2014 was a banner year for our chapter. Here are some stats:
29 QOV were awarded locally to veterans and wounded warriors
67 QOV were shipped to Germany, North Carolina, West Virginia and New York.
= 96 QOV presented or shipped!!!!!
58 non-marathon quilts were started in 2014
89 quilts were created during the 2014 marathon
72+ quilt tops were shipped to Les Page in Virginia Beach in 2014 to help alleviate our longarmer logjams.
I think that you would agree with me that STQOV is a very productive group! And we are off to a great start this year. To date, we have shipped 8 QOV to Fort Campbell and made 7 local presentations. Keep up the good work :)
Here are a couple photos for your viewing pleasure:
JOIN US FOR THE 3rd Annual Veterans’ Day Quilting Marathon
The Southern Tier Quilts of Valor (STQOV) volunteers have worked all year to make pre-cut kits in five different patterns. This year you will also be able to select a pre-made binding and already-sewn backing to complement your quilt top. Then, after a good pressing and dangling thread cleanup, off to the longarmers they go!
Many volunteers worked throughout the year, some even doing ‘extra credit homework,’ to make ‘complete’ quilt kits possible. THANK YOU!!!!!
We made over 100 quilt tops during the last two marathons. What can we do this year???
So, oil up your machine and join us! Make a Quilt of Valor and bring a smile to the face of a service member or veteran.
Date: Saturday, November 8, 2014
Time: 9an – 9pm (you can sew all day, or during the 9am – 3pm or 3pm – 9pm session)
Place: Corning American Legion, 8 River Road, Corning, NY
Don’t sew? No worry! There are lots of other ways to help—assist the quilters, pressing, running errands, helping with food set-up and clean-up, and most of all, just being there.
Lots of free food, prizes, and fun. You do not want to miss this event!
See the flyer for more details. Southern Tier Quilts of Valor 2014
Call Connie at 607-733-8354 to register.
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
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.
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.”
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!
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: