Army). He holds the rank of specialist and has been in for the last 9 months. Michael is based in Wardak in Afghanistan. He returns to duty later this month. I will post pictures as soon as I get permission.
AND a thank you to Rick P for his salesmanship ability. Rick was working the crowd! If all works out, Rick (Army) and Gary (Navy) will be working the booth next weekend.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Looking forward to the sew-in at the Quilt Fest in a couple weeks. It'll be nice to sit back and sew again without the "worries" and with my sister, Lolly. I haven't sat and sewn with her for over a year.
Have a great week! I'm working on a couple patterns for our Moda stars. If you'd like to work on some log cabins, give me a call. OR if you're in a designing mode, oh yeah, would love to hear from you.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
I think next month we will be ready for piecing something new which I believe we will have kits available thanks to Wanda, who what a trooper--comes to a sew-in with a migraine and still manages to get us thru a border demo.
Welcome to the newbies---sure hope you return.
Update: there were 32 backings put together yesterday! Do you realize that's a little over 115yards of fabric (average 3.6 per quilt).
Friday, July 29, 2011
I had the honor and privilege of presenting a Quilt of Valor today. Fr.'s military service is as follows:
2008 - Commissioned as 1LT in the USAR (Chaplain Corps)
2009 - Attended Officer Basic Course
2009 - Assigned as BN/Hospital Chaplain of 801st Combat Support Hospital
2010 - Attended Phase 1 & 2 of Chaplain School,
2011 - Deployed toin support of Chaplain duties
As Chaplain of 801st Combat Support Hospital, his responsibilities includes providing religious services to soldiers of different faith groups, counseling, teaching classes in suicide prevention, cultural sensitivity, etc. He also does "Yellow Ribbon Event" training for service members who are deploying, and have recently arrived from deployment. In between his drill weekends, the Chaplain Corps and his unit send him to specialized training that is useful in his assignment as a hospital chaplain.
Thank you, Father for your service.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Huntley Park District (Rt 47 and Mill St) is the place for a weekend of Quilts of Valor August 19 and 20th. Marianne Fons and Catherine Roberts, the founder of QOV, will be there. The address and directions is: Cosman Center , 12015 , . (From Rt. 47, our entrance to the fest is West, off of Main Street, Huntley , proceed South on Lois Lane, to the parking lot on the South Side of the Rec Center/Cosman Cultural Center).
Tickets are on sale for Marianne Fons' speeches on Friday evening at 7 PM and/or Saturday morning at 10:30 AM. You can get these tickets at Quilt n Joy or by calling 847-961-6507.
They are in need of people to come and sew. There are a few spots left for Friday but Saturday is very open from 9 AM - 4 PM. At 1 PM Saturday, they are making QOV presentations to local veterans. There are exhibits and 10 vendors!! Check the website with information.
I will be going on Saturday. They will need some kind of a count by the first of the week of the show as to how many will be there as PBS will be filming that day and they would like to be set up with a fairly accurate count. There will be a concession set up on Saturday and possibly Culver's...or bring your own.
So, join me! Let me know so I can let them know...so far one we have three besides myself.
Monday, July 18, 2011
I also need to thank Accomplish Quilting (www.accomplishquilting.com) for the donation of two quilts. This was the Gammil dealer at the show who came up to me the first day of the show and told me they would have two quilts for us and they did. You got to see this one--- I must bring them for show and tell at our next sew-in.
We have been invited back for next year's quilt show. So, the QOV word is getting out and we keep getting more and more people involved, makes less work for the rest of us, is the way I look at it. With the amount of our men and women expected to be returning, we might have to think about having bimonthly sew-ins...think about it.
Sure would like to see you at the Farmers Market on Wednesday (West Aurora Plaza 2-6)
Friday, July 15, 2011
Also, Vicki, is representing us at the RWW program in MN this weekend. It'll be a very great experience for her and I hope more of you will be able to do the same at a future RWW weekend.
And of course we will be at the Farmers Market this Saturday at the Aurora Transportation Center from 7:30 am - noon.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Just got back from our monthly sew-in/picnic and haven't made a count yet on what came in. This is the You Tube video that I was telling you about. It is called the "Jelly Roll Race". A few ladies were working on a technique similar to this which will be finished next month. I'm also looking forward to the new technique Wanda showed us today as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EomX7t7to_o
ok, here are pictures of our first Signature quilts made from blocks that we are getting donations for the purchase of supplies. We have a table on two days at the Farmers Market in Aurora: the Aurora Transportation Center (Saturday mornings from 7:30 AM - noon; and Wednesday afternoons starting tomorrow, July 6 at West Aurora Plaza (2 pm - 6 pm). For any donation, donors are asked to sign a block that we will be making into quilts to be presented to local returning service men and women.
