Ooh-Rah! A Block of the Month Personal Challenge

Sometimes a personal challenge is just what we need to keep us creative and motivated.  Quilters Newsletter magazine has a block of the month that might just be right for you – Ooh-Rah!  Each month a new exciting block is revealed with the last block unveiled in December. One you have them all, just stitch together into a Quilt of Valor.

 Our leader Susan has set herself a personal challenge to make an “Ooh-Rah” block each month. Join her if you are interested in being a challenge buddy to keep each other motivated throughout the year-long challenge.  She is already off to a great start and has completed the January and February blocks! Ooh-Rah!

 Check out the details at www.quiltersnewsletter.com

SC - OohRah BLocks

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The New York – Virginia QOV Connection

We all know that the Quilts of Valor Foundation is a nationwide effort with cooperation among its volunteers in states across the US.

The NY-VA connection started when recently the STQOV delivered almost of its 30 pieced tops from the Veterans’ Day marathon to a longarm quilter in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  This longarmer is not your typical QOV volunteer. A Marine Corps combat veteran, he turned longarming into  a power tool adventure. Read Les’  ‘bio’ on the QOVF website and decide yourself.   http://www.qovf.org/content/coordinator-of-volunteer-training.html

 Along with his lovely wife, Elaine, a longarmer and the Virginia State Coordinator, their motto is “Quilt till you wilt…we do…”    http://wequilttogether.blogspot.com/

And, that is exactly what they are doing.  Below are some examples of STQOV pieced tops that Les has quilted.

Beautiful tops quilted into awesome Quilts of Valor to honor and comfort those touched by war.

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Quilting Makes a Quilt a Quilt

So what is quilting?  Quilting is generally described as the stitching together of the quilt top, the batting, and the quilt back. After the top is pieced together, the batting and backing measured, and all three layers ‘sandwiched’ together, the quilter begins and these three layers become one warm, thread-decorated quilt.

The STQOV group relies on several quilters to transform our patriotic ‘sandwiches’ into beautiful Quilts of Valor.  Our website features the work of longarm members Sharon and Wade.

Because there are more top makers than longarmers, some tops are sent to other volunteer longarmers, such as Sue Irwin. Susan has longarmed two QOVs. View her handiwork below and on her Facebook page.

 Longarmers take care to find the right quilting design to enhance the beauty of the quilt using different colored thread and motifs such as eagles, stars, and written messages that are stitched into the quilt.

 Thank you to all the longarmers who volunteer their time to “make a quilt a quilt.”

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Quilts of Valor Partners with Defense Health Agency for Exhibit and Awards

In between February’s snow storms, the Quilts of Valor Foundations and the Defense Health Agency (DHA) launched an exhibit, “Wartime Quilting: From Past to Present,” and honored service members and veterans during the opening ceremony held at DHA headquarters in Falls Church, Virginia.

The story begins with quilting during the Civil War and continues through World War II to today tracing the impact of wartime quilts on both quilters and those receiving them. The first quilt in the exhibit features STQOV’s own signature quilt, “Eagle Flight.”

A loving daughter made “For My Dad” to honor her dad, a veteran of World War II. “Three Tours” was designed by Tony Jacobson and made by a local Maryland quilter. Two of the quilts were made by other QOV groups. “Golden Star” was made by quilters from Mother Seton Parish Quilting Angels in Maryland and “An American Spirit” was made by the Virginia Tidewater Quilting group.

The last quilt is on loan from Capt. (ret.) Mark Little, a Wounded Warrior, who was awarded his Quilt of Valor “In Honor Of…” last May at the Scottish Athletic games during the Frederick Celtic Festival.

The exhibit will be open for three months.

Five Quilts of Valor were awarded as part of the opening ceremony to honoree from each of the military services. QOVF, Executive Director, Susan Gordon, explained the meaning of Quilts of Valor and our mission. She wrapped the honorees in their quilts and hugged them. Sharon Ledbetter, QOVF Director, awarded a quilt to the Air Force recipient. Other QOVF staff and quilters from Virginia and Maryland participated in the ceremony conducted with military traditions.

After the ceremony the QOVF contingent provided information, sought nominations and helped attendees sign quilt blocks for the next quilt.

The event was a great success thanks to everyone from the quilters who crafted the QOVs to the QOVF staff, some traveled many miles to participate, to the DHA personnel who set-up the exhibit and orchestrated the ceremony.

THANK YOU ALL!

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The 2014 Challenge for STQOV

Another new year, another challenge! Last year’s panel challenge resulted in several cleverly designed, patriotic, Quilts of Valor.

This year’s challenge is part of the Machine Quilters Exposition’s (MQX) second annual challenge to make over 1,250 blocks. The blocks will be given to two active chapters of Quilts of Valor, Colorado and New England to create quilts.

The top three individuals, group or organization that makes the most blocks will win nice prizes….. at BOTH shows!

Let’s get our blocks together and submit them for the September show. We might even win a prize!

Check out the details here:
http://www.mqxshow.com/MQX/East/Classes/QOVBlockDrive/index.cfm?SAVersion=40

MQX Block challenge

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STQOV Quilters Showcase A Quilter’s Dozen!

At the January sew day, the STQOV group showcased nine completed quilts, one quilt top ready for the next step, and three completed pieced tops for a grand total of 13! A Quilter’s Dozen!

Warm, soft, and comforting quilts ready to be wrapped around our service member sad veterans.

A BIG THANK YOU to all and especially to STQOVers Sharon and Wade for the beautiful machine quilting that makes a quilt a quilt!

Ready for next step

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Stitched with Love and Packed with Care QOVs Wing Their Way Overseas

 

The bitter cold and winds of January did not stop Susan from her duty to get 19 Quilts of Valor on their way to the USO Kaiserslautern in Germany. This is the first of several mail runs that will deliver warmth and comfort to our service members and veterans.

Just be glad you were not the customer behind Susan and her pile of boxes wanting to buy some stamps!

Great job Susan! Our service members will soon be warm and comforted with their Quilts of Valor.

Quilts of Valor with presentation cases are inventoriedStack and SHip  - 1
Carefully packed Quilts of ValorBoxed - 2
Packed, stacked, and ready to go!Boxed to go - 3
Destination: USO Kaiserslautern, GermanyAddressed to go - 4
Rolling into the Post Office, first part of the journey complete   Boxed to go - 5

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