Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Quilts of Valor presentations..........

Where on earth did June go????

Moreover.........where did the first part of July go?????

I KNOW I am WAY behind on blogging, but, hopefully what I am about to share with you all will more than make up for my absence in blogland for the past few weeks?

I have a ton of photos to share with you from June and July, but, for now, I want to share a few videos of the Quilt of Valor presentations I was able to make at the River Heritage Quilter's Guild in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on July 14th.

Please realize, there is NO way I could have been able to present these quilts without all of you!  The QOV block drive was so successful, and my local quilting friends have been so kind to help out with piecing the tops and quilting.  ALL OF US SHOULD BE PROUD of what is being accomplished here.

Enjoy the following videos:

This was the closing part of the presentation after the Veterans received their quilts.
I had the individual that nominated the veteran to receive a QOV present the QOV to their veteran.

The local news station came to cover the event.  I was interviewed before the meeting started.
The news anchor introduces me as "Ken," but, we all know my name is Kevin! LOL

And here is a really nice article the local newspaper wrote up.
I do NOT claim to be an official representative of QOV, and I said that, but, I think sometimes
reporters write down things so fast they miss some items.

Here is each veteran with the person that nominated them to receive a QOV at the guild meeting:









 And one of the sweet ladies of the guild gave me this bag of scraps!  She said, "I was going to place these on the give away table, but, after seeing your work, and your love of scraps, I want you to have them!"  HOW SWEET!  Here I am hamming it up along with the River Heritage Quilter's Guild President, Chris.
Thanks Chris for such a wonderful opportunity to speak and share about Quilts of Valor!

The guild has even created their own QOV page on their website! 
I truly hope this inspires many of their quilters to make QOV's!



Once again, I want to thank each of you that read this blog, have contributed in ANY way to this block drive, or have simply encouraged me along the way!  This was one of the best nights of my life!  I will share more photos next week after I get back from flying.

As always,
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Thanks for sticking with me!
Kevin the Quilter

Monday, July 7, 2014

My most sincere apologies.....

My most sincere apologies.....

I have heard from several of you, and I so appreciate your concern!
It is really comforting, and feels great knowing you all care!

I am here and doing well, I have just been BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!
Making 189 quilts for Quilts of Valor takes some time! And I am loving it!
Plus, you all know I have some other irons in the fire.

That, and my computer decided to quit working!!!!!!!!!!

On top of some summer trips I have had in the works!

I promise a full progress report coming very soon!

Please don't leave me just yet!

Thanks for all of the concern!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the quilter

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Block Drive Winners announced..........



Let me preempt this by saying a HUGE THANK YOU to my neighbor Mark of Heartland Hunters for making this video!
He and I are NOT, I repeat, NOT professional videographers!
We do NOT own professional equipment or lighting.
I am not perfect, and I get tongue tied at times! LOL
Now, enjoy the video........and hopefully YOU won something????
(BTW, when I say I am going on vacation, that was just a joke because so many of you have said that I will need one when this block drive is over! LOL)


I am SOOOOOOOO very excited to share with you all the winners of the QOV Block Drive and a BIG CONGRATULATIONS to all of the winners!  I have said it before, and I will say it again..........this block drive has far exceeded my expectations, and I am now a firm believer in the generosity of quilters! I want to take this time to thank each and every one of you who have donated to this drive......making blocks, donating prizes, donating other items to make the quilts, or simply donating your time!  I want each of you to know what a hero and champion you are for Veterans!  We HAVE made a difference here, and will continue to do so through our efforts with this drive!



For those of you who know me, and my analytic mind, I have a few numbers for you all to digest:



5,680 blocks were received

1,136 entries into the drawings for prizes

And here are the top 10 states that had the most entries:

Missouri - 110 entries

Illinois - 98 entries

Texas  - 88 entries

North Carolina - 59 entries

Pennsylvania - 59 entries

New York - 58 entries

Ohio - 45 entries

California - 40 entries

Florida - 34 entries

3-way tie for 10th place between:
Maryland, Michigan, and Washington - 32 entries

LaVerne with the Jacksonville Area Sr. Center in Illinois sent in the most blocks!