A couple of our ladies took some blocks and had family members and friends sign them and are making a quilt of their own. The completed quilt above was made by Donna. That's one beautiful quilt!
Thank you, ladies. I appreciate all you do to make my job a lot easier--- and believe me, our war veterans appreciate it even more. Even the Viet Nam and Korean War Vets I've met at Farmer's Market give us kudos!! See ya next month...
PS The pattern for our Signature Squares was designed by Bonnie Hunter, named Fourth of July
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Our Saturday Farmer's Market Day experience has been great and I am happy to say the Beloit ladies are experiencing the same results!! If you haven't heard, we are making signature quilts and the donations from the signed blocks are great. We have enough signed blocks to make our 2nd quilt top! We also have a quilt we are raffling--it was a hard sell yesterday in the heat, but I've seen "regulars" come back each week to got their ticket for a chance to win the quilt in October. This month we will also be at the West Aurora Plaza on Tuesdays.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
I hope we've recruited a few more quilters for the cause of letting our troops know we care! Thank you to the Ladies Auxiliary for all that they did to see this happen. I hear we're already talking about next year!
Friday, June 24, 2011
This past year, Marilyn went to her grandson's 5th grade class and helped them make a quilt of valor. The recipient was Shane Brady (Army), the 3rd grade teacher's son who had returned from several tours of duty in and Afghanistan. Shane was overwhelmed by the kid's gift.
How proud do you think THEY are! Great job, Marilyn.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Thanks for all you do! Hope some of you are planning on joining us at the sew-in on Saturday in Winfield. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call or email me.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Hope to see you there for the day or for however long you can stay to make quilt tops for our returning servicemen and women.
Sunday, June 12, 2011
They had a tent already up for us which was also a step in the right direction. I have nothing to compare it to, but I was pleased. The raffle quilt was a hit with both men and women and didn't have to twist any arms to sign the blocks that will be put into a quilt. I've lived in Aurora all my life and it was so nice to see a lot of familiar faces that I haven't seen in awhile.
So, thank you Aurora for the opportunity to make an awareness that we are making these quilts for our troops! To be among people who see what we are doing and saying it was their "honor" to be signing these blocks is good for the soul! Take an opportunity to work the table on either a Saturday morning or Wednesday afternoon this summer and get your own warm fuzzies.
I also have a report from Vicki on how the Rockford/Beloit area did at their sew in:
The Beloit Ladies of the Land of Lincoln Quilts of Valor met as usual on June 1 (first Wednesday of the month). We had a great group. I think there were 10 ladies and we gained another new member. Welcome Suzie Wendel. I came home with 7 more quilts. As you can see these ladies produce the quilts. We had a great lunch and then back to work. I (the longarm quilter) am working very hard to get caught up. We had a reporter come to visit from the local newspaper and he is going to run a story about our group and , maybe we will get some more interest and some donations.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Here are a few pictures of quilt tops finished yesterday and one top quilted (pattern from Three Dudes QS, AZ. Thank you to the person who donated those 2 1/2" stripped batiks--didn't leave their name. Love the patriotic Square in a Square and don't we ever use up the scraps with the chisels!
Oh, and we had a QOV presentation as well. Chris and her mother stopped in to pick up quilts for her nephews who are returning home for a family reunion at the end of the month. Sgt. Zachary Knud Klingberg was with the First Marine Division, Fox Company 2/5; and was involved the the initial invasion in Iraq in 2003. He is now with the Army - 314MP Company out of Irvine, Calif.
His brother, PO Drew Leif Klingberg is with the Coast Guard, PSU 311 ( ) out of Long Beach, Calif.
BIG thank you for the donations brought in with the signature squares. Headed out this weekend to pick up some much needed fabric for backings. Thank you to those who volunteered to help man the tables at the Farmers Market. And thank you to all who took quilts that needed binding...whewwww
Thank you for your dedication in this mission. If you're in the area of the Aurora Depot on Rt 25 Saturday, the first of this year Farmers Market...stop by and say hello! It would be nice for the people to see the faces of our quilters.
