I have volunteered to be ECMQG's newest Charity Gal, heading up our Quilt of Valor efforts which we talked about during October's meeting. Actually, Marcy asked us, challenged us, to assist our local QOV chapter in completing 100 quilts by 1 December to donate to Florida veterans.
So many of us in ECMQG have ties to the military. All branches. All ranks. Active duty, retired, or reservists. We are civilians who work for and with the military, or we're dependents, or military members ourselves. This challenge is a perfect fit for us.
While that is a short time-frame, I'm confident with your enthusiastic response, we can complete several. Through our active Facebook users, we even have several ideas in the works, including a new Pinterest board for inspiration!
Any quilt that fits the guidelines set forth by the national QOV organization will be accepted. However, we are a MQG affiliate, and our group quilts will reflect that aesthetic.
A few options for those that are able to make some blocks by our 9 November meeting are: red, white, and blue HST to make a quilt similar to this modern traditional quilt.
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1. 4 inch unfinished HSTs like the ones pictured above in a white/blue or white/red color combo.
2. I will piece blocks at our next sew-in, so please keep blocks in their unfinished size.
The second quilt I'm requesting blocks for looks like the ones in these quilts made by Sewing Summit 2012 attendees.
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A third quilt idea uses scrappy string blocks, just like the ones we made for our first block lottery, only these will be red, white and blue!
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I can collect blocks as you complete them, or at our next meeting on 9 November. I plan to spend the sew-day portion piecing blocks so they can be quilted - I do own a longarm - prior to 1 December.
If you are going to help in this wonderful charity, please post in the comments section as we did for the Christmas Swap.
1 - name
2 - block design(s) because it helps to know which layout(s) I'll be working with.
Because this will be an ongoing ECMQG community outreach and service project, just like our Project Linus efforts, Cindy suggested naming this project HONOR. I have to agree with her choice!
I just love and appreciate that word like no other. As I put on my uniform each day, I am truly honored, and happy, to serve our nation these past 15 years (and counting).
Let's make our mark and show our gratitude to the wonderful service men and women who have, and still are, protecting this wonderful nation!
Thank you for your time and efforts on behalf of veterans everywhere!
ECMQG Charity Captain for Project HONOR