Sunday, May 18, 2014

Playing catch up.........

It isn't easy playing catch up!  Not to mention playing mustard or mayonnaise for that matter!

But, I digress...............

There are some wonderful people who are LONG overdue for their official shout out!

Thanks for your patience!!!!!

So, here we go..........

Here is a list of some really AWESOME people:

Debra in Ohio
Cynthia in Georgia
LuAnn of Loose Threads
Darlene in Oklahoma
Salli in California
Sharon in Connecticut
Judy in Texas
Janice in Missouri
Meg in Virginia
Jane in Deleware
Joann in Pennsylvania
Diane in New York
LaVerne with the Jacksonville Area Senior Center in Illinois
Cindy in Maryland
Barb in Iowa
JoAnne in Michigan
Jan in California
Marci in Missouri
Mari in Washington
Sandra in Michigan
Mary Ann in Missouri
Julie in Colorado
Celynn in Colorado
Diane in Missouri
Linda in Texas
Linda A in Texas
Nancy with the North Suburban Needle Arts Guild in Illinois
Sharon in Arizona
Sue in Pennsylvania
Master Sergeant, Retired, Patricia in Oklahoma
Kathleen in Texas
Cynthia of Kitsune Quilts
Barb in Minnesota
First United Methodist Church Quilt Group in New York
Deb in Colorado
Bonnie in California
Cindy in Indiana
Carolyn in Ohio
The Beach Border Quilters in North Carolina/South Carolina

Cris in Montana generously sent in a block, but, cannot be entered into the drawing.


Only 2 states are not represented as of today:
Nevada and Hawaii
If ANYONE knows ANYONE in either of these states, there are still a couple of weeks to get blocks in!



Remember me talking about the goodies that have been sent in for the drive?

Several completed tops have been sent in!

 Judy in Texas sent in this wonderful top!
Great job Judy, and thanks!

 LuAnn of Loose Threads sent in this top in the midst of selling her home!
Thanks for taking time out for this QOV drive LuAnn, and thanks for the pizza too! ;-)

Joann in Pennsylvania sent in this very patriotic/nautical looking top!
I love the solids in this one!  Wonderful job Joann!

Kim with the Beach Border Quilters sent in this terrific top!
I love those steely blues!  Amazing job!

Judy of  Quilting Paradigm sent in these wonderful backings!
Make sure to check out Judy's blog and see her amazing entry in the Blogger's Quilt Festival!  
Way to go Judy!

Mari in Washington sent in these presentation cases along with bindings and color catchers.  And Linda A in Texas sent in bindings as well as color catchers!
How generous of you both Linda and Mari!  I really appreciate your contributions to the drive!

Linda in Iowa and Ramona in Virginia sent in several colorful bindings for the completed quilts!
These are going to work out beautifully!
Cindy in Maryland sent in yardage and several threads for piecing and quilting!
Thank you all SOOOOOOOO much!!!!
You are helping with this block drive in more ways than I could have imagined!

Lisa B from the United Kingdom!
You ROCK!  I received this package from the Missouri Star Quilt Company on your behalf!
Jelly rolls for binding, and threads for quilting!
How absolutely sweet of you to participate from across the pond!
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!

Sue in Pennsylvania sent in 6 presentation cases!
Master Sergeant, Retired, Patricia in Oklahoma sent in some yardage!
Kathleen in Texas sent in the military yardage and 4 presentation cases!
Shirl in Pennsylvania sent in 8 bindings!
And Marci in Missouri sent in a donation for backing and batting!
I am simply floored and speechless at everyone's giving spirit to this block drive for Quilts of Valor!
And, if you know me, it is pretty dog-gone hard for me to be speechless!


And, we had our very first sew day for the blocks on May 17th.
Fun was had by all, and we were able to complete 20 tops!
A HUGE thank you to all who came and participated!
And a very special thank you to my good friend Dar of Dar's Patchwork Garden for organizing the event and securing the venue!

Click on the link below to see a slide show of the event:


Enjoy the photos!

A few reminders:
-In order to be entered into the drawing for the prizes, your blocks MUST be received by June 1st.  I am sorry, but, I really can't make any exceptions.
-Drawings will be held June 2nd, and as of right now, I hope to make a video of the drawings, but, we will see about that when the time comes.
-Several people are entered numerous times for the amount of blocks they have sent in, so, there is a possibility that someone may win more than one prize?  Who knows????  Remember, 1 entry for every 5 blocks.
-A complete list of prizes and sponsors for the prizes will be posted next week.
-The interview with Fox2News in St. Louis is supposed to air sometime this coming week.  As soon as it does, I will try to provide a link here so all of you may see it.

Thank you all again for all you do!
Thanks for all of the encouragement!
We are blessed!
Kevin the Quilter


  1. Quilters everywhere just keep showing just how caring and giving they are of their time, talents and resources!!! You are so awesome for starting his express certainly has taken on a life of its own!!!

  2. Kevin, You are very welcome, but the thanks goes to you for all your organizing in getting this block drive going. As you know, I've been sewing with QOV for many years, so this is right up my alley. Thank you for including me in your amazing project. We had such a fun time on our first sew day thanks to you. Twenty quilt tops down and only 125 more to go.!!!

  3. You all look like you were having so much fun sewing up all those blocks. Twenty tops from one sew-in? AMAZING!!!

  4. You have more backings waiting at the post office in Winfield. Woohoo! Do you need some bindings???? When the drive is over, let us know what is still needed to finish the quilts.

  5. Wa-hoo, Kevin! The hits just keep on coming, don't they? I love it that your QOV drive has so well exceeded expectations!

  6. Congratulations on all accounts! So many generous and wonderful people have done sew much for this amazing gift to those who so deserve!!! Thank you Kevin for sharing and allowing us to participate. Blessings to all...

  7. So happy to see all the blocks and tops and such coming along! My hat is really off to you!

  8. Wow.... what a great response ;-) ( I am speechless for you lol)

  9. Your welcome Kevin! :) Glad to do it and as someone else posted, please keep us posted as to what is needed once the block drive is over - you are going to have A LOT of quilts to make and you have plenty of helping hands out here waiting for you to tell us what you need! Thank YOU so much for letting us all be a part of this incredible journey with you!

  10. Amazing to the nth degree! Can't wait to see your link.

  11. Absolutely amazing! Saying you did good is such an understatement!

  12. So wonderful to see all the donations and quilt tops!!! YOU ROCK, KEVIN!!!
    Love seeing the slideshow, too!