Thursday, May 22, 2008
You can see about 75 of the tops here:
Some of the tops were taken home with people to be quilted prior to the photos being taken. We will get photos when they are returned from the quilters.
Unfortunately we have apparently exceeded the graphics limit on the blog or have some other technical issue and I cannot post the new block here so email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be sure to email the block to you.
Thank all of you for your support. We could never accomplish this without you.
Happy block making!
Sunday, May 4, 2008
There is so much to share. Here are a few quick facts. In the 60 days from Feb. 20 to Apr. 20 we made 61 quilt tops in 60 days. I have shipped 44 to longarmers and the rest are either at longarmers or will be soon! Phenomenal job, very nice work to everyone who participated.
Our new block was selected by Kaye Wood. Kaye has a grandson in Kuwait on his way to Iraq. She was thrilled to hear about our project and anxious to participate. The May block is located on the side bar.
Keep those blocks coming! There are many soldiers who need to be wrapped in a little love.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
THE BLOCKS ARE COMING, THE BLOCKS ARE COMING!!!!!!!!!
We meet this SUNDAY at 10 AM
April 20, 2008
American Legion Post #359
11986 Front Street
NOTE TIME CHANGE. It is 10 AM, not 9 AM. There was some confusion on the time primarily because I put 9 AM but it is really 10 AM. This is the first time we will meet in NORWALK on SUNDAY (if you go to Lakewood you will be all alone. Be kind and double check with everyone you know who is planning to go to the all day “sew-in” this weekend that they know Norwalk on Sunday) to sew all day. We are all so excited. This is the week we look forward to seeing all the blocks from all over the country. It is so cool to see all of the different fabrics, especially from the east coast. Apparently they have a large supply of patriotic fabrics we don’t have access to here on the west coast. I can’t make it work for this month but hopefully soon I will be able to video the “big block reveal” so those of you remote can see the overwhelming sight of all the blocks. There is a huge amount of love there and it is truly stunning. If you haven’t sent your blocks yet send them to:
Sew Vac Ltd.
Attn: Quilts of Valor-Socal
1762 Clark Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815
Hello Baton Rouge, Louisiana – they have 45 blocks in route. Thanks for the love.
Hello Ontario, CA Beginning Quilting Class at the Senior Center – Herlinda is teaching some of them to sew for the first time and they have been making blocks! Thanks for the support and good luck learning to all of you from a fellow beginner. I bet you all cannot “unsew” as fast as I can…….never give up, we will not be defeated………we will overcome no matter how many times we have to unsew the same thing…………
Hello San Diego, CA – well, well San Diego, thanks to Cindy Feagle the San Diego County Fair Home and Hobby division is holding a one day Quilts of Valor block contest on Friday, July 4th. Red, white and blue fabric only. Blocks are 12.5” x 12.5” unfinished. Enter the contest and you may just win some sweepstakes and/or $25! Be sure to print out the entry form and take it along with your block to Cindy’s booth. Cindy will be there from 10 AM until 2 PM every day the fair is open from June 14 – July 6th (Note: the fair is closed 2 Mondays, June 16 and 23). For more information click this link and go to page 7 http://www.sdfair.com/fair/pdf/08entry_adult_onedaycontest.pdf. You can browse the site at www.sdfair.com and if you have questions you can email email@example.com or call the entry office 858-792-4207. Contest entry is free!
Hello Salt Lake City, UT – Creative Expressions sent us 59 embroidered blocks that we can use for center blocks in the quilts. They are fabulous! All 45 of their employees got together and created this design just for these quilts. Very nice work everyone. The blocks read “Land of the Free” across the top and “Because of the Brave” across the bottom with a really great eagle holding 2 flags in the center. (Picture will be on the blog soon) Thanks to Hydee and the team at Creative Expressions for such outstanding love and support. We will use the blocks well. 20 of them are already cut and bordered ready for a quilt. The rest will be by the weekend.
Beginners haven’t thought of this yet but quilters are wondering how do you center a single block on a row of 4 blocks? I am sure the Quilt Police will show up at my door momentarily but being a non-quilter my answer is “split a block” and have one and a half blocks on each side and the embroidered block in the center. What? It is centered and even and balanced. Works for me. Like I said, I am sure the Quilt Police will carry me off shortly. That is ok. I have my “Quilt Police Jail” bail money stashed. You know, Momma always said keep a little emergency stash for when trouble comes calling……..
Real Quilters will just position the embroidered block in an appropriate place in the layout of the quilt top. Oh, live a little ladies, split a block! Relax, I have nearly 75 blocks completed so that MY blocks will be the only ones eligible for splitting. I said I have been “focused”.
Seriously, there are tons of other blocks in route from all over the US and we are just as excited as children at Christmas. The farthest away we have received so far that I know of is Maine and Florida. And we have received many from many points in between.
