Thank you!

Thank you!
Thank a Veteran each and every day

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Juan P

Juan was awarded his QOV last week.  Thank you Juan for your service!!

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day 2015

Hope you're having a great Memorial Day weekend.  We awarded 7 QOV's at the parade in Aurora today.  Again, the rains came and went and...   Thank you Dorothy and Sue for the help.

Thank you gentlemen for your service!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

honor Flight request

Anyone available to handle this Honor Flight request?  Please contact me.

Date: Sunday, June 7, 2015
Time: 9:30pm (ceremony is about 30 minutes long)
Location: Veterans Memorial Park of North Chicago
Address: 1801 Sheridan Ave. North Chicago IL 60064
We have 22 veterans going on the trip.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

was brought to my attention

Thank you for bringing this to my attention.  Some of you might want to know.....
"Please tell your quilters that they can receive an email each time there is a sew-and-tell
or an awarding at any of our 6 sew-ins that we post on our blog, Land of Lincoln Quilts of Valor.  To sign up for emails, go to the blog,,scroll down til you see FOLLOW BY EMAIL in the right-hand column, and enter your email.  By signing up, you'll no longer need to remember to look at the blog because each posting will appear in your inbox.

When your sew-in has sew-and-tell or an award, please forward pictures to me (Rita)
so we can post them and can all enjoy."

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sew In Reminder Notice---Sewing Etc., Yorkville

Sew in Reminder Notice...Tuesday...Sewing Etc, Yorkville. Have LOTs of those blocks from MQX and I was cutting churndash blocks today..and we have strips! See ya Tuesday!!

PS..  Leaders from the other locations (Arlington Heights, Elgin, St. Charles, Crest Hill), you are welcome to put in your reminder notices on our Facebook Page (Illinois Quilts of Valor) and post pictures.  Posting here...I'll be happy to post your reminder notices if you send me the blurb.  Cannot guarantee pictures as sometimes I have "glitches" in loading..  but will give it a try.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Roberts in Crest Hill

hosted their first QOV sew-in yesterday.  To tell you how much needed is this area, we awarded two veterans QOV's at this first sew-in.  Thank you Dave and Steven for your bravery, sacrifice and service!  The enthusiasm in that room was priceless!  We had people who could not wait to get started, they brought sew-n-tell!   One machine quilter and one in the making were "discovered in the group" AND a "courier" who will schlep whatever between here and there!!  Just LOVE when someone steps up and says...I will do ..........   I am proud to say this is #6 QOV sewing location in this "Chicagoland area" (that I know of).  Two ladies came from the Kankakee area just to see what we were all about.  Oh yes, they are off to a good start.  Welcome Crest Hill!  and good/great job Pat C.  Here are some pictures. 

Did this to show the pattern.  Always looking for pattern ideas.

Monday, May 11, 2015

VTAC Graduation...6 graduates plus 1

Rita -
I'm forwarding a copy of the thank you I received from Ken L.  He was awarded a QOV at the VTAC graduation ceremony on Fri 5/8.  He is a Navy Capt USN Reservist who had been a keynote speaker at the VTAC graduation in the past and has been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan at least 4 times in the recent years.  On Friday, he was not involved in the ceremony but he was in the audience. After I introduced and gave the general info/background on the QOVF, before I gave the quilts to the 6 graduates, I asked him to come forward and he was "wrapped" with his own QOV.  He was speechless and very surprised to be recognized.  He received a standing ovation.  It was a wonderful experience to present him with his quilt.

One of the graduates started his thank you speech with thanking "the ladies who gave me the quilt.  I came to graduation ceremony when I first started in the program and I've looked forward to receiving my own quilt since that day!"

It's such an honor to be involved with this amazing 2nd chance program as a representative of the QOVF.

New QOV Sew-In location... starting Thursday......May 14th

..We have confirmed sewing room facilities for our local QOV group at Roberts Sewing (2011 Weber Rd, Crest Hill) for monthly 2nd Thursday afternoon/evenings from 3-7pm (8pm for cleanup if needed) beginning on May 14 .

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

St. Charles Sew In Reminder Notice

at the Moose Lodge, 2250 W Route 38.  Front door will be open by 10 AM.  Bring sewing machine, and quilting supplies....or just come to cut and press!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Notes and pictures of our May/Batavia sew-in

Very nice crowd today!  Some working on finishing tops, some starting new tops.  We again backed a few tops readying for quilting.  Over 18 tops came in today!
Here are some pictures:

Just the different setting and look at the two tops Sandy made---those are her first two!  Good job, Sandy!

Wow, and being I have so much space for more words, I'll make mention of some things we discussed today. 

Batavia Show in July.  We will need people to man this show this year. 

 Opportunity Quilt...If you have a Facebook page and want to help sell raffle tickets, post on your FB page.  I made sales that way

We are looking for quality tops.  Our kits are made up so they'll measure 55 x 65 (the required size for a QOV.  BUT we're assuming you are using a 1/4" seam.

Press---Please press as you go.  Pressing when the top is complete is kinda too late!  and hard to do!

Just reminders to slow down and do a nice job. 

 Martha, great job on the panels and embroidered blocks!

Ideas for the donated stars.   How many would you like :)

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Busy Saturday

Took a trip up to Rockford to pick up quilted tops and drop off bundles to be quilted.  AND tops from Alberta to be bundled!!  Always nice seeing you again, Alberta!

 Doug and Gary schlepping the bundles!

Then we were in North Aurora at a welcome home ceremony for Matt.  Thank you Matt for your sacrifice, bravery and service!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Saturday, May 2, 3 PM, VFW in Batavia

Marine 1st Lt. Matt Johnson, is returning home from Iraq on May 2, 2015. As noted in the Beacon, Batavia VFW is hosting his homecoming. Anyone want to join me in awarding Matt his QOV? Let me know.

It's official!! New QOV sew-ins location starting..........from Pat C

2nd Thursday afternoon/evenings from 3-7 pm (8 pm for cleanup if needed), beginning on May 14.  Roberts (2011 Weber Rd., Crest Hill) has provided us with wonderful cutting, ironing and sewing areas.

It would be great if you could RSVP if you plan to attend, but please come anway if you find yourself free.

We will provide a simple pattern but you may use your own if you wish.  We have some donated material, but again you may use your own.  Don't forget your sewing machine and supplies.  There is much to do -- cutting, ironing, sewing.  I am a very beginner quilter, so don't let lack of experience stop you.

Pat C.