Thank you!

Thank you!
Thank a Veteran each and every day

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thank you, Matthew S for your service

"Just got home from giving Matt his quilt...HE LOVED IT! I made a nice "presentation" I'll give you all the details on Tuesday."  is what Kathy J wrote after she made her first presentation.  Matthew, I was told was the first request that came thru after NBC's "Making a Difference" aired. He was part of Operation Southern watch aboard aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln..Iraq.

Thank you, Kathy.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sew-in Reminder

That time again!!  Tuesday, November 5, Prairie Shop Quilt Store, Batavia, 10 AM.  We have a new pattern using the ABCD block.  So, bring your sewing machines, rotary cutters and rulers, full bobbins...and of course a dish to pass.

Donna Kociara, please contact me.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Village Quilters Quilt Show

What a nice show and we did very well.  Made a lot of contacts, met a lot of very nice people!  I sure hope a few QOV sew-ins pan out!!  Thank you, Village Quilters Quilt Guild.  Thank you Suzie for your help and thank you Deb for your hospitality.
See those pink strips on the table!  Well, that's all that's left from our sale on strips we cannot use in our quilts for the vets.  So, we have officially opened the "store" for all florals, pinks, kid prints....30 strips for $5.  We will then be able to purchase our favorite red, white and blues!!

We made a couple presentations.  A couple pictures:

So, next on the calendar is:

November 5--QOV Sew-In Batavia
November 8--Stars and Stripes Gala--Presentation 2 quilts
November 9 - Sew In Winfield, St. John Baptist Church 9 AM - 3 PM
November 9--Holy Angels Church, 4:30 Mass --small presentation to Veterans
November 11--Susie to speak at JR High School Veterans Breakfast, Rolling Meadows--Presentation 3 quilts
November 11--Speak at US Foods
November 11 --Caron C to speak and present at Moving Wall ceremony at West Aurora High School--Presentation 10 quilts. 
November  19--QOV Sew-in Yorkville

Any questions, let me know.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Illinois got 6

The total requests from Monday night's TV segment came to 245.  245 requests throughout the country and Illinois ended up with 6.  Had a lot of joiners; FB lit up..all and all, it was good for QOV.  The more hands the better.

I wanted to remind you of the quilt show this weekend where we have a booth.  It's Village Quilters Lake Forest/Lake Bluff Quilt Show at the Libertyville Sports Center in Libertyville, IL.  The address is:  1950 N Highway 45 (North of the intersection of Petersen Road and Route 4).  Friday, 10 AM until 8 PM and Saturday, 10 AM until 5 PM) We could use your help at the booth!!!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Illinois Quilts of Valor on FB

We have a Facebook page.  Come on over!  Thought we'd open one to share with the rest of the state!

Batting is supposed to arrive today.  busy, busy, busy

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

QOV In The News

Last night on NBC News with Brian Williams, on his Making a Difference segment,  they had a nice report on Quilts of Valor.  Here is the clip:
I got a call within a 1/2 hour after airing from a gentleman who wanted to donate fabric!  Other states got calls as well.  What we have coming though are many requests for quilts!  The person in charge of those requests had over 150 by end of evening---and that was before it reached the West Coast!

What I need are machine quilters!  Just to let you know, we have batting!  I have over 30 tops here with backing AND batting all packaged and waiting for quilting..can you help?  We don't need these until March so that we can have them bound and labeled by the request for 100 quilts in April.

Keep the bobbins filled and the machines humming! 

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Catching up

Had a really nice "catching up" sew in in Yorkville, Tuesday.  Everyone was working on unfinished projects.  Need to do that from time to time!

Remember the sew-in last April?  Well, here is a blurb of what they have been up to and some pictures: 
On Saturday 12 ladies from Bethlehem and Christ the Lord Lutheran churches in Elgin got together to wrap up our Joining Hands in Gratitude project from April 13th sew-in making Quilts of Valor. Ten quilts were labelled and bound and most have pillowcases and Thank You notes.
We still have seven more to complete of the ones Patty pieced over the winter.  Four are with the LA Quilter "Chris" from Antioch which we will get back the first weekend in November.  Patty has three that she is prepping with batting and backing.
Also I have 6 quilts from the group of 9 from Pat I. that I'm working on binding.

 Thank you, Ladies.  What a finish!

oops, found another photo in my camera.  This is Susie's version of Sunny the border!!  VERY good use of them triangle cut offs.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sew-in Reminder, Tuesday, October 15

We have a Sew-in at Sewing Etc., Yorkville, on Tuesday.  Marilyn has a pattern using our strips to show.

If you have any questions regarding our upcoming events, let me know.  You are all welcome to be a part of the few ceremonies we have on our schedule.

I'd like to also forward a info on the Annual QOV Sew-In on Saturday, November 9th, 9 AM - 3 PM at:  St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, ON233 Church St., Winfield.

The Ladies Auxiliary of Father McGivney invite you to participate in the Third Annual Quilts of Valor Sew-In, an open-house sew-in to make quilts for our veterans.  This event is open to teens and adults who want to help.  Lunch and refreshments are provided

See you Tuesday in Yorkville!

NOTE:  Donna Kociara, would you please contact me?


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Our Winner

Yes, our winner was excited.  This quilt went to a good home.   It will be well taken care of.

And while I am here, guess I only took one picture of our show and tell at the sew-in Tuesday.
Jane, you are doing a great job with the panels!!

I don't want to forget to thank the ladies who showed up last Friday to make a few backings and cut batting for 37 tops!  Thank YOU so much for your service.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

And the winning ticket # is:

753193, Debra Vickers.  Congratulations, Debra.  Again, thank you all for your donation.  Next year's quilt is already in the works!

Nice sew-in today.  Thank you, Marilyn.  Two nice patterns---can't wait to see them finished.

back to unpacking!