Again, here are the winners, and you will be receiving your prizes VERY soon!

4th Place:  Kathleen in Katy, Texas

3rd Place:  Jane in St. Charles, Illinois

2nd Place:  Kristine in Taylor, Utah

1st Place Grand Prize Winner:  Judy J. in McKinney, Texas

Congratulations to one and all for such a successful block drive!

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Thanks for all of the support with this block drive!
Kevin the Quilter




Saturday, May 31, 2014

Just in time.....

I made it just in time for May's color of green for RSC14!


 Modified Maverick Stars

Here are all of the Maverick Stars playing together!

And here is the green "Soul Searching" block.
I am LOVING these black backgrounds!

Linking up with soscrappy.

And here are a few stockings in blue I have made for another Veterans sewing group I am a part of.

No blocks came in today, so, we have ALL of our entries for the big drawings!

GOOD LUCK TO ALL 1,136 ENTRIES!

Check back on Monday to see if you are one of the winners in

Kevin the Quilter's Quilt of Valor Block Drive!

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter

Friday, May 30, 2014

Update of AWESOME PEOPLE..........

I thought I better do an update so those of you who have sent in blocks KNOW I have in fact received them!  This block drive has been one of the most rewarding projects I have ever worked on in my life!  Your notes, cards, letters, and kind words have filled me with such emotion and joy!  Thank you ALL for what you have done to help our Veterans through Quilts of Valor!  

Here is the latest edition of AWESOME PEOPLE!
Remember, if you sent in 5 blocks, that qualifies you for 1 entry for the prize drawings!

The following 11 ladies are quilters that belong to the
 River Heritage Quilt Guild in Cape Girardeau, Missouri where I will be speaking:
Mary
Chris
Kathryn
Donna
Kate
Jeanette
Betty
Angie
Barb
Mary Lou
Mary L.
Anne with The Moonlighters in Florida
Laura in North Carolina
Wendy in North Carolina
Susan in North Carolina
Linda in Maryland
Clara in North Carolina
Patti in Wisconsin
Kristine in Utah
Donna in New Jersey
Lynn in Michigan
Irene in New Jersey
Nancy in New Jersey
Jean in New York
Patty in Kentucky
Bonnie in Maine
Cathy with the Plymouth County Cranberry Quilters in Massachusetts
Pam in Mississippi
Denise in Mississippi
Kim in Mississippi
Dee Dee in Wyoming
Lynn in California
Mish in New Jersey
Gina in Colorado
Colleen in Arizona
Joan in Tennessee
Margie in Wyoming
Sue in Wyoming
Katie in Utah
Kathy with the Loose Thread Quilters in Pennsylvania
Char in Minnesota
Peg in Illinois
Millie in Missouri
Cecilia in Iowa
Debbie in Ohio
Delia in Colorado
Nichole with The Rochester Modern Quilt Guild in New York
Jennie in Ohio
Marilyn in Pennsylvania
Michaeleen with the Goin' Sewing Group in Pennsylvania
Melissa in Texas
The following 4 ladies are with the Piece'N Harmony Quilt Guild in New York:
Valerie
Joanna
Cindy
Kristine
Adela in Colorado
Roxanne in Hawaii
Ila in Illinois
David in Illinois
Susan in Oklahoma
Elaine in Missouri
Colleen in Colorado
Sharon in Tennessee
Suzanne in Massachusetts
Harriet in Georgia
Dianne in Missouri
Jennifer in Ohio
Judy in Illinois
Lynette of What a Hoot Quilts
The following 10 people are with Northwest Quilters, Inc.:
Maureen
Kathleen
Carol
Helene
Janice
Mary
Rick
Polly
Brenda
Lori
Peggy in Maine
Kate in Hawaii
Amy of Amy's Passions
Mary Ellen of  QuiltMouse
Dee of mike & gabby

And the following quilters generously donated blocks, but, cannot be included in the prize drawing:
Becki in Califorina
Judy in Illinois
Helen in Australia

WE ARE UP TO 5,680 BLOCKS!!!!!
THAT'S 189 QUILTS FOR QUILTS OF VALOR!!!!!!

