Archived Quilts of Valor News and Information
- September 2018
Here’s hoping that you are finding a little time to sew for QOV. Susan Eaton currently has a kit that someone or a group could volunteer to put together. She also hopes you get a chance to visit the QOV website (QOVF.org). It’s really interesting. At the age of 88, Betty Gore, one of many “Rosie the Riveters” who worked as a code breaker during WWII, was recently presented with a Quilt of Valor. Read her story published in QOV “Threads” on the newsletter. A reminder: A QOV should be large enough to cover an average-sized adult, with an ideal size approximately 60″ x 80.” Finished size should be no smaller than 55″ x 65″ and no larger than 72″ x 90.”
- July 2018
Thank you for all the wonderful Quilts of Valor you have made. Each one is so striking and unusual. They will definitely bring smiles to our soldiers.
I also wanted to let you know that all the quilts you have turned in have been paired with backing, batting, and binding and have been sent to Kay Miller.
For the remainder of the year just keep working on QOV by yourself or with a friend. In November, as a little thank you, we will have some drawings for prizes for those who made and worked on QOV. Then in January we will once again participate in the quilt blocks for the national QOV program.
I still have one kit that needs to be sewn together. If you would like to work on it, give me a call and I’ll bring it to guild.
Thank you for your support.
- June 2018
Thanks to all Scrapbasket Quilters who participated in the 2018 Block Drive. You made 65 star blocks. I sent them to the national coordinator who will distribute them to different guilds to be sewn into quilts. You did a great job!
- April 2018
Thank you for participating in the 2018 Block Drive. Just a reminder that the star blocks you have been making are due at the Scrapbasket meeting April 17. I will be mailing them to the Block Drive Coordinator later in the week. For the remainder of the year, work on a Quilt of Valor. Do this by yourself, with a friend, or a beelet. Just have fun. Remember, I have batting and backing if you choose to finish your quilt. I will also bring a basket of fabric to each meeting for you to use. I also have a kit that is ready to be sewn together. Gift certificates will be drawn at the November meeting. Thank you for your support.
- March 2018
Keep making the blocks for the Quilts of Valor 2018 Block Drive. They are due at the April meeting. I will send them to National where they will be made into quilts. Put your thinking caps on and get ready for what we will be doing until November. I ran into Kay Miller (coordinator of QOV of Southern Indiana) at the Bloomington quilt show. She praised Scrapbasket for our support and for all the lovely quilts we have sent in the past. She said she was still in need of quilts. So that’s what we are going to do for the rest of the year. They can be tops or finished quilts.
- Recommended Sizes:
- Ideal size, 60″ X 80″
- No smaller than 55″ X 65″
- No larger than 72″ X 90″
I suggest you go to qovf.org. They have patterns and all sorts of valuable information.
Make a quilt yourself, with a friend or two or three, or a beelet. Have fun. To add a little incentive to the fun, in November there will be three gift certificates given away in November for the following categories:
- Top only
- Completed quilt
- Someone who quilts a top.
I will have some kits and fabric available, as well as backing and batting.
So, for now get your creative mojo on, and make a red, white, and blue quilt. There are no rules except to honor our soldiers with quilts.
- January 2018
We start the new year by participating in the Quilts of Valor 2018 Block Drive. Everything you need to know about making the Friendship Star can be found in the link below. All blocks are due at the April meeting. Susan Eaton will mail them or you can mail your own. You can bring finished blocks in each month or save them all for April. You can use your own fabric, or pick up a kit that Susan has assembled. And you can make as many as you like. Have fun, and think of all the soldiers and sailors you’ll be honoring.
- August 2017: Please keep making the blocks for July, August and September. The following was sent by Kay Miller of Quilts of Valor of Southern: I wanted to pass along some things that are coming down from the QOFV. Recently there has been some complaints coming in regarding the use of flowery fabric used within the QOVs. The foundation has expressed using more patriotic fabric instead of fabrics that are more feminine or with flowers. Even though the fabric may be red, white or blue flowers, it is still flowers. They are asking for leaders to please pass on to their groups that most recipients are men and prefer not to get a flowery quilt or in the lines of what a woman would like. They asked for everyone to be more conscience of the types of fabric being used even if the main colors are red, white and blue. Please pass this on to your group as I have received some that do have a lot of flowers on the print even though they are red, white and blue. If you want to talk more or need more info please don’t hesitate to contact me. Thank you for all your support.(I emailed her and she said our group is doing a fine job in the fabric department. She has used all our quilts. Keep up the good work ladies. We have sent her nine quilts this year :-)\
- July, August and September 2017
A big thank you to all who made gold stars and blue-and-white 16-patches. We are working on getting them into quilts. Also, a big thanks to those who have done quilts and provided their long arm machines. It takes a village…Check out the QOV of Southern Indiana Facebook page. See the smiles on the people who receive the quilts. You really do make a difference.We have a new block for July, August and September. Then we’ll take a little break until January. But you can always keep working on any ideas you have personally for Quilts of Valor. Remember that we have batting and backing to help you finish up your quilts.
- Guidelines for the Current Block:
It’s a two-fabric block, and the pattern is found on the website. Always use a white background. The other fabric should be red, blue, gold or an appropriate fabric for Quilts of Valor. Something patriotic would be great. Use your own fabric or pick up some from the box in the pew. There will also be some examples.
Size: 6″ finished (6 1/2″ unfinished)
(1) Square 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
(4) Rectangles 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″Bright QOV Fabric
(4) Squares 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
(4) Rectangles 1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
Step 1. Sew a background rectangle (1 1/2″ x 2 1/2″) to a bright rectangle of the same size. Make 4 and press toward the bright fabric.
- Step 2. Sew a rectangle unit from Step 1 between 2 bright 2 1/2″ squares. Make two of these units. Sew a background 2 1/2″ square between two of the rectangle units. Be sure to have the bright fabric of the unit one at the center next to the background square. Press top and bottom unit toward the bright fabric, and the center unit toward the background fabric.
- Guidelines for the Current Block:
- April 2017:
VARIABLE STAR – QOV for April, May and June 2017
Directions for a 12.5″ unfinished block.
Center: (1) 4.5″ square in yellow or gold appropriate for a QOV
Star Points: (8) 3.5″ squares in the same yellow or gold as the Center block
Background: (8) 4. 5″ squares in white
To make the star points, place one of the star point squares (yellow/gold) in the corner of a 4.5″ background (white) square, right sides together with edges aligned. Mark the back of the square lightly and sew along the line. See Example A. Press the triangle open, away from the background fabric. Trim the extra fabric behind the triangle. Repeat the process with another star point square on the opposite corner. Make another three star points the same way. The finished star points will look like Example B. Lay the nine patches out as in the pattern below and sew together. See Example C.
- January 2017:
2 Color 16 Patch
You will need:
- a WHITE fabric. Please use WHITE or a WHITE on WHITE.
- a blue fabric appropriate for a QOV.
- Cut a 3.5″ strip of each fabric.
- Sew them together. Use a quarter inch seam allowance.
- Press to the dark.
- Sub cut this strip into 8 – 3.5″ segments.
- Sew these sub cut sections back together so the colors alternate. There will be 4 rows (blocks down) and 4 columns (blocks across). Your finished block should measure 12.5″ unfinished.
- You are done!:)
Turn your blocks in at the Scrapbasket meeting. There will a QOV labeled box on the pew in the narthex as you go into the meeting. Put your blocks in this box. You are welcome to use your own fabric or you can pick up some strips by the above-named box to take home and sew. We will put these blocks into quilts at a workday. Thank you for your support.
- November 2016: As the year draws to a close, please bring your blocks, tops or quilts to the November meeting. We recently sent 9 more quilts to Southern Indiana QOV (Kay Miller). So far in 2016, we have sent Kay Miller 18 quilts. I have one more ready to go to her and about five quilts are still in process. Should you have quilt tops or completed quilts ready after the November meeting, please call Elaine Damler or Julie Misco – we will be happy to pick the items up from you! We have three kits for tops – a fun and easy pattern! If your beelet (or an individual) is interested, please see us before or after the next meeting.