I have about 100 blocks and I know that Barbara has about 100 blocks. As for a count that is the best I have so far. I will post an update to the blog http://quiltsofvalor-socal.blogspot.com/ as to the exact number as the week progresses but be aware that the number will change daily. I promise, no more “going dark” for such an extended period no matter how focused. Last month it seems about half of the blocks were brought directly to the American Legion Hall so those will not be in the count during the week. Don't forget Panda Express is providing lunch again for us.
Thanks to everyone who participates in the project for the success of the project. See you at Norwalk if you are local and online if you are remote!
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
well I will give you the WOW as well! I am impressed at all the quilts you made, and the whole event. Amazing work!!!
Posted by Alycia to Quilts of Valor - SoCal at March 19, 2008 8:56 AM
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
789 blocks in under 3 weeks! Strange timing and we had 7 of our core group that meets weekly to work on Quilts of Valor unable to attend due to prior commitments and untimely health issues and 4 or 5 volunteers chose to work on other projects. That left our overall productivity down by 11 or 12 people. We chose to go with 20 blocks per quilt. We sewed 500 blocks and got 25 quilt tops completed. It is a really good thing our productivity was down or we would have run out of blocks, which was my personal nightmare. Every thing happens the way that it is supposed to. As it turned out, we couldn’t finish what we had. It was perfect and awesome! Volunteers have stepped up to sew the rest of the blocks and return them within a week. Very cool! We should have an additional 14 quilt tops within the week for a total of 39 quilt tops. So very awesome. Good job everyone, very nice work, angels!
The most shocking thing of the whole day was the visual appeal of the blocks when randomly sewn together. I can say it was just stunning. When I made the call for 1600 blocks I had no idea if this would work out well or tragic. You know what my fear was. Fear unfounded. The quilt tops are FABULOUS! I could never have imagined anything this cool. Each quilt top is unique just like the military personnel they will go to. No two are alike. The blocks individually and collectively are absolutely stunning. I had no idea there were so many red, white and blue fabrics and combinations. It is so very cool to see the different fabrics from the different areas of the country.
(I have the strangest feeling I am missing a quilt top photo or two. If you don’t see your quilt top up there please let me know.)
Get ready, this is only the beginning………it's going to be an incredible journey..........
From: Tim Sumner [mailto:tsumner@ ...]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 7:49 AM
> To: QOVFchat@yahoogroup s.com
> Subject: [QOVFchat] Re: www.equilter. com Eagles/Military fabrics
> Great site for QOV fabrics, and good comments from quilters. In the
> Aeromedical Staging Facility at Andrews AFB, we also use a wire
> basket cart on "Quilt Patrol" in the Maryland Room and to patient
> rooms. Because the recipients can see the quilts, it's easy to see
> what catches their eye. Red, White and Blue is overwhelmingly the
> most popular color theme, and I don't recall ever seeing such a
> block of red that could trigger a negative reaction. Camo gets a
> good response, probably because of the strong identification.
> colors and flower patterns are a tougher sell, and frequently bring
> statement like, "My wife will like this."
> Novelty military themed fabrics are fun and the guys like them, but
> RW&B gets them the most. Farming themes aren't as popular as you
> might think - perhaps because some of our patients may have
> to escape the farm. But, John Deere fabric is often a big hit.
> Hunting, fishing and sports themed fabrics get an enthusiastic
> response from some, but service related material seems to work
> On that topic, Army fabric is best because most recipients are
> soldiers. Marines are about 15-20%, sailors (generally Corpsmen and
> SeaBees) perhaps 5%, and & less than that. We receive
> about 10% women, but many of them prefer the RW&B quilts just like
> the men.
> In passing, it's good to remember that we receive patients with
> serious illness and non-combat injuries as much as those who have
> been wounded. Many are angry and depressed that they have been
> separated from their units, and some feel that they have deserted
> their friends. I often sense that they need your quilts more that
> those who return with Purple Hearts. We tell them that while they
> have been serving "down range" you have been praying for them, are
> welcoming them back, and recognizing with the work of your hands
> their service on our behalf. It is a very personal thing that
> touches their hearts and assures them that we know and appreciate
> what they're doing for their Country.
> "KEEP ON QUILTING!"
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Posy and the gang have registered and are driving in from Idyllwild to be at the American Legion Hall on Sat. the 15th. And they are bringing more than 50 QoV Friendship Star Blocks of the Month with them. Others have registered and are driving in from Big Bear and Ontario! Very nice.
Blocks are coming in from all over - San Fran and Bakersfield have joined in. Cool.
