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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Do you have plans to celebrate Memorial Day ? Consider Helping to Make Quilts for QOV - One Block at a Time

Do you have plans for Memorial Day weekend?  Are you having a traditional BBQ, watching a parade, or having a relaxing weekend enjoying family & friends?  What ever you do, I hope you have a wonderful time.  But, if you are able to, I'm hoping you willt consider making a Patriotic block, or more, to help the Quilts of Valor program give quilts to wounded Soldiers and Veterans.

You can always make quilt blocks, quilt tops or finished quilts and give to your local QOV progam.  But, between now and June 20th you have the opportunity to help QOV and also enter my first Charity Quilt Block Challenge, sponsored by AccuQuilt, Quilt in a Day, and Martingale & Company.  They've donated some great prizes that you could win on July 4th, just by helping to make quilts for QOV.

Beautiful Quilt blocks are starting to arrive and  Tink Linhart has been kind enough to send me some photos to share with you today.  I'll later do another post, where I hope to recognize everyone that has sent in blocks.  Unfortunately, I don't yet have all the info to recognize exactly who created which block shared today.  But, for those that are taking this Challenge, please know how much you are appreciated.

Maybe you have time today to make a Patriotic quilt block, or sometime this week, but I wanted to plant a seed to encourage quilters to make one, or more, over Memorial Day weekend.

Please take time to read SewCalGal's Charity Quilt Block Challenge for more informaiton on this challenge, and how to enter to win prizes.

Some of you may be wondering how I selected Dick & Tink's group to be the recipient of my first Charity Quilt Block Challenge.  Well, it is pretty simple as they were the first to respond when I posted an announcement that I was looking for non-profit groups that would be interested in being recipient of such challenges in the future, and they have a large volunteer base that is committed to finishing these quilts.  If there is interest in future Challenges, I hope to be able to coordinate more to benefit other non-profit charity quilt groups.


Melissa @ Love Affair With My Brother said...

My husband is in the army and we are actually moving Memorial Day Weekend to our first home. We are really excited. Once we get settled in I would love to make a block for quilts of valor, it really touched my heart when I first read about it on your blog. Thank you for participating in such a wonderful charity.

sewmeow said...

You are totally the BEST! Another great idea from you. Call for action! You Bet....going to put it on my calendar right now.

Barb said...

What a wonderful thing to do.....

Quiltingranny said...

What a cool way to put together a quilt for someone who has done so much for all of us!

Joanna said...

I am so happy to be making these blocks. I plan to make a quilt for my brother, a Vietnam vet, using the QOV patterns. In fact, whenever I have a magazine or view a blog, I look at the block patterns to see their potential as a QOV block. Thank you Darlene for bringing this cause to our attention.