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The Fabric Mavericks says "It is time to serve your Nation''

May 28, 2011

As Memorial Day approaches, many people are anticipating the end of school, the opening of the swimming pool, a day off from work and even the unofficial beginning of summer.  Unfortunately, many of us will not even think of the real reason behind Memorial Day- the people in our military who serve and have served our nation in peace and war.

Let me introduce you to the Quilts of Valor Foundation. The purpose of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to ensure that all members of the armed services and veterans receive a patriotic quilt called a Quilt of Valor. This organization is not about politics; it about people.  Several quilting manufacturers have banded together to create special collections to celebrate these courageous people- Moda Fabics, Marcus Brothers, P&B Textiles, Timeless Treasures, Red Rooster, Windham Fabrics, Clothworks Textiles, Andover Fabrics and Quilting Treasures.  Each of these comp­­anies has created a free quilt download showcasing their fabrics. All of them are gorgeous.

I am challenging all of my sewing friends to make a patriotic quilt this summer. I know that we are all busy so if you cannot make a quilt top, how about a block?  I am challenging you all to make one block.  I have again talked Victoria into helping us out.  Send your block to Victoria Bryant c/o Fabric.com, 2151 Northwest Pkwy, Marietta, GA 30067, we will assemble all the blocks we receive into patriotic quilts to be submitted to the QOVF.  Don't know where to begin? If you cannot find a block, check out these free blocks at Persimmon Quilts.

1.       Raid your stash for good quality red, white and blue fabrics or select some of our great fabrics from the Quilts of Valor section.

2.       Prewash your fabrics.

3.       Select a block pattern- your own favorite block, design your own or select one of the great blocks from Persimmon Quilts ( preferably a 12 1/2'' block).

4.       Sew block according to your instructions.  Unfinished size should be 12 ½''.

5.       Sign your block with your name using a permanent marker.

6.       Send your block in a small plastic bag to Victoria Bryant c/o Fabric.com, 2151 Northwest Pkwy, Marietta, GA 30067. Please include your email address, so we can thank you. If you have any questions, please contact Victoria at victoria@fabric.com.


When we receive enough blocks, we will assemble the tops and show the top or tops in a future blog.


If you want to make a quilt top yourself, here are the basic requirements requested by the QOVF:

Overview of QOV Process

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Overview of the QOV Process


Contact Information:
Phone: (202) 755-7683

The making of the QOV typically involves team work.  There is the person who pieces the top and backing and then there is the machine quilter who quilts it.  Below is a quick overview for this QOV team.  You can click on links to get more information.

Overview of QOV process for Quilt-topper

1.    Choose good quality 100% cotton quilting fabric appropriate for an adult.

2.    Pick a pattern.

3.    Start your documenting of making this quilt by taking pictures and writing.

4.    Finished size should be no smaller than 55" by 65" or larger than 72" by 90".  

5.    Make a backing that exceeds at least 3" of the top on ALL sides. (Same as total of 6-8" longer and 6-8"wider.

6.    Request a volunteer longarm quilter through the website.

7.    COMMUNICATE with your partner.  Determine who will make presentation case, label, do binding, request final destination.

8.    Make a presentation case.

9.    Prepare a label.

10.  Bind and label the completed quilt.

11.  Write a note, card, letter or have your journal ready to send the recipient.

12.  Wash the quilt.

13.  Request a destination.

14.  Communicate with longarmer as to whom/where/when your QOV was sent/awarded.


Overview of QOV process for Longarmer

1.    Once you make contact with your QOV quilt-topper partner, figure out who will do binding, label, presentation case and get final destination.

2.    Let your topper know what your requirements are for the backing.  How many inches larger than the top do you need?

3.    If you'll do the binding, request the amount of fabric you'll need.

4.    COMMUNICATE with your partner.

5.    Give your topper a rough guestimate of how long it will take you to finish your portion.

6.    Once you receive the quilt top/backing, let your topper know it arrived safely!

7.    Use quality batting.

8.    If you go beyond 30 days time limit, let your quilt-topper and Longarm Coordinator know this. 

9.    If one of life's curve balls comes your way, let your partner and Longarm Coordinator know this so that the quilt can be sent to another longarmer.  Life happens.  We have learned that you dig a deeper hole by doing nothing hoping things will automatically remedy themselves.

Check out the Quilt of Valor Foundation website for additional information.

Please check out the videos and podcasts to find out how much these quilts mean to the recipients and to the people who make these quilts. I was especially touched by the podcast where 3 young boys make Quilts of Valor for veterans. 

Now we should continue our Memorial Day celebration. Here is an adult drink from Quilter's Home: 

The Giddy Piecer

1/2 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice 

1/2 ounce limocello

1 1/2 ounce vodka

2-3 ounces Ruby Red grapefruit juice

Fill a shaker with crushed ice and add the above ingredients. Shake well and pour into a chiiled glass.

Or try

a good old fashioned lemonade. Remember do not drink and sew!


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