Thank you!

Thank you!
Thank a Veteran each and every day

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Thank you from Mr. William M

Mr. William M sent you a thank you note:  Thank you very much for the quilt.  You ladies do a great job and I now have a warm quilt to keep my stumps warm.  Best wishes and God bless you all.

May as well mention our next sew in next Tuesday--shop opens at 10 AM.  Also might remind you that if you sneak in with me at 9:30, please remember that they are opening up the store with all one needs to do to open a shop.   We are working on blocks...kinda a clean up day.  So, bring in your almost finished tops and lets see where we are at.  See ya Tuesday!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Home again!

ok...back home and have my quilt guild meeting today!  Looking forward to it as it's a recap of our quilt show.

 Just want to mention that we will be pulling the winner's name for our "Opportunity Quilt" next week at our Batavia sew in. If you want a ticket or know of one who would like to get into the drawing, let me know.

We also have a presentation coming up if you would like to be a part of. It is on November 9th at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Aurora. It will be around to have the help!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Thank you Theresa H

Susan B awarded Theresa H, Navy/Iraq, her QOV.  Thank you Theresa for your bravery, sacrifice and your continued service to our Veterans.  And thank you Susan B for awarding her quilt.

We have two sew-ins today.  Sewing Etc., Yorkville and Linda Zs, Arlington Heights.  See you there!

Monday, October 20, 2014

pattern search

Someone made this quilt up in 2012.  Have a request for one of these for a special veteran.  I thought I had the pattern.  Hints?   Or name of pattern or where I can get it?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

NEXT: Quilt Show this weekend!

At the generosity of the guild, we will have a booth here:

Prairie Star Quilt Show on OCTOBER 17-18 at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, in Wheaton, IL.  There are 21 vendors, offering a wide selection of quilt related items- books, fabrics, tools and more! Plus thanks to the generosity of the vendors, there is an hourly drawing for door prizes with items donated by the vendors. Everyone who comes to the show is eligible for a door prize. Approximately 300 quilts, all from our guild members. Some of these quilts will be part of our “judged” category, with ribbons awarded. And we will also have a display of small quilts entered into our guild quilt “Challenge” with the theme of “My Hometown”.
In addition,  the guild will have a “Boutique” booth where small items, made and donated by guild members, will be for sale. There is the  “Scraps” booth: members have donated quilt-store quality fabric scraps and yardage throughout the past 2 years. The scraps have been sorted and placed in paper bags, with the assortment noted on the bag. These bags will be $1 each, and No Peeking! It’s a surprise! All yardage will be reasonably priced as well. Finally we will have a booth selling gently used magazines (all less than 10 years old), books, and patterns.
Rounding out the fun at our show will be the opportunity to buy raffle tickets for the raffle baskets and for our raffle quilt. We have a couple of extra special items with the raffle baskets this year!!

Elgin Sew In

Had a great first sew-in in Elgin yesterday.  We bundled 32 tops with their backings and batting and all ready for machine quilters!  We get this done we will definitely meet all the requests to the end of the year!  Here are some pictures.

 Thank you Shirley and Patti for setting this up. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Notes on the MQX Show

As you know, we had a booth at the MQX Show a couple weekends ago.  MQX staff was great.  I shared the booth with a fellow Illinois State Coordinator, Jan Copeland.  Jan is the SC for the South-Western part of the state.  So, this was Jan's territory.  We got lots of positive feedback, more machine quilters, piecers,  Vendors were coming up and offering us fabric, ideas for next year. 

Thursday night was Preview night.  A gentleman approached the booth asking what we were about.  Long story short---a Vietnam Veteran!  What we like to do at a show is let the staff know about the presentation...good PR.  Well, being he was a vendor and would be back the next day, she wanted it to happen the next morning.  Friday, we hear it not once but maybe it was 3-4 times...attention, please proceed to the Quilt of Valor Booth, as a QOV presentation will happen at 10!  Another gentleman approached the booth as he had heard the announcement---yep, another veteran.  So, we awarded two QOV's that morning.  Later in the day a gentleman was wandering as he was waiting while his wife was buying a machine from another vendor.  Wanted to know what Quilts of Valor was about.   When I was telling him, he had this "look".  I asked, you're a veteran!  He showed me his military ID.  So, we did what we do.  The tears were flowing then!

