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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

This note was recently received by a State Coordinator.  it speaks for itself.


"I received my quilt in the summer of 2014.  It has a permanent place in the living room of my house and is a daily reminder of those gallant young men that I served with so many years ago in Vietnam. It helps to soothe my soul.

The last few days I have been "layed up" with a cold and have spent these days curled up in front of the tv wrapped in my Quilt.

Thank you to ALL of you for the Quilt!"

D.G.
101st Airborne Division

Vietnam 1965-66

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Inspiration!


What a GREAT DAY!!! For the record:

          I registered 33 folks For National QOV Sew-In Day to come to the VFW Post 488 in Cedar Rapids, IA from 10-4 yesterday. Use of the room was donated to us by the VFW, the Women's Auxilary fixed a lunch for us ($7/each) ... and the weather held! We had quilt kits, pillowcase kits (I know pillowcases are not necessary but our Vets and us LIKE them), Panels, Jelly Rolls & Strip Kits, Signature Blocks. We had an assembly line - OR folks could work on their own.

The numbers:

23 of the 33 Registered came

3 called in sick

8 NEW people came

8 Quilt kits were started (3 tops completed on the assembly line)

5 Panels taken home to complete to tops

1 Jelly Roll and 2 Strip Kits taken home to complete

6 Pillowcases completed; 15 Pillowcase Kits taken home to complete

4 NEW Members and 1 member renewal

Our Area Coordinators (2 of them) stopped in to see us. One spent a great deal of time talking to each individual person there!!!!

2nd best part: Lady saw the announcement in the paper for our Sew-in and sent her daughter to see us. The daughter's Grandfather received a QOV about a year ago. The daughter showed up with a fabric donation of 38 YARDS of fabric (in 6 pieces).

The VERY BEST part: As I was getting in my car to leave at the end of the day, a gentleman and his young son (12 ish) stopped me and profusely thanked me. Said he was thrilled when he walked in for lunch there and saw the group working. He bragged on the dedication, focus and love that exuded from the group as they were going about their sewing. He suggested we come once a month to do this as it was so heartwarming! At one point, his son voluntarily said "QOV is AWESOME!!" ................ 

           For ME, this "QOV Mission" of ours is not about how many quilts we award - but how we touch the Veterans and the community. While I'm certainly proud of the 428 quilts that my group has in process over the last 2-1/2 years, and the 325+ quilts that we have presented, I'd much rather look at it as 325 VETERANS who we have personally touched with a quilt - and the numerous Veterans and families who see and understand that they personally are the recipients of our pride, love, and thankfulness for our freedom.

            At times we are all frustrated and worn out by our tasks --- this one gentleman and his son yesterday washed all that frustration away, recharged the batteries, and again defined the purpose of our journey. We are not just making quilts -- we are ALL making a difference in our communities and changing lives. 

             What an enormously humbling experience. What a great day!

THANK you for your ear!

Elayne

QOV Longarm Coordinator

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Quilts of Valor® Foundation


Friday, January 12, 2018

Register for National Sew Day!


National Sew Day (NSD) is off and running!  Registration is picking up and the excitement is building.  We look forward to seeing what each of you does during NSD and the creations that come out of your event.  Please share pictures on our Facebook page showing your day and creations.   Watch our website  for the exciting announcement of prizes for NSD!  Then listen for your phone to ring when someone calls to give you the news that you have won a prize.   This is going to be so much fun!  Registration can be found on the bottom of the page at www.QOVF.org

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

2018 National Sew Day


   
National Sew Day is fast approaching!  Now is the time to spring into action and plan your event.   

    This will be a fun and exciting day as quilters from across our nation come together to sew for Quilts of Valor!   There will be prizes given out all day to registered attendees.  So, do not miss out on this fun sewing day, go to www.qovf.org and register to be a part of this wonderful day!

Contact Saundra Chambers, Special Events Coordinator at saundra.chambers@qovf.org for more information.



Sunday, November 19, 2017

Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving draws near, please remember all of our active duty service members who are away from their families.

This short video says it all.