On the Kaye Wood website under Events, the second item is:
Quilts of Valor, Volunteer Sew In, March 15, 2008, Long Beach, CA, 9-5. More Info. Even More Info
More info is the announcement of the 1600 Blocks of the Month and American Legion "Sew-In" document. Even More Info is the pattern for the Blocks of the Month.
Special thanks to Kaye Wood and company at kayewood.com for helping to share the love. We will sew well and make you proud. And thanks to Barbara for sending it to them.
I think my head is going to explode.
This is incredible. This is going to be so much fun. And we are going to make so many Quilts of Valor. Just WoW!
I am not sure where I got the courage to say this without knowing exactly how many blocks are in route as I write this but I can be brave. We need suggestions for Blocks of the Month for next month. If you have a pattern and instructions for a favorite block send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, February 29, 2008
They are gorgeous! If you want to see them you will either have to register and volunteer on March 15th or you will have to listen to Gary and Lisa on KEARTH 101 on Monday, March 17, 2008 to find out what the link is to the photos of the Quilt Tops.
We still need lots more QoV Friendship Star blocks as we are trying to get to 1600 so we can make 100 quilt tops in a single day!
Don't forget to register to attend the all day "sew-in" at the American Legion Post #496 on March 15th. Panda Express has stepped up to provide lunch to all the volunteers! Trader Joe's - Bixby Knolls is providing water and sodas for all the volunteers.
Thanks for the love and support, Panda Express. We like to support our sponsors so plan on taking your family or meeting a few friends for a meal at a Panda Express just to say thanks. Be sure to tell them "Thanks for the love from Quilts of Valor-socal!' There are 1081 restaurants in 37 states. You can find a Panda Express near you at www.pandaexpress.com and click on the restaurant locator. Order your favorite but for me, the Orange Chicken is hard to beat!
Make a special effort to go out of your way to drop by Trader Joe's - Bixby Knolls on Atlantic and tell them "Thanks for the love from Quilts of Valor-socal".
And while we are speaking about sponsors, don't forget to show some love at SewVac on Clark when you drop off those QoV Friendship Star blocks. We have been meeting there on Thursday afternoons from 1pm to 5 pm for about a year and a half. We want them to know how much we appreciate them collecting the blocks. Scott and the whole team have been great.
Thanks to all our sponsors March 15th is going to be a really great day! We could actually be making American history. I am not sure any group has ever made 100 quilt tops for our American heroes in a single day! What a great day in history.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
I think it is very important for each one of them to know how much we love and appreciate them. And for them to know that we don't need to know their name or their face to appreciate that they put their feet in those boots and stepped up for us. They bore the burden so that we would not have to, well, most us would not have to. Obviously, excluding those who served.
Tomorrow I will go to the weekly QoV-socal afternoon at Sew Vac from 1 - 5 pm and I will check to see how many Blocks of the Month have arrived. Tomorrow night I will post an update on the status of the Blocks of the Month.
Keep up the great work! Be sure to share it with your friends, especially those who think they don't have anything to give because they "don't quilt!" Assure them, neither do I.
This is going to be FABULOUS!!!!!! and this is just the beginning.
Share the love!
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
It seems that I have inadvertently caused a bit of confusion regarding the QoV Friendship Star pattern and instruction sheet. The sheet calls for a light colored background. The picture of the completed Friendship Star clearly does not have a light colored background. Additionally, on the instruction sheet it states a choice for a border of 2"red or navy strips to frame the block.
For our 1600 Blocks of the Month this month we are not really using the light background. The background can be any patriotic color. For this month we are using only the 2" red border. Our theme is "SHOW YOUR COLORS". Light, dark, bright, bold, soft, pastel, it is all up to you! It is your block and your choice.
I apologize for the confusion and hope that clears it up a bit.
The response has been strong and it is still early yet but it seems we are off to a good start. People have registered from Big Bear, San Diego and Thousand Oaks and are carpooling to attend! As amazing as it sounds we have people mailing in blocks from many states away! How cool is that to see that kind of support for our American Heroes! Wow, it is really exciting to see so many people getting involved.
It tells us we are on a journey and I think this is just the tip of the iceberg. It is going to be a great ride and a whole lot of fun!
I am just dying to see all the Blocks of the Month. I just can't wait to see all the combinations. It is going to be a visual overload I am sure but I just can't wait. For those of you mailing in blocks there will be pictures, many, many pictures. More pictures than you really want to look at. We promise pictures. It is in writing and you can hold us to it. (You know my companions are going to say "us, who is this us Kimosabi?")
The press release goes out tomorrow now that we are past the "big red carpet" night in glamor town so you might see or hear about the big 1600 Quilt Blocks of the Month on the radio, tv, newspaper or magazines. If you hear it or see it anywhere be sure to give Barbara or me a shout out so we can keep track of which ones are supporting us and spreading the good word. Barbara or Carol@qov-socal.org.