PS... don't forget the sew-in in Winfield on June 25th. Also, let me know if you're headed to the Northern Illinois Quilt Fest. Stop in to meet Catherine Roberts, the founder of Quilts of Valor.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Thank you and the women and men who remember our Veterans every day through the Quilts of Valor. You are all special. The quilt means more to us than any medal we have ever received.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
I delivered my message about Quilts of Valor and Land of Lincoln Quilts of Valor and the reasons for Quilts of Valor and why we do what we do. I closed my presentation by saying we would now be awarding quilts to the two veterans that lived at the facility. The families had been notified in advance so each gentleman had family there to see him receive his quilt.
I awarded quilts to Neil Groves - US Navy serving from 1962 to 1965 and to Chuck Hildebrand who served from April 1948 to April 1952 in the US Navy. Each man was so surprised to receive the quilt and the smiles on their faces made it a most rewarding experience.
I think the other residents of the facility enjoyed the program also and enjoyed see their friends receive the quilts.
Monday, May 23, 2011
The next thing on the agenda is I'm hoping to get volunteers to help me man our first table(s) at the Aurora Farmers Market this summer! Thank you, Cheryl for the tent and thank you City of Aurora for the opportunity. We have a quilt to raffle, the signature blocks to have signed and of course those hand warmers (hey, might be a big seller when October comes around)! It is my hope to spread the word of our QOV mission. The dates for this are Wednesday afternoons at West Aurora Plaza (starting July 6) and Saturday mornings at the Aurora Transportation Center (starting June 11th). So check your calendar and let me know which dates you are available.
Of course we have our next QOV sew-in coming up as well. We have quite a few kits to finish---it'll be nice to see the various completed tops at the end of that day. So, see you June 7th!
Friday, May 13, 2011
It is that time of the year again when our Auxiliary seeks to support our veterans in a very special and loving way; by making quilts to provide them warmth and comfort.
If you, your wives or older children can sew a straight line or if you know how to use an iron your help would be most appreciated! OK, even if you can’t sew a straight line, but always wanted to know what goes into making a quilt, you can help. We need sewers and ironers, and sewing machines and irons too, to use for the day.
Donations to purchase the fill and backing materials are always appreciated.
Once again this year we will be working with the Land of Lincoln Quilts of Valor group, a chapter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation.
Our event will take place on June 25, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish in the basement of the church, Sebahar Hall. The event takes place on June 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
If you have a portable sewing machine, iron or ironing cloth (they work better than boards) we could use those too. Come for an hour or stay for the day, lunch is provided through generous donations.
The address is 0s233 Church St., Winfield, IL. For pictures of last years' event, check out the blog in the blog archive dated: May 25, 2010.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I hope you're enjoying this weather! Oh, and I've got a lead on having a table to raise funds for supplies. For those who just can't make it to our sew-ins but REALLY want to help, well, maybe you can. This summer we are in need of some help for Saturday mornings and a few hours on Wednesday afternoons. You can call or email me for more information and hopefully, I'll have a schedule soon. For now, if you have access to a tent---just big enough to cover a large table and a couple chairs, please let me know.
Monday, May 9, 2011
I don't remember who it was that asked about a Featherweight ...but I just heard of someone trying to sell theirs and I can't remember who you were. Email or call me and I'll forward the information.
There are a few quilts here that need binding if anyone is ready for them and I hope to quilt a few more this week as well.
Other than that, have a great week!
Friday, May 6, 2011
I have been asked to prepare a display for our local Support the Troops rally that is held the third Saturday of May which is Armed Services Day (May 21). The rally consists of the raising of a flag that flew over the hospital in Balad, Iraq. This flag was presented by my daughter to the village in 2007 and this is the only time the flag flies. Their will be speakers, music and the Civil Air Patrol will do a retiring of colors. This will all take about an hour and we will have various displays set up in the Town Hall. We are hoping for good weather and a good turn out. Everyone is welcome.
Vixanna "Vicki" Robbel
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
The quilt tops are adding up---anyone want to quilt a top or two, let me know.
Sunday, May 1, 2011
PS...I've been meaning to include this video for your viewing that I've received from several people:
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Yesterday I delivered two Quilts to Cris from Hines Hospital that will be presented sometime this week (I'm assuming). The textured quilt that Nancy made will be presented to "T" (Marine) legally blind and another "T" (Army)will also get a quilt. He is with low vision.