If you need fabric for a QOV you are working, email or text Julie Misco the approximate amount and color of fabric needed. I will bring a selection to the next meeting.
The LOG CABIN block pattern posted for September is on the Scrapbasket website. This is a simple 10.5” unfinished block using 2.5” strips of red, white and blue. Approximately 48 blocks are needed for a top. We need 30 more! I will have hard copies of the pattern available at the meeting.
Thank you for your contribution of time, skill and fabric– so many veterans appreciate the beautiful quilts made possible by the generosity of your efforts.
- October 2016: It’s October and the holidays are almost upon us! Thank you to all the guild members who contributed in many ways to Quilts of Valor this year! The veterans who receive our quilts will be amazed by the talented quilters in our guild. As the year draws to a close, please bring your blocks, tops or quilts to the October meeting. We plan to deliver quilts to Southern Indiana QOV (Kay Miller) at the end of November. Before that, we need to complete binding and labels. Should you have quilt tops or completed quilts ready after the October meeting, please call Elaine Damler or Julie Misco – we will be happy to pick the items up from you! At this time, we have five tops that need quilting! If any long arm quilters are willing to quilt a top, please let us know. If you are a beginner, this would be a wonderful opportunity to practice. Please see Elaine or Julie before or after the meeting. Thank you! We also have three kits for tops – a fun and easy pattern! If your beelet or an individual is interested, please see us before or after the next meeting. If you need fabric for a QOV you are working on, email or text Julie Misco the approximate amount and color of fabric needed. I will bring a selection to the next meeting. Click here for the LOG CABIN block pattern. This is a simple 10.5” unfinished block using 2.5” strips of red, white and blue. Approximately 48 blocks are needed for a top. There will also be copies available at the meeting. A simple 10.5” unfinished block using 2.5” strips of red, white and blue. Thank you for your continued support of QOV – so many veterans appreciate the beautiful quilts made possible by the generosity of your efforts. Julie Misco and Elaine Damler Co-Chairs
- September 2016: The recent guild Sew In Day for Kids Quilts and QOV was very productive – five QOV quilts tops were pieced from the blocks members made and four more tops are near completion. Thank you to all the guild members who contributed in many ways to the great success of this event. If any long arm quilters would be willing to quilt a top, please let me know. This would be greatly appreciated! If you are a beginner, this would be a wonderful opportunity to practice. I will bring the quilts to the next meeting. Please see me before or after the meeting. Thank you! We also have four kits for tops – a couple of fun and easy patterns! If your beelet or an individual is interested, please see me before or after the next meeting. If you need fabric for a QOV you are working, email or text me what amount and color of fabric you need and I will bring a selection to the next meeting. Thank you for your continued support of QOV – so many veterans appreciate the beautiful quilts made possible by the generosity of your efforts. Click HERE for the September QOV Log Cabin block pattern. There will also be copies available at the meeting. A simple 10.5” unfinished block using 2.5” strips of red, white and blue.
- August 2016: Thank you all for the Quilts of Valor fabric and quilt blocks! What a wonderful response! We are excited about the Charity Quilts Sew In Day on August 27. There will be blocks to sew into tops and patterns with fabric to cut into kits. Cut or sew, whichever you prefer. We look forward to seeing you. Sew many quilts for so many brave veterans!
- July 2016: Thank you all so much for the returned blocks! We have enough to make three quilt tops. We will have plenty of sewing to do during our work day in August! Thank you also to those who donated fabric! We will be cutting new kits for the August meeting. We so appreciate your generosity to Quilts of Valor. It is a privilege to be able to give back to a few who have given so much. Julie Misco and Elaine Damler
- QOV block pattern May 2016
- QOV Badge of Courage Quilt Pattern Feb 2016