Monday, February 9, 2015

National Quilts of Valor Sew-in

Saturday was the National Quilts of Valor sew-in day.  Our area had 5 different locations that sponsored sew-ins.  I attended the one at Sewing, Etc. in Yorkville, IL.  Kelly, the owner, lets us use her classroom space every third Tuesday for our monthly Quilts of Valor sew-ins.  Another location was at Prairie Shop Quilts in Batavia, where we have monthly sew-ins on the first Tuesday of each month.  Our local group is the Land of Lincoln Quilts of Valor.  You can find info about all of our monthly sew-in locations on the blog.

The National sew-in was my 2nd Quilts of Valor sew-in this week, since I attended the monthly sew-in on Tuesday, too. 

On Saturday, we had 18 people sewing.  Woohoo!  That is the most that we've had at this location, so far.  Everyone brought something to share, or to go with our sandwich lunch.  Yum!

We had some new people that came to sew with us, including Art, who was just learning how to sew.  The ladies next to Art kept him busy 'strip' piecing blocks.  He was having lots of fun.  We also had several people stop by, to find out when we usually meet.  We are hoping to have several of them start attending our monthly sew-ins at this location, or at one of our other locations.

our banner

some of those in attendance
 We also got to present 2 Quilts of Valor to veterans.  The first went to Mike, who thought that his group was headed out to lunch, and didn't know why they needed to stop at this store.  He was very pleased that they stopped.
Mike, wrapped in his Quilt of Valor
The second presentation, was to Art, who was sewing with us.  Art is a Vietnam veteran.  He didn't expect a quilt, either.  He sure deserved one.
Art, wrapped in his Quilt of Valor

We are hoping that Art comes back and sews with us in the future.  He makes great 1/4" seams!

I finished a top on Saturday.  I started it at the sew-in on Tuesday. 
Quilt of Valor top I finished
What a great way to say a tiny 'Thank you' to our veterans.  If you know of a veteran who has served in a war zone, and has not received a Quilt of Valor, contact Quilts of Valor, and let them know.  Each state has someone to contact, that will make sure that the veteran gets his/her quilt. 

9 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great day sewing for a great cause.

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  2. What a fun day and then 2 presentations to put the frosting on your day! Bet it was fun to sew with Art. Thanks for your commitment. ~Jeanne

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  3. Busy girl! You do some great work. That's a beautiful smile your guild put on Mike. And you got Art to sewing... he'll know some of the work that goes into his quilt. Blessings on you all. Thanks for sharing this with us.
    Hugs

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  4. Your sewing day looks like it was wonderful.

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  5. I always love seeing pictures of those veterans wrapped in their quilts. Such a neat idea to show them your appreciation. I do hope Art comes back and you could send him my way too as I still can't sew a very good 1/4 seam ;)!

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  6. I always love seeing pictures of those veterans wrapped in their quilts. Such a neat idea to show them your appreciation. I do hope Art comes back and you could send him my way too as I still can't sew a very good 1/4 seam ;)!

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  7. I love that you do this, I still haven't made one yet but every time I read what you're doing it makes me promise to make one. I think I'll contact whoever it is for here and get some details.

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  8. This is such a wonderful reason to get together to sew....Art is so cute ! I love that he's sewing with you ! I bet Mike was thinking why the _ _ _ _ are we stopping at a quilt store !

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