Doesn't this look like a fun group of ladies?!?!?!?!
This is The Moonlighters from Florida!
I LOVED receiving your blocks and photo, and thank you so much for embracing this block drive!


I will update the blog on Sunday, June 1st as this is the final day for entries to be included in the prize drawings!

I will update the blog with the winners and hopefully a video of the drawings on Monday, June 2nd!

(Boy!  Am I glad I took this week off!!!!! WHEW!!!!!!)

And here comes the "Pathway of Valor" quilt parade!

This quilt top was made  by Pam, Denise, and Kim in Mississippi!

 This quilt top was also made by Pam, Denise, and Kim in Mississippi!

This top comes from Kristine in Utah!

 And, how about this top from Donna in Missouri with the River Heritage Quilt Guild?

Here is another from Chris in Missouri with the River Heritage Quilt Guild!

 Next we have Dee of mike & gabby's completed quilt top!

Amy of Amy's Passions sent in this quilt top!

Judy in Illinois made this version of "Pathway of Valor."

And David in Illinois made his version of the quilt!

Colleen in Colorado made this quilt top and also sent a label and presentation case!

Diane in Missouri sent this quilt top along with a donation!

THANK YOU!!!!!
THANK YOU!!!!!
THANK YOU!!!!!

These tops are ALL beautiful, and I really appreciate your efforts, and so will a Veteran!
All so different, yet so beautiful!

Lisa from the United Kingdom generously donated these labels from Spoonflower!
Cheryl of Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting sent in 2 backings!
Vicki in Wisconsin sent in 6 bindings and the thread......and SCRAPS!!!!
Donna in New Jersey also sent in a donation!

THANK YOU!!!!
THANK YOU!!!!

THANK YOU!!!!

 My little Sophia Annabella wanted to show you all these goodies!
Ila in Illinois sent in 2 backings and the thread.
Suzanne in Massachusetts sent in the binding.

THANK YOU!!!!
THANK YOU!!!!
THANK YOU!!!!


Holly in Indiana sent in 4 pieced backings and 4 bindings along with some strips to make more binding!
Katie in Hawaii sent in some extra strips for binding as well!
Mary Ellen of QuiltMouse sent in 5 presentation cases!

THANK YOU!!!!
THANK YOU!!!!
THANK YOU!!!!


Again, make sure to check back here Monday to see if you are one of the big winners of the
Kevin the Quilter's
Quilt of Valor Block Drive!

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Quilters are AWESOME PEOPLE!
Kevin the Quilter


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Airing of the news segment...........

The following is a link to the news segment that aired in the St. Louis viewing area last night.  Parts of it are jumbled for some reason, but, you can still get the idea.


I am pleased with the way the piece turned out, and I am even more pleased that everyone was included in it!  But, let me make this clear......I am NOT overwhelmed......simply OVERJOYED at the amount of blocks that I have received during this block drive.

Big news!  I received some blocks from Hawaii today!  I sure hope Nevada comes through before June 1st!

Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Thanks for believing in this block drive!
Kevin the Quilter

Sunday, May 25, 2014

One week left...............

Ladies and Gentlemen...........

In one short week, this QOV Block Drive will be coming to an end!

But, first, may we all take a moment to remember those who gave their lives defending the United States of America for our freedom this Memorial Day?


I would like to thank each and every Veteran at this time!

I can't believe how many of you have given of your time, talent, and treasure to my humble plea for QOV blocks!

The call was sent out for blocks on March 2, 2014, and as of May 25, 2014 we have received a total of.........

5,297 BLOCKS
THAT'S 176 QUILTS for QUILTS OF VALOR!!!!!!!
(I will be making a blog post for all of the recent AWESOME PEOPLE who have donated blocks prior to the drawing on June 2nd.)

