Thank you all for understanding I can't blog about the beautiful blocks I have received, when they are sitting at the post office while I am flying a gazillion miles away on a jet plane for work! WELCOME to my newest blog followers! I try to blog about my quilt adventures at least once a week.
All of these packages were waiting for me to open them when I returned from flying this week!
I am simply speechless at the kindness you all are bestowing upon veterans of the U.S. of A.! I have read every note, card, and letter you have sent. I have laughed, cried, and have felt SO good about what we are doing here for Quilts of Valor. It truly is ALL about the veterans in our joint endeavor! Simply by taking some time out of your personal sewing time, and devoting it to making some blocks, together we are making some BEAUTIFUL quilts! Just wait and see!
Generosity is abundant in the following AWESOME people I have received blocks from:
Carol in New Hampshire
Diane in Tennessee
Radz in Massachusetts
Marsha in Pennsylvania
Pam in Alabama
Jan in Georgia
Barbara in NY
Sharon in Connecticut
Tanya in Missouri
Valerie in California
Janet in Michigan
Miriam in Texas
Debbie in Texas
Harriett of The Brick Sidewalk
Victoria in New Hampshire
Dotti in Connecticut
Roberta in Ohio
Jane in Illinois
Donna in Connecticut
Deborah in North Carolina
Ann in Alaska
Wendy in Maine
Laura in Arkansas
Veronica in Missouri
Nancy in Missouri
Marcie in Missouri
Katie in Pennsylvania
Dale in Pennsylvania
Sheila in North Carolina
Patricia in Maryland
Jo of Jo's Country Junction
Trina in Washington
Katie in Wisconsin
Carol of Just Let Me Quilt
Margaret in Ohio
Donna in Michigan
Diane in New York
Inella in Idaho
Cheryl of Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting
Marilyn in Illinois
Vicki in Wisconsin
Shirley in Tennessee
C.J. in Michigan
Karon in Oregon
Polly in Texas
Dee in California
Mary Lou in Illinois
Pam of Sewing Wilde
Marti in Texas
Vera in Missouri
Karen in Michigan
Barb in Ohio
Judy in Arizona
Shirley in California
Lois in Kansas
Bonnie in Mississippi
Kathleen in New York
Tama in Kansas
Gwen in Massachusetts
Linda of Roscoe's Ma
Sabina in North Carolina
And the following quilters generously donated blocks
to be included in future QOVs, but, cannot be included in this prize drawing:
Denise in Canada
Marsha in Alabama
Helen in Virginia
(NOTICE: Once again, if you are from Utah and you sent me 5 blocks, but, your name has not been published on the blog, please contact me with your information? I have 5 blocks from someone in the Salt Lake City area that did not send any return info?)
824 BLOCKS RECEIVED THUS FAR!!!!!!
Keep'em a comin'!!!!
Let's see how many veterans we can cover!?!?!?!?!
I have said it before, and I will say it again I am sure......I am NOT overwhelmed by the amount of blocks coming in, but, I am OVERJOYED!
MANY thanks to ALL who have helped spread the word about this block drive via social media, blogs, and word of mouth!
Look at what we are making here folks!!!!!
My friend and partner in crime, Bev, pieced these blocks together. She then quilted our FIRST quilt
from this block drive!
The quilting couldn't be more perfect! Great motion throughout!
The pantograph is called "Seaweed" by Lorien Quilting.
THANK YOU BEV!!!!!
Judy in Arizona sent her blocks in this beautifully pieced top!
Her color placement is wonderful! Thank you Judy!
Gracie Lu HAD to pose with the quilt top!
I have been asked many times about pre-washing fabrics. All QOVs MUST be washed before being presented to the recipient, so it doesn't really matter to me if the fabrics in the blocks have been washed or not. MANY color catchers will be used when washing these quilts for those of you who are concerned. LOL I have also received several e-mails referring to piecing tops and sending them in. This is my answer: If you feel so inclined, and have the time to piece together the quilt top, go right ahead! My only request is that you keep the integrity of the original "Pathway of Valor" pattern if at all possible? 30 blocks will enter you 6 times into the prize drawings!
Speaking of prize drawings.........
Look what just got added courtesy of Kim of Pokeytown Kim!!!!!
There will now be a 3rd place prize!
The 3rd place winner will receive a copy of one of my most favorite quilting books!
Bonnie Hunter's String Fling!
WOW! What a WONDERFUL BOOK and what a wonderful prize!
I know you don't want me saying it Kim, but, THANK YOU!
To review a list of the 1st and 2nd place prizes, please look here.
And many thanks again to our fabulous 1st and 2nd place prize donors, Vicki Welsh and Susan in Washington who blogs at The Farm Quilter.
Kelly at O'Sewpersonal Fabric Shop continues to cut kits for her block drive being held in conjunction
with mine. She has received her first 30 blocks, and is receiving more each day. Again, if you are in the metro St. Louis area, don't miss an opportunity to win a $100 gift certificate to her shop by submitting 5 blocks to her. You are allowed to enter both her drive and mine, but, remember, you have to submit 5 blocks to her AND 5 DIFFERENT blocks to me by June 1st.
I have to share with you some items I have been receiving along with the blocks:
Jane of Jane's Fabric and Quilts sent in this LOVELY backing fabric!
This is going to make a WONDERFUL backing for one of our block drive quilts!
THANK YOU JANE!
Thank you to Gina in Missouri for the Doily for Miss Bev! Just in time for her Easter Bonnet!
Thank you to Shirl in Pennsylvania for the Teas and the star fabric (pic coming soon of fabric!)
And, thank you to Vicki in Wisconsin for this beautiful dishcloth! How did you know my kitchen is gold?? LOL
I would also like to thank Marcie in Missouri for my AWESOME Kevin the Quilter
purse, I mean
And, one last shout out to one of the most talented long arm quilters I have ever met!
My friend Ann of Attic Threads recently received 1st Place at the "Fanfare of Quilts" Quilt Show in St. Louis. She won best hand guided long arm quilt, and let me tell you, it IS fabulous!
And so are you Ann!
I have never been so happy to be a part of something philanthropic, such as this QOV Block Drive!
From the bottom of my heart, thank you ALL for your kindness!
Keep them cards and letters comin' in!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
Kevin the Quilter
Kevin the Quilter