That night was the dinner.  Plans were changed due to the airport situation.  The main speaker was not able to get out of OHare.  Well, we had a comedian and they announced that they had just happened to run into this Veteran and invited him to dinner!   Took only a glance to Jan---yep, we had one more quilt!  So, thank you Debby W for the video...  I've tried to upload...I'll try again.  It might be too big?

QOV Policy and Procedure Manual

The Quilts of Valor Foundation now has an official Policy and Procedures Manual. Here it is.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Thank you John G for your bravery and service.

Rick Gardner on left John Garrow on right. Pinegree Grove Il. US Army Vietnam.

We were on the same APC together for about 8 months.
Thank you, Rick, for awarding Mr. Garrow his QOV

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Sew-in Report!

Don't ever get tired of my reporting our sew-ins....cause I just come home all excited and can't help sharing.  Course we need to thank Bonita cause me and my camera!   It's still new to me and it just doesn't cooperate!  Can't forget to mention newbies!   Yes, we get newbies every month it seems.  Love it!  So, here is our show and tell...well, some of it cause I had already given back Bonita her camera when more came in and didn't have the heart to ask for it again.
The last of our ABCD kits!

A couple versions of the Reflecting Pool tops.

Donated star kits..more tops to come
And last but NOT least, Sharon with her magic with those tiny pieces!!

Another reminder:  New Sew In location at the Elgin address listed on the left.  We have almost 30 tops needing backings and batting cut and bundled!!!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Save the date

I announced that we now have a new sew in debuts on October 14, at Christ the Lord Lutheran Church, 12n462 Tina Trl, Elgin, IL 60124.  Cross Streets: Between Linda Ln and Highland Ave, 3 blocks west of Randall Road in Elgin at 10 AM until 2 PM.  We have over 20 tops (not including the tops coming in at Batavia this Tuesday!), needing backs made and batting cut.  If you can come to lend a hand (sewing machine, scissors), that would be a good thing!

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


I put out this post on Facebook this morning:  I know it's early, but we need to make a decision  to reserve the space. How many would be interested in the location for the Feb 7th 2nd Annual QOV Sew In to be at the College Church, on Seminary and Washington, in Wheaton? Just need to get an idea of interest. This spot I need to know of an interest cause we need to let them know by next Tuesday.

So, now we have a possibility of maybe 5 locations for the 2nd Annual QOV Sewing Day!  Please let me hear from you as to (1) the location in Wheaton, we need to know by next Tuesday.  Peggy is working on the (2) JoAnn's in Schaumburg.  Chris Sass, from (3) in Willowbrook;  and Kelly, from  (4) Sewing  Etc., Yorkville are in.   Caron is working on the (5) Batavia location we had last year.  Now remember, we will also need someone to be in charge! 

Just a reminder;   Last year the QOV Foundation had everyone register with the phone you will have with you or be near and also the quilt shops or locations are registered as well.  They had prizes..Marilyn S who was sewing with us in Naperville got one of those calls.  She won a pkg of batting.  The grand prize was a longarm.  AND one of our quilt shops said, I can give out prizes!  and I have a few "things" I can prize up too! 

Happy October!

I think I'm finally getting caught up with all the leads we got at the MQX show last weekend.  Very good show for Illinois.  I'm so happy for Jan, our Southwestern Illinois Coordinator.  Springfield is in her neck of the woods and lots of people walking up to us asking "what can I do?" ...AND quite a few of them were machine quilters!!  Music to our ears, especially Jan as she is pretty much starting up.  Thank you Jan and Suzie for a great show! Cannot forget Leslie and Deb and all who stopped by to give us a break!

Upcoming:   We have a quilt show October 17-18.  It's the biannual Prairie Star Quilt Show at the DuPage County Fairgrounds.  To say the least, it is one of the best quilt shows in the area.  Yes, I am bias, being a member of that guild, but it's the truth.  I could use some help on Saturday, the 18th.

ok...NEXT sew-in at Prairie Shop Quilts, Batavia is Tuesday, October 7.  As promised, we will be working on the Disappearing Hourglass.  See Joyce's quilt top below.

Oh, and keep in mind the 2nd Annual QOV Sewing Day on February 7th.  We are already in the process of finding location(s).

Machine Quilters who have computerized systems, see me about a couple deals we got at the show for you who help with our QOVs. 
See ya Tuesday!