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.