Hines patient Marine Corps Lieutenant Tim Fallon recently received a very special quilt from the Quilts of Valor (QOV) organization. QOV provides quilts to "heal and comfort our war wounded" around the country. Sharon Helman, Hospital Director, was proud to present Lt. Fallon with his quilt on behalf of a Batavia branch of the group.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Also, we need to get some funds for supplies. I hope to be able to purchase thread and backing fabric soon! A lot of time is spent on piecing the fronts of these quilts, we definitely don't want to be piecing backings as well. It sure would be nice to have coordinating fabrics to go along with our scrappy quilts somehow. So have signature squares so that we can have our friends, family sign and give a donation once they know and hear what we're doing. So, those who help in this fundraiser, I'll get you thread and hopefully some blades! Of course these signature blocks will be made up into Quilts of Valor as well. And, the raffle quilt is ready--I want to have pictures available so we can sell raffle tickets and again, fund our needs to keep on making these quilts for the troops.
For those who celebrate Easter, have a Happy Easter, and for those celebrating Passover as well.
PS...we have several tops ready for quilting. If you have time to do a few of these, THANK YOU!!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Friday, April 8, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
on Friday at 6 PM, they will be welcoming home:
US Navy E-4 Melissa Bavone was born in Winfield, Illinois and graduated from George Nelson Tremper High School in Kenosha, Wisconsin. She attended "A" school at NAS Pensacola, Florida and "C" school in San Diego, California. She has been stationed overseas onboard the Navy's only Forward Deployed Amphibious Ship, USS Essex (LHD-2), out of Sasebo, Japan for the last three years. While she was there she completed many qualifications including air warfare and surface warfare. She also received a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for her meticulous work and supervision during the ships inspection survey. She also received the Overseas(3) and Sea Service (3) ribbons. Upon completing her duty on Essex and aiding in the Presidents orders of Humanitarian relief for the victims of the tsunami in Japan, she will be reporting to Tinker AFB in May to l! earn the Air Force's E-6B Mercury. When finished in Oklahoma she will report to Travis AFB VQ-3 in September for two years of shore duty.
Melissa has not seen her family in close to three years.
Saturday at 1:45 pm, they will be welcoming home:
TERRENCE KRISTOPHER TOWNSEND WAS BORN JANUARY 2, 1991 AT PROVENA MERCY MEDICAL CENTER HOSPITAL IN AURORA, ILLINOIS. HE GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL (LINCOLNWAY CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL; NEW LENOX, ILLINOIS) IN JUNE, 2009. HE ENLISTED IN THE REGULAR ARMY AS AN EVAC. MEDIC TRAINEE IN SEPTEMBER 2009. HIS MILITARY ORDERS SENT HIM TO FORT KNOX, KENTUCKY FOR BASIC MILITARY TRAINING WHERE HE QUALIFIED MARKSMAN WITH MILITARY WEAPONRY. HE WAS ORDERED TO TEXAS FOR (AIT) ADVANCED INDIVIDUAL TRAINING; THEN TO FORT DRUM, NEW YORK IN PREPARATION FOR DEPLOYMENT TO AFGHANISTAN. AFTER COMPLETING A TOUR OF DUTY IN AFGHANISTAN, HE RETURNED TO FORT DRUM, NEW YORK. ONCE HIS MILITARY SERVICE HAS BEEN COMPLETED, (FOLLOWING COLLEGE) HE PLANS TO CONTINUE IN THE MEDICAL FIELD.
On Saturday, at 3 pm they will be welcoming:
CPL Robert C. Bacigalupo II joined the Marines in 2006. He has received the National Defense Service Medal, NUC Navy Unit Citation for his recruit assistance and received a ribbon from the Army for successfully recruiting a soldier. He was part of the MCSFCO. He received his Global War on Terrorism Metal for his assignment at Kingsway.
He was chosen as a Certified Explosives Detector Dog Handler. Robert and his dog, K.D., were assigned Afghanistan in November 2009-June 2010. Robert and K.D. found several bombs that were disarmed with out incident. We welcomed him home in June 2010 and returned to Hawaii for additional training for his next mission.
After a short one week visiting family he is headed for his second tour of deployment in Afghanistan.
Also, at their site you will find information about a fundraiser in August. Remember that quilt I showed you yesterday that we need to raffle for the purchase of more supplies---well, hope to have our quilt there.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
WOW, we just seem to out do and out do! ok, the count for today: I came home with 12 quilted tops (includes the one from Nancy for the blind, which by the way, is so much better in person.. Thank you Nancy. 16 more tops that need quilting and backings were turned in as well. Can't forget to mention the 3 that are quilted and need the binding and label! Oh, and all the pillowcases...thank you, thank you!! Came home with some nice fabric donations as well.
