Sunday, May 14, 2017

2017 Quilt of Valor Conference and After Hours with Tony

Colorado Springs, here we come! Annual Conference this year is the 5th and the 6th of June. If you haven’t committed to joining in on the fun, there’s still time! If you don’t know how to sign up, comment below and I will get back to you with all the necessary details. Besides the wonderful, informative presentations that are on the agenda and the majestic beauty of Colorado Springs, a social gathering event has also been added.

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Tony Jacobson, a quilt designer/instructor will be joining us for an after hours event. Come meet Tony and take in his demonstrations on techniques to make your triangle squares and flying geese units without having to deal with bias edges. These techniques will help you with your accuracy and you will be able make eight triangle squares and four flying geese units at a time. You'll be able to make even more Quilts of Valor with these time-saving techniques. Tony will also have new QOV appropriate patterns and kits available for sale. Quilts of Valor will receive 20% of the sales.

Cost for After Hours with Tony is only $20 and includes pizza and soda.  Reservations can be made by contacting me,  Debra Kaldenberg at  Payment will be collected at event.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Here is a fun game - if you have time or need a break. Give me your answers in a comment below!

Happy National Sew Day 2017

Unscramble these classic Quilt Block names.

(example…redesndaptle=Dresden plate­­­)


Friday, February 3, 2017

National Sew Day 2017

Here is the National Sew Day 2017 playlist. It's not too late to request a song be added.

Monday, January 30, 2017

There are 1500+ registered to take part in 2017 Quilt of Valor National Sew Day. I can’t begin to explain how I am looking forward to this day. A day where we are gathered together to work for a common purpose of remembering and honoring our Veterans. A day where we laugh, snack, play, make new friends and reconnect with old. A day where we dedicate ourselves to our craft. A day where we can put aside everything but for the common goal of saying ‘Thank You’!

As you all spend your day in friendship, fellowship, and frenzied activity to finish just one more; one more stitch, one more block, one more quilt, I will have the honor of saying ‘Thank You’ to those of you who are participating.

I’m really excited about some of the door prizes that will be given away throughout the day. There are quilting books, patriotic panels, fat quarters, beautiful note cards, and a Grand Prize alternative. We announced that the 2017 Grand Prize would be a free admission to the QOVF Annual Conference in Colorado Springs, an exclusive gift bag, special events and more. If you are the Grand Prize winner I hope you are able to join us in Colorado Springs. However, If you are unable to travel we are excited to announce that we have an alternative prize; a brand new Viking sewing machine.

So if your group hasn’t registered or you haven’t registered as an individual sewing at home do it now! I would love to have the opportunity to meet you over the phone!


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Music is what feelings sound like ... - Georgia Cates

There are many patriotic songs out there. I have certainly gotten caught up in listening to several over the last few days when I should have been paying attention to other tasks that needed to be completed. There are many songs I listened to that brought tears to my eyes and a heavy heart. Those emotions are not bad. They are just not emotions I want us to experience on February 4th. In this time, especially in this time, we need songs that bring feelings of joy, purpose, and laughter. Songs that motivate us as well as songs that remind us of the Veterans we are remembering with the works of our hands, hearts, and creative minds. What our feelings should sound like on February 4th is a group connecting across the miles, putting all of our differences aside, and laughing, loving, and experiencing a fellowship that binds us together in spirit. 

The playlist for National Sew Day 2017 is growing. If you have a favorite song you would like to have added please just comment on the post.

America the Beautiful
Home - Dierks Bentley
Citizen Soldier - 3 Doors Down
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy - The Andrews Sisters
I've Been Everywhere - Johnny Cash
God Bless America (Remastered) - Madison Rising
Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning - Alan Jackson
The Stars and Stripes Forever - US Army Ceremonial Band
United States Armed Forces Medley
Welcome Home...A Soldier's Song