We are ALL making a difference here!

It is simply unbelievable, but, I know it is true, because, I have the blocks to prove it!

This stack of blocks measures 30" tall!

We can all be very proud of the work we have done in these 3 short months!

But, I MUST thank the sponsors of this block drive for generously donating the following prizes for the drawing which will be held June 2, 2014.

Please remember, to be included in the prize drawings, your blocks MUST be received by June 1, 2014, no exceptions.  1 entry will be made for every 5 blocks received.  Again, there may be someone that wins more than one prize by virtue of having MANY entries.......it will all be the luck of the draw.  Each entry is eligible for any of the prize placements.

Our 1st place winner will receive:

A $100 Gift Certificate to 
Courtesy of Kevin the Quilter

along with....

 1 "Color Wheel" Stash Pack
and 
an assortment of Mistyfuse



Let's hear from Vicki Welsh.....
"I'm a big supporter of the QOV program but I just don't have the time to make as many as I want. My local quilt club makes quilts for a local veteran's hospital and I quilt most of them. That takes up my "free" quilting time so I don't get to do a lot for QOV anymore. But, I can still support the effort by supplying prizes for programs like this block drive.  Secondly, there's hardly any better advertising than sponsoring activities happening in the blog world! Blog quilters are some the the most prolific quilters I know and blog quilters who support drives like Kevin the Quilter's QOV Block Drive are always in need (and deserving) of new fabric! I want to be the person who introduces them to the joy of sewing with hand dyed fabrics."

Our 2nd Place winner will receive:
1 "Color Wheel" Stash Pack
AND
Free quilting of Susan's choice on a quilt measuring up to 60"x80", you provide the backing.
Courtesy of Susan of Farm Quilter


Let's hear from Susan...
"I quilt professionally so being involved in any way with Quilts of Valor is a way for me to give back a little to my dad (USN) and uncle (USAF) who served in WWII, my cousins (USAF, USN) who served in Vietnam and my daughter (USA) who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and who is still an active duty soldier.  I am so grateful for the sacrifices they, and their fellow servicemen and women, made and continue to make, that hopping on the Kevin the Quilter's QOV Block Drive is a natural fit!  Thank you, Kevin, for giving me this opportunity to give back a little!"

Our 3rd Place Winner will receive:
A copy of "String Fling" by Bonnie K. Hunter 
Courtesy of Kim of Pokeytown Kim

Let's hear from Kim....
"I want to donate Bonnie Hunter's "String Fling - Scrappy Happy and Loving it!" for Kevin the Quilter's QOV Block Drive because in many ways Bonnie and Kevin are alike......they both make something beautiful from nothing!  Bonnie teaches how scraps can be used in such imaginative ways, by utilizing scrap bits quilters used to throw away, and turning them into gorgeous, usable, cozy, quilts!  Now, Kevin is taking one little donated block from quilters and turning them into hundreds of quilts to comfort our soldiers, not only physically but emotionally too!  These quilts let them know we care and how much they matter to us all. It's really not much from us quilters to help Kevin do a worthy and noble deed...really something wonderful from nothing.  Happy Sewing!  I hope the winner of this book enjoys it as much as I do!"

And our 4th Place Winner will receive:

"A New Leaf" jelly roll by Benartex

Let's hear from Ann...
"As a busy long arm quilter and owner of Attic Threads & Quilts, I don't always have the time I would like to donate to Quilts of Valor.  Donating a prize to Kevin the Quilter's QOV Block Drive is one way I CAN help.  I hope this gives a little extra incentive to bring in many blocks for this drive!"

I cannot thank these sponsors enough for their endorsement of this QOV block drive!  I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart, and I want to wish each and every person that has sent in blocks, and has an entry in the prize drawings the very best of luck!  I wish everyone could win!  But, in all honesty, the real winners in this block drive are the Veterans who will be receiving the quilts made from our combined efforts!

Best wishes to each of you!
Thanks for ALL of the encouragement and support!
Kevin the Quilter