I don't know if everyone heard me that I'm working on getting more quilts to Hines Hospital and they do have a hospital at Great Lakes as well. I know that you, as well as I, like giving our quilts to local warriors and will do my best to do that.
MaryJane, salads were great---good idea!
And got to mention how well we "play" together!! What a great group and I'm so proud to be a small part of it.
I did get pictures of our visitors picking up their quilts. Thank you Karen for this month's storage. These are pictures Wanda took of the van being loaded with the 50 quilts.
You all are great!!
Saturday, March 19, 2011
Getting ready for another sew-in soon. The quilts haven't been picked up yet from the Great Lakes personnel....maybe they'll just wait until our next sew-in on April 5th??
Can't wait to show you another block using our 2 1/2" strips that I learned while in AZ a couple weeks ago. Was at the "3 Dudes Quilt Shop" and one of them was demonstrating his new pattern. If you're ever in the Phoenix/Mesa area be sure to check out their shop. Here is one of the pictures I took of just one of the layouts.
Friday, March 4, 2011
We had another successful day at the Beloit meeting of Land of Lincoln Quilts of Valor. There were 8 of us and we had a great day. The day consisted of our normal show and tell and then down to work. Lunch of course was on the agenda and as always it was delicious. I am proud to say that I came home with 8 quilts for Quilts of Valor and 1 quilt that will go the local Veterans Homeless Shelter (Tina's project). Also Tina kept two tops for two other long arm quilters that volunteered to do a quilt. So 10 quilts total for Quilts of Valor. I must admit that these quilts were not all completed at the sew in - these are very dedicated ladies that sew at home and then sew as a group. They are simply THE BEST.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Thank you, Thank you for all your help.....OH...and the food!! MaryJane, the soups, desserts, salad ALL very good!! So, send me recipes so we can share.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
We're also packing Karen's car with 50 quilts that are going to be picked up on Tuesday, our next sew-in. We're expecting company---- 6 personnel from Great Lakes Naval Base will be with us on Tuesday.
We also now have a volunteer to take over our meal planning...or at least drop some ideas. May as well make our sew-ins as much fun as possible. Thank you, Mary Jane. More later in the reminder notice.
Monday, February 14, 2011
"Sometime in November, 2010 I mentioned to a friend of mine, Rita, that I would like to sew for a cause. So she sent me the Quilts of Valor website. After viewing it, I knew that's what I want to do. I asked Rita if she could help me with the quilt toppers, since she was herself a quilter, and I wasn't, but I am a seamstress. We discussed it further, and decided to give up a tradition of going out to dinner around Christmas time, and instead do something for someone else, Sew for a Cause. It was especially meaningful to me because I have a son in the Marines, Special Forces, serving in Afghanistan for his second tour. I've done the usual things, send packages, give money, etc., but I wanted to do more.
The quilt tops were made by 4 High School friends. We have been friends for over 30 years. Two of the ladies don't sew, and 2 of us do. They were very willing to give up dinner, and instead sew, cut fabric, or iron. Two of us went to purchase the fabric because we knew 4 ladies together would be impossible. We spent a Saturday afternoon in December, 2010 completing one Quilt top, and beginning a second one. It was pretty comical sometimes. We did a lot of reminiscing while we worked. We formed an assembly line of sorts between the dining room and kitchen. My smallest dog Moose, loved jumping on the quilt every time we put it on the floor to check something. We also spent a lot of time laughing. Even though we have been friends for a long time, we learned some new things about each other. Who would have thought?
The Quilts of Valor has inspired four High School friends to reach out to others. We will continue this new tradition of helping others at Christmas time instead of going out to dinner. We are already looking ahead to what we can do next. Now that I know a little more about the foundation, I can quilt on my own too.
Hope you enjoy the quilt and it brings comfort.
Sent with warm thoughts.
Thank you for all you have done for our USA."
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Got a whole lot of cutting done yesterday!! Two AccuquiltGo cutters and a Studio were worked for almost 5 hours!! Thank you so much ladies..a couple more of these and the porch just might be in healthy looking order! Welcome and thank you Pam--Pam was a "walk-in" from the shop hop. Had a lot of inquiries on what we were doing...maybe we'll see new faces at our next sew-in (which by the way, we're having our Great Lakes visitors).
Friday, February 11, 2011
We start at 10 AM
OH, and if you have an AccuquiltGo cutter--don't leave it at home!
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Vixanna "Vicki" Robbel