I have been a little concerned about how we were going to get all 100 of these quilt tops we are making on March 15th quilted in a timely fashion. Lucky enough, June Moore, the longarm coordinator for QoV sent out an email yesterday asking "where are all the quilt tops." Apparently they had a lot of dissappointed longarmers and could have quilted another 100 quilt tops in January and February. What great timing! Here we come with about 100 quilt tops.
Everything happens for a reason and it happens when it is supposed to. Now I can stop worrying about that! It is even possible we may be able to get them all quilted with in a month! Excellent.
Well, that is assuming I can find a corporate sponsor to pay for the fabric for backs, binding, labels and presentation cases. Not yet, but I am working on it. If anyone knows of a corporation or a charitable fund that might want to sponsor these, by all means, don't hold back. Let me know. I have a couple of conversations set up but nothing definite yet. And, of course, there is that beloved shipping bill of about $30 per quilt for the longarmers we have to ship to. For corporate sponsors the shipping bill will be about $3000 if they want to volunteer to pick up the shipping bill.
i keep hearing those famous words in my head "if we build it, they will come."
We shall see soon enough.
Ciao for now.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Quilts of Valor-Socal is making Quilts of Valor for those wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We are hoping to collect 1600 QoV Friendship Star quilt blocks by March 13th and meet at the American Legion Post on March 15th to sew them into quilt tops to be quilted at a future date. We have room for 100 volunteers on March 15th. This month, Feb08, we are using the QoV Friendship Star in any patriotic colors you chose with a 2" red border. The fabric does not need to be a patriotic pattern, only patriotic color. Red fabric with white polka dots or printed flowers is fine in red, white and blue. Next month our theme will be Purple Montains Majesty.
QoV Friendship Star blocks can be dropped off or mailed to Sew Vac, 1762 Clark Avenue, Long Beach, CA 90815
ANYONE CAN PARTICIPATE. Everyone has something to give.
While quilting may be a bit complex, making a single quilt block is incredibly super simple easy. If you can put a child's jigsaw puzzle (like ages 3 - 5, not those 1000 piece puzzle things) together you can make a quilt block. You do not need to be a quilter or even highly skilled at operating a sewing machine. If you can sew a straight seam from 2" to 12" you can do this. The hardest part is not sewing the triangles in backwards so if you do, think of me and have a little giggle. I sewed the same triangle in backwards twice!
I am not a quilter. You can trust me on that. Making a quilt sounds like a big project I just don't have time for. I also don't know how to make a quilt. When I first saw Quilts of Valor a long time ago I thought it was a great idea for smart people who had a lot of time and knew how to make a quilt. I didn't have a clue how to make a quilt.
I walked away thinking that it was a nice project and thinking I didn't have anything to give or contribute. Such confidence! I was absolutely certain I didn't have a single thing to contribute.
I was quite stunned to learn just exactly how easy it is to cut out a few pieces of fabric and sew them together and call it a "quilt block". The coolest part was ---------there is no quilting involved in that. I can do one "quilt block" in an evening and not make a huge mess or drag out everything in the closet. Make a quilt block and send it in. Volunteers meet and sew 16 quilt blocks into a quilt top. Through the magic of volunteerism it goes to a quilter and that is when the actual quilting is done. Not even in my presence. Simple. Painless for me.
The quilters of America have stepped up more than 15,000 times to make and deliver Quilts of Valor to wounded service personnel all over this country and several other countries at military hospitals around the world. Sadly, there are more than 67,000 wounded and more than 50,000 Quilts of Valor are needed to cover all the wounded. To date more than 1.5 million have served.
So when I first got involved I thought the Quilts of Valor were just like a nice, warm quilt or blankie like the ones I want when I am sick or injured. It doesn't take long to be involved in this find out these Quilts of Valor are way bigger than that. They are mind-numbingly bigger than that to the American heroes who receive them.
In the future I will share with you some of the the things that just blew me away and left me too shocked for words.
Contact Barbara Winkler at email@example.com to reserve your place at the March 15th "sew-in". (You might want to hurry, space is filling up quickly.)
Corporate Sponsorships Available - Brief
- Website - ecommerce, multiple event, inventory and database required. Amount unknown
- Purchase fabric for back, sashing, borders, batting, labels and presentation cases for 100 Quilts of Valor - $35,000
- Event with 10,000 quilters in town attending Long Beach Convention Center, ticket price is donate one quilt to Quilts of Valor-Socal, total price depends on event chosen by sponsor
- Quilt of Valor-Socal Quilt Contest - 10 awards @ $1,000 each = total awards $10,000 + $5000 advertising = $15,000, all quilt submissions donated to Quilts